Participating institutions and their representatives
Members of the Governing Board of CLEER
Dr. Tamara Takács (academic programme coordinator)
Senior Researcher at the T.M.C. Asser Institute. Previously Assistant Professor in EU Law at Europa Instituut, Faculty of Law, Utrecht University (2009-2011), where she taught courses on European Institutional Law, Law of the EU (including Internal Market, competition) and International Economic Law (WTO law). Adjunct Associate Professor at American University, Washington College of Law (Spring 2011), teaching a course on European Union Law. A Hungarian national, Tamara obtained her law degree at the University of Pécs, received a Research Master’s degree in European Law (D.E.A.) from Université Nancy 2, and wrote her PhD dissertation at Utrecht University and T.M.C. Asser Institute. She has frequently taught as a guest lecturer at law schools in Hungary, Slovenia, Washington DC, France and presented papers on EU law and external relations law at conferences. Tamara’s research focuses on EU institutional law and external relations law (Common Commercial Policy, transatlantic trade relations, Enlargement, ENP, human security issues), as well as comparative constitutional law. In addition to her academic research and teaching, Tamara has significant experience in curriculum development, design, and delivery of capacity building trainings for legal professionals, working in Western-Balkans, Ukraine, North Africa.
Professor of European Union Law, Head of the Department of European Law and Dean of Research, Erasmus School of Law, Erasmus University Rotterdam with wide exposure to constitutional, institutional and substantive law of the European Union. A German national, he holds a PhD with distinction (1998) from the University of Groningen. He is also a fully qualified lawyer in Germany (Ass.iur.). Prof. Dr. Amtenbrink has numerous scientific publications to his name in the form of books, book contributions and international legal and economic journals. He has broad teaching experience in German, Dutch and English through several academic employments and various visiting professorships in the Netherlands and other EU and third countries (e.g. University of Bonn, Masaryk University, Bahcesehir University Istanbul, University of Western Ontario, Fudan University Shanghai).
Head of EU Foreign Policy at CEPS, a renowned Brussels-based think tank, Professor of EU External Relations Law and Governance at the University of Amsterdam (ACELG), and a founding member of the Centre for the Law of EU External Relations (CLEER).
He has published widely on the institutional structures for EU external action, the Union’s role in global governance, norm promotion (inside out) and norm absorption (outside in), CFSP, CSDP, enlargement, ENP, trade and development. He is the author of ‘Tough Love: the EU’s relations with the Western Balkans’ (AP/CUP 2007) and the (co-)editor of 15 volumes, including, ‘Research Handbook on EU Institutional Law’ (EE 2016), ’Differentiated Integration in the EU: From the Inside Looking Out’(CEPS 2014) and ‘The EU's Role in Global Governance’ (OUP 2013). He served as leading author of the CEPS Task Force on ‘More Union in European Defence’ chaired by Javier Solana (2015) and as co-rapporteur of the ‘High-Level Group on EU Institutional Reform’ chaired by Danuta Hübner MEP (2014).
For almost 20 years, he has carried out numerous research and technical assistance projects in wider Europe and in Asia for the institutions of the EU and governments of EU Member States and third countries. From 2005 to 2010, he was a lecturer in the in-service training provided by the European Institute of Public Administration (EIPA) for DG Relex and other external relations DGs of the European Commission. From 2007 to 2009, he served as a long-term expert on legal approximation in the framework of an EU-sponsored project in support for the Ministry of European Integration of Albania.
Steven holds a PhD in law from Leiden University, where he worked as a lecturer from 1998 until 2002.
Senior Research Fellow in International Trade Law (PhD 2003 on ‘The Precautionary Principle: Its Application in International, European and Dutch Law’) at the T.M.C. Asser Institute. Twenty-one years of experience in lecturing on EU law, Dutch administrative and economic law and international trade law at universities in the EU (Groningen, Warsaw, Lublin and Krakow) and Thailand (Chulalongkorn University). Ten years of consultancy experience as trainer for civil servants, judges, public prosecutors and diplomats, as team leader and LTE in Phare and TACIS projects on the harmonisation with EU legislation (in Bosnia-Herzegovina and Russia), and as STE on numerous other projects dealing with the relationship between national and European/international law and the external relations of the EU.
Academic expert in the fields of external relations, Eenlargement, and constitutional and administrative law of the EU. Regular commentator on EU law for peer-reviewed journals (e.g. the Common Market Law Review, the European Foreign Affairs Review). Twelve years of teaching experience in EU law and European Studies at both undergraduate and graduate levels, regular guest lecturer at different European universities (Budapest, Copenhagen, Cambridge, Donetsk, Durham, Ghent, Gothenburg, Leiden, Lodz, London, Moscow, Prague, Sussex, Tallinn, Warsaw, Zagreb) and institutes (College of Europe, European University Institute); teacher in EU external relations programmes of the European Law Academy (Trier); supervision of PhD candidates; regular participant in international conferences and seminars, academic research networks; active in policy studies (DemosEuropa).
Senior lecturer in EU Law. Fifteen years of teaching, consultancy and research experience in the field of EU law, especially EU institutional and external relations law. Since 2000, Dr. Ott has organised eight major conferences and seminars in the Netherlands, Poland, Hungary and Turkey which all resulted in book publications co-authored and co-edited by her. Since 2006, she has functioned as one of the co-editors of the Maastricht Journal of European and Comparative Law and is member of the research school IUS Commune. Dr. Ott has taught at different universities and institutions in the EU (e.g. Greifswald, T.M.C. Asser Institute) and is a guest professor at the Chulalongkorn University (Bangkok). She has been coordinating academic modules and courses since 1998 and has been regularly involved in projects carried out for EU institutions, Member States and candidate countries.
Professor of International and European Institutional Law, and University Dean of Educational Innovation and Co-Director of the Centre for European Studies at the University of Twente. He is member of the standing Governmental Advisory Committee on Issues of Public International Law (CAVV) and the editorial board of the Netherlands Yearbook of International law. Professor Wessel is a leading academic expert in the area of the law of EU external relations with a focus on foreign, security and defence policy and a prolific writer on European and international institutional law with twenty years of teaching experience in international and European institutional law at both undergraduate and graduate level. He has given numerous guest lectures at different international universities and served as standing teacher in EU external relations programmes for the European Commission (DG RELEX). He carries supervision of PhDs and is an active participant in international conferences and seminars. He is committed to academic research networks.