27 Jun 29 Jun
09:15 - 15:45

7th CLEER Summer School on the Law of EU External Relations (online)

CLEER and the T.M.C. Asser Instituut present their 7th summer school in EU External Relations Law, from 27 to 29 June 2022.

It takes place as an intensive 3 days course completely online.

What does the programme offer you?

The programme will comprise interactive lectures delivered by renowned academic experts and discussion led by experienced practitioners from the EU institutions, enabling participants to glean first-hand experience of how theory is transformed into practice:

  • Extensive knowledge of the core actors and instruments forming the foundations of the EU’s external action.
  • Stimulating and current debates on EU external policy challenges such as EU-Ukraine relations, EU environmental issues or EU energy security will be addressed not to fundamental issues such as EU competences, mixed agreements and CFSP legal review.
  • Practitioners will add their perspective on recent developments in EU external relations law
  • Language: all lectures will be held in English. 

Admission requirements:

  • Students, civil servants or practitioners with an academic background or practical experience in law, political science or international relations.
  • Please register by clicking on the green REGISTRATION button. 
  • 5 scholarships are available for students, waiving the tuition fee which will be awarded on the basis of merit and financial need. If you apply for a scholarship don't register but please provide a statement of interest, explanation and CV with your application before June 10 and send it to by email to: elke.hundhausen@maastrichtuniversity.nl. You will be informed by Monday, 13 June.

Tuition fee:

  • 50 EUR for students (including lecture material and certificate of attendance)
  • 150 EUR for practitioners (including lecture material and certificate of attendance)
  • 30 EUR for attendance per day


Monday 27 June  The fundamentals of  EU External Relations Law
09.15h Introduction by Eva Kassoti
09.30h EU competences, codification and case law - old and new problems by Andrea Ott
10.30h Break
11.30h EU mixity: law and practice by Merijn Chamon
12.30h The normalisation of the CFSP by Ramses Wessel
13.30h Break
13.45h The legal framework of EU enlargement and neighbourhood policies: the case of Ukraine by Peter Van Elsuwege
Tuesday 28 June EU external relations – specific topics
09.00h The Energy Charter Treaty: An EU law perspective by Christina Eckes
10.00h Break
10.30h Due diligence and external dimension of EU environmental law by Wybe Douma
11.30h Break
12.30h EU energy security and its external dimensions by Max Baumgart
13.30h EU funding in EU migration management by Lilian Tsourdi
Wednesday 29 June EU external relations: A view from practice
09.00h Recent developments in EU external relations, perspective legal services Council and Commission by Antonios Antoniades and Josephine Norris 
10.30h Break

Role of the EEAS in the negotiations of international agreements by Lóránt Havas 

12.00h Break
13.00h The role of the European Parliament in EU external relations by Anders Neergaard
14.00h Break
14.45h Key note 'The geopolitical birth of the EU: a legal appraisal' by Steven Blockmans


  • Dr. Antonios Antoniadis is member of the legal service of the Council, Brussels.
  • Dr. Max Baumgart, is assistant professor in European and national regulation of the energy transition, Tilburg University
  • Prof. Dr. Blockmans, Director of Research at CEPS. He is also a Professor of EU External Relations Law and Governance at the University of Amsterdam and editor-in-chief of the European Foreign Affairs Review.
  • Dr. Merijn Chamon, is assistant professor in EU law at Maastricht University
  • Dr. Wybe Douma is consultant for EU law (eel.nl & eulegal.nl), senior legal advisor Ministry of Social Affairs and Employment, member of the Governing Board of CLEER.
  • Prof. Christina Eckes is professor of EU law at the University of Amsterdam and member of the Governing Board of CLEER.
  • Lóránt Havas works as a Deputy at the EEAS Legal Affairs Division, Brussels
  • Dr Eva Kassoti is a Senior Researcher in International and EU Law and academic coordinator of CLEER, at the TMC Asser Institute, the Hague.
  • Anders Neergaard is Head of Unit in the Legal Service of the European Parliament
  • Josephine Norris, is member of the legal service, European Commission.
  • Prof. Andrea Ott is professor of EU External Relations Law and Jean Monnet Chair in EU law at Maastricht University. She is member of the Governing Board of CLEER.
  • Dr. Lilian Tsourdi, is Assistant Professor of European Union Law and Dutch Research Council grantee at the Law Faculty of Maastricht University,
  • Prof. Peter Van Elsuwege is professor of EU law at Ghent University, and member of the governing board of CLEER.
  • Prof. Ramses A. Wessel is professor of European Law at the University of Groningen. He is member of the Governing Board of CLEER and editor-in-chief of the European Foreign Affairs Review.

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