International conferences organised by the Department

To complement the academic programme, the Department organises lectures and conferences on a broad range of topics relevant to the study of EU International Relations and Diplomacy.

Practitioners and academics come to the College in order to present and discuss their views on current European and international affairs with the students. Guest lectures are either conducted within the framework of a specific course or are open to students from all departments.

International conferences organised by the Department:

Recent Speeches at the Department

  • 22 April 2016, Claus SORENSEN, Hors classe Adviser, European Political Strategy Centre (EPSC), “Le Sommet Humanitaire Mondial de 2016 : quels enjeux pour l’UE et quelle contribution?” (Professor Delphin’s course).
  • 15 April 2016, Wolfram VETTER, Deputy Head of Division GLOBAL 5 at the European External Action Service, “Future prospects for EU Joint Programming” (Professor Mackie’s course);
  • 14 April 2016, Frédéric MAURO, lawyer at the Bar of Paris and the Bar of Brussels, on the future of EU defence research (Professor Helly’s course);
  • 12 April 2016, Erwan FOUÉRÉ, former EUSR for the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, “Examples of Peace Mediation in Conflict Resolution” (Professor Herrberg’s course);
  • 4 April 2016, Diego de OJEDA GARCIA PARDO, Representative to the Political & Security Committee, European Commission, “La Commission européenne et la gestion de crise au COPS” (Professor Herrberg’s course);
  • 15 March 2016, Professor Katja BIEDENKOPF, Assistant Professor for International Environmental Politics, “The EU and Global Chemicals Governance” (Professor Schunz’ course);
  • 11 March 2016, Andrew BOWER, Directorate General for Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection (ECHO) on the risk prevention activities of DG ECHO (Professor Schelhase’s course)
  • 9 March 2016, Pieter LEENKNEGT, Diplomat, Foreign Ministry of Belgium, “Comparing the EU’s role in the negotiations of the Nagoya Protocol and the Minamata Convention” (Professor Schunz’ course)
  • 19 February 2016, Alexandra EKKELENKAMP, Press Officer - Social Media, European council (Council Secretariat), “Social Media at the EU Institutions” (Professor Colomina’s course)
  • 4 February 2016, Miriam LEXMANN, Director, Brussels Office of the International Republican Institute, “Democracy Support from an 'on-the-ground' perspective” (Professor Youngs’ course)
  • 25 January 2016, Dr. Jasna JELISIĆ, Political Advisor to the EU Special Representative to Bosnia and Herzegovina, “Public Diplomacy and EU External Action: Strategising and Implementation”; 
  • 8 January 2016, Prof. HANS BRUYNINCKX, Executive Director, European Environment Agency, “Europe’s 2050 environment and climate ambitions: reinventing the economy of the 21st century” 
  • 11 November 2015, George CUNNINGHAM, Deputy Head of Division for China, Hong Kong, Macao, Taiwan and Mongolia, European External Action Service, “The EU diplomatic environment” (Professor HOCKING’s course)
  • 16 November 2015, Sylvain GIRAUD, Commission Officer, DG Energy , International Relations and Enlargement, “EU Energy Policy and its External Dimension” (Professors Damro/Schunz’ course)
  • 22 October 2015, Ayse Cihan SULTANOGLU, Assistant Secretary-General of the United Nations, and Assistant Administrator and Director of the Regional Bureau for Europe and the Commonwealth of Independent States (RBEC) of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), “The Sustainable Development Goals: Global and European Perspectives”
  • 9 October 2015, Lutz GÜLLNER, Head of Unit – DG Trade – Communication, Information and Civil Society, “Between strategy and reality - The politics of TTIP: A view from a trade practitioner” (Professor Gstöhl’s course)
  • 6 October 2015, Leonard MIZZI, Head of Unit, DG Agriculture and Rural Development; Unit A4- Interinstitutional relations, “EU Agricultural Policy and its External Dimension” (Professors Damro/Schunz’ course)


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