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Seminar on ‘Parliaments in EU external policies – Influential and key to a more legitimate EU?’ by Dr Kolja Raube, Assistant Professor in European Studies, University of Leuven

27 February 2019

Time: 4:00 - 6:00pm
Venue: Room 1.00, School of Law, Queen Mary University of London, Mile End Rd, London E1 4NS

The event will be chaired and organised by Dr Matthieu Burnay, Lecturer in Global Law, Queen Mary University of London, together with the Centre for European and International Legal Affairs (CEILA). Dr Davor Jancic, Lecturer in Law, Queen Mary University of London will be a discussant. 


This seminar looks into the relationship between the European Parliament, national parliaments and external relations of the European Union. Special attention will be paid to the differences across different external policies of the EU, including the EU’s external trade and investment policy and the Common Foreign And Security Policy since the entry into force of the Treaty of Lisbon on 1 December 2009. The seminar will highlight how, when and why parliaments can become influential actors in the respective policies. Following Vivien Schmidt’s analysis of input, throughput and output legitimacy in the EU (2013), we will also explore to what extent parliaments are concerned about the legitimacy of EU free trade and investment agreements as well as actions in the context of the EU’s Common and Security Policy.

Short bio

Dr Kolja Raube is senior member and research manager at the Leuven Centre for Global Governance Studies. He is Assistant Professor for European Studies at the Faculty of Social Sciences at KU Leuven. He is programme coordinator at KU Leuven’s ‘Master of European Studies: Transnational and Global Perspectives’. He is adjunct professor at the American University Washington D.C. (Brussels Campus) and visiting professor at Kobe University (Japan) as well as Visiting Research Fellow at the EU Studies Centre at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. At the Leuven Centre for Global Governance Studies, he takes part in the H2020-project RECONNECT, the interdisciplinary research programme CONNECTIVITY, the Jean Monnet Network EUCROSS, the Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence FRAGOLA and the Jean-Monnet Module EUSUM ('Euro-Asia Summer School'). Kolja Raube has published widely on the European Parliament, interparliamentary cooperation in the European Union and global governance, as well as security policies, the rule of law, legitimacy and coherence in EU external action. His articles and chapters have appeared with the British Journal of Politics and International Relations, Global Affairs, Cambridge Review of International Affairs, Journal of European Integration, Politique Européenne, European Foreign Affairs Review, Hague Journal of Diplomacy, International Spectator, Asia-Europe Journal as well as Palgrave, Routledge, Hart and Nomos.


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