EU Trade Policy in Situations of Contested Sovereignty

Date: 13th Oct 2017

Time: 14:00-15:00

Organiser: Europa Research Group

Location: 50 George Square (Room G.06)


The Edinburgh Europa Research Group is pleased to invite you to its upcoming event:

Between Rhetoric and Practice
The EU’s Trade Policy in Situations of Contested Sovereignty

Dr Eva Kassoti
Lecturer in Law
The Hague University of Applied Sciences

Friday 13 October 2017
2pm to 3pm

50 George Square
Room G.06

The EU’s identity as a global actor is firmly anchored in a distinct normative and political agenda, portraying itself as a virtuous, normative power committed to the strict observance and development of international law both internally and externally. However, more recently, the EU’s practice in relation to trade agreements covering territories whose sovereignty is contested (due to prolonged occupation or unlawful annexation) has increasingly challenged the narrative of ‘normative power Europe’. This presentation focuses on case studies of the EU’s economic relations with Palestine and Western Sahara, arguing that a growing gap has emerged between the EU’s identity rhetoric as a promoter of international law and its actual practice on the ground.

Mihail Vatsov | Chair
Europa Research Group Co-Convenor
PhD Candidate in Law
The University of Edinburgh

This event is free and non-ticketed
All are welcome

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