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Effet Utile: understanding international treaties

26/10/2012 - 00:00
27/10/2012 - 23:59

The Europaeum is co-supporting an upcoming conference at Charles University, Prague from October 26-27th. The concept of effet utile refers to the method of understanding international treaties, most commonly used in the interpretation of European Community law by the European Court of Justice. Speakers from Computense Universidad Madrid and the University of Bonn will take part, as well as colleagues from the Centre of Law at Prague. Click here to view a preliminary Programme.

Form more information and details on how you can attend, please contact the Europaeum Office.

OXFORD | Conflict Resolution in Europe

A Kind of Madness: Jean-Jacques Rousseau on International Relations

21/05/2012 - 18:00
21/05/2012 - 19:30
Sir Adam RobertsSir Adam Roberts

Continuing our ongoing Oxford-Geneva Links programme, which brings scholars from Oxford to Geneva, and Geneva to Oxford, the Europaeum is organising another special lecture hosted by our partner The Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, Geneva. This year Professor Sir Adam Roberts, Senior Research Fellow of the Centre for International Studies, Oxford, Emeritus Fellow of Balliol College, and President of the British Academy, will lecture on A Kind of Madness: Jean-Jacques Rousseau on International Relations on May 21st. Sir Adam is a long-time supporter of the Europaeum, having delivered the published Europaeum Lecture on International Law and the Use of Military Force : The United Nations, the United States and Iraq at the Universiteit Leiden on June 6th, 2003. Click here to download the event poster.

This event will be open to the public. Interested students and scholars should contact the Europaeum Office for more information.

The Free World should allow Iran to develop nuclear technology ?

29/06/2011 - 15:45
29/06/2011 - 18:15

The Europaeum organised a highly successful, special international debate as part of an international conference on the future of the Free World. The motion on the table was The Free World should allow Iran to develop nuclear technology ? and it will be part of the Institute for Political Studies, Catholic University of Portugal (IEP-UCP) annual conference and summer school taking place in Lisbon from 27-29th June 2011. Graduate students from the Europaeum, IEP-UCP, College of Europe, Natolin, and the Jagiellonian University, Krakow, took part in the debate.

Europaeum-EUROCLIO Update


The Europaeum has once again been successful joining forces with the European teachers association, EuroClio, in winning a EU grant to run a year-long project on the theme of European Migration and History. The programme aims to 'close the gap' between academics and History teachers

2009 Summer School Update


The 2009 Europaeum Summer School in Paris began on September 6th. This year, more than 30 Europaeum graduate scholars engaged in lively discussions, workshops, and lectures on the place Ethics should – or perhaps not – play in current European policy-making. A wide range of disciplines are represented with many different and varied perspectives. challenging our graduates to look at the issues from economic, political, legal, and social policy viewpoints.

Europaeum Student Debate


Europaeum students will be taking part in a special student debate on Do we need a global alliance of democracies? at the annual international conference and summer school hosted by the Institute for Political Studies, Catholic University of Portugal.

International Security Institutions in Europe


This project focuses on international institutional security-building in two periods: 1948-55 (Brussels Treaty Organisation to creation of Western European Union, via NATO), and 1997-2001 (Common European Security and Defence Policy) studied comparatively. Despite the end of the Cold War, the structures of existing international institutions have been modified, rather than abandoned. The project aims to provide a more complete understanding of post-Cold War security arrangements in Europe.

The Changing Character of War


Professor Hew Strachan, on The Changing Character of War, delivered at the Graduate Institute of International Studies, Geneva, on November 9th, 2006.

Why security depends on poverty and development


The fight against terrorism must not break the process of development, argues RALF DAHRENDORF. Here he outlines his vision of a smart development policy

The attempt to explain dramatic, specific events, in general terms, may be tempting. It is also difficult, and, in some ways it is always dubious. At a conference in Germany there were at least two dozen explanations of what happened in that school, when a boy ran amok and killed many pupils and teachers in 2002. In Erfurt I disappointed a large audience by saying that little can be said about such an event by way of explanation. It is in the first instance, horrible, but is also an event for which there may be no particular explanation beyond the motives of the individuals involved. It may be very misleading to argue that saying this is all about relations between parents and children, or about changes in the curriculum and about schools or about the anxieties of a whole generation. Even the term ‘running amok’ is, after all, rather older than this particular event.

Czechs prepare for final steps back to Europe


The Czech Republic has been knocking loudly on the door of the European Union. LENKA ANNA ROVNA analyses the question of EU enlargement with special reference to the case of the Czech Republic

The controversial Nice conference of December 2000 arguably failed to make the European Union more manageable. The summit generated a lot of emotion, especially among member states and European institutions themselves. The only happy participants were the candidate countries, who received the green light for the further enlargement of the EU, with a new Intergovernmental Conference scheduled for 2004.

Why humanitarian aims do not justify use of force


Professor Brownlie's lecture took as its starting point his own renowned book, International Law and the Use of Force by States, which investigates the status of war from ancient civilizations and in early Christian doctrine to the United Nations era. The book gives considerable importance to the 1928 General Treaty for the Renunciation of War, often referred to as the Kellogg-Briand Pact, which indicates two elements sponsoring an ambitious doctrine of self-defence. The first is a right to self-defence which exists in customary law formed in the nineteenth century. The second element (discerned from the practice of the period 1928 to 1945) includes the following: the obligation not to have recourse to war for the solution of international controversies, the obligation to settle disputes exclusively by peaceful means, the reservation of the right of self-defence and also of collective self-defence, and the reservation of the obligations of the League of Nations Covenant. These essentials reappear in Article 51 of the United Nations Charter brought into force in 1945.

The Double Helix of Terrorism and Tyranny: can civil liberties survive the war on terror?

11/03/2008 - 18:30
11/03/2008 - 20:00
Court of Human RightsCourt of Human Rights

The Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, Geneva is hosting a special Europaeum Lecture by Professor Vaughan Lowe on The Double Helix of Terrorism and Tyranny: can civil liberties survive the war on terror?, to be held on 11th March, 2008.

Speaker: Professor Vaughan Lowe Vaughan Lowe is Chichele Professor of Public International Law, and a Fellow of All Souls College, in the University of Oxford. He was formerly Reader in International Law in the University of Cambridge; and before that he taught at the universities of Cardiff and Manchester and, as a visiting professor, in the USA. He practices in the field of international law as a barrister from Essex Court Chambers, London, and has appeared in cases before the English courts, international arbitral tribunals, the European Court of Human Rights, the Inter-American Commission of Human Rights, the International Tribunal on the Law of the Sea, and the International Court of Justice. He has been a member of arbitral tribunals constituted under the UN Law of the Sea Convention and NAFTA. He writes extensively on matters of international law.

The OSCE and European Security: Essential or Superfluous?

Tags: Professor Victor-Yves Ghebali, on The OSCE and European Security: Essential or Superfluous?, delivered at St Anne's College, Oxford University, on February 18th, 2005, Supported under the Europaeum Oxford-Geneva Link Programme.