Participating institutions and their representatives

Members of the Governing Board of CLEER

Dr. Wybe Douma
Wybe Douma is Senior Research Fellow in international trade law at the T.M.C. Asser Institute. He has twenty-one years of experience in lecturing on EU law, Dutch administrative and economic law and international trade law at universities in the EU and abroad. In addition, he has 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. His publications include “The Promotion of Sustainable Development through EU Trade Instruments”, “Study on the impact of financial services in EU Free Trade and Association Agreements on money laundering, tax evasion and elusion”, “Protection of fundamental rights in third countries through EU external trade policy: The cases of conflict minerals and timber” among many other publications on the EU.

Prof. Christina Eckes
Christina Eckes is Professor of European law at the University of Amsterdam and Director of the Amsterdam Centre for European Law and Governance (ACELG). Her research interests are integration and disintegration dynamics in EU law. In her current research she focusses on the internal constitutional consequences of the European Union's external actions and the legal limits to European integration. In 2009, she published the monograph “EU Counter-Terrorist Policies and Fundamental Rights - The Case of Individual Sanctions” (OUP), which is the leading text on this topic. In 2011 Christina Eckes was awarded a personal research grant by the Dutch Scientific Organization (NWO) for her research project entitled:  Outside-In: Tracing the Imprint of the European Union's External Actions on Its Constitutional Landscape. Her book titled “EU Powers under External Pressure: How the EU’s External Actions Alter its Internal Structures” (OUP) will be published in 2019. She has also contributed to a significant number of edited books on different aspects of the EU.

Prof. Peter van Elsuwege
Peter Van Elsuwege holds a PhD in Law from University of Ghent. He joined the European Institute of Ghent University in October 2001 and worked as an Academic Assistant and as a Postdoctoral Fellow of the Research Foundation – Flanders (FWO) at the European Law Department. On 1 February 2010, he was appointed Tenure Track Professor in EU law. He is also co-director of the Ghent European Law Institute (GELI). His research activities essentially focus on the law of EU external relations. Specific attention is devoted to the legal framework of the relations between the European Union and its East European neighbours. He is also an affiliated member of the Centre for the Law of EU External Relations (CLEER) and the Centre for Russian International, Socio-Political and Economic Studies (CERISE). He published his book “From Soviet Republics to EU Member States: A Legal and Political Assessment of the Baltic States' Accession to the EU” (Martinus Nijhoff) and authored a considerable number of book chapters for books focusing particularly on external relations of the EU.

Prof. Andrea Ott
Andrea Ott is Professor of EU External Relations Law at the Law Faculty of Maastricht University. She obtained her PhD in 1996 on the integration of GATT/WTO law into the EC legal order from University of Greifswald (Germany). From 1998 until 2003 she was senior research fellow in European Law and International Economic Law at the T.M.C. Asser Institute in The Hague, the Netherlands, and in 2002/2003 Jean Monnet Fellow at the European University Institute in Florence, Italy. She teaches regularly on EU institutional law, EU external relations, enlargement and WTO law in the Netherlands, Central and Eastern Europe and Southeast Asia and China. She is IUS Commune programme coordinator of the research programme “Integration, Differentiation and Flexibility: New Perspectives on EU Law and Policy”. She is member of the editorial committee of Maastricht Journal of European and Comparative Law. Some of her publications include “Fifty Years of European Integration: Foundations and Perspectives” (T.M.C. Asser Press), “The European Parliament’s role in EU treaty-making” and “EU-Turkey cooperation in Migration matters: A game changer in a multi-layered relationship?” among many others.

Prof. Ramses A. Wessel
Ramses A. Wessel is Professor of International and European Law and Governance and Co-Director of the Centre for European Studies at the University of Twente. His additional functions include: Member of the standing Advisory Committee on Issues of Public International Law (CAVV) of the Netherlands’ government; Editor-in-Chief and founder of the International Organizations Law Review and of the Netherlands Yearbook of International Law; Editor of European Papers and of Nijhoff Studies in European Union Law and member of the Editorial Board of the CLEER Papers series and of Europe and the World.  He is a well-known specialist in international and European law and governance and a prolific writer of over 200 academic publications. He participates in a number of European research projects. Some of his recent publications include “Consequences of Brexit for international agreements concluded by the EU and its Member States”, “Studying International and European Law: Confronting Perspectives and Combining Interests” and “Integration and Constitutionalisation in EU Foreign and Security Policy”.
Dr Eva Kassoti (academic programme coordinator)
Dr Eva Kassoti is a Senior Researcher in International and EU Law as well as the academic co-ordinator for the Centre of the Law of EU External Relations (CLEER) at the T.M.C. Asser Institute. Eva read law at the Democritus University of Thrace, Greece, and was subsequently admitted to the Greek bar. She completed the LL.M. in Public International Law at the University of Nottingham and obtained her Ph.D. from the University of Bristol. Her monograph entitled ‘The Juridical Nature of Unilateral acts of States in International Law” was published in 2015. Before joining the T.M.C. Asser Institute, Eva worked as a Senior Lecturer in International and EU Law at The Hague University of Applied Sciences from 2012 to 2018. Eva has held visiting fellowships at Max Planck Institute for Comparative Public Law and International Law in Heidelberg (Germany), the T.M.C. Asser Institute, and the EUI (Florence).