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The event is jointly organised by the City Law School Institute for the Study of European Law & the EUTIP network. This work-in-progress symposium brings together the contributors for the forthcoming edited collection with Edward Elgar Press due to be published in 2022, tentatively entitled “Understanding the EU as a Good Global Governance Actor” edited by Elaine Fahey and Isabella Mancini, at The City Law School.
The EU has as its legal mission to be a good global governance actor yet is continuously challenged in the world. As a global actor, the EU is both a weak and strong actor in a divergent range of global governance areas. It is not comparable to study the EU as a global trade actor for example to its efforts in human rights, data, cyber or the environment. EU international relations constitutes arguably a booming field of law where the EU appears often to be a victim of its own success. And yet it is stated to be a non-entity in non-trade areas globally.
The range of the subjects and objects of EU law continues to expand and the EU is arguably increasingly a victim of its own success, increasingly taking decisions with impacts on third countries or parties, subjecting more entities to sanctions regimes, being bound to consult more entities and have more third countries, parties and entities such as lobbyists interested in the directions of EU law.
The development of the EU as a global actor continues to have multiple facets to it across disciplines. From a legal perspective, the EU has a legal mission to be a good legal actor in its treaties. Yet how does this manifest itself? The assessment of the EU as a global actor includes broad checks on normative action ex ante and ex post facto- yet it is no less harsh. Ex ante metrics of EU global action include court-centred ones such as an opinion from the CJEU on legality of an international agreement, precluded in many constitutional systems on account of its conflict with pacta sunt servanda.
The contours of the principle of the autonomy of EU law have the capacity to put more stringent parameters on EU institutionalised evolutions as to international engagement. The book explores the metrics of actorness from a legal perspective. This book explores the nexus between trade and big data, trade and economics and trade and human rights as a future research agenda with input from a variety of scholars in the new era of deeper enforcement of EU trade law, EU digital sovereignty and EU defensive multilateralism. Which nexus is most apt as the EU evolves? Which nexus is the hardest to prove, to show or to engage with from a legal perspective?
The programme can be downloaded via this link.
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|8.15am - 8.25am||Introduction to the Workshop|
Elaine Fahey & Isabella Mancini
|8.25am - 9.00am||Opening reflection papers|
Chair: Elaine Fahey
Ignacio Garcia-Bercero (European Commission) & Kalypso Nicolaïdis (University of Oxford/ EUI, Florence), Brussels Calling: The paradoxes of power and the trade/regulatory nexus
Ramses Wessel (University of Groningen), The Role of Values in EU External Relations: A Legal Assessment of the EU as a Good Global Actor
Q&A (15 mins)
|9:00am - 10:10am||1. On ‘Good’ Data Governance: the emerging ambitions and values in data flows|
Chair: Jean-Baptiste Velut
Overview paper: Xuechen Chen (New College of the Humanities) & Xinchuchu Gao (Kings College London), EU-China Digital Connectivity: on power and regulatory capture
Jorg Polakiewicz (Council of Europe), The Emperor’s New Clothes – Data Privacy and Cybersecurity from a European Perspective
Thomas Streinz (New York University, NYU), The Limits of the Brussels Effect in the Digital Domain
Svetlana Yakovleva (University of Amsterdam), EU’s policy on cross-border data flows: navigating the thin line between liberalizing digital trade, promoting rules-based multilateralism and safeguarding fundamental rights and values
Q&A (20 mins) and break (10 mins)
|10:10am - 11:30am||2. On ‘Good’ Trade Governance: the emerging ambitions and values of a deeper trade agenda|
Chair: Wolfgang Weiss
Overview paper: Jean-Baptiste Velut (Université Paris III - Sorbonne Nouvelle), Environmental allies and trade competitors: a comparative analysis of US and EU governance models for trade and climate action
Martin Trybus (University of Birmingham), The EU acting through Free Trade Agreements: The case of sustainability and public procurement
Tonia Novitz (University of Bristol), The role of the EU in developing ’sustainable’ labour linkages in contemporary trade
Eva Pander Maat (City Law School, City, University of London), The EU Carbon Border Adjustment Mechanism - merging ‘good’ global leadership on climate and trade?’
Clair Gammage (University of Bristol), The Next Normative Frontier: The EU as a Feminist Trade Actor?
Q&A (20 mins) and break (10 mins)
|11.30am-12.40pm||3. The EU Institutional dimension of ‘Good’ Trade Governance|
Chair: Martin Trybus
Overview paper: Maria Garcia (University of Bath), EU as trade negotiator in the international order- Limits of the EU’s normative linkages in trade negotiations
Wolfgang Weiss (University of Speyer), Democratisation of good global governance: The EU’s role in the Parliamentarisation of trade policy
Ewa Zelazna (University of Leicester), The EU as a Good Global Actor in International Economic Relations The Role of Parliaments
Eva Kassoti (TMC Asser Institute) and Graham Butler (Aarhus University), The EU Courts Approach to International Law: Towards a Conceptual Framework
Gesa Kubek (University of Leuphana), Dispute Settlement under EU FTAs: The Role of Sustainable Development Chapters
Q&A (20 mins)
Elaine Fahey & Isabella Mancini
Elaine Fahey, City Law School, City, University of London (co-organiser)
Isabelle Mancini, Brunel Law School/ City Law School, City, University of London (co-organiser)
Ignacio Garcia-Bercero, European Commission
Kalypso Nicolaïdis, University of Oxford/ EUI, Florence
Ramses Wessel, University of Groningen
Jean-Baptiste Velut, Université Paris III - Sorbonne Nouvelle
Martin Trybus, University of Birmingham
Tonia Novitz, University of Bristol
Eva Pander Maat, City, University of London
Clair Gammage, University of Bristol
Xuechen Chen, New College of the Humanities
Xinchuchu Gao, Kings College London
Jorg Polakiewicz, Council of Europe
Thomas Streinz, New York University
Svetlana Yakovleva, University of Amsterdam
Maria Garcia, University of Bath
Wolfgang Weiss, University of Speyer
Ewa Zelazna, University of Leicester
Eva Kassoti, TMC Asser Institute
Graham Butler, University of Aarhus
Elaine Fahey, City, University of London
Isabella Mancini, City, University of London.