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City Law School hosts workshop on EU External Relations and International Law

The online forum looked at ‘outside’ perspectives on the EU and its external relations, bringing together speakers from Singapore, Canada, US, Brazil, Israel, Switzerland, the UK and the European Union.
by City Press Office (General enquiries)


On 12 June 2020, The City Law School (CLS) hosted an online workshop, titled, The European Union’s External Action and International Law: A View From the Outside.

The event was convened jointly by the CLS’ International Law and Affairs Group (ILAG) and the European Society of International Law Interest Group on the EU as a Global Actor. One of the aims of the workshop was to bring together ‘outside’ perspectives on the EU’s external relations. Held as an online workshop, the event brought together academics and practitioners in different parts of the world.

The workshop comprised five sessions, each examining a different aspect of the EU’s external relations. The first session of the workshop was chaired by event organizers, Dr Jed Odermatt (City Law School) and Professor Ramses A. Wessel (University of Groningen) and focused on the ‘EU and Global Values’.

The second session, chaired by Dr Melanie Fink (Leiden University), examined the ‘outside’ perspectives on the ‘EU and International Organizations’. The third session, chaired by Dr Tamás Molnár (European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights, Vienna) examined the ‘EU and International Economic Law’. The fourth session was chaired by Professor Christine Kaddous (University of Geneva), and looked at regional perspectives on the EU’s external action, including Israel, Switzerland and Brazil. The final session, chaired by Dr Anne Thies (University of Reading) focused on various aspects of the EU’s interaction with international law.

Participants were: Dr Teresa Cabrita (University of Amsterdam); Dr Merijn Chamon (Maastricht University, the Netherlands) Professor David Collins (The City Law School); Dr Melanie Fink (Leiden University); Dr Rachel Frid de Vries (Ono Academic College, Israel); Birgit Hollaus (Vienna University of Economics and Business, Austria); Professor Christine Kaddous (University of Geneva); Yuliya Kaspiarovich (University of Geneva); Dr Cornelia Klocker (University of Konstanz, Germany); Dr Emilija Leinarte (University of Cambridge); Dr Jamile B. Mata Diz (Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais, Brazil); Dr Tamás Molnár (European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights, Vienna); Dr Jed Odermatt (City Law School, convenor); Dr Vassilis Pergantis (Aristotle University of Thessaloniki); Jorg Polakiewicz (Council of Europe, Strasbourg); Professor Mark A. Pollack (Temple University, Philadelphia); Jenny Poon (University of Western Ontario, Canada); Katariina Särkänne (University of Eastern Finland); Dr Anne Thies (University of Reading); Dr Reuben Wong (National University of Singapore); Professor Ramses A. Wessel (University of Groningen, convenor)

A Working Paper of the workshop has been published and can be read here.

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