Welcome to the website of the Centre for the Law of EU External Relations (CLEER). Since the start of the European integration process, the legal orders of the EC/EU and the Member States have co-existed and been influenced by international law. On paper the EU is a regulatory superpower with a policy lead in many areas, but it often struggles to pull its political weight into the world. New developments at the level of EU treaties, secondary legislation and case-law create conflicts with the evolving international legal order, and tensions arise between Member State sovereignty, EU capability, and international responsibility. CLEER, as part of the renowned Asser Institute in The Hague, aims to provide insightful academic research about the law and policy of EU external relations, in order to better understand the EU’s position in the existing international legal order.