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Astrid SCHOMAKER (PILC 1990) was promoted to the post of Director for Strategy at the European Commission's Directorate General (DG) for Environment.










The third annual conference of the European Environmental Law Forum (EELF) explored the “Effectiveness of Environmental Law" in Aix-en-Provence from 2-4 September. Sebastian Oberthür was invited to deliver one of the opening keynote presentations in front of about 100 of Europe’s leading environmental lawyers.

Climate change is a cross-cutting, long-term, global problem that presents policymakers with many challenges in their efforts to respond to the issue. Integrating climate policy objectives into the elaboration and agreement of policy measures in other sectors represents one promising method for ensuring coherent policies that respond adequately to the climate change challenge.

Prof. Dr. Joachim Koops is co-editor of this comprehensive, authoritative and accessible examination and critique of UN peacekeeping operations launched between 1948 and 2013. The Oxford Handbook of United Nations Peacekeeping Operations provides an innovative, authoritative, and accessible examination and critique of all 67 United Nations peacekeeping operations launched between 1948 and 2013.

"The central message of the Handbook is that peacekeeping is much more successful than we all assume."

The Institute for European Studies at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel (IES-VUB), the Institut d’Études Européennes at the Université Libre de Bruxelles (IEE-ULB),
the United Nations University Institute on Comparative Regional Integration Studies (UNU-CRIS), and Egmont – the Royal Institute for International Relations
invite paper abstracts and panel proposals for the fifth European Union in International Affairs (EUIA) conference.

Given Russia's resurgence and the burning crises in the South there has never been a more opportune time to discuss European defence. Yet in the face of such challenges, how do we assess the June European Council summit on defence? Does the Council meeting represent another milestone on the path to closer defence cooperation between EU member states, or did the meeting reflect the extant difficulties involved in forging a truly common defence policy?

The 2015-2016 academic year at IES will start with special flair. We have the great pleasure of hosting the Vice-President of the European Commission, Mr. Jyrki Katainen, to deliver the inaugural lecture for the Institute’s two post-graduate programmes, the M.Sc in European Integration (“EuroMaster”) and the LL.M. in International and European Law (“PILC”).

Marie Lamensch (EEG cluster) was invited to attend the annual Congress of the International Fiscal Association in Basel which attracted more than 2000 leading experts in the fiscal field. During the opening ceremony she was awarded the prestigious 2015 Maurice Lauré Prize for her doctoral dissertation entitled "“European Value-Added Tax in the Digital Era: a Critical Analysis and Proposals for Reform".

IES PhD researchers Irene Wieczorek and Klaudia Majcher participated in the advanced-level law course organised by the Academy of European Law of the European University Institute, which was held in Florence from 29 June to 10 July.

The European International Studies Association (EISA) offered financial support for two Young Researchers’ Workshops (YRWs) to be held in September 2015. Two workshops were selected, of which one is co-organised by IES PhD researcher Lisanne Groen and former IES visiting researcher Iulian Romanyshyn (IMT Institute for Advanced Studies Lucca) on The European Union in Multilateral Negotiations’.