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Towards a Politico-Legal Analysis of EU Climate Diplomacy?

Wednesday 21 September 2016
Stichthage, The Hague

Towards a Politico-Legal Analysis of EU Climate Diplomacy?

In the practice of EU external relations and at international institutions the competence division between the EU and its Member States remains unclear. This is largely due to the fact that EU external relations competences are often shared between the EU and its Member States and that what may be clear on paper is not always linked to political practice. While legal and political approaches are both oriented on a division of competences and powers, they do so from very different perspectives and are hardly confronted. Ries Kamphof takes a case-study on environment and climate change in a United Nations (UNFCCC) framework as the basis for answering the more general question whether shared external competences enable or restrain EU and Member State actors in international negotiations practice. The case-study paves the way for more interdisciplinary approaches and methodologies towards a politico-legal analysis of EU external action focused on empirical research.

About the speaker

Ries Kamphof is a researcher of international relations at Kaleidos Research and PhD candidate at Leiden University (Campus Den Haag). Ries focuses on economic and sustainable development topics such as natural resources, Financing for Development, TTIP and post-2015 Sustainable Development Goals. His PhD topic relates to the sharing of competences between EU and Member States in climate and energy policies. His research includes case-studies on the UNFCCC climate change negotiations, an EU raw material strategy, circular economy and energy union. Ries has a background in Political Science and European Law. Prior working experience includes (among others) a role as policy adviser on European Affairs, Foreign Affairs, Security and Development Cooperation at the Dutch Senate (Eerste Kamer der Staten-Generaal).

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About the seminars:

Diplomacy and Global Affairs (DGA) Research Seminar Series

The Diplomacy and Global Affairs (DGA) Research Seminar is a series launched by the Research Group on Diplomacy and Global Affairs at the Institute of Security and Global Affairs. The seminars of internationally acknowledged guest researchers and faculty members deal with current research topics in diplomacy, international relations, global affairs, and political economy broadly conceived and target a broad audience through their interdisciplinary focus.

For more information, please contact:

Prof. dr. M.O. Hosli (coordinator)

Dr. J.J. Kantorowicz



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