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ONINE SEMINAR-Friday April 16th -NUIG School of Political Science and Sociology

The next seminar in the School of Political Science and Sociology Spring Research Seminar series takes place on Friday, 16 April, at 4 pm: “Article symposium: Addressing the Global Emergencies of Climate and Human Rights from Below”. Full details below. Advance registration through Eventbrite is essential:

The link to the Zoom seminar will be sent to everyone who is registered on Eventbrite.

ONLINE SEMINAR- Wednesday April 14th- NUIM-University Centre for European and Eurasian Studies Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence

Maynooth Centre for European and Eurasian Studies Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence and Mussi present a webinar;

When: Wednesday, April 14, 2021 – 16:00 to 17:30
Where: Zoom (link below)
Register here:

ONLINE BOOK LAUNCH-Thursday April 15th

You are warmly invited to the book launch of “Great Judgments of the European Court of Justice: Rethinking the Landmark Decisions of the Foundational Period” (Cambridge 2019, now out in paperback 2021).

Thursday 15 April 2021, 5-630pm Dublin Time.
Evenbrite Registration :

Book launch and Discussion

Advocate General Gerard Hogan & Professor Fernanda Nicola

Professor Aileen Kavanagh

William Phelan
Great Judgments of the European Court of Justice :
Rethinking the Landmark Decisions of the Foundational Period (Cambridge)

Thursday 15 April 2021, 5pm Irish Time, via Zoom

Please join us for a book launch and discussion of William Phelan’s book “Great Judgments of the European Court of Justice”. The book offers a new approach to understanding the ECJ’s famous decisions in the 1960s and 1970s – Van Gend en Loos, Costa, Van Duyn, and so on – through use of the comparative method and by drawing in detail on the writings and speeches of the influential French ECJ judge and President of the Court, Robert Lecourt. It highlights the importance of the ECJ’s 1964 Dairy Products judgment in understanding the logic and purpose of Van Gend en Loos and the doctrine of direct effect. The book will be enjoyed by students and scholars of EU law, and by anyone interested in understanding the role of the European Court of Justice.

Participating in the launch and discussion are:
Gerard Hogan, Advocate General of the European Court of Justice
Fernanda Nicola, Professor of Law, and historian of EU law, American University Washington College of Law
William Phelan, Associate Professor and Jean Monnet Chair of EU Politics and Law, Trinity College Dublin
Aileen Kavanagh (Panel Chair), Professor of Constitutional Governance, School of Law, Trinity College Dublin
We would kindly ask attendees to register (for free) through Eventbrite in advance of the event in order to receive login details for the launch. Once registered, you will then be sent the relevant Zoom login information closer to the time of the launch event.

After the presentation and discussion there will be an opportunity for questions and answers from attendees.

The launch webpage is here:

More information about the “Great Judgments of the European Court of Justice” (with an image of Robert Lecourt on the cover) can be found here:


UCC-Defence Forces Lecture Series:

The Blue Helmets are one of the most visible faces of the United Nations around the world. Over seven decades, and despite many challenges, peacekeeping has proven to be one of the UN’s most durable and adaptable peace and security tools. Yet UN peacekeeping has declined rapidly in terms of number of operations, troop deployments and budgets over the past 10 years.  Against a backdrop of increased geopolitical competition, changing conflict dynamics, and a global pandemic with severe economic impact, what are the prospects for UN peacekeeping and to what extent can it evolve to meet contemporary conflict challenges?

Dr Renata Dwan was appointed Deputy Director of Chatham House, The Royal Institute of International Affairs, in November 2020. In her 15-year UN career she worked on peace and security issues, including as director of the United Nations Institute for Disarmament Research (UNIDIR) in Geneva and chief of policy and best practices at the Department of Peacekeeping Operations. Renata served in Afghanistan, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Haiti, Mali and Syria and led major UN-wide policy initiatives on peacekeeping, security sector reform, and crisis management capacities. Prior to the UN, Renata led the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute’s programme on armed conflict and conflict management and was Deputy Director the EastWest Institute security programme in Budapest. She served as a Special Adviser to the European Union Council Secretariat on crisis management issues.  She received her MPhil and DPhil in International Relations from Oxford University.

The UCC-Defence Forces Lecture Series aims to contribute to informed public debate on contemporary global security challenges, how such problems may impact on Ireland and how Ireland can contribute to addressing regional and global security threats. The lecture series is jointly organised by the Defence Forces and UCC’s Colleges of Arts, Celtic Studies and Social Sciences and Business and Law. Previous lectures in the series can be viewed at: