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Research Seminar: The EU and the Crisis of the International Liberal Order: Past Mistakes, Present Challenges and Future Policies

April 2, 2019 at 10:00 AM to 11:30 AM

Location:Alumni Boardroom, Room 617, 6th floor Robertson Hall

The Jean Monnet Chair EUREAST is pleased to host a research seminar on the Eastern Neighborhood Partnership (ENP) with Joan DeBardeleben and visiting scholars: Maryna Rabinovych (University of Hamburg), Diana Potjomkina (United Nations University), and Ionela Ciolan (Bucharest National University of Political Studies and Public Administration).

Research seminars are geared towards doctoral students and their supervisors, as well as EURUS MA students and graduate students in general interested in the research.

Pursuant to 2018 Munich Security Report, the signs of a “continued erosion” of the international liberal order represent a crucial threat for global security. Between Brexit, rise of nationalism and contestation of common values inside the EU (Hungary, Poland, Czech Republic, Italy), turmoil in the Neighborhood and extreme politicization of trade agreements, the Union is facing a plethora of worrying “symptoms”. However, these illiberal challenges are not only a product of the last few years but rather an iteration of long-standing European integration issues that have been on the agenda since the adoption of the Maastricht Treaty. This panel aims to trace how exactly the “old” European integration issues have given rise to the current illiberal tendencies. The discussion starts with analyzing the ways to conceptualize, predict and responsibilize the crisis of the international liberal order. Afterwards, the panel will demonstrate how the imperfections of the EU’s development policy, EU’s (un)accountable trade consultations and the EU-Russia power struggle over the Eastern Neighborhood gradually resulted in illiberal contestation of the EU governance, with each paper suggesting three policy recommendations on what can be done at the present stage.

Values in the EU’s Development Policy: In-Between the Crisis of the International Liberal Order and the Agenda 2030 Maryna Rabinovych, LL.M (Hamburg), PhD Candidate, University of Hamburg

No Chance of Contributing to “Better Regulation”?: The Case of EU’s Consultations on Trade Issues
Diana Potjomkina, PhD Fellow, United Nations University – CRIS, Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Ghent University

Is the EU multilateralism failing in the Eastern vicinity?
Ionela Maria Ciolan, PhD Candidate, Bucharest National University of Political Studies and Public Administration

This event is organized by the Jean Monnet Chair in EU Relations with Russia and the Eastern Neighbourhood, and supported by the Erasmus+ Programme of the European Union.