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GGSJ Senior Researcher and Professor of International Law and Development Karin Arts was recently appointed for a third (and thus last) term as a member of the Human Rights Committee  of the Advisory Council on International Affairs (AIV).

The AIV is a prestigious independent body which advises the Dutch government and parliament on a broad range of aspects of foreign policy, including human rights, peace and security, development cooperation and European integration.

Arts_AIVIn 2014-2015 Karin was co-chair of an AIV working group that prepared an advice on the future of the relations between the European Union and countries in Africa, the Caribbean and Pacific (the ACP states). The resulting advisory report ACP-EU Cooperation after 2020: Towards a New Partnership? (March 2015) is available in Dutch, English and French.


GGSJ researcher and PhD candidate Zuzana Novakova was appointed to two prestigious positions.

nNovakovaThe first appointment in September as a one-year Visiting Researcher at the Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence at the Kyiv-Mohyla Academy, the oldest university of Ukraine, will focus on  political transitions in the region and the role of EU development aid.

The second appointment as an associate expert at the East European Security Initiative, a platform aimed to facilitate international research on multidimensional security in Eastern Europe as the most vulnerable region of contemporary Europe, will be taken up in November.

GGSJ Senior Researcher Dr. Helen Hintjens will be speaking at a migration conference in Bucharest, Romania on 1 and 2 October 2015.

EUROMFThe conference is organised by Euromf (European Midfield) and supported financially by the European Union. It focuses on the “commitment of social partners to tackle social exclusion within the labour market”, and in particular on “tackling problems of migrant workers from inside and outside the EU”.

Dr. Hintjens will present on “Migrants in Europe and European Policies”.

A new book has been published, co-edited by GGSJ researcher Professor Karin Arts (with Ambrus, Hey and Raulus) and including contributions by GGSJ researchers Dr. Jeff Handmaker and Dr. Karim Knio.

ExpertsBookAmbrus, Arts, Hey and Raulus (Eds.) The Role of ‘Experts’ in International and European Decision-Making Processes: Advisors, Decision Makers or Irrelevant Actors?, published by Cambridge University Press (2014).

Table of contents and a description of the book.

The book is the outcome of extensive collaboration between researchers of the ISS and Erasmus School of Law (ESL) within the framework of the “Rethinking the Rule of Law” Research Programme led by ESL Professor Sanne Taekema.

knioGGSJ senior researcher, Dr. Karim Knio, has published a new, authored book with Palgrave Macmillan:

The European Union’s Mediterranean Policy: Model or Muddle?

A New Institutionalist Perspective

From the publisher’s website:

This book provides a compelling alternative understanding of why EU policies on the Mediterranean have failed to work and one that highlights that the problems are far more than simply cosmetic but rather lie at the very foundations on which the entire edifice of EU-Mediterranean policy is built and continues to be built. As high-lighted by case studies using new constructivist Institutionalist perspective, the EU seems to have ignored the central role that ideas play in policies and in the process of policy formation but rather prioritise policies that continue to privilege the economic concerns of the EU, rather than the social concerns of the Mediterranean states. This books is important reading for students and scholars interested in the policy-making process of the EU and the impact of its policies.

Between 11 and 16 March 2013, Professor Wil Hout attended the workshop on Political Conditionalities and Foreign Aid during the ECPR Joint Sessions of Workshops in Mainz. The workshop was directed by Nadia Molenaers (Institute for Development Policy Management, University of Antwerp), Jörg Faust (German Development Institute, Bonn) and Sebastian Dellepiane (University of Strathclyde, Glasgow). It brought together some 20 scholars working on issues of aid and conditionalities.

Wil Hout’s paper was entitled “Governance beyond the European Consensus on Development: What Drives EU Aid Selectivity?”

The paper focuses on the ‘governance turn’ in the development policies of the European Union, represented in particular by the adoption of the ‘European Consensus on Development’ in 2005. The main assumption inherent in the EU approach to development is that the quality of governance in developing countries is a crucial (co-) determinant of development outcomes. The paper sets up an analysis of the allocation of funds (over €50 billion during the 2007-13 period) through the EU’s main policy instruments: the European Development Fund, the European Neighbourhood and Partnership Instrument, and the Development Cooperation Instrument. The paper attempts to establish whether any dominant explanation, or combination of explanations, given in the literature on development assistance, is able to account for the allocation of those parts of the funds that are meant to be spent on governance reform. Three sets of hypotheses are tested, each derived from one of the dominant explanatory models of development assistance: donor interest, recipient need and constructivist models. The findings of the empirical analyses emphasise the role of donor-interest variables, but show that recipient needs play a (seemingly subordinate) role in decisions on EU aid allocation.

The description of the workshop, including all the papers that were presented, can be found online.

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