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April 25 Thursday

Book Talk: Official Secrets and Oversight in the European Union, Vigjilenca Abazi and David Pozen

  • Thursday, April 25, 2019 at 3:30PM - 5:00PM
  • SLB Room 120
  • Open To The Yale Community
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Official Secrets and Oversight in the European Union 

Does the governance of secrecy in the European Union impede its fundamental principles of democracy and fundamental rights? Based on her recent book, Dr Vigjilenca Abazi explains the shifts in institutional practice of oversight in the European Union that disproportionately favour secrecy creating serious limitations to open democratic deliberations and access to justice. Professor David Pozen (Columbia Law School), a leading scholar on government secrecy will discuss the book adding U.S. perspectives.     

This topical book talk will also offer an understanding of the practices of official secrets and provide a critical and much-needed perspective on how parliamentary, judicial and administrative oversight institutions deal with access to classified material and the dilemma of oversight to concurrently ensure secrecy necessary for security policies and openness needed for constitutional checks and balances.

Vigjilenca Abazi is a Resident Fellow at Information Society Project at Yale Law School and assistant Professor of European law at Maastricht University. She has been an Emile Nöel Fellow at NYU School of Law and Fulbright Visiting Scholar at Columbia Law School. Dr Abazi holds a PhD degree from University of Amsterdam and currently is completing her LLM at Yale Law School. She has more than 20 scientific peer-reviewed publications in leading journals and has been invited for more than 40 academic guest lectures at universities worldwide including at Harvard Law School, Oxford University, European University Institute, University of Tokyo, FGV Brazil, NYU (campuses: Abu Dhabi, New York, Florence, Paris), Sciences Po Paris. Her work has been translated in Russian, German, and Spanish and featured in news media such as Bloomberg, Der Spiegel, and Le Monde. In addition to her academic work, Dr Abazi has offered legal advice to the European Parliament and the Council of Europe. In 2018, Dr Abazi was awarded the prestigious VENI grant from the Dutch Scientific Foundation given to "outstanding researchers who display a striking talent for scientific research". 

David Pozen is a Professor of Law at Columbia Law School. He teaches and writes about constitutional law and information law, among other topics. For the 2017-2018 academic year, Pozen was the inaugural visiting scholar at the Knight First Amendment Institute at Columbia University. From 2010 to 2012, Pozen served as special advisor to Harold Hongju Koh at the Department of State. Previously, Pozen was a law clerk for Justice John Paul Stevens on the U.S. Supreme Court and for Judge Merrick B. Garland on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, and a special assistant to Senator Edward M. Kennedy on the Senate Judiciary Committee. Pozen's scholarship has been discussed in the New Yorker, New York Times, Washington Post and numerous other publications. In 2019, the American Law Institute named Pozen the recipient of its Early Career Scholars Medal, which is awarded every other year to "one or two outstanding early-career law professors whose work is relevant to public policy and has the potential to influence improvements in the law."

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ISP, Abrams, YLW