9 December, Seminar Gender-Balanced Company Boards in the EU

The role of private actors vis-à-vis public authorities in ensuring gender equality in corporate management

Date: 9 December 2015

Location: Raadzaal, Achter Sint Pieter 200, Utrecht (For travel directions, please click here)

This conference will focus on the problem of underrepresentation of women on company boards in Europe and in corporate management more generally, bringing together views from industry, policy-makers and
academia. The pros and cons of the different national regulatory and enforcement approaches will be discussed and the European Commission’s legislative proposal, as well as best practices to effectively deal with the lack of progress. The role and responsibility of both governments and industry, in their interaction, will be a central issue.

Registration: There is no registration fee, but registration is required by sending an e-mail to:

For more information on the background and programme of this seminar, please click here.



Europe and the Other: multidisciplinary reflections on the refugee crisis

Europe and the Other: multidisciplinary reflections on the refugee crisis

The flow of refugees towards Europe dominates the media and our minds these past months. The images of drowned men, women and children, and of the barbed wire that appears in ever more places in Europe, demand our attention and our compassion.

After the successful series of debates “Terrorism and the Rule of law” in the Spring of 2015, REBO researchers dr. Hanneke van Eijken and Pauline Phoa, in cooperation with the Utrecht research programs Institutions and RENFORCE, have organized a new series of public meetings, this time about the refugee crisis. The university, and more specifically the law faculty with a large curriculum in the area of EU and international (criminal) law and human rights, has a public responsibility to offer our students and staff a forum for debate. What aspects does this complex issue consist of, how can we participate in the public debate in a critical and well-informed way, and how can students and researchers contribute to finding a solution?

The discussion evenings will follow the format of “Terrorism and the Rule of law”: acclaimed scholars and experts from the field will present short introductions on a wide range of topics/a central them of the evening, after which they will enter into a discussion with the audience. After each session, there will be time to share a drink.

Given the interest in these debates, please register your attendance at:

Session 1: Kick off: 19.00-21.00, 22 October 2015, Achter Sint Pieter 200 (Raadzaal) [in Dutch]
Introduction of the discussion series by Prof Linda Senden, Dr. Hanneke van Eijken en Pauline Phoa LLM (Europees recht, UU).
Performance of ‘Vluchtverhaal’, a play by musician Monir Goran and poet Baban Kirkuki about their experience as refugees.

Session 2: Status is everything: refugees, asylum-seekers, migrants [in Dutch], 19.00-21.00, 11 November, Location: Sweelinckzaal, Drift 21
Eduard Nazarsky (Amnesty Nederland)
Nora Stel (Utrecht University, Conflict Studies)
Karin Geuijen en Gijs Jan Brandsma (Utrecht University, USBO)

Session 3: Europa en de Ander [in Dutch], 19.00-21.00, 2 december 2015, Achter Sint Pieter 200 (Raadzaal)
Mathieu Segers (Utrecht University, International Relations)
Sander Terphuis (Iranian refugee, lawyer and prominent member of the Dutch political party PvdA) see also
Ton van de Brink (European law, Universiteit Utrecht)

Session 4: The refugeecrisis and the external relations of the European Union (in English), 19.00-21.00, 7 januari, Achter Sint Pieter 200 (Raadzaal)

Steven Blockmans, Policy Studies, Professor of EU External Relations Law and Governance at the University of Amsterdam (part-time) and one of the founding members of the Centre for the Law of EU External Relations (CLEER))
Kati Piri (European Parliament, member of the Committee on Foreign Affairs)
Seline Trevisanut (International law, Utrecht University)
Beatrice de Graaf (History of International Relations & Global Governance, UU) (to be confirmed)

Session 5: Refugee crisis – international upheaval, local solutions? [in Dutch], February/March 2016, location to be announced

Speakers, among others:
Hawar Mouhiddine (Vluchtelingenwerk and PvDA Raadslid Papendrecht) (to be confirmed)
Rodaan Al Galidi (refugee, writer of poetry collections and novels)



26 October 2015, Inaugural Lecture Professor Sybe de Vries

It’s a great pleasure to announce that bEUcitizen Academic Coordinator Professor Sybe De Vries will hold his inaugural lecture on October 26th. Everybody is welcome!


appointed by the Executive Board of Utrecht University as professor at the Faculty of Law, Governance and Economics on July 1st, 2013 to undertake activities in the field of ‘EU Internal Market law and fundamental rights’ intends to assume his appointment by giving an inaugural lecture entitled:

Grondrechten binnen de Europese interne markt:
Een tragikomisch conflict tussen waarden in de “Domus Europaea”

Fundamental rights within the European internal market:
A tragicomic conflict between values in the “Domus Europaea”

Event date: Monday, October 26, 2015 at 4:15 PM

Location: Auditorium of the Academiegebouw, Domplein 29 in Utrecht.

More information about the registration will follow soon.



Presentation by Linda Senden in Brussels, 16-17 June 2015

Linda Senden gave a presentation on The scope of and for self-regulation in the EU-context at the Conference of Cosmetics Europe “Cosmetics at the Crossroads of Science and Regulation”, Brussels, 16-17 June 2015



Newsletter August 2015

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