EUNNET kick-off meeting, LSE, December 9, 2016
The Network’s kick-off meeting took place in London, on December 9, 2016. In the event, hosted by Prof. Karen Smith (LSE), the partners overviewed the main activities and tasks of their collaboration and decided specific steps in order to achieve their obejctives. Within this respect, the partners further clarified their research, training and dissemination responsibilities.
Pilot training session on “EU-UN Negotiation Dynamics”, Athens, 18 April 2017
Within the framework of the Jean Monnet Network on “EU-UN Relations”, a one-day pilot training session on “EU-UN Negotiation Dynamics” was held at the National School of Public Administration and Local Government, in Athens, April 18, 2017. The training session was organized by the AUEB team (Athens University of Economics & Business) and was attended by around 30 students of the departments of Economic and Trade Affairs and International and European Affairs of the National School of Public Administration and Local Government.
Jean Monnet Network on EU-UN Relations, Interim Meeting, Barcelona, 13 September 2017
The Jean Monnet Network on EU-UN Relations succesfully held its interim meeting in Barcelona, on September 13, 2017. The meeting was hosted by IBEI and organized by Robert Kissack. The JM Network’s members gathered to address all pending issues, to exchange information on their respective tasks and to plan futur action regarding the Network’s activities and their dissemination to the wider public.
Early-career Scholars’ Workshop on EU-UN Relations, Barcelona, 13 September 2017
Within the framework of the Jean Monnet Network on EU-UN relations, the Institut Barcelona d’Estudis Internacionals (IBEI) succesfully hosted a workshop on 13 September 2017 for pre- and post-doctoral students working in the field of European Union relations with the United Nations System.
The theme of the workshop was The European Union as a Regional Actor in the United Nations System, providing an opportunity for dialogue between three established sub-fields of IR; European Union external action/foreign policy, international organisation and comparative regional studies.
The young scholars presented their early research and received valuable feedback. The presentations focused on EU policy implementation accross the UN system, on third party perceptions of the EU as well as on the issue of sustainability and how the EU addresses it within the UN context.
Professor Karen Smith (LSE) teaches course on EU-UN Relations at the Athens University of Economics & Business, 2 November 2017
On Thursday, 2 November 2017, Professor Karen Smith was received by Prof. Dimitris Bourantonis and Ass. Prof. Spyros Blavoukos at the Athens University of Economics and Business (AUEB). During her visit, she delivered a teaching course on EU-UN relations with specifc focus on the EU’s policy on Human Rights at various UN fora. This teaching visit was foreseen by the Jean Monnet Network work programme and is an integral part of the coordinated teaching activities among the members of the Jean Monnet Network on EU-UN Relations. The course was attended by under-graduate and post-graduate students of the AUEB’s Department of International and European Economic Studies.
‘How Brexit Contributes to the Collapse of Multilateralism’, LSE Public Event, 15 January 2018
On 15 January 2018, LSE hosted a public event on the framework of the EU-funded Jean Monnet Network on EU-UN Relations. Professor Jan Wouters (KU Leuven) was invited to talk about ‘How Brexit Contributes to the Collapse of Multilateralism’. The event was attended by network members, under-graduate and post-graduate students, governmental and civil society stakeholders, as well as members of the general public.
Prof. Karen E. Smith delivers training session on the UK and EU foreign policy, 14 February 2018
On 14 February 2018, Professor Karen E Smith (LSE) delivered a training session on the UK and EU foreign policy to approximately 40 British civil servants. Her session briefed the audience on the framework for EU cooperation on foreign policy and discussed some of the implications for the UK of withdrawing from that framework, including the impact of Brexit on UK diplomacy within the UN. Options for mitigating some of the challenging consequences of Brexit for British diplomacy at the UN were also debated.