News from the IES

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”.

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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.

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.