EUIA Conference 2021: Academic and High Level Policy Panels

25 May 2021

The ‘European Union in International Affairs’ (EUIA) Conference is a platform for academics and policy-makers to discuss and debate the role of the European Union in the turbulent realm of international affairs. The seventh edition of this event is themed ‘Assessing the EU’s Capacity to Act’ and will take place from 26th -28th May 2021.

The EUIA Conference is jointly organised by The Institute for European Studies at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel (IES-VUB), the Institut d’Études Européennes at the Université Libre de Bruxelles (IEE-ULB), the United Nations University Institute on Comparative Regional Integration Studies (UNU-CRIS), Egmont – the Royal Institute for International Relations and the University of Warwick. EUIA gratefully acknowledges the support of FWO/Research Foundation – Flanders.

Philippe De Lombaerde, Director Ad Interim, UNU-CRIS will chair a High-Level Policy Panel on the first day of the conference. The details of the session are as follows:

The EU and the UN: Shared Challenges, Same Vision?  26th May 2021, 16:00 - 17:30 hrs (CET)

Chair: Philippe de Lombaerde (United Nations University (UNU-CRIS)

Veronika Boškovič Pohar, Ambassador, Representative to the Political and Security Committee 

Barbara Pesce-Monteiro, UN Secretary-General's Representative towards the EU 

Felix Fernandez-Shaw, Director D for Sustainable Development Policy and Coordination at DG INTPA

Mario Telò, Professor of Political Science and International Relations at Université Libre de Bruxelles and LUISS Guido Carli University Rome

Ine Lietaert, Professorial Fellow, UNU-CRIS, will be the chair/discussant for an academic panel session featuring presentations by reseasrchers from UNU-CRIS, CESSMIR and Ghent University. The details of the session are as follows: 

Understanding return governance, return migration and reintegration processes: Insights from African countries 27 May 2021, 09:30 - 11:00 hrs (CET) 

Chair/Discussant: Ine Lietaert (Ghent University; UNU-CRIS, Belgium)

Making sense of sustainable reintegration in the global migration governance
Rossella Marino (UNU-CRIS; CESSMIR, Ghent University)

Why return back home: An empirical analysis of the driving forces behind worldwide return migration aspirations
Els Bekaert (UNU-CRIS; Ghent University)

Killian Foubert (CESSMIR, Ghent University) 


Ilse Ruyssen (CESSMIR, Ghent University) 

The Meaning of Return and Reintegration in the Context of Rural Ethiopia
Ashenafi Tirfie Tizazu (UNU-CRIS; CESSMIR, Ghent University)

Return in context: family and community expectations towards Cameroonian returnees
Presca Wanki (UNU-CRIS; CESSMIR, Ghent University)

The full programme of the conference is available here.

#EUIA21 will be held virtually and be organised primarily through a high-quality online conferencing tool. The event will feature high-level keynote addresses and includes a Best Paper Award together with the Journal of European Integration (JEI). The selected #EUIA21 paper will be considered for publication in a themed JEI section or special issue.

Register here.