News from the IES

From 8 to 10 January 2015, Dr. Anna Katharina Stahl participated in the second International Studies Association (ISA) Global South Caucus Conference held at the Singapore Management University (SMU).

IES researchers Daniel Fiott and Joachim A. Koops recently co-edited a book with Palgrave MacMillan: The Responsibility to Protect and the Third Pillar . The edited volume features chapter contributions by IES researchers Mathias Holvoet, Medlir Mema, Karim Hamza and Esther Marijnen.

Drawing on recent and ongoing crises in Libya, Syria and many other countries the book analyses the timeliness, legitimacy, proportionality and effectiveness of international political, diplomatic, economic and military intervention in situations of genocide, ethnic cleansing, war crimes and crimes against humanity.

The Heinrich-Böll-Stiftung European Union commissioned the Institute for European Studies (IES) at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB) to explore the options for the post-2020 EU renewable energy policy and governance system. The report 'EU Governance of Renewable Energy post-2020 – Risks and Options' provides innovative ideas on future EU energy governance and renewables policy in order to secure enhanced deployment of renewable energy across Europe.

IES-VUB LLM students had the opportunity to visit the European Court of Justice in Luxembourg on 4 December 2014.

The visit gave the LLM students an opportunity to get a closer look at the institution. They were able to see the formal process of its daily operations and the Court in session. They were present at a hearing of Deutche Bahn regarding a case in competition law.

The IES and the Egmont Institute are delighted to announce that videos of their highly successful lecture series, The Future of European Geostrategy, are now online. Europe faces critical internal and external challenges. The lectures sought to enhance the thinking of European policy-makers in the realm of foreign, defence and security policy and strategy by inviting speakers from across Europe and father afield to stimulate the strategic debate in Brussels.

IES celebrated the end of a successful year. Our researchers and staff made important contributions to research and education. IES has proven once again its academic excellence by constantly improving its work.

The Institute for European Studies is partnering with universities, institutes and social science centers in Belgium, Canada, Sweden, Germany and Australia to work together for the upcoming five years. The research network officially came into being as from 1 January 2015. The project is funded by the Research Foundation – Flanders (FWO).

On 24-25 November 2014 in the picturesque city of Pont-Saint-Martin, Aosta, Italy IES co-organised a workshop on social acceptability of smart surveillance, within the framework of the EU co-funded ADVISE research project.

This was followed by a winter school on multimodal and privacy-respecting video analytics sponsored by ADVISE’s sister project, VideoSense (25-26 November).

On 13-14 November 2014, the IES organised a tailor-made training session for the Agriculture Section of the United States Mission to the European Union. The main focus was the link between the EU institutions and policy-making processand the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP).

Between July and December 2014 the IES is organising an online training on methods for teaching European Studies in the context of the TEMPUS funded project (Innovating Teaching and Learning of European Studies (INOTLES).)

The training involves around 50 professors from the 9 participating universities and includes both asynchronous work, on three specially created modules on the EU modules platform, and synchronous sessions via Adobe Connect.