10th Anniversary CLEER Conference - EU external relations: Tackling global challenges?

06 December 2018
  • Starts at: 09:15h
  • Fee: Early bird & student fee: €100 / Regular fee: €200 / Free for members of CLEER Network
  • Venue: T.M.C. Asser Instituut
  • Organiser: T.M.C Asser Instituut and CLEER
  • Address: R.J. Schimmelpennincklaan 20-22
    2517 JN The Hague
    Netherlands
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From Trump to Brexit, from an assertive Russia to the continuing migrant crises, and from the public outcry towards multilateral trade to the rise of populism, these days working in hardly any EU policy area is ‘business as usual’. The EU and its Member States face unprecedented challenges, in globalisation, trade, multilateralism and changes in the global order. How to attain the external objectives as laid down in the EU treaties?

CLEER, the Centre for the Law of EU External Relations, celebrates its 10th Anniversary with a two-day academic conference on EU External Relations: Tackling global challenges? This conference brings together world-leading academics, practitioners and policy makers from the extensive international network of CLEER.

The conference takes stock of the EU actions (and reactions) through external action instruments in areas such as migration, trade, and neighbouring policies. It reflects on the EU as a global actor and a ‘normative power’, both empowered and constrained by its unique legal framework. Top speakers will discuss the appropriateness and effectiveness of the institutional structures underpinning EU external action in addressing today’s challenges. They will discuss key developments in migration, asylum and human rights, sustainability, trade agreements, investment and Brexit, and will suggest possible ways forward.

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Conference fees:
Early bird (registration before 15 November 2018) /students: €100
Regular fee: €200
Members of CLEER Network: Free

Academic coordination of this Conference is provided by CLEER Executive Board Members Prof. Christina Eckes (University of Amsterdam) Prof. Andrea Ott (Maastricht University), Prof Peter van Elsuwege (University of Ghent), Prof. Ramses Wessel (University of Twente), Dr. Wybe Douma, and Dr. Enrico Partiti (T.M.C. Asser Institute).

CLEER is an academic platform for research coordination and cooperation between its members in view of joint events, joint publications, and funding opportunities. Since 2008 it links world-leading EU external relations experts from universities and institutions in the Netherlands and in Europe. 

Programme

DAY 1: Thursday 6 December 2018

09:15-09:30: Registration and coffee

09:30: Opening remarks from CLEER Board (Prof. Ramses Wessel, University of Twente)

09:45-10:30: Keynote presentation – Prof. Enzo Cannizzaro (La Sapienza University, Rome)

10:30-10:45: Discussion

10:45-11:00: Break

11:00-12:30: Panel 1 - The EU as a global actor and normative power

Chair: Prof. Andrea Ott (University of Maastricht)

  • Dr. Anne Thies (University of Reading) - Structural principles of EU law and Member States’ obligations to empower the EU as a global actor
  • Dr. Shawn Donnelly  (University of Twente) - Europe’s leadership potential in global affairs
  • Prof. Delphine Dero-Bugny – Dr. Julia Motte-Baumvol (University of Paris Descartes) - Shaping EU external relations beyond treaty-making: the scope of extraterritorial EU regulations and their enforcement challenges

12:30-13:30: Lunch

13:30-15:00: Panel 2 - The normative framework of EU external action

Chair: Prof Christina Eckes (University of Amsterdam)

  • Dr. Pauline Melin & Ilja Terwinghe (University of Maastricht) - On the road to the adoption of the Global compact on migration: limits of the EU external action in migration policies
  • Dr. Merijn Chamon (University of Ghent) - The continued development of the ERTA jurisprudence as a limit to facultative mixity in the post-Lisbon legal order
  • Dr. Eva Kassoti (The Hague University) -  Between Sollen and Sein: The CJEU’s reliance on international law in the interpretation of economic agreements covering occupied territories

15:00-15:15: Break

15:15-16:45: Panel 3 - EU external relations law and protection of human rights

Chair: Dr. Enrico Partiti

  • Dr. Narine Ghazaryan (University of Nottingham) - The intertwining of security and human rights: the European Union’s approach towards the trafficking of human beings in its relations with the Eastern neighbourhood
  • Dr. Alfredo dos Santos Soares and Sophia Beck-Mannagetta (University of Madrid/ University of Strathclyde) - EU’s cooperation with third countries on migration and asylum with special mention of the case in Libya
  • Prof. Juan Santos Vara(University of Salamanca) -The externalization of EU migration policies: A challenge to human rights

 

DAY 2: Friday 7 December 2018

9:30-10:15: Keynote Presentation – Prof. Christine Kaddous (University of Geneva) tbc

10:15-10:30: Discussion

10:30 - 12:00: Panel 4 EU external relations and Brexit

Chair: Prof. Peter van Elsuwege (University of Ghent)

  • Dr. Joris Larik (University of Leiden) - Global Brexit: The Future of external treaty relations between Europe and its major partners
  • Dr. Federico Casolari (University of Bologna) - The implementation of the principle of sincere cooperation while leaving the European Union
  • Prof. Eleftheria Neframi and Dr. Mauro Gatti  (University of Luxemburg) - The UK as third state in EU external relations

12:00-13:00: Lunch

13:00-14:45: Panel 5 Trade and global challenges

Chair: Dr. Wybe Douma  

  • Dr. Denise Prevost and Dr. Iveta Alexovicova (University of Maastricht) - Enforceability of sustainability provisions in EU free trade agreements
  • Melanie Theisinger (University of Rotterdam - Outsourcing the promotion of EU standards?
  • Isabella Mancini (City University of London) - The place of fundamental rights in the new generation of EU trade agreements
  • Dr. Blerina Xheraj (University of Geneva) - Limits to the use of the EU ISDS and its impact on the EU MIC proposal

14:45-15:00: Break

15:00-16:00: High-level Round Table on the Future of EU External Relations

  • Inge Govaere (University of Ghent)
  • Steven Blockmans (CEPS, University of Amsterdam)
  • Isabelle Bosse-Platière (Rennes University)
  • Christophe Hillion (University of Leiden and University of Oslo)
  • Piet Eeckhout  (University College London)

16:00-16:45: Keynote Presentation – Prof. Marise Cremona (European University Institute): ‘Structural Principles in EU External Relations Law’

16:45-17:00: Discussion

17:00: Closing remarks by CLEER Board

17:15: Reception

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