Monthly Archives: May 2018

Call for papers: The EU as a Global Actor in Maritime Security: Competences – Obligations – Accountability

Photo: EU NAVFOR Atalanta

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.

We invite submissions of abstracts for papers that engage with these topics. Abstracts should not be longer than 500 words and submitted no later than 30 June 2018 via email to Travel and accommodation costs of speakers will be reimbursed.

Click here for more information and a detailed Call for Papers.


ESIl 2018 – EUGlobal Workshop: ‘The European way, universality and fragmentation of international law’

ESIL Annual Conference 2018, Manchester
Thursday, 13 September, 11:00-12:30 (room TBC)

At this IG workshop we will question the existence of universalism of international law as one of the (fundamental) principles of current European law by assessing the contemporary reception of international law in EU law and practice in general, and the (level of) recognition of universalism of international law more specifically. How – if at all – does universality of international law inform or affect the current practice of the European Union institutions and EU policies? To what extent do the EU institutions endorse international law in their legislative and judicial processes, how are international law and standards accommodated in the EU’s external activities and treaty-making, and to what extent does (the label) ‘universalism’ of international law matter in those scenarios? How does the recognition of universal international law as part of the European legal order relate to the EU’s ambition to export (its own) norms and values to the rest of the world? What international norms are considered ‘universal’ by the EU, and when?

The papers that will be presented focus on different areas of international law in order to provide the starting-point for comparison as well as an overall assessment of the impact of international law and universalism on the law and practice of the EU. Four panellists (from different EU Member States ranging from North to South and East to West) will analyse the practice of the EU’s judiciary and/or legislator with regard to particular areas of international law. They seek to assess the EU institutions’ interactions in those areas (where appropriate), and place their findings in the broader context of scholarship on the autonomy of the EU legal order, universality and fragmentation of international law. While the first two presentations analyse the role of the EU Institutions (with a focus of the CJEU) in contributing to international law, the second two papers use this as a basis to zoom in on two key and topical fields of law: migration and trade.

On the basis of draft papers and the expected discussion during the session, the panel aims at identifying common features and divergences in the practice of actors within the EU legal order regarding universalism of international law in a variety of fields. At the same time, it will provide further insights regarding the implications of institutional practice for the recognition and operation of a principle of universalism of international law within the EU legal order.

  • Prof. Sara Poli (Pisa): The European Court of Justice’s interpretation of international law with a European sensibility and its contestation
  • Dr. Jed Odermatt (Copenhagen): The European Union and Its Approaches to International Law: Towards Fragmentation or Universality?
  • Dr. Tamas Molnar (Budapest & European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights): The place and role of international human rights law in the EU Return Directive and in the related CJEU case-law: Approaches worlds apart?
  • Dr. Markus P. Beham (Passau): Universality through Trade and Investment: Challenges and Strategies for ‘Megaregionals’ of the EU

The workshop will be chaired by two of the IG convenors, Dr Anne Thies (Reading) and Professor Ramses Wessel (Twente).

The presentation and discussion of papers will be followed by a general discussion about the IG’s objectives and activities.

10th Anniversary CLEER Conference – EU external relations: Tackling global challenges?

On occasion of its 10th anniversary, CLEER will organise a two-day academic conference. It will consist of several thematic panel sessions with presentations and discussions with senior and junior scholars as well practitioners, and keynote presentations from outstanding EU academics.

Academic coordination of this Conference is provided by CLEER Executive Board.

Theme of the Conference

Unprecedented challenges to globalisation, trade, multilateralism and the global order have come from various internal and external sources over the past few years. From Trump to Brexit, from an assertive Russia to the continuing migrant crises, and from the public outcry towards multilateral trade to the rise of populism, hardly any policy area has been recently operating ‘business as usual’. Indeed, the European Union and its Member States have no option but accept these unprecedented challenges and find the best ways forward in attaining the external objectives laid down in the EU Treaties. This Conference takes stock of the actions (and reactions) of the European Union through external action instruments in a number of substantive areas such as migration, trade, neighbouring policies, and security and defence. It aims to reflect on the appropriateness and effectiveness of the institutional structures underpinning EU external action in addressing these challenges and suggest possible ways forward. This Conference therefore welcomes contributions from different areas of EU external relations, potentially combining a legal with a theoretical or policy perspective.

Possible topics include:

  • An evaluation 10 years after the constitutional and policy innovations introduced by the Treaty of Lisbon in the area of EU external relations
  • Legal and policy aspects of Brexit, the future settlement, and recent developments in light of the deadline of March 2019
  • Migration and asylum policies within the framework of the external dimension of the area of freedom security and justice
  • Legal aspects of trade and investment policies such as trade and sustainable development, ISDS, and EU compliance with international legal obligations in the context of economic agreements
  • Recent developments in neighbouring policies especially with Russia, the Balkans and the Southern Mediterranean countries
  • Permanent and Structured Cooperation in the area of security and defence
  • Legal aspects of external aid in view of the future merger of different instruments under the next multi annual financial framework

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 as well as brief CVs at no later than 30 May 2018.

The Organisers will review all submitted proposals and will be responsible for the composition of panels. A final selection will be made by the Organisers and the speakers will be notified by the end of June 2018.

Confirmed participants are expected to provide final drafts of their papers, of between 8000-10.000 words, in electronic form, no later than 15 November 2018.

Selected papers, duly revised, may be considered for publication in CLEER Papers.

Travel costs and accommodation

CLEER will be able cover part of travel costs on a needs-basis as well as lunch for the selected participants, including accommodation in The Hague for one night.


Deadline for abstract submission: 30 May 2018
Notification of acceptance: end June 2018
Final papers due: 15 November 2018
Conference: 6-7 December 2018


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