LASI is a five year project (start date January 2013) funded by the European Research Council, and involves besides myself as Principal Investigator an interdisciplinary team of four post-doctoral researchers, all based at the Cardiff Centre for European Law and Governance.
The project has two main objectives: 1) It studies how European law shapes the use of different types of expertise in European policy-making and assesses whether and to what extent objectives such as ensuring scientific expertise, sound evidence and interest representation overlap or are in tension with each other. 2) Taking systems theory and reflexive law as a starting point, the project assesses how European law functions as a social subsystem and assesses how legal expertise functions in relation to other forms of expertise in European policy-making.
While the project is inspired by legal theory, it employs an interdisciplinary methodology ensuring a detailed empirical enquiry of consultation mechanisms, committee governance and functioning of EU legal services, based on legal analysis, semi-structured elite interviews, process tracing of adopted policy measures, network analysis and discourse analysis. The project focuses on three policy areas that feature very different modes of European governance and approaches to the use of expertise, namely nano-technology, employment, and competition policy.