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The EU’s global role with respect to the principle of solidarity under international law: a quest for normativity?

On the margins of the 2021 ESIL Catania Research Forum ‘Solidarity: The Quest for Founding Utopias of International Law’, the EUGlobal Interest Group is organizing an online event entitled ‘The EU’s global role with respect to the principle of solidarity under international law: a quest for normativity?’ on 15 April 2021 at 10:00 to 12:30.

If you wish to take part in this EUGlobal side event, please register via the Research Forum registration platform. All registered participants will receive a link for the IG workshop in due time.

Programme summary:

10.00 – 10.10

Jed Odermatt (IG EUGLOBAL; City, University of London): Welcome and Introduction to the Workshop 

10:10 – 10.35

  • Despoina Poutakidou (Aristotle University of Thessaloniki)“The quest for solidarity: Human rights provisions in European Union’s international trade agreements” 
  • Discussant: Elaine Fahey (City, University of London)

10.35 – 11.00

  • Elisabet Ruiz Cairò (Université de Genève):The principle of solidarity in global health: Any lessons from the European Union?” 
  • Discussant: Anniek de Ruijter (University of Amsterdam)

11:00 – 11:25

  • Pascal McDougall (Harvard Law School): “The European Union and International Solidarity at the Intersection of Labour Rights and the Environment”
  • Discussant: Tonia Novitz (University of Bristol)

11.25 – 12.15: Q & A session – further comments and debate 

12.15 – 12.30: Concluding remarks of the IG EUGLOBAL conveners

Click here to download the full programme.

The EU’s global role with respect to the principle of solidarity under international law: a quest for normativity?

In the margins of the ESIL Catania Research Forum, the ESIL Interest Group on the EU as a Global Actor will hold a workshop on the EU’s global role with respect to the principle of solidarity under international law on 15 April 2021. The primary target audience for the event is legal scholars at an early stage of their careers.

The theme of the upcoming ESIL Research Forum concerns the role of solidarity in the fabric of international law as well as in its different branches of law. The EUGlobal Interest Group will pick up this topic by focusing on the European Union’s global role with respect to the principle of solidarity under international law. Therefore, EUGlobal welcomes proposals for papers addressing mainly (but not limited to) the following themes:

  • Solidarity as a legal principle in the EU legal order: challenges in the law of external relations and the role of EU judiciary.
  • Burden sharing, responsibility-sharing and solidarity under the new EU Pact on Migration and Asylum: a blueprint for the global legal order?
  • Case studies of EU law influencing universal standard-setting related to solidarity within the international community (e.g. EU’s contribution to the ILC’s draft articles on the protection of persons in the event of disasters etc.).

The IG EUGLOBAL invites submissions of abstracts, written in English or French, of no more than 500 words. Applications should be submitted to euglobalactor@gmail.com by 31 January 2021 (Sunday) 24:00h CET, with a short curriculum vitae containing the author’s name, institutional affiliation, contact information (e-mail and phone number), and whether the applicant is member of ESIL. Selected speakers will be notified by 15 February 2021 via e-mail.

The full Call for Papers for the event can be downloaded here.

IG webinar on “The European Union’s External Action and International Law: A View From the Outside”

On 12 June the EUGlobal Interest Group will organise a webinar on ‘The European Union’s External Action and International Law: A View From the Outside’ with participants from all over the globe. The event is organised together with the The City Law School’s International Law and Affairs Group (ILAG) in London.

The event is open to the public. Please find the programme and a possibility to register HERE. Registration is on a first come first serve basis. As the number of available places is limited, please let us know if you do no longer wish to make use of the link we will mail you upon registration so as to free a seat for others that are interested. We look forward to seeing you at the IG’s very first webinar.

On behalf of the other IG Conveners: Ramses Wessel, Melanie Fink, Christine Kaddous and Anne Thies, and our co-organiser in London, Jed Odermatt.

Joint EUglobal – City Law School workshop: “The European Union’s External Action and International Law: A View From the Outside”

The City Law School, International Law and Affairs Group (ILAG) and the ESIL Interest Group on the EU as a Global Actor invite submissions of abstracts for a workshop on ‘The European Union’s External Action and International Law: A View From the Outside’. The workshop will take place at the City Law School, City, University of London, on 12 June 2020.

Workshop Theme:
How is the European Union and its external action viewed from the ‘outside’? As the European Union’s external action continues to expand and evolve, this raises ever more questions about how such practice fits within the state-centric system of international law.

Some practices in the EU’s external action have been criticised as examples of ‘European exceptionalism’, in which the EU receives exceptions from its international partners. The use of disconnection clauses in international agreements; the EU’s insistence that the autonomy of the EU legal order be preserved in dispute settlement bodies; the practice of concluding mixed agreements; among others, have raised concerns for the EU’s external partners. In these instances, the EU seeks certain exceptions under international law to take account the EU’s internal law. The EU’s external action has also attracted certain criticism from international lawyers who have pointed to fields of EU action may contravene international law.

While much of this has been considered from the ‘internal’ perspective, especially by EU law experts, there has been less reflection on how the EU and its external action is viewed from the ‘outside’. This event understands ‘outside’ as a broad term to include opinions and approaches from outside the EU geographically, but also in terms of academic discipline. It may also involve critical and non-Western approaches to the understanding the EU’s external action. The event aims to open up the study of the EU’s external action to outside reactions and perspectives.

We invite abstracts on the general theme of workshop. Issues may include

  • How is the EU’s external action viewed from the perspective of public international law? What practices in the EU’s external action give rise to particular problems for the EU and its international partners?
  • How is the EU viewed from the perspective of other international bodies, such as international organizations and international dispute settlement bodies? What kinds of tensions does this give rise to in EU law and international law?
  • Which practices of the EU give rise to particular problems from an international law perspective? Does the EU’s action in the field of trade, sanctions, migration, human rights and so on, invite criticism for failure to observe international law?
  • What can other disciplines outside of EU law, such as international law, or critical and non-Western approaches, bring to the study of the EU and its external action?
  • What are the views of the EU and its external action from particular geographical regions?

The abstracts should contain a one-page (500 words max.) description of the proposed paper and are to be accompanied by a CV of the author/s. The abstracts are to be sent to Ramses Wessel (r.a.wessel@rug.nl) and Jed Odermatt (Jed.Odermatt@city.ac.uk) by 15 February 2020. Successful applicants will be notified by 15 March 2020.

CLEER and ESIL IG EU as a Global Actor Conference: EU Trade Agreements and the Duty to Respect Human Rights Abroad (11 December 2019)

The ESIL Interest Group on the EU as a Global Actor, the T.M.C. Asser Institute, and the Centre for the Law of EU External Relations (CLEER) are arranging a workshop on ‘EU Trade Agreements and the Duty to Respect Human Rights Abroad’. The workshop will take place at the Asser Institute in The Hague, on 11 December 2019.

Following a successful call for papers back in May, the final programme of the workshop is now available:

EU External Relations Law: Recent Developments

The Leuven Centre for Global Governance Studies and the University of Salamanca, in co-operation with the ESIL Interest Group on the EU as a Global Actor, are organizing on 15 July 2019 the fourth edition of the Seminar on EU External Relations Law in order to explore the most salient issues in the case law of the Court of Justice and the General Court on EU external relations over the last year.

Click here to read the full seminar program.

Call for Papers: Joint EUGlobal-CLEER Workshop – “EU Trade Agreements and the Duty to Respect Human Rights Abroad”

ESIL - CLEER - Asser institute

The T.M.C. Asser Institute, the Centre for the Law of EU External Relations (CLEER) and the ESIL Interest Group on the EU as a Global Actor invite submissions of abstracts for a workshop on ‘EU Trade Agreements and the Duty to Respect Human Rights Abroad’. The workshop will take place at the Asser Institute in The Hague, on 11 December 2019.

Workshop Theme [extract]:

In recent years, the issue of whether human rights obligations incumbent upon the EU have an extraterritorial scope has gained much salience. Recent developments, including the Western Sahara litigation before the CJEU concerning the conclusion of a trade agreement extending to a territory whose people are denied the right to self-determination by an EU trading partner attest to the increasing significance of answering questions of ‘extraterritoriality’ of EU human rights obligations in the context of trade agreements. […]

In this light, this workshop aims to explore the question of whether the EU is bound by human rights obligations towards individuals outside the territory of its Member States when it concludes trade agreements with third countries.

Abstracts are invited that address one or more of the following aspects:

  • Is the EU bound to respect human rights extraterritorially when it concludes trade agreements with third countries, and if so, what is the legal basis for this duty?
  • To what extent are Art. 3(5) and 21 TEU relevant in the context of the debate regarding the EU’s extraterritorial human rights obligations?
  • To what extent is international law relevant in the context of the debate regarding the EU’s extraterritorial human rights obligations?
  • How can other areas of international law (such as due diligence, responsibility of international organisations) have an impact on the debate regarding the EU’s extraterritorial human rights obligations?

The abstracts should contain a one-page (500 words max.) description of the proposed paper and are to be accompanied by a CV of the author/s. The abstracts are to be sent to Ramses Wessel (ramses.wessel@utwente.nl) and Eva Kassoti (E.Kassoti@asser.nl) by 15 July 2019. Successful applicants will be notified by 15 September 2019. The proposed paper must not cover previously published work. The complete papers (8.000-10.000 words) must be submitted by 15 November 2019 in order to be communicated to the other participants in the workshop. It is the intention of the organisers to seek publication of the papers in the CLEER papers subject to applicable peer review processes.

Click here to read the full Call for Papers.

Call for papers: Sharing Sovereignty: The EU, its Member States and International Law

The European Society of International Law’s Interest Group The EU as a Global Actor organises a pre-conference event on Thursday 12 September 2019 in the framework of the 15th ESIL Annual Conference to be held 12-14 September 2019 in Athens, Greece.

As part of their EU membership, states have transferred an unprecedented amount of powers to an international organisation. Some of these powers touch upon core aspects of sovereignty, such as access of third country nationals to EU territory, budgetary decision-making, as well as external representation. The pre-conference event focuses on the consequences this transfer of competences has on our understanding of sovereignty and on the relationship of the EU and its Member States with third parties.

The overall aim of the panel is to explore the potential of developing a concept of European or shared sovereignty and to identify particular challenges associated with the complex division of competences among the EU and its Member States for international law. In this light, the Coordinating Committee of the Interest Group The EU as a Global Actor invites submissions of abstracts on any of the questions mentioned in the full call for papers of no more than 500 words. Applications should be submitted to ramses.wessel@utwente.nl by 1 June 2019, with a short curriculum vitae containing the author’s name, institutional affiliation, and contact details. Selected speakers will be notified by 1 July 2019.

Click here to read the full call for papers, in PDF format.

 

Call for papers: EU External Relations after Brexit


Professor Juan Santos Vara (Universidad de Salamanca) and Professor Ramses A. Wessel (University of Twente) are organizing a workshop entitled “EU External Relations after Brexit: Implications under EU and International Law” on 7-9 March 2019 at the Universidad de Salamanca in Spain.

This workshop will analyse and discuss the applicable rules of both EU and international law in relation to the withdrawal of the United Kingdom from the European Union. It will focus on the impact of the withdrawal agreement and the arrangement for the future EU-UK relations on the existing external relations regime of the European Union.

Ever since the notification of the UK’s intention to withdraw from the European Union, legal scholarship has pointed to a variety of complex legal problems. While the focus has clearly been on the ways in which the UK could remain connected to the EU, the consequences for the EU’s (and the UK’s) external relations regime are equally complex. Both EU external relations law and international law have something to say about the problems that still need to be solved and the ones that can be expected on the basis of the new arrangements.

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 at savajuan@usal.es no later than 30 November 2018. Please include your name, email and affiliation along with your abstract. As we aim for the publication of a book, paper proposals will be subject to a strict selection. The selection of the papers will be communicated to the speakers by the end of December 2018. Confirmed participants are expected to provide complete drafts of their papers of around 8000 words no later than 1 March 2019.

Travel costs and accommodation
The Jean Monnet Chair at USAL in EU External Action will cover travel costs as well local expenses for the selected participants, including accommodation in Salamanca for two nights.


Please see the full call for papers for further details.

CLEER event bundle: EU Free trade agreements, the Bulgarian presidency in the EU, and CLEER’s 10th anniversary

The Centre for the Law of EU External Relations (CLEER) is hosting three events in the near future that should be of interest to the members of the interest group: