IG Seminar: EU External Relations Law – Recent Developments

On 10 July 2018, at 13:30-19:00, the Leuven Centre for Global Governance Studies and the University of Salamanca and in co-operation with the ESIL Interest Group on the EU as a Global Actor, are organizing the third Edition of the Seminar on EU External Relations Law to explore the most salient issues in the European Court of Justice’s case law on EU external relations in the last year. The past months have seen a number of key judgments and opinions being handed down in this field.

Click here to download the full programme.

The seminar takes place in the Council Room, Faculty of Law, Tiensestraat 41 (Leuven). Participation is free, but prior registration is necessary by 6 July on a first come, first serve basis (limited seating): mail to conference@ggs.kuleuven.be.

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Interdisciplinary Doctoral Symposium: Democracy, Rule of Law and Human Rights in Europe and the World in Times of Contestation

Interdisciplinary Doctoral Symposium: Democracy, Rule of Law and Human Rights in Europe and the World in Times of Contestation, 20-21 September 2018, Leuven

Call for Papers

The European Union’s (EU) commitment to the pursuit of a ‘principled’ foreign policy is well-grounded in the provisions of the EU Treaties. The implementation of this commitment, however, has been found wanting in numerous instances, making scholars frequently question the way and the extent to which values and ideals, such as the promotion of the rule of law and human rights, clash with material interests in EU external relations. Faced with a hardening international environment and domestic crises, the EU appears to be adjusting some of its rhetoric and action: the 2016 Global Strategy for Foreign and Security Policy, for example, speaks of the ‘principled pragmatism’ which should guide the EU’s external action in the years ahead. The Symposium will address, in addition to the EU’s acts and omissions abroad concerning the trinity of democracy, human rights and the rule of law, problems and challenges regarding the EU’s internal capacity on safeguarding democracy, human rights and the rule of law within its own Member States, and relating to its promotion of these values and principles on the international stage. It will also examine how current contestation of the European project and of a rules-based and cooperative international order may affect the EU’s ability to promote and uphold its core values, both within and beyond its borders. The nature and impact of this multifaceted legitimacy crisis will thus be taken into account, looking into the constraints and opportunities this may hold for the EU as a global actor and the challenges the EU faces in regaining the trust of European citizens.

Click here to read the full call.

Interested PhD students and young scholars should submit proposal summaries, in English only, of 3000 characters (approximately one page). The proposals should address the themes of the Workshop mentioned above. The said proposals, accompanied by detailed CVs and motivation letters should be submitted to profjanwouters@ggs.kuleuven.be no later than Monday 2 July 2018.

Call for papers: The EU as a Global Actor in Maritime Security: Competences – Obligations – Accountability

Photo: EU NAVFOR Atalanta

We are pleased to announce that our IG cooperates with three other IGs (Migration and Refugee Law, International Human Rights Law, and Law of the Sea) as well as Leiden Law School to organise a conference on ‘The EU as a Global Actor in Maritime Security: Competences – Obligations – Accountability‘.

The conference takes place on 25 and 26 October 2018 in Leiden. The aim is to explore what competences the EU has to act in the maritime domain, what obligations it is bound by when doing so, and how judicial oversight can be ensured. Studying the EU’s competences, obligations, and accountability will inform the broader discussion on the current and future role of the EU as a global actor in the maritime domain.

We invite submissions of abstracts for papers that engage with these topics. Abstracts should not be longer than 500 words and submitted no later than 30 June 2018 via email to MaritimeSecurity@law.leidenuniv.nl. Travel and accommodation costs of speakers will be reimbursed.

Click here for more information and a detailed Call for Papers.

ESIl 2018 – EUGlobal Workshop: ‘The European way, universality and fragmentation of international law’

ESIL Annual Conference 2018, Manchester
Thursday, 13 September, 11:00-12:30 (room TBC)

At this IG workshop we will question the existence of universalism of international law as one of the (fundamental) principles of current European law by assessing the contemporary reception of international law in EU law and practice in general, and the (level of) recognition of universalism of international law more specifically. How – if at all – does universality of international law inform or affect the current practice of the European Union institutions and EU policies? To what extent do the EU institutions endorse international law in their legislative and judicial processes, how are international law and standards accommodated in the EU’s external activities and treaty-making, and to what extent does (the label) ‘universalism’ of international law matter in those scenarios? How does the recognition of universal international law as part of the European legal order relate to the EU’s ambition to export (its own) norms and values to the rest of the world? What international norms are considered ‘universal’ by the EU, and when?

The papers that will be presented focus on different areas of international law in order to provide the starting-point for comparison as well as an overall assessment of the impact of international law and universalism on the law and practice of the EU. Four panellists (from different EU Member States ranging from North to South and East to West) will analyse the practice of the EU’s judiciary and/or legislator with regard to particular areas of international law. They seek to assess the EU institutions’ interactions in those areas (where appropriate), and place their findings in the broader context of scholarship on the autonomy of the EU legal order, universality and fragmentation of international law. While the first two presentations analyse the role of the EU Institutions (with a focus of the CJEU) in contributing to international law, the second two papers use this as a basis to zoom in on two key and topical fields of law: migration and trade.

On the basis of draft papers and the expected discussion during the session, the panel aims at identifying common features and divergences in the practice of actors within the EU legal order regarding universalism of international law in a variety of fields. At the same time, it will provide further insights regarding the implications of institutional practice for the recognition and operation of a principle of universalism of international law within the EU legal order.

  • Prof. Sara Poli (Pisa): The European Court of Justice’s interpretation of international law with a European sensibility and its contestation
  • Dr. Jed Odermatt (Copenhagen): The European Union and Its Approaches to International Law: Towards Fragmentation or Universality?
  • Dr. Tamas Molnar (Budapest & European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights): The place and role of international human rights law in the EU Return Directive and in the related CJEU case-law: Approaches worlds apart?
  • Dr. Markus P. Beham (Passau): Universality through Trade and Investment: Challenges and Strategies for ‘Megaregionals’ of the EU

The workshop will be chaired by two of the IG convenors, Dr Anne Thies (Reading) and Professor Ramses Wessel (Twente).

The presentation and discussion of papers will be followed by a general discussion about the IG’s objectives and activities.

10th Anniversary CLEER Conference – EU external relations: Tackling global challenges?

On occasion of its 10th anniversary, CLEER will organise a two-day academic conference. It will consist of several thematic panel sessions with presentations and discussions with senior and junior scholars as well practitioners, and keynote presentations from outstanding EU academics.

Academic coordination of this Conference is provided by CLEER Executive Board.

Theme of the Conference

Unprecedented challenges to globalisation, trade, multilateralism and the global order have come from various internal and external sources over the past few years. From Trump to Brexit, from an assertive Russia to the continuing migrant crises, and from the public outcry towards multilateral trade to the rise of populism, hardly any policy area has been recently operating ‘business as usual’. Indeed, the European Union and its Member States have no option but accept these unprecedented challenges and find the best ways forward in attaining the external objectives laid down in the EU Treaties. This Conference takes stock of the actions (and reactions) of the European Union through external action instruments in a number of substantive areas such as migration, trade, neighbouring policies, and security and defence. It aims to reflect on the appropriateness and effectiveness of the institutional structures underpinning EU external action in addressing these challenges and suggest possible ways forward. This Conference therefore welcomes contributions from different areas of EU external relations, potentially combining a legal with a theoretical or policy perspective.

Possible topics include:

  • An evaluation 10 years after the constitutional and policy innovations introduced by the Treaty of Lisbon in the area of EU external relations
  • Legal and policy aspects of Brexit, the future settlement, and recent developments in light of the deadline of March 2019
  • Migration and asylum policies within the framework of the external dimension of the area of freedom security and justice
  • Legal aspects of trade and investment policies such as trade and sustainable development, ISDS, and EU compliance with international legal obligations in the context of economic agreements
  • Recent developments in neighbouring policies especially with Russia, the Balkans and the Southern Mediterranean countries
  • Permanent and Structured Cooperation in the area of security and defence
  • Legal aspects of external aid in view of the future merger of different instruments under the next multi annual financial framework

Submission and selection of potential contributions

Interested researchers (in every stage of their careers) should submit an English abstract of around 500 words (approximately one page) addressing the conference theme as well as brief CVs at cleer@cleer.eu no later than 30 May 2018.

The Organisers will review all submitted proposals and will be responsible for the composition of panels. A final selection will be made by the Organisers and the speakers will be notified by the end of June 2018.

Confirmed participants are expected to provide final drafts of their papers, of between 8000-10.000 words, in electronic form, no later than 15 November 2018.

Selected papers, duly revised, may be considered for publication in CLEER Papers.

Travel costs and accommodation

CLEER will be able cover part of travel costs on a needs-basis as well as lunch for the selected participants, including accommodation in The Hague for one night.

When?

Deadline for abstract submission: 30 May 2018
Notification of acceptance: end June 2018
Final papers due: 15 November 2018
Conference: 6-7 December 2018

Where?

TMC Asser Instituut – R.J. Schimmelpennincklaan 20-22, 2517 JN Den Haag

Workshop on Exiting Institutions – Napoli, 6 September 2017

Interest Group on International Organizations and Interest Group on the EU as a Global Actor

Joint Workshop

6 September 2017, University of Naples,
Via Nuova Marina, ROOM A 7, 15h00 – 18h00

Recent years have seen an extraordinary crisis of confidence in international institutions. From the United Kingdom’s decision to leave the European Union to the mooted exodus of African States from the International Criminal Court, states are reconsidering their membership in international institutions in ways that were unthinkable a short time ago.

This gives rise to multiple challenges in international law, in terms of both the immediate legal issues which arise from the process of state withdrawal and the deeper questions about what international cooperation will look like in the coming years.

In order to explore these themes the ESIL Interest Groups on the European Union as a Global Actor and on International Organizations are jointly hosting a workshop prior to the ESIL Conference in Naples (September 2017). The connections between the two focal areas of the Interest Groups are visible for instance, in relation to how the exit of states from international organizations may impact the cooperation between the EU and these organizations. At the same time, exits from the EU will have an influence on the relation between the EU and other international organizations and between the ex-EU members and these organizations.

Discussions in the workshop are structured along the lines of three general themes: the rights and duties of exiting members, the legal position of individuals and the future of multilateralism. Continue reading

IG Seminar: “Scoping the Field of EU External Relations Law at Sixty”

The ESIL Interest Group on EU as a Global Actor, the Leuven Center for Global Governance Studies, and the Salamanca University are holding a seminar entitled “Scoping the Field of EU External Relations Law at Sixty“. It takes place on 17 July 2017, 13:30-19:00 CET, at the Council Room, Faculty of Law, Tiensestraat 41, Leuven, Belgium. Participation is free, but prior registration is necessary by 14 July on a first come, first serve basis (limited seating), via e-mail: conference@ggs.kuleuven.be.

The idea and full programme is available via this link. Here is an excerpt:

This seminar seeks to explore the most salient issues in the European Court of Justice’s case law on EU external relations in the year that marks the 60th Anniversary of the Treaties of Rome. The past 10 months have seen a number of key judgments and opinions being handed down in this field. Developments of particular significance have taken place on two main strands. On the one hand, Opinions 2/15 and 3/15 (as well as pending Opinion 1/15) raise questions for reflection on the future of the EU’s common commercial policy and on the nature of EU external competences in general. On the other hand, a series of judgments in the area of the common foreign and security policy seem to provide guidance as regards the Court’s interpretation of its limited jurisdiction in this policy domain. H v Council, Rosneft and Elitaliana, but also earlier cases such as Tanzania Agreement and Mauritius Agreement, slowly build a significant body of case-law in this regard. This is linked to other judgments, such as the orders in which the General Court declined to rule on the EU-Turkey Statement. In order to assess these developments, the seminar, which takes place on the basis of Chatham House Rules, is structured around two main sessions. Following short presentations of maximum 10 minutes on the main issues touched upon in the case law, academics as well as practitioners coming from the legal services of the institutions and from the European Courts will be invited to comment.

LAwTTIP Joint Conference: ”TTIP and Beyond…”

The Institut de l’Ouest: Droit et Europe (IODE) of the University of Rennes 1, in cooperation with the University of Bologna and King’s College London, hosts the I Joint Conference of the Jean Monnet Network LAwTTIP: “TTIP and Beyond… Negotiating and implementing the EU’s Free Trade Agreements in an uncertain environment“.

The Conference will take place on 15 and 16 June 2017 at the University of Rennes 1. It will address the major institutional features related to the negotiation and implementation of the EU trade agreements.

See the conference web pages for further information.

Europe and the World: A Law Review (Launch Event)

It is a great pleasure to announce the launch of a new journal, published by UCL Press: Europe and the World – A Law Review. The journal will be fully open access, and observe the highest standards of academic publishing.

The first issue will be published on 19 June, at a launch event in London. We may see some of you there, and hope you will consider the journal as a potential outlet for some of your academic work, or will recommend it to others.

Programme for the launch event

18:00 Welcome and Introductions
Editors of the Journal
18:10 Keynote speech on ‘Can Europe Save Democracy?
Prof. Miguel Poiares Maduro
18:40 Questions and Answers
Facilitated by Caroline Wilson
18:50 UCL Press
19:00 Drinks Reception

About the journal

Europe and the World – A Law Review aims to contribute to legal scholarship on the place of Europe in the world, with a particular but by no means exclusive focus on the EU’s external relations law.

The journal serves as a forum where the national, international and EU perspectives meet and engage. The journal is therefore irreverent of traditional distinctions between EU, international, and national law. While primarily offering legal doctrinal and theoretical analyses, the journal also publishes multi-disciplinary work and political science and international relations contributions with an external perspective on the law of EU’s external relations.

The first issue includes an editorial and four articles:

  • ‘Making Transnational Markets: The institutional politics behind the TTIP’, Marija Bartl.
  • ‘The EU and International Dispute Settlement’, Allan Rosas.
  • ‘Of Presidents, High Representatives and European Commissioners: The external representation of the European Union seven years after Lisbon’, Frank Hoffmeister.
  • ‘(Not) Losing Out from Brexit’, Annette Schrauwen.

Call for papers: “Exiting institutions”

At the start of the upcoming ESIL Annual Conference in Naples in September we will once more organise a special seminar for and with our IG members (6 September 2017, 15:00 – 18:00); this time together with the new IG on International Organizations.

The theme will be ‘Exiting Institutions’, and both international and EU law aspects will be addressed. Here is an excerpt of the call for papers:

Recent years have seen an extraordinary crisis of confidence in international institutions. From the United Kingdom’s decision to leave the European Union to the mooted exodus of African States from the International Criminal Court, states are reconsidering their membership in international institutions in ways that were unthinkable a short time ago. This gives rise to multiple challenges in international law, in terms of both the immediate legal issues which arise from the process of state withdrawal and the deeper questions about what international cooperation will look like in the coming years.

In order to explore these themes the ESIL Interest Groups on International Organizations and on the European Union as a Global Actor are jointly hosting a workshop prior to the ESIL Conference in Naples (September 2017). The connections between the two focal areas of the Interest Groups are visible in a number of ways. For instance, the exit of states from international organizations may impact the cooperation between the EU and these organizations. At the same time, exits from the EU will have an influence on the relation between the EU and other international organizations and between the ex-EU members and these organizations.

We wish to invite submissions on three sets of issues raised by the process of states or organisations exiting international institutions, namely: the rights and duties of exiting members, the legal position of individuals and the future of multilateralism.

Papers may be in both English and French. Please email a short abstract (not more than 300 words) and your CV to int.orgs.interestgroup@gmail.com. The deadline for submission of abstracts is 15 May.

Click here to read the full call for papers.