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Global Challenges

A series of lectures on current issues in world politics - every first Wednesday of the month

In this series of lectures experts will provide a broad perspective and qualified background information on these global challenges. Each first Wednesday of the month a new present-day issue takes center stage in this series.
This series is a co-production of Studium Generale and the Research Centre of Leiden University College.

In this lecture we will try to place the vote for a Brexit in its historical context. It will explore the historic relationship between Great Britain and Europe, and deal with the ambivalent attempts to join the growing move to European integration during the twentieth century, leading eventually to Britain joining the EU in 1973. The issues and historical explanations behind this ambivalence will then be treated in order to explain the Brexit vote and its causes. It will end with an attempt to discuss the implications of a Brexit for the relationship between GB and Europe.

Speaker and discussant

Speaker: Dr. Joost Augusteijn, Senior University Lecturer, Institute for History, Universiteit Leiden

Discussant: Dr. Joris Larik, Assistant Professor, Leiden University College 

Time, Place, Venue

Wednessday March 7
7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Auditorium
Leiden University College
Anna van Buerenplein 301
The Hague

All welcome!
Entrance is free.
Limited seats available
please register in advance!

Space law is a relatively new field of law that emerged after the first artificial satellite, Sputnik 1, was launched into outer space in 1957. A number of international legal instruments governing the use of outer space for peaceful purposes was adopted within the framework of the UN since the late 1960s. The increased use by public and private entities made outer space contested, congested and competitive. This meant that the law also had to evolve, leading to the adoption of multilateral cooperation agreements, international guidelines, and national legislation. Exciting new opportunities now loom on the horizon, such as space mining, private spaceflight, mega-constellations of small satellites, or settling on Mars. This talk will provide some background on the international law of outer space and give some insight into the legal challenges that lie ahead.

Speaker and discussant

Speaker: Dr. Tanja Masson-Zwaan, Assistant Professor and Deputy Director of the International Institute of Air and Space Law, Leiden University

Discussant: to be announced

Time, Place, Venue

Wednessday May 2
7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Auditorium
Leiden University College
Anna van Buerenplein 301
The Hague

All welcome!
Entrance is free.
Limited seats available –
please register in advance (link will follow)!