Wednesday, 5 February 2014, 12:30 to 14:00
THIS SEMINAR HAS NOW BEEN POSTPONED TO WEDNESDAY 19 MARCH 2014 BY REASON OF THE ANNOUNCED UNDERGROUND STRIKE
Speaker: Dr Narine Ghazaryan (Brunel Law School –http://www.brunel.ac.uk/law/people/academic/lecturer/narine-ghazaryan). She is the author of ‘The European Neighbourhood Policy and the Democratic Values of the EU: A Legal Analysis’ (Oxford, Hart Publishing, 2014).
Seminar Title: ‘The European Neighbourhood Policy and the Eastern Neighbours of the European Union: What Next?’
The topic of this seminar is the European Neighbourhood Policy which offers an integration without membership to the neighbouring states of the EU. A decade has passed since the launch of the policy which allows casting a retrospective look at its failures or perhaps its achievements. The Eastern neighbourhood is particularly indicative in this context, as the relations between the EU and some of its neighbours have reached a seeming stalemate. The seminar therefore summarises the journey of the policy to this date and raises certain questions as to its future prospects.
Wednesday, 26 February, 13:00 to 14:30
Speakers: Dr Rike U. Kraemer (University College London – http://www.ucl.ac.uk/laws/academics/profiles/index.shtml?kraemer) and Dr Tilman Krueger (University of Bremen – http://www.sfb597.uni-bremen.de/homepages/krueger/)
Seminar title: ‘International Adjudication as a Mode of European External Governance? The WTO SEAL Case’
The EU’s expansion of its aquis communitaire beyond European borders to non-member states and dynamics associated with it have been analyzed in the context of research on ‘EU external governance’. According to such accounts, the regular route to transfer European ideas and concepts in the context of international economic governance is through political negotiations, bilaterally as well as in the multilateral setting of the World Trade Organization (WTO). In the latter context, however, political agreement may not be the only path for the EU to shape global rules. With political decision-making in the WTO so burdensome and the organization’s dispute settlement system so efficient, the judicial clarification and shaping of law may provide another opportunity for the EU to upload its own rules into the realm of international economic governance. In our project, we explore whether WTO adjudication can be viewed as another path for EU external governance and, if so, just in how far EU-internal processes of policy formulation help the EU to expand the reach of its own values and rules in the WTO. As case study, we analyze the EU’s 2009 import prohibition for seal products and subsequent proceedings before the WTO’s dispute settlement bodies.