University of Aberdeen Vice-Principle Margaret Ross will chair the event and the speakers and their specific topics will be as follows:
Professor Paul Beaumont, University of Aberdeen – What Are the Options for Brexit?
Professor Claire Wallace, University of Aberdeen – Migration and Freedom of Movement
Professor Michael Keating – Options for Scotland
James Bream, Grampian Chamber of Commerce – What Does Brexit Mean for Business in North East Scotland
The event itself will run from 6pm – 8pm and coffee and tea will be available from 5:30pm.
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.
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.
There’s so much information out there concerning the EU that it can be tricky to know where to start when you’re looking for something. Here’s three easy to use resources that we find particularly useful. So whether your looking for travel advice, information on policies, the latest developments in the Brexit debate or something else entirely, one of these sources should be able to provide the answers or point you in the right direction.
Europe Direct Aberdeen. Based in the Aberdeen Central Library, they have a great Facebook page if you want to keep up to date with their activities and the service they provide. They post regularly about EU policy, programmes and funding opportunities, as well as information on local and international events. They are also a great source of practical information for anyone travelling in Europe. There are around 16 Europe Direct Centres in cities around the UK. If you don’t happen to be in Aberdeen, click here to find the nearest one to you.
On the 19th August, World Humanitarian Day, Europe Direct Aberdeen are hosting a talk on the problem of human trafficking in the EU. The speaker, Brian Donald, Head of the Office of the Director at Europol (The European Police Office), will speak about how Europol is tackling the issue.
The event will take place in the Adult Lending section of Aberdeen Central Library on Rosemount Viaduct at 6pm on Wednesday 19th August. Entry is free and some light refreshments will be provided. For more information and to reserve a place, contact Europe Direct Aberdeen: