Isabella Mancini and Melanie Theisinger Participated in the 10th Anniversary CLEER Conference

6th-7th December 2018, T.M.C Asser Institute, The Hague, The Netherlands

CLEER, the Centre for the Law of EU External Relations, celebrated its 10th Anniversary with a two-day academic conference on EU External Relations: Tackling global challenges? This conference brought together world-leading academics, practitioners and policy makers from the extensive international network of CLEER.

CLEER is a distinguished network for anyone studying and researching topical issues and developments in EU External Relations. Part of the Board are Dr. Wybe Douma, Professor Eckes, Professor van Elsuwege, Professor Wessel, Professor Ott and Dr. Partiti.

The conference took stock of the EU actions (and reactions) through external action instruments in areas such as migration, trade, and neighbouring policies. It reflects on the EU as a global actor and a ‘normative power’, both empowered and constrained by its unique legal framework. It started with an opening statement by Professor Ramses Wessel (University of Twente, The Netherlands), followed by a keynote speech by Professor Enzo Cannizzaro (La Sapienza University, Rome) on the value of EU internationalist values. The second day opened with a keynote presentation by Professor Christophe Hillion (University of Leiden and University of Oslo) and was concluded with a keynote speech by Professor Marise Cremona (EUI, Florence) on EU Structural Principles. The Conference included contributions by a number of academics and experts in the field, not least a high-level round table on the future of EU external relations, composed of Professor Inge Govaere (University of Ghent), Steven Blockmans (CEPS, University of Amsterdam), Professor Piet Eeckhout (University College of London) and Professor Isabelle Bosse-Platiere.

The EUTIP ESR Melanie Theisinger and Isabella Mancini presented their papers in a panel on ‘Trade and Global Challenges’ chaired by Dr. Wybe Douma.

Melanie Theisinger presented her paper ‘Outsourcing the Promotion of EU standards?’. Her research scrutinizes why the EU lags behind in enforceable measures towards regulatory convergence and whether it pursues alternative approaches such as reference to international standards and Aid for Trade measures linked to the Sustainable Development Goals. Her paper finds that geographical distance, regulatory capacity, and the source of regulatory convergence are of key importance in determining the strength of the EU’s regulatory influence.

Isabella Mancini presented a paper on the Reach of Labour and Data Protection Rights in the new generation of EU trade agreements with other developed economies. During the presentation, she additionally provided an explanation of how the paper fits her research, which investigates to what extent fundamental rights reach different dimensions and levels of trade law-making beyond the state.