News from the IES

Earlier this year, Belgian Minister of Defence Steven Vandeput invited fourteen experts including IES Assistant Director Alexander Mattelaer to reflect on the future of the Belgian armed forces. Each member of this ‘wise pen’ team authored a paper addressing questions on whether Belgium would need an armed force in 2030, what its core tasks would be and into which direction the department should evolve from today’s reality.

Tampere University has granted IES Senior Fellow Harri Kalimo the title of Adjunct Professor ("docent") in EU law. Harri has been a Guest lecturer at the university over the past 6 years, in charge of a course on EU law. "You can really feel the impact of ERASMUS", Prof. Kalimo claims. "There is always a lively and varied group of students from all over Europe. It is a pleasure to be able  to share with them the hands on experiences from Brussels."

Senior researcher Dr Claire Dupont worked as a visiting researcher at the University of Turku, Finland on January and February 2015. Claire was involved in variouty of activities: she discussed her research with a group of environmental lawyers, provided feedback on on-going research projects in Turku, collaborated with lawyers focused on intellectual property rights on various methods for the research project and helped advance the planning of the overall Ecoherence project for 2015-2016.

On 23-24 January an IES delegation including Alexandra Mihai, Silviu Piros and Anthony Antoine travelled to Tbilisi, Georgia to attend an INOTLES project meeting. This was the final part of Work Package 3 (“Training the Trainers”) and offered a good opportunity to wrap up the training activities by discussing and presenting the conclusions reached in each of the pedagogical training groups (simulations, Problem-based learning and e-learning/ blended learning). Moreover, the meeting also included a kick-off activity for Work Package 4 (course design), whereby participants worked in groups and started developing curricula for courses on EU institutions, decision-making, EU law, EU foreign policy and research methods.

On 21 January 2015 in the framework of 8th Computers, Privacy and Data Protection (CPDP) 2015 conference, the ADVISE project (Advanced Video Surveillance archives search Engine for security applications) organised a roundtable in Brussels on (privacy) impact assessments as a response to (smart) surveillance.

The approaching Greek elections and the EU economic crisis were amongst the hot topics that got a group of sixty winter-struck international students warmed up in Tampere University in January, where IES Senior Research Fellow and LLM Programme Director, Harri Kalimo, lectured on the harmonisation of agricultural policy and energy efficiency.

On 26 January 2015, Marijn Hoijtink, a visiting researcher at VUB’s Faculty of Law and Criminology, came to the IES to present her paper entitled: “Market Authority, Market Spaces, and the Facilitation of Air Travel after the 2006 Liquid Bomb Plot”.

H40 a Belgian Armed Forces Agusta A-109HA of 18 Squadron (3937605586)

On 21 January 2015 IES Assistant Director Alexander Mattelaer was invited to provide evidence in a public hearing organised by the Defence Committee of the Belgian Parliament. This hearing was part of a series devoted to the future of the Belgian armed forces.

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.