24 Jun 26 Jun
10:00 - 18:00

CLEER Summer School 2024

CLEER and the T.M.C. Asser Instituut present their 9th summer school in EU External Relations Law, from 24 to 26 June 2024 at the campus of VUB University in Brussels.

The programme will comprise interactive lectures delivered by renowned academic experts and discussion led by experienced practitioners. All lectures will be held in English. We ask for an in-person participation. The organizers reserve the option to switch to an online format if necessary. 

Admission requirements:

  • For 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.
  • 6 scholarships are available for students attending in person, waiving the tuition fee which will be awarded on the basis of merit and financial need. If you apply for a scholarship do not register but please provide a statement of interest, explanation and CV with your application before 1 June and send it by email to:
    elke.hundhausen@maastrichtuniversity.nlYou will be informed by Friday, 7 June.

Tuition fee

Tuition fee for participation in-person includes lecture material, visit to the EEAS, certificate of attendance and catering. Accommodation is not included.

  • Tuition fee Maastricht University students/Maastricht University alumni: €310 pp 
  • Tuition fee VUB students: €310 pp
  • Tuition fee non-VUB/non-Maastricht University students: €350 pp
  • Tuition fee practitioners: €650 pp
  • Tuition fee practitioners 1 day attendance: €150 pp

Programme on 24 June (day 1)

10.30hWelcome & Introduction by CLEER Governing Board
11.00hAndrea Ott - EU external  competences
12.30hLunch break
14.00hMerijn Chamon - The law and practice of mixed agreements 
15.30hCoffee break
16.00h Ramses Wessel - The normalization of the CFSP

Programme on 25 June (day 2)

 EU external relations
10.00hJoris Larik - EU trade policy
11.30hCoffee break
12.00hPeter Van Elsuwege - ENP/EU enlargement policy
14.30hEleftheria Neframi - Green and Digital Transition: External Dimensions
16.00hCoffee break
16.30hKeynote lecture by Prof. Inge Govaere - Promoting the Rule of Law in EU External Relations: Conceptual Framework and EU Actorness
18.00hEnd of day 2

Programme on 26 June (day 3)

 EU external relations: an institutional perspective 
09.30hAnders Neergaard - The European Parliament in EU external relations  
11.00hCoffee break
11.30hAntonios Antoniadis and Josephine Norris - Recent developments in EU external relations, Council and Commission perspectives
13.30h Lunch break and travel to the EEAS
15.15hVisit to the EEAS
Lóránt Havas - Role of the EEAS in EU external relations
18.00hEnd of the Summer School


  • Dr Antonios Antoniadis is member of the legal service of the Council of the European Union.

  • Prof. Merijn Chamon  is professor of EU law at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel and Visiting Professor at the College of Europe (Bruges). He is member of the Governing Board of CLEER.

  • Prof. Peter van Elsuwege is professor of EU law at Ghent University, and member of the governing board of CLEER.

  • Prof. Inge Govaere is professor of EU Law, Director of the Ghent European Law Institute (G.E.L.I.) and Director of the LLMs at Ghent University. She is also the Director of the European Legal Studies Department at the College of Europe in Bruges.

  • Lóránt Havas is Deputy Head of Unit in the Legal Department of the European External Action Service (EEAS), Brussels.

  • Dr Joris Larik is Assistant Professor of Comparative, EU and International Law at Leiden University. He is member of the Governing Board of CLEER.

  • Anders Neergaard is Head of Unit in the Legal Service of the European Parliament.

  • Prof. Eleftheria Neframi is professor of European Union law at the University of LuxembourgShe is member of the Governing Board of CLEER.  

  • Josephine Norris is member of the legal service of the 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. 

  • Prof. Ramses A. Wessel is Vice Dean of the Faculty of Law, Professor of European Law and Head of the European and Economic Law Department at the University of Groningen. He is member of the Governing Board of CLEER.