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The EU’s new strategy for sustainable growth and jobs, Europe 2020 is the successor to the poorly implemented Lisbon Strategy.
It comes in the midst of the worst economic crisis for decades and structural problems of global magnitude like climate change, globalisation and stark competition for natural resources. After decades of peace and prosperity, and of relying on its unique institutions and successful method of social consensus building, and in spite of the recent adoption of the Lisbon Treaty which was meant to devolve it the capacity to have a central place in the world, the EU is in fact currently facing an unprecedented situation of uncertainty, insecurity, even self-doubt and depression.
Paulo Canelas de Castro holds a Jean Monnet Chair in European Union Law at the University of Macau (Macau, SAR; China), where he is also the Coordinator of the Master’s Program in European Union Law, International Law and Comparative Law. He also serves as President of EUSA-Macau and has been a lecturer for the Academy of International Trade Law. Prior to his time at Macau, he lectured International Law and European Union Law in Coimbra (Portugal), held Visiting Professorships in Brazil and Germany and was Legal Counsel before the International Court of Justice and the European Court of Justice. Over the years he has had a consistent research interest in water law issues, having written several books, book chapters and articles on the subject. His publications include Recent Developments in Water Law. Principles and Comparative Cases (Luso-American Foundation, 2006) and The European Union at 50: Assessing the Past, Looking Ahead (University of Macau Press, 2010).