Monthly Archives: March 2017

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.

CLEER Presidency Lecture Series: The experience of the Slovak Presidency of the EU Council in the field of external relations

The T.M.C. Asser Instituut and the Centre for the Law of the EU External Relations (CLEER) in cooperation with the Embassy of the Slovak Republic to the Kingdom of the Netherlands cordially invite you to this presentation by:

His Excellency Mr Roman Bužek

Ambassador of the Slovak Republic in the Netherlands


Time: 16:00 hrs, followed by a reception courtesy of the Embassy

Venue: T.M.C. Asser Instituut, R.J. Schimmelpennincklaan 20-22, The Hague

Registration: Registration for this event is mandatory, as a limited number of seats are available. Please register online.


The CLEER Presidency Lecture series, initiated in 2011, complements the events organised by the T.M.C. Asser Instituut and the Centre for the Law of EU External relations (CLEER). It focuses on a specific segment of EU external actions: the role of the incumbent presidencies in coordination and leadership in regional and global issues.