During this lecture organised by Amsterdam University, Floris de Witte will talk about his paper in which he argues that EU law acts as a mechanism to manage the tension between Member States’ desire for control and their need for the EU’s capacities. De Witte is an Associate Professor of Law at the London School of Economics. His recent paper introduces a theoretical framework to explain how EU law mediates this tension, highlighting its role in legal contestation, the variable pace of legal integration across different areas, and providing a basis for analyz­ing diverse aspects of EU law.