In his inaugural lecture as professor of EU External Relations Law and Governance, Steven Blockmans will argue that the European Union is under a legal obligation and moral duty to work towards the peaceful settlement of disputes between or within third countries. Reviewing the Union’s track record in ‘peacemaking’ since the early 1990s (Balkans, Middle East Peace Process, Iran nuclear programme, etc.), the picture emerges that while the EU is equipped with a rich toolbox, it has so far used its diplomatic instruments in a rather ad-hoc fashion. The creation of the European External Action Service was expected to build up the EU’s capacities and expertise in the field of conflict resolution and to bring more coherence, visibility and effectiveness to EU efforts in dialogue and mediation with third parties. However, Blockmans finds that there is room for improvement, for instance by drawing on the lessons from past experiences and cooperating with other actors on the international scene.
Prof. S.F. Blockmans, professor of EU External Relations Law and Governance: 'The EU as a global peacemaker'.
This event will be open to the public.