CLEER and ESIL IG EU as a Global Actor Conference: EU Trade Agreements and the Duty to Respect Human Rights Abroad (11 December 2019)

The ESIL Interest Group on the EU as a Global Actor, the T.M.C. Asser Institute, and the Centre for the Law of EU External Relations (CLEER) are arranging a workshop on ‘EU Trade Agreements and the Duty to Respect Human Rights Abroad’. The workshop will take place at the Asser Institute in The Hague, on 11 December 2019.

Following a successful call for papers back in May, the final programme of the workshop is now available:

EU External Relations Law: Recent Developments

The Leuven Centre for Global Governance Studies and the University of Salamanca, in co-operation with the ESIL Interest Group on the EU as a Global Actor, are organizing on 15 July 2019 the fourth edition of the Seminar on EU External Relations Law in order to explore the most salient issues in the case law of the Court of Justice and the General Court on EU external relations over the last year.

Click here to read the full seminar program.

Call for Papers: Joint EUGlobal-CLEER Workshop – “EU Trade Agreements and the Duty to Respect Human Rights Abroad”

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The T.M.C. Asser Institute, the Centre for the Law of EU External Relations (CLEER) and the ESIL Interest Group on the EU as a Global Actor invite submissions of abstracts for a workshop on ‘EU Trade Agreements and the Duty to Respect Human Rights Abroad’. The workshop will take place at the Asser Institute in The Hague, on 11 December 2019.

Workshop Theme [extract]:

In recent years, the issue of whether human rights obligations incumbent upon the EU have an extraterritorial scope has gained much salience. Recent developments, including the Western Sahara litigation before the CJEU concerning the conclusion of a trade agreement extending to a territory whose people are denied the right to self-determination by an EU trading partner attest to the increasing significance of answering questions of ‘extraterritoriality’ of EU human rights obligations in the context of trade agreements. […]

In this light, this workshop aims to explore the question of whether the EU is bound by human rights obligations towards individuals outside the territory of its Member States when it concludes trade agreements with third countries.

Abstracts are invited that address one or more of the following aspects:

  • Is the EU bound to respect human rights extraterritorially when it concludes trade agreements with third countries, and if so, what is the legal basis for this duty?
  • To what extent are Art. 3(5) and 21 TEU relevant in the context of the debate regarding the EU’s extraterritorial human rights obligations?
  • To what extent is international law relevant in the context of the debate regarding the EU’s extraterritorial human rights obligations?
  • How can other areas of international law (such as due diligence, responsibility of international organisations) have an impact on the debate regarding the EU’s extraterritorial human rights obligations?

The abstracts should contain a one-page (500 words max.) description of the proposed paper and are to be accompanied by a CV of the author/s. The abstracts are to be sent to Ramses Wessel (ramses.wessel@utwente.nl) and Eva Kassoti (E.Kassoti@asser.nl) by 15 July 2019. Successful applicants will be notified by 15 September 2019. The proposed paper must not cover previously published work. The complete papers (8.000-10.000 words) must be submitted by 15 November 2019 in order to be communicated to the other participants in the workshop. It is the intention of the organisers to seek publication of the papers in the CLEER papers subject to applicable peer review processes.

Click here to read the full Call for Papers.

Call for papers: Sharing Sovereignty: The EU, its Member States and International Law

The European Society of International Law’s Interest Group The EU as a Global Actor organises a pre-conference event on Thursday 12 September 2019 in the framework of the 15th ESIL Annual Conference to be held 12-14 September 2019 in Athens, Greece.

As part of their EU membership, states have transferred an unprecedented amount of powers to an international organisation. Some of these powers touch upon core aspects of sovereignty, such as access of third country nationals to EU territory, budgetary decision-making, as well as external representation. The pre-conference event focuses on the consequences this transfer of competences has on our understanding of sovereignty and on the relationship of the EU and its Member States with third parties.

The overall aim of the panel is to explore the potential of developing a concept of European or shared sovereignty and to identify particular challenges associated with the complex division of competences among the EU and its Member States for international law. In this light, the Coordinating Committee of the Interest Group The EU as a Global Actor invites submissions of abstracts on any of the questions mentioned in the full call for papers of no more than 500 words. Applications should be submitted to ramses.wessel@utwente.nl by 1 June 2019, with a short curriculum vitae containing the author’s name, institutional affiliation, and contact details. Selected speakers will be notified by 1 July 2019.

Click here to read the full call for papers, in PDF format.

 

Call for papers: EU External Relations after Brexit


Professor Juan Santos Vara (Universidad de Salamanca) and Professor Ramses A. Wessel (University of Twente) are organizing a workshop entitled “EU External Relations after Brexit: Implications under EU and International Law” on 7-9 March 2019 at the Universidad de Salamanca in Spain.

This workshop will analyse and discuss the applicable rules of both EU and international law in relation to the withdrawal of the United Kingdom from the European Union. It will focus on the impact of the withdrawal agreement and the arrangement for the future EU-UK relations on the existing external relations regime of the European Union.

Ever since the notification of the UK’s intention to withdraw from the European Union, legal scholarship has pointed to a variety of complex legal problems. While the focus has clearly been on the ways in which the UK could remain connected to the EU, the consequences for the EU’s (and the UK’s) external relations regime are equally complex. Both EU external relations law and international law have something to say about the problems that still need to be solved and the ones that can be expected on the basis of the new arrangements.

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 at savajuan@usal.es no later than 30 November 2018. Please include your name, email and affiliation along with your abstract. As we aim for the publication of a book, paper proposals will be subject to a strict selection. The selection of the papers will be communicated to the speakers by the end of December 2018. Confirmed participants are expected to provide complete drafts of their papers of around 8000 words no later than 1 March 2019.

Travel costs and accommodation
The Jean Monnet Chair at USAL in EU External Action will cover travel costs as well local expenses for the selected participants, including accommodation in Salamanca for two nights.


Please see the full call for papers for further details.

CLEER event bundle: EU Free trade agreements, the Bulgarian presidency in the EU, and CLEER’s 10th anniversary

The Centre for the Law of EU External Relations (CLEER) is hosting three events in the near future that should be of interest to the members of the interest group:

 

Call for papers: Global Politics and EU Free Trade Policy Conference, 10-11 December 2018 in Brussels

The EUTIP research network invites paper proposals for the Global Politics and EU Free Trade Policy Conference, 10-11 December 2018 in Brussels.

EU trade policy moves in a changing global environment. Multilateral institutions are in danger, and at the same time trade disputes are increasing. Current events show the close connection between trade and security policy. Protectionist trade sanctions are allegedly motivated by security policy reasons; conversely, security policy measures affect international trade. The subject of this conference therefore is the exploration of the relations between Global Policies and EU Trade Policy along three themes:

  • Theme 1: Relation of EU FTAs to Multilateral Trade Rules
  • Theme 2: EU Trade Policy in Global Policy Context
  • Theme 3: EU Trade Defence Instruments in a Protectionist Environment – Fit for Purpose?

For further details, see the website of the conference. The full text of the call for papers is also available for download directly from the blog .

The deadline is 6 October 2018. Please submit proposals to boettner@uni-speyer.de and profdrwweiss@gmail.com.

Conference: “The EU as a Global Actor in Maritime Security: Competences – Obligations – Accountability”

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.

More information and a Draft Programme are available at the University of Leiden’s webpage for the event.

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.

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.