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Call for papers – The EU and the Arctic

Members of EUGlobal may be interested in the attached call for papers for a Dundee conference on the EU and the Arctic.

Call for papers_2015 EU-Arctic Conference

EEAS Conference

The University of Salamanca, in cooperation with the Centre for the Law of the External Relations of the T.M.C. Asser Institute, will hold a workshop on the 25th and 26th September 2014 under the title ‘The European External Action Service and the New Institutional Balance in EU External Action: Reconciling Autonomy and Cooperation’.


The workshop aims to further and deepen the analysis of the main changes that the traditional model of EU external action is undergoing since the establishment of the EEAS. Particular focus will be placed on inter institutional relations in selected fields of EU external action, as well as on the key role that Member States remain to play after the setup of the EEAS. 


The program counts on the participation of leading scholars and practitioners. It is foreseen that at least  a significant part of the results of this seminar will be published in a volume as part of CLEER’s Working Paper Series.


Registration free at


Two EUGLOBAL lunchtime seminars at UCL

Wednesday, 5 February 2014, 12:30 to 14:00



Speaker: Dr Narine Ghazaryan (Brunel Law School – She is the author of ‘The European Neighbourhood Policy and the Democratic Values of the EU: A Legal Analysis’ (Oxford, Hart Publishing, 2014).


Seminar Title: ‘The European Neighbourhood Policy and the Eastern Neighbours of the European Union: What Next?’


The topic of this seminar is the European Neighbourhood Policy which offers an integration without membership to the neighbouring states of the EU. A decade has passed since the launch of the policy which allows casting a retrospective look at its failures or perhaps its achievements. The Eastern neighbourhood is particularly indicative in this context, as the relations between the EU and some of its neighbours have reached a seeming stalemate. The seminar therefore summarises the journey of the policy to this date and raises certain questions as to its future prospects.



Wednesday, 26 February, 13:00 to 14:30


Speakers: Dr Rike U. Kraemer (University College London – and Dr Tilman Krueger (University of Bremen –


Seminar title: ‘International Adjudication as a Mode of European External Governance? The WTO SEAL Case’


The EU’s expansion of its aquis communitaire beyond European borders to non-member states and dynamics associated with it have been analyzed in the context of research on ‘EU external governance’. According to such accounts, the regular route to transfer European ideas and concepts in the context of international economic governance is through political negotiations, bilaterally as well as in the multilateral setting of the World Trade Organization (WTO). In the latter context, however, political agreement may not be the only path for the EU to shape global rules. With political decision-making in the WTO so burdensome and the organization’s dispute settlement system so efficient, the judicial clarification and shaping of law may provide another opportunity for the EU to upload its own rules into the realm of international economic governance. In our project, we explore whether WTO adjudication can be viewed as another path for EU external governance and, if so, just in how far EU-internal processes of policy formulation help the EU to expand the reach of its own values and rules in the WTO. As case study, we analyze the EU’s 2009 import prohibition for seal products and subsequent proceedings before the WTO’s dispute settlement bodies.



The University of Granada, together with the ESIL Interest Group on the EU as a Global Actor, is organizing a Conference on ‘The European Union’s External Action in Times of Crisis’, which will take place on 28-29 November 2013 in the Granada Faculty of Law.

All members are warmly invited to participate in this Forum which will analyse the legal framework applicable to the European Union’s external action after the Lisbon Treaty, taking into account the experience of the last years.

Please, see here the conference programme: Granada Conference Programme

Further information is available at the website:

It would be great to see you all in Granada.

Irene Blázquez-Navarro

UCL Workshop – 8 November – Smarter EU Sanctions?

This is to inform members of the Interest Group about a one-day workshop on 8 November, at the Faculty of Laws, University College London, on EU sanctions policies.  The workshop is convened by Piet Eeckhout and Maya Lester (Brick Court Chambers).  Speakers include Sheikh Kadi, UN Ombudsperson Kimberly Prost and CJEU Vice-President Koen Lenaerts.  The workshop is by invitation only, and places are strictly limited.  Members of the Interest Group are none the less most welcome to attend.
For information on the full programme and on how to register, please write to me (
Piet Eeckhout

Lunch seminar on the Pringle judgment – 6 June


Thanks again to those of you who participated at our first brown bag lunch seminar in London on 16 May. It was great to see you, and we are delighted that everyone seemed to enjoy the format of our meeting, which allowed for a very interesting and lively discussion of recent sanctions cases. For those of you who could not attend the seminar, please note that Maya Lester (Brick Court Chambers) and Piet are organising a conference on sanctions later this year. We will keep you posted and would like to draw your attention to the blog on sanctions, which Maya set up together with Michael O’Kane:

We would also like to invite you to our second lunch time seminar, which will take place on Thursday 6 June, at UCL Faculty of Laws (Endsleigh Gardens, London WC1H 0EG), from 12:30 to 14:00. We will be looking at the European Court of Justice’s decision C-370/12, Thomas Pringle v Governement of Ireland, Ireland and The Attorney General of 27 November 2012, and are happy to announce that Professor Alan Dashwood (University of Cambridge, City University London) has kindly agreed to open our discussion with some introductory remarks.

It would be great if you could let Piet or me know if you are planning to come along.

Anne Thies

Lunch Seminar on EU Sanctions Policy

On 16 May we had our first EUGlobal lunch seminar, at UCL Laws.  There was a nice group of participants, and the discussion was wide-ranging, informative and thoughtful.

I gave a short introduction, focusing in particular on the Kadi saga, including the recent Opinion by Advocate General Bot.  Maya Lester, of Brick Court Chambers, then talked about other sanctions cases.  Maya is very active in this area as counsel for persons and entities challenging EU sanctions in the EU Courts.

The discussion focused on issues such as the appropriate standard of review.  Parallels were made with trade remedies cases, where there is intense scrutiny of procedural issues, but not of substantive assessments.  The limits of those parallels were highlighted though, in that a procedural review of the listing of a person is difficult to dissociate from a review of the actual material at the basis of the listing.  Reference was made to different traditions of judicial/constitutional review, in continental Europe (procedural) as opposed to the US (substantive).  However, those traditions are not necessarily reflected in the practices regarding review of listing decisions.  The discussion then moved to the treatment of secret evidence, which is at the heart of the judicial review issue.

We got off to an excellent start with this seminar, which showed the strong interest in the issues on which the interest group focuses.

Piet Eeckhout

Sanctions Blog

EU Global afficionados may be interested in this blog on European sanctions:

EU Global Lunch Seminar – Recent Case Law on EU Sanctions



The ‘UK branch’ of our Interest Group (basically Anne and I) think it may be nice to set up a couple of brown-bag lunch seminars, on current issues related to the EU as a Global Actor.

Our first seminar will be on Thursday 16 May, at UCL Faculty of Laws (Endsleigh Gardens, London WC1H 0EG), from 12.30 to 2 pm.  We suggest looking  at recent case law on EU sanctions, including the Opinion of Advocate General Bot in Kadi II (Joined Cases C-584/10 P, C-593/10 P and C-595/10 P) – but also other recent case law, on regime sanctions.

I will kick off with a short introduction.  The idea is to have a general discussion.  We are also very much open to suggestions for further Interest Group activities.  We do plan to have a second lunchtime seminar on 6 June, same location – further details to be advised.

Piet Eeckhout

CLEER Working Paper 2012/5: Principles and Practices of EU External Representation

The Centre for the Law of EU External Relations (CLEER) has published CLEER Working Paper 2012/ 5: Steven Blockmans & Ramses A. Wessel (eds) Principles and Practices of EU External Representation.

The topics covered in the contributions cast a wide net over the new legal questions and challenges with which the European Union’s institutional framework and law is currently faced, and address ‘selected legal aspects’ of the principles and practice pertaining to the external representation of the European Union, so as to offer new insights into the rapidly developing field of EU external relations law.

List of contributors: Steven Blockmans, Paul James Cardwell, Federico Casolari, Ramses A. Wessel, Bart Van Vooren, Christina Eckes, Peter Van Elsuwege, Scarlett McArdle, Hans Merket, Jed Odermatt, Sven Van Kerckhoven and Jan Wouters.

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