Monthly Archives: April 2016

Europe and its neighbourhoods: Geopolitcs and human flows

From 2-7 July 2016 the Institute of International Relations at the University of Piraeus is hosting a conference entitled “Europe and its neighbourhoods: Geopolitcs and human flows“. Here is the flyer:


Click here for more information and an application form.

Book launch: Foreign Policy Objectives in European Constitutional Law

The Centre for Law of EU External Relations at the T.M.C. Asser Institute, in collaboration with Leiden University College (LUC) and The Hague Institute for Global Justice, is hosting a book launch for Dr. Joris Larik’s new monograph Foreign Policy Objectives in European Constitutional Law, which has just been published by Oxford University Press. Here are the details:

Larik_Foreign-Policy-ObjectivesThe event will take place on Thursday, 21st of April 2016 (starting at 16:00), and it will be hosted by the Leiden University College in The Hague (Anna van Buerenplein 301, 2595DG Den Haag).

The book launch will feature opening remarks by Prof. Kutsal Yesilkagit, Dean of the Faculty of Governance and Global Affairs at Leiden University, followed by a panel of academics and practitioners to discuss some of the book’s main themes and findings. Closing remarks will be provided by Dr. Abi Williams, President of The Hague Institute for Global Justice. The panel discussion will be followed by a drinks reception in the lobby of LUC.

Presenting the first comprehensive account of foreign policy objectives as a growing part of European constitutional law, the book confronts the trend of enshrining international ambitions in the highest laws of states and the European Union. Closely examining the provisions of foreign policy objectives, it differentiates their legal force and functions, situating them into the overall legal order of the state, the EU, and the composite ‘European constitutional space’. Larik argues that the codification of foreign policy objectives suggests a progression in the evolution of the role of the constitution: from limiting public authority to guiding it towards certain goals, both at home and in the wider world.

The event is free and open to the public.

For more information about the event, see the CLEER event page. More information about the book can be found on the website of Oxford University Press.

The European Union in International Affairs

A biannual conference entitled “The European Union in International Affairs” is being organized by the Institute for European Studies at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel (IES-VUB), the Institut d’Études Européennes at the Université Libre de Bruxelles (IEE-ULB), the United Nations University Comparative Regional Integration Studies (UNU-CRIS) and Egmont – the Royal Institute for International Relations. Here is the description:

As the single major stopover of the academic conference circuit in Brussels, this multidisciplinary event represents the premium venue at which international studies scholars and policy practitioners debate the role of the EU in the turbulent realm of international affairs. The fifth edition will take place from Wednesday 11 May to Friday 13 May 2016.

For more information about this conference, see its website – in particular the very helpful FAQ page.

WMU Migration by Sea Symposium

The World Maritime University (WMU) is organizing a Migration by Sea Symposium in Malmö, Sweden 26-27 April 2016. Among the speakers we find e.g. FRONTEX Executive Director Fabrice Leggeri​ and several experts of EU law, international law, and human rights. Here is the description provided:

The WMU Symposium on Migration by Sea will provide an international forum for an exchange of information and for advancing knowledge on migration and, in particular, on migration by sea, with a view to exploring the complex issues and challenges that arise, and the lessons learnt.

For more information and registration, see the webpage of the symposium. A draft programme is also available. The registration deadline seems to be 19 April 2016.

3rd CLEER Summer School on EU External Relations Law

Centre for the Law of EU External Relations (CLEER) and the T.M.C. Asser Instituut in the Hague are organizing their 3rd Summer School on EU External Relations Law. This year’s edition of the Summer School is hosted by Maastricht University in the European capital of Brussels, from 27 June – 1 July 2016.

Here is the description:

The programme will comprise interactive lectures delivered by renowned academic experts, workshops led by experienced practitioners and excursions to the EU institutions, enabling participants to glean first-hand experience of how theory is transformed into practice.

What does the programme offer you?

  1. Extensive knowledge of the core actors and instruments forming the foundations of the EU’s external action
  2. Deep understanding of legal and policy issues in key fields including the ENP, Trade, Development, Environment, CFSP/CSDP, and AFSJ.
  3. Simulating debate on current EU external policy challenges such as the EU refugee crisis and counter-terrorism efforts.
  4. First-hand experience of life at the heart of the EU, along with fantastic networking opportunities.

Registration is open, and the deadline is in just over a week; 15 April 2016. Admission is open to students, civil servants or practitioners with an academic background or practical experience in law, political science or international relations.

More information is available on the CLEER event page and the Maastrich University website dedicated to the Summer School.

Academy of European Law Summer School 2016: “The Global Reach of EU Law”

The theme of this year’s edition of the EU law course at the Academy of European Law Summer School is “The Global Reach of EU Law”.

The course is comprised of a General Course on “The Global Reach of EU Law” by Joanne Scott (Professor of European Law, University College London), a distinguished lecture on “The European Union Experiment” by Neil Walker (Regius Professor of Public Law and the Law of Nature and Nations, University of Edinburgh), and a series of specialized courses by leading scholars and practitioners in the Law of the European Union.

The deadline for applications is 4 April 2016 – only a few days away at the time of writing. Applications may be submitted through the Academy’s website.