17 April 2013. CELAG was delighted to welcome Prof. Frank Vandenbroucke to deliver the 2013 Jean Monnet Annual Lecture. Informed by his wealth of political and academic experience, Prof. Vandenbroucke delivered a highly thought-provoking lecture entitled, “Europe: The social challenge: Defining the Union’s social objective is a necessity rather than a luxury”. The Annual Lecture attracted an audience of international students and staff from across the University, policy-makers, as well as members of the general public. The lecture sparked much lively discussion and debate. This continued throughout the reception following the event, where there was the opportunity to explore the themes raised with Prof. Vandenboucke himself, as well as with the other attendees from a range of diverse backgrounds. Discussion around the fundamental issues covered in this Jean Monnet Annual Lecture will certainly continue. A copy of Prof. Vandenbroucke’s lecture is available here.
January 2013. Prof. Susan Baker, a member of CELAG, has been elected Fellow of the Royal Swedish Academy of Agriculture and Forestry. Prof. Baker is Professor at the School of Social Sciences and researcher at the University’s Sustainable Places Research Institute. She was presented with this prestigious award at the Academy’s 200th Commemorative meeting on 28 January 2013 in Stockholm. The event was attended by the King and Queen of Sweden. For more information please click here.
January 2013. CELAG welcomes a new member: Dr Rachel Minto. Rachel has joined Cardiff Law School as a Research Associate on the ERC-funded project LASI: Law, Science and Interests in European Policy-making. She defended her PhD thesis on gender mainstreaming in the European Union last year at the University of Bristol and, since this time, has focused on the dissemination of her research to both policy actors and scholars. Rachel has also spent time working at the European Women's Lobby in Brussels, the Journal of Common Market Studies, as well as compiling online resources to accompany the higher education textbook European Union Politics (2013). Within the context of LASI, Rachel will focus on processes of participation and the use of different types of expertise within European employment policy. She will also provide support for the functioning of the Jean Monnet Centre.
23 October 2012. Prof. Thomas Christiansen (right on picture), Jean Monnet Professor of European Institutional Politics and Co-Director of the Maastricht Centre for European Governance at the University of Maastricht, opened the new Jean Monnet Seminar Series with an intriguing talk on the politics of comitology and delegated legislation after the Lisbon Treaty. Prof. Thomas Christiansen (right on picture), Jean Monnet Professor of European Institutional Politics and Co-Director of the Maastricht Centre for European Governance at the University of Maastricht, opened the new Jean Monnet Seminar Series with an intriguing talk on the politics of comitology and delegated legislation after the Lisbon Treaty.
October 2012. Publication of new book 'The European and Industrial Relations. New Procedures, New Context', Manchester University Press. This book is the outcome of a workshop organised at the Centre for European Law and Governance, and in addition to the editor, Stijn Smismans, includes contributions from to other Centre members, namely Peter Turnbull and Nick Parsons. The book provides for the first time a rather comprehensive, and update, overview of the different ways in which the EU affects industrial relations, addressing both its role as an institutional framework and its impact as a policy context for industrial relations. The book is available here.
8 May 2012. Prof. Stijn Smismans gave a key note speech at the Civil Society Day 'Democracy in Europe: where do we stand?', organised by the European Economic and Social Committee in Brussels. To see the speech, click here.