Conference "The interface between the EU and international law"


Thursday 27.04.17 to Friday 28.04.17


Room VE.2.02+2.03
Verversdijk, Bruges campus
Verversdijk 16
8000 Brugge

Despite their many obvious interconnections, EU and international law are all too often studied and practiced in separate spheres and fora. While it is natural for either to insist on their different characteristics, and particularly for the EU to emphasize its autonomous and sui generis nature as a constitutional order of states, important insights may be lost because of this exclusionary approach, and in practical terms there is a risk of duplications, conflicts and contradictions. The aim of this conference is to contribute to breaking through some of these barriers, and to reflect on how to ensure a smooth interaction and synergy between EU and International law, both in theory and in practice. This therefore includes a more theoretical, constitutional dimension, but also a range of substantive policy areas where EU law and international law, as well as their respective actors and organizations, work alongside each other (and not always well with each other?).

Selected contributions will be published in an edited volume.

The conference programme will be published soon.

The conference is open to the public upon registration and payment of fees of €50. Registration will be closed on 19 April 2017 at 9:00.  For more information, please contact valerie.hauspie [at] (Mrs Valérie HAUSPIE).


Payment instructions

The College acknowledges receipt of registrations. However, registration is only considered complete once the 50 € has been received into the following bank account of the College of Europe: BNP Paribas Fortis Bank, Vlamingstraat 78, BE-8000 Brugge, code IBAN: BE72280020067216 – code BIC: GEBABEBB) mentioning your name and "The interface between the EU and international law".

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