Monthly Archives: March 2016

Revitalizing the EUglobal blog for 2016

Negotiations_about_Iranian_Nuclear_Program_-_EU_High_Representative_Mogherini_and_Iranian_Foreign_Minister_Zarif_Address_Reporters_in_LausanneThe ESIL interest group on the EU as a global actor (EUglobal) is becoming increasingly popular, with well over 200 members to date, but this Interest Group blog has been rather dormant over the past year. During the Interest Group meeting at ESIL 2015 in Oslo it was agreed that we needed to do something about this, and that something is what this blog post is all about.

In 2016 we will revitalize this blog, and attempt to make it the central hub for news about conferences, seminars, blog posts, and papers that concern the EU as a global actor. To this end we have already posted about a couple of upcoming conferences below. But, this task cannot be accomplished by the interest group leadership or the editor of this blog alone. We need the help of our many members.

We are thus asking you all to submit tips about upcoming conferences, seminars, recently published papers, or blog posts you have written via e-mail to the blog editor: s.o.johansen@jus.uio.no. A tip can be simply a link to the relevant piece of news, although it is appreciated if a brief comment is appended. All relevant submissions will be turned in to a small news item published on this blog.

Moreover, members of EUglobal should now be able to subscribe to this blog, either via e-mail or RSS, and quickly receive the latest news. We hope that this will help promote the spread of information among all the members of the EUglobal Interest Group.

Interdisciplinary Conference on the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership

From the 14th to the 15th of March, 2016, the Centre for European Research at the University of Gothenburg (CERGU) is hosting an interdisciplinary conference on the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) between the EU and the US that is currently under negotiation.  Here is the summary:

This conference aims at enabling a dialogue between research and policy on pertinent issues for a Swedish, European and international community. One ambition of the conference is to gather scholars from the fields of economics, law, and politics to exchange views and provide different perspectives on common issues. However, the event also engages policy-makers, practitioners and business representatives from multinational corporations and SMEs. The panels are going to cover topics reaching from the broader effects of TTIP, its political and economic dimension to particular policy fields such as issues of regulatory cooperation and investment protection, including the proposed investor-state dispute settlement. Moreover, addressing issues related to global governance and inviting third-country perspectives on TTIP, this event attempts to takes a global perspective beyond the EU-US policy domain.

We are happy to announce that EU Trade Commissioner Cecilia Malmström will be present during the conference and deliver a keynote address and a subsequent panel debate in the afternoon of the 15th of March.

Attendance at the conference is free of charge but requires registration. Coffee and lunch will be provided during the breaks. Kindly indicate any allergies or preferences.

We are looking forward to seeing many of you at the event, if not earlier. Please feel free to spread this information to anyone you think might be interested.

Additional information:

Intra-EU BITs Conference – Vienna – 7 March 2016

The Law School of the University of Vienna and the Europa Institute at the Saarland University is organizing a conference addressing various aspects of Intra-EU BITs in Vienna. Here is the summary:

EU Member States have concluded approximately 1.400 IIAs with third (i.e. non-EU) countries and 190 IIAs with other EU Member States (Intra-EU BITs). These Intra-EU BITs have been the basis for investment disputes in multiple investor-state dispute settlement (ISDS) cases that are very controversial. Of roughly 140 cases instituted against EU Member States more than three quarters are Intra-EU disputes. While Intra-EU ISDS seems to become an attractive means of dispute resolution, the EU Commission is asking EU Member States to terminate their Intra-EU BITs arguing that they would not be in conformity with their EU Law obligations.

Additional information:

Election of EUGlobal conveners – Call for Candidates

By Joyce Davies and Emmanuel De Groof.

In accordance with ESIL’s by-laws, the Interest Group on The EU as a Global Actor is electing two new members of their Coordinating Committee (CC).

As discussed at the IG meeting in Oslo in September 2015, elections will be held to replace two of the current conveners (Irene Blazquez and Marise Cremona) and the other two conveners will continue for a further two years (Piet Eeckhout and Anne Thies). The following rules regarding the eligibility of candidates and the running of the election were agreed at that meeting:

  • All candidates need to (a) have been member of the IG for at least 2 years, and (b) have the support of three IG members to present their candidacy
  • Elections will be held every two years for two of the four conveners (to allow continuity of the IG) for a four-year term
  • There is no limit to re-election of conveners
  • Each IG member has the number of votes equivalent to the number of convener positions to be filled – in this case, two.

The CC is the general administrative body of the Interest Group (IG), responsible for running its day-to-day business and organising the group’s activities (workshops, seminars, conferences, publications and so on). Members of the CC are elected for four years and may be re-elected.

All IG members interested in serving on the CC are hereby invited to submit their candidacy to esil.secretariat@eui.eu by Thursday 17 March 2016 (11.00 CET). Candidates are asked to include a short self-description (no more than 200 words), which includes their current institutional affiliation, plus a brief outline of their ideas about future plans for the IG.

After the deadline, if the number of candidates equals the number of slots, no elections will be held. If there are more candidates than slots, online voting will be conducted: the ESIL Secretariat will send out an email with the names and self-descriptions of all candidates, and members will be asked to cast their vote before the established deadline. All IG members are encouraged to vote. Members may vote for a maximum of two candidates. The two candidates with the highest vote count will be considered elected to the CC. All IG members will be informed of the result of the elections.

We would like to remind you that in order to submit a candidacy, vote, and serve on the CC, your ESIL membership must be up to date, i.e. you must have paid your 2016 membership fee. In addition, candidates need to (a) have been members of the Interest Group for at least two years (i.e. in 2014 and 2015) and (b) have the support of three IG members.

Further details about IG governance can be found in the Policy Guidance and By-laws documents, available on the ESIL website.

Please get in touch if you have any questions.