Tuesday’s Discussion on the Role of EU sanctions was attended by 37 students of both Law and International Relations. The panellists were: Anthonius W. de Vries (a former sanctions coordinator at the European Commission), Professor Michael Smith – (a Politics and IR lecturer here at Aberdeen), and Dr. Paul James Cardwell (from the University of Sheffield).
Daria Shapovalova, Europe Direct Assistant and research postgraduate student here at Aberdeen summed up the flavour of the speeches like this:
The general feeling that we got from the speeches was that the sanctions [don’t] so much change the behaviour of the target States, but rather serve as a signal of disapproval from the EU and that it is important to be critical of this instrument of foreign policy and apply it only when necessary and with utmost care.
The event was organised jointly between Europe Direct Aberdeen and ELSA Aberdeen. If you think you might be interested in future events of this type then have a look at their events pages on Facebook (EDIC & ELSA).
Here are a few photos from the evening:
This evening’s panel discussion event on the ‘EU as a Global Actor’ is proving very popular. The booking page is now closed so If you’re hoping to attend and have not yet secured a place, email firstname.lastname@example.org as soon as possible to inquire about places.
The objective of the discussion is to provoke students interest in EU foreign policy, with particular focus on the mechanism of sanctions. It has been collaboratively organized by Europe Direct Aberdeen and Elsa (European Law Students’ Association). See our original post for more information.
On the 16th of February the Sir Duncan Rice Library will host an event with the objective of provoking students interest in EU foreign policy, with particular focus on the mechanism of sanctions. It has been collaboratively organized by Europe Direct Aberdeen and Elsa (European Law Students’ Association). Here’s what they have to say about it:
In the recent years the European Union has been gaining strength as a global actor: it has been a participant of the peace processes in Middle East, Ukraine, and Philippines. One of the mechanisms the EU uses to influence the behaviour of various foreign actors is the sanctions regime. The event is aimed at shedding light on the mechanism of the EU sanctions, its difference from other sanctions regimes, and its goals and effectiveness. To achieve that we will discuss the EU sanctions following the crisis in Ukraine; EU’s involvement in Iran sanctions lifting process; and the EU sanctions regimes in Uzbekistan and Myanmar. We will analyse the causes and the objectives of adopting the sanctions; whether those causes and objectives shift over time; and whether we can assess the effectiveness of these restrictive measures.
To book your place you can email email@example.com or go to the Eventbrite booking page.
For more details see the poster above and the EDIC Aberdeen Facebook page.