11 October 2018 - CLEER Presidency Lecture: The Bulgarian Presidency’s experience of the EU Council in the external relations field
T.M.C. Asser Instituut and CLEER, in cooperation with the Embassy of the Republic of Bulgaria to the Kingdom of the Netherlands, cordially invite you to this Presidency Lecture by:
H.E. Mr Rumen Alexandrov Ambassador of Republic of Bulgaria in the Netherlands
Respondent speaker: Dr. Joris Larik Assistant Professor of Comparative, EU and International Law at the University of Leiden and Member of the Advisory Board of CLEER.
The CLEER Presidency lecture series looks at the presidency terms in retrospect, in order to assess how the Member State fulfilled these aspirations and what its actions mean for the European Union’s international relations.
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4 April 2018 - CLEER Lecture by Andrea Ott on 'The Brexit conundrum: Stuck between Politics, EU and International Law'
This lecture addresses the current state of play of the Brexit negotiations and sheds a light on the future EU-UK trade relations. These negotiations are confronted with several challenges, among them the question how to reconcile the political red lines of both sides with the legal challenges arising from EU and international law.
The UK government turns out to be without a concrete plan since triggering Article 50 TEU procedure on 29 March 2017. Without even having discussed the future relationship, progress on the withdrawal agreement to organise the orderly withdrawal of the UK from the EU moves too slowly. It will at the same time predetermine the future content of the future bilateral agreement with key points agreed in December 2017 on finances, citizens, and Northern Ireland.
The British prime minister Theresa May has stressed so far in her political speeches since 2017 that the UK leaves the customs union, the single market, and the ECJ’s jurisdiction. And she expects that the EU makes the UK a creative offer for a future trade deal which is not copying existing closer cooperation in form of the European Economic Area extension of the internal market, the Canadian Free Trade Area or the Turkish customs union (“We will not accept the rights of Canada and the obligations of Norway”).
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25 - 29 June 2018 - 4th CLEER Summer School on the Law of EU External Relations
CLEER presents their 4th intensive one-week summer school in EU External Relations Law, hosted by Brussels campus of Maastricht University. The programme will comprise interactive lectures delivered by practitioners from the EU institutions and renowned academic experts, including a number of study visits to the EU institutions. Topics will include, i.e., EU-UK relations, EU competences, mixed agreements and treaty-making, EU external policies Trade and Development.
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