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Alumni event

Leiden University Alumni in Brussels Event

Thursday 31 March 2022
European Banking Federation
Avenue des Arts / Kunstlaan 56
B-1000 Brussels

Unified in diversity, or simply divided: values and the future of the EU

We can meet up live again! We are grateful to the European Banking Federation for hosting our Alumni in Brussels Event 2022. We have organized an academic debate from interesting points of view for you on the values, the past, the present and the future of the EU:

Our panel of speakers will debate the question of the future of the EU through a conversation about EU-ropean values and the extent to which they underpin the very identity of the EU and its member states, and what they mean for how others perceive the EU.

Speakers are:

Professor dr. mr. Maurits Berger

Prof.dr. Maurits S. Berger, LLM (1964) is a lawyer and Arabist. He holds the Sultan of Oman chair of Islam and the West at Leiden University Centre for the Study of Religion (LUCSoR) and is a senior research associate with the Clingendael Institute for International Relations in The Hague. He has worked as a lawyer in Amsterdam, and as a researcher and journalist in Cairo and Damascus. 

Professor dr. mr. Armin Cuyvers:

Armin Cuvyers is full Professor of European Law at the Europa Instituut of Leiden University, where he holds the chair in EU Constitutional Law and Comparative Regional Integration. He also is the director of CompaRe, the Leiden Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence on Comparative Regional Integration and the faculty teaching director for all legal Masters.  His research focusses on European constitutional law, sovereignty, Brexit, (con)federalism and monetary integration, often in a comparative perspective and in collaboration with social psychologists to integrate their empirical insights into EU law. 

Dr. Maxine David:

Dr. Maxine David is a Lecturer in European Studies at Leiden University. She is a Foreign Policy analyst, specialising in EU-Russia-US relations. She is co-editor and contributing author to The Routledge Handbook of EU-Russia Relations. She is also the Leiden Coordinator for the Erasmus Mundus Joint Masters degree in European Politics and Society.

The discussion will be moderated by dr. Vera Scepanovic 

Vera Scepanovic is a Lecturer in International Relations and European Studies at Leiden University. She was previously a post-doctoral Max Weber Fellow at European University Institute in Florence and a visiting lecturer at the Central European University in Budapest.

All alumni working and or living in Brussels or surrounding Brussels are welcome

Because we are really looking forward to meeting you again, we are offering this venue free of charge. However, please do let us know if you have to cancel, as catering costs will be adjusted to the registrations.

Please REGISTER here.



Arrival, coffee and informal office tour


Welcome & presentation EBF in general and in the current context; Wim Mijs, EBF CEO, S├ębastien de Brouwer, EBF Chief Policy Officer and Eduard Hovsepyan, AML & Sanctions Policy Adviser 


Panel discussion on 'unified in diversity, or simply divided: values and the future of the EU yesterday, today and tomorrow'


Drinks and networking

Alumni Event Brussels Holland House, February 2020
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