The Europaeum Newsletter Retrospective

The Europaeum has been publishing newsletters, reports, reviews, and online material for well over a decade now. We have now uploaded our old Newsletters in their original format, going back to 1995 – the first purpose designed publication for the association, launched and edited by one Paul Flather who had just been appointed Director of International Relations for the University of Oxford !

This first issue features a Europaeum welcome for the (then) Institut de hautes études internationales et du développement (HEI) in Geneva, now The Graduate Institute, after being approved as a full member by the Europaeum Council, which met in Oxford that year. There was a also a meeting that year of the wider Europaeum Founders Council of friends, donors and supporters, which included the Rectors of Leiden and Bonn, who remain good friends of the association; Lord Jenkins of Hillhead, the Chancellor of Oxford University, in whose name we have helped found a scholarship scheme linked directly to the association; HSH The Prince Hans Adam of Liechtenstein, the founding chairman, whom we hope will return to support our association directly again; and Lord Weidenfeld and Sir Ronald Grierson, founding fathers, who are now on our new Board of Trustees; Professor Sir Richard Southwood, the inspiring  Vice-Chancellor of Oxford University, who helped launch the association, and Professor Paolo Pombeni of Bologna University, who ran several of our pioneering summer schools, and many others.

We are particularly keen to re-cyle many of our early photographs through these PDF versions.

Also in this issue was a description of one of the first Europaeum Summer Schools, held in Bologna on The Problem of Political Leadership between History and Science coordinated by Professor Paolo Pombeni; and a Europaeum Law Symposium in Leiden on The Place of European Community Law in the National Legal Order. Some issues never really change. We have revisited these themes in subsequent Europaeum activities, most notably in two events this year, on Sovereignty in Europe in Prague in May 2009, and our conference in Oxford in March on Constitutional Pluralism in the European Union and Beyond.

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Special Reports

Reports from Unique Europaeum Events

The Europaeum publishes occasional special reports arising from its international conferences. You can download these reports using the links below, or contact the Europaeum Office to order printed copies.

Experiences and Perceptions of Migrants (Connecting Europe Through History)The Europaeum has partnered EUROCLIO – an association of European history teachers in two special EU-funded programmes on Connecting Europe through History, allowing  History teachers and Historians and policy-makers to explore and share new ideas and themes for teaching in classrooms. Following the success of our initial series on Human Rights in Europe (2007-2008), we embarked on an another series of lectures, conferences, and workshops at Europaeum partner institutions at Oxford, Bologna, Leiden, Helsinki, Paris, and Krakow, as well as other universities in Berlin, Vienna, and Nijmegen, on the theme Experiences and Perceptions of Migrations (2010-2011) with similar goals.

Liberalism in East and WestIn January 2009, scholars from Europe, the Americas, India, China and Japan came together at Oxford University to participate in a Europaeum co-sponsored conference on Liberalism in West and East. This stimulating conference looked at the extraordinarily diverse usages of the term and asked what justified means we have (if any) of determining or prescribing its contents. Working together with the speakers and contributors to the conference, the Europaeum helped produce a transcript which runs to 176 pages and includes contributions from Timothy Garten Ash, Michael Freeden, Sir Samuel Brittan, Rajeev Bhargava, Ronald Dworkin, and many other top scholars and contributors.

America and Europe: Moving Towards 2020These essays and commentaries were prepared as part of an international conference held in Washington, DC on February 22nd – 24th, 2007, organised by the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, the Weidenfeld Institute of Strategic Dialogue, and the Europaeum. The conference was on Does the ‘West’ still exist? – America and Europe moving towards 2020. Europaeum participants were invited from the universities of Oxford, Bonn, Krakow, Bologna, Geneva and Leiden.

Restructuring Corporate Governance: The New European AgendaThis report has been published based on the Europaeum Symposium Restructuring Corporate Governance: The New European Agenda, organised as part of Leiden-Oxford Programme. It includes talks from Sir Ronald Grierson, European Chairman of the Blackstone Group; Colin Mayer, new Dean at the Saïd Business School, Alastair Ross Goobey, Chairman of the International Corporate Governance Network, and Senior Advisor at Morgan Stanley; and Guy Jubb, Head of Corporate Governance at Standard Life Investment.

Whose Europe? National Models and the Constitution of the European Union (European Studies at Oxford)This small volume collects papers presented at a conference entitled “Whose Europe?: National Models and the Constitution of the European Union”, held in Oxford on 25-27 April 2003. The event brought together scholars involved in the field of European Studies at Oxford University, scholars from outside Oxford and participants in the Convention on the Future of Europe.

Democracy and the Internet: New Rules for New TimesDemocracy and the Internet: new rules for new times, from the 2001 Europaeum Policy Forum, was published by the Europaeum in 2002, with contribution from UK Prime Minister e-Envoy Andrew Pinder. Copies are available from the Europaeum office, priced €8 (£5).
Federalism and the Future of EuropeOn 21/22 September 2001, the Club of Three hosted a conference looking at Federalism and the Future of Europe. The event included expert participants and practitioners drawn from academe, politics, public life, business, think-tanks, and technology companies, from the three main partners of the Club of Three, Germany, France and the UK, and the host country, Switzerland. The aim of the event was to identify and discuss underlying characteristics of Europe’s federal landscape. The conference was divided into three sessions. A working dinner was hosted by the sponsors Baklin Ltd on the evening of the first day. Baklin Ltd. generously supported the conference and travel costs were subsidised by Crossair Ltd. We are grateful to these, as well as to other sponsors for their generous support. The event was organised by Peter Arengo-Jones, supported by his assistant, Ursula Minder.

International Conference on Academic Freedom

Universities have come under increasing pressures in recent times from many directions – even challenging a central pillar of university life – namely academic freedom. This forms the theme of the international conference linked to the 25th anniversary weekend. Academic Freedom: New Times, New Challenges, will involve a number of keynote speakers discussing the range of growing pressures on universities today. While those in Turkey, in Poland and some in Hungary are in the front rank facing such pressures, all our Universities are having to confront the new student-led pressure to create ‘safe spaces’ without ‘extremist’ speakers. Cuts in public expenditure, linked to increasing demands for vocational and other ‘priority’ forms of education, form yet another threat to University autonomy. Finally, the search for new contracts from business and industry, can also force universities to adjust research priorities and goals. Participants and speakers will include rectors and deputy rectors from all 13 Europaeum partners, as well as some 50 select Europaeum alumni. The keynote session on September 15th will include a leader of the ‘Umbrella Movement’, straight from Hong Kong, and e Radosław Sikorski (Senior Fellow, Harvard and former Minister of Foreign Affairs, Poland), Zsolt Enyedi (Pro-Rector, Central European University, our newest Europaeum member). Please see the poster here. Please note that the Friday session is now booked full, but you are very WELCOME for the Saturday follow up. For the Saturday poster see here and for the programme see here. On Saturday, additional speakers will include Voldemar Tomusk (Open Society Institute), Bharam Beckharadnia (Higher Education Policy Forum), Professor Denis Noble (Campaign for Science and Engineering) and Alan Rusbridger (who championed the Wikileaks information as former editor-in-chief of The Guardian).

Published Lectures

Lectures Available for Download

The Europaeum hosts many lectures from eminent academics in the course of its work. These receive a wider audience as pamphlets. All published pamphlets are available to download as pdf files below, but we also have a few remaining copies of older Lecture Pamphlets available in hard copy. These are available for free within Oxford, and can be posted elsewhere if the recipient reimburses us for the postage. If you would like to receive any of these, please email the office.


The Changing Character of Human Rights

Professor Andrew Clapham, on The Changing Character of Human Rights, delivered at the University of Oxford on November 12th, 2015.


Henry Kissinger: Statesman or Stuntman?

Professor Jussi M. Hanhimaeki, on Re-evaluating the Legacy of Henry Kissinger: Statesman or Stuntman?, delivered at the University of Oxford on February 19th, 2014.


Islamophobia: A Non-Concept

Dr Faisal Devji, on Islamophobia: A Non-Concept, delivered at the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, Geneva, on May 27th, 2013.


Overcoming the Legacy of the 20th Century: Protecting Minorities in Modern Democracies

Professor Vernon Bogdanor, on Overcoming the Legacy of the 20th Century: Protecting Minorities in Modern Democracies, delivered at Universiteit Leiden on June 3rd, 2010.


Medieval Constitutional Representation

Professor Wim Blockmans, on The Medieval Origins of Constitutional Representation, delivered at the University of Oxford on February 13th, 2007.


The Changing Character of War

Professor Hew Strachan, on The Changing Character of War, delivered at the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, Geneva, on November 9th, 2006.


A Tale of Two Economies

Sir Alan Budd, on A Tale of Two Economies, delivered at the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, Geneva, on March 25th, 2005.


The OSCE and European Security: Essential or Superfluous?

Professor Victor-Yves Ghebali, on The OSCE and European Security: Essential or Superfluous?, delivered at St Anne’s College, University of Oxford, on February 18th, 2005, supported under the Europaeum-Geneva Link Programme.


The Other American Presidential Election

Godfrey Hodgson, on The Other American Presidential Election: Choosing a President and Psychoanalyzing a Nation, delivered at Universiteit Leiden on November 2nd, 2004.


Challenges for German Foreign Policy at the beginning of the 21st Century

Professor Christian Hacke, on Challenges for German Foreign Policy at the beginning of the 21st Century, delivered at the University of Oxford on November 18th, 2003, organised in association with the Centre for Policy Studies, Campus Den Haag, Universiteit Leiden.

International Law and the Use of Military Force

Professor Sir Adam Roberts, on International Law and the Use of Military Force: The United Nations, the United States and Iraq, delivered at the Universiteit Leiden on June 6th, 2003.


The UN and Peace since the Cold War

Sir Marrack Goulding, on The United Nations and Peace since the Cold War: success, failure or neither?, delivered at the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, Geneva, on April 8th, 2003.


Fiscal Discipline in the Monetary Union: Rules or Institutions?

Professor Charles Wyplosz, on Fiscal Discipline in the Monetary Union: Rules or Institutions?, delivered at the University of Oxford on November 22nd, 2002.


Strands of Nazi Anti-semitism

Professor Philippe Burrin, on Strands of Nazi Anti-semitism, delivered at Oxford University, on May 16th, 2001.


International Law and the Use of Force by States

Professor Ian Brownlie, on International Law and the Use of Force by States – revisited, delivered at the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, Geneva, on February 1st, 2001.


The Commission and the European Parliament after Nice

Dr John Temple Lang, on The Commission and the European Parliament after Nice, delivered at Mansfield College, Oxford University, on November 17th, 2000.


Democratic Transitions: Constitutional Law for Europe

Professor David Robertson, on Democratic Transitions and a Common Constitutional Law for Europe, delivered at Charles University, Prague, on October 6th, 2000.