IES Autumn Lecture Series

Justice, Liberty and Security: the External Dimension of EU Justice and Home Affairs
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The European Union is rapidly creating a European space in which citizens can live under conditions of Justice, Liberty and Security. What started as the third “justice and home affairs” pillar of the European integration process (complementing the first “Community” pillar and the second “foreign policy” pillar), has grown into a vast area of work that is spread over different pillars and that covers three main subjects: immigration and asylum, civil law, and criminal law and procedure. The “acquis” that has been realised on these three subjects is already impressive. Nevertheless, the process of internal policy shaping and harmonisation is still ongoing, and “justice and home affairs” is likely to remain one of the most active policy areas of the EU in the coming years.

Contrary to what the concept “justice and home affairs” suggests, work in this area is by no means a purely internal business. On the contrary, immigration policy and asylum by definition concern nationals of third countries and cross-border movements, and therefore automatically have an international dimension. Similarly, the area of private international law is intensively regulated by international multilateral conventions, which do affect the internal activities of the Union. Finally, in the area of criminal law and criminal procedure, September 11 and the fight against terrorism have given an additional impulse to international cooperation in this area.

It is therefore not surprising that “justice and home affairs” has become a priority area for EU external relations, which again has given rise to a number of challenging questions, which impact on the efficiency of the EU in these areas. How, for instance, to manage the friction that may arise between the Union and its Member States over the fact that European level competence is constantly evolving as a result of the relatively novel and dynamic character of EU activities in the JHA field? How to solve cross-pillar coordination issues that arise because an important part of JHA falls under the first pillar, whereas criminal law and procedure falls under the third pillar? How to deal with the legal and political tensions that may arise from the fact that JHA is marked by a strong element of “variable geometry”, with numerous “opt-ins” and “opt-outs”? How to explain all these internal issues to other international actors and how to allow them to become comfortable with an ever more assertive EU role? How to solve the dilemma created by the desire to strengthen international cooperation in fighting crime and terrorism, including by supporting the UN sanctions policy, while preserving European standards regarding the rule of law and the protection of human rights?

Because of these complex current questions, the Brussels Institute of European Studies and the LL.M Program on International Legal Co-operation organise a series of lectures, in which well-known speakers from academic circles, European institutions (Anti-Terrorism Co-ordinator, European Commission, EU Council of Ministers), third countries (Switzerland, USA), and international organisations (UN High Commissioner for Refugees, Hague Conference on Private International Law, Council of Europe), are invited to present their views to a broad audience of students, teachers, practitioners and the interested public. We warmly invite you to attend and participate in the series, or in one or more the individual lectures listed below.

Prof.Dr. Servaas van Thiel
Director LL.M Program on International Legal Co-operation and EU Council of Ministers

Tue 2 October ‘07 - 18:00 • Aula D.0.08
Introduction: EU External Relations in the area of Justice and Home Affairs
Servaas Van Thiel, PILC Director, EU Council of Ministers &
Bernd Martenczuk
, PILC Professor, European Commission
Tue 9 October ‘07 - 18:00 Aula D.2.01 (promotiezaal)
“EU Common Visa policy”, Bernd Martenczuk, EC
“The Association of Switzerland with Shengen and Dublin”, Fabrice Filliez, Swiss Ministry for Foreign Affairs
Wed 17 October ‘07 - 18:00 Aula D.2.01
“Asylum and Refugee Protection Policy”, Madeline Garlick, UNHCR
“The EC between int’l law and internal harmonization”, Martin Schieffer, EC
Tue 23 October ‘07 - 18:00 Aula D.2.01 (promotiezaal)   CANCELLED: “International cooperation in the area of Criminal law”, Gert Vermeulen, UGent
Tue 30 October ‘07 - 18:00 Aula E.0.12 (promotiezaal) “The External Relations of Europol”, Dick Heimans, EC, formerly Europol
“The EU and the International Fight against Drugs”, Han Vos, EU Council of Ministers
Wed 7 November ‘07 - 18:00 Aula D.2.01 (promotiezaal) “The EU and the Fight against International Terrorism”, Gijs de Vries, former EU Anti-Terrorism Coordinator, Clingendael Institute
“Data protection, the fight against terrorism and EU external relations”, Paul De Hert, Vrije Universteit Brussel
Thu 15 November ‘07 - 18:00 Aula D.2.01 (promotiezaal) “Brussels I and EC External Competence: opinion 1/03 of the ECJ on the Lugano Convention”, Pieter Jan Kuijper, University of Amsterdam
“Mixed Agreements in Private International Law: Procedure and Effects”, Jan Peter Hix, EU Council of Ministers
Thu 22 November ‘07 - 18:00 Aula D.2.01 (promotiezaal) CANCELLED: “The EC and the Hague Conference on Private International Law”, Andrea Schulz, formerly Hague Conference
Thu 29 November ‘07 - 18:00 Aula D.2.01 (promotiezaal) “EU-US Relations in the field of Justice and Home Affairs”, Jonathan Faull, PILC Professor, DG Justice, Liberty and Security
“The EU-US agreements in extradition and mutual legal assistance”, Guy Stessens, EC Council of Ministers
Tuesday 11 December ‘07 - 18:00 Aula D.0.02
Humbert de Biolley, Council of Europe on EU-CoE relations
Bernd Martenczuk, PILC Professor, EC, on external relations of the EU
Servaas Van Thiel, PILC Director, EU Council of Ministers, on EU security issues