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Samuel David Schmid

25th August 2016

Smart People More Likely to Do Drugs

You have probably just wondered why this title pops up in the EUI environment. Do we have a Department of Psychology now? No. The point in me posting this is to provide some reflections on social [...]
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Oliver Garner

18th August 2016

The New European: Steps towards a New European media?

In The Crisis of the European Union: A Response, Jürgen Habermas argues that the European media must contribute to a greater sense of civic solidarity: “The transnationalization of [...]
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Johannes Karremans

2nd August 2016

For Turkey

The recent developments in Turkey deserve lots of reflections and comments. Even though I have reflected quite a lot, unfortunately, I am left quite speechless. The only
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Oliver Garner

12th July 2016

After Brexit: the ECHR next? Bottom-up and top-down protection

Introduction: a long held grudge
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Oliver Garner

27th June 2016

After Brexit: the road ahead. Part I: A vote to leave but a decision to remain?

An edited version of this post appears on the European Law Blog. http://europeanlawblog.eu/?p=3260  “A negotiation with the European Union will need to begin under a new Prime [...]
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Neil Philip Howard

23rd June 2016

Why Remain?

I had a long conversation this morning with a man who’s been like a brother to me since I was a little boy. ‘Bruv’, he said, ‘You know I’m not an educated man. Tell me in [...]
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Dieneke De Vos

12th May 2016

Putting the “Woman Question” front and centre: Professor Ruth Rubio Marín #SOU2016

There were many amazing and strong women who spoke at the 2016 State of the Union about Women in Europe and the World, such as Valerie Amos and Patricia Sellers, and the various panels featured [...]
OSISA. In this photo: DRC Mobile Court, Fizi, South Kivu, February 2011.

Dieneke De Vos

12th May 2016

Domestication of International Criminal Law and Sexual Violence #SOU2016

On 5-7 May 2016, the European University Institute hosted the sixth edition of the State of the Union, a space for high-level reflection on Europe. This year, the discussion revolved around the theme [...]
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Neil Philip Howard

19th April 2016

‘Utopia for Realists?’ A Review

The first thing you notice about Utopia for Realists is just how seriously it has been endorsed. On the front cover and inside sleeve you’ll find quotes from luminaries including [...]
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Dieter Reinisch

13th April 2016

‘Many people don’t feel included’: More thoughts on #Coalisland2016

On March 31, I published an article about Republican Easter Commemorations in the North of Ireland on this blog. The article was republished on the widely read blog The Pensive Quill, run by former [...]
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Dieter Reinisch

31st March 2016

Coalisland 2016: A Blow Against Normalisation

This year marks the centenary of the Easter Rising in Ireland. Over Easter, hundreds of commemorations were held throughout the island. International media outlets reported lengthy from [...]
Roel Wijnants. In this photo: Permanent Premises of the International Criminal Court, The Hague, the Netherlands.

Dieneke De Vos

22nd March 2016

Historic day for the ICC: first command responsibility and sexual violence conviction

Yesterday was a historic day for the International Criminal Court (ICC). In a landmark judgment, Trial Chamber III – incidentally the only ICC bench composed entirely of female judges [...]
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Dieneke De Vos

17th March 2016

Fifteen reasons we need to focus on women #SOU2016

In May 2016, the European University Institute will host the sixth edition of the State of the Union, an annual conference for high-level reflection on the European Union. This year, the [...]
Roel Wijnants. In this photo: Permanent Premises of the International Criminal Court, The Hague, the Netherlands.

Dieneke De Vos

14th March 2016

Can the ICC prosecute forced contraception?

A recent report by Rukmini Callimachi of the New York Times, on the enforcement of birth control by fighters of Islamic State to prevent Yazidi women and girls held as sex slaves from becoming [...]
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Neil Philip Howard

12th March 2016

Responding to Progressive Objections to Basic Income

Recently, the people over at Policy Network asked myself and one of my friends, comrades and fellow basic income advocates, to write a few words rebutting typical progressive objections to basic [...]
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Dieneke De Vos

11th March 2016

Why we should be watching the ICC on 21 March

This blog post was previously published on IntlLawGrrls. On 21 March 2016, Trial Chamber III of the International Criminal Court (ICC) will deliver the trial judgment in the case [...]
On 21 January 2016, the confirmation of charges hearing in the case of The Prosecutor v. Dominic Ongwen opened before Pre-Trial Chamber II of the International Criminal Court (ICC) at 09:30 (The Hague local time). Pictured here: Dominic Ongwen at his confirmation of charges hearing in ICC courtroom I on 21 January 2016 © ICC-CPI

Dieneke De Vos

10th March 2016

Confirmation of charges hearing in Dominic Ongwen case: hopeful signs for gender justice?

This blog post was previously published on IntlLawGrrls. From 21 to 27 January 2016, the confirmation of charges hearing in the Dominic Ongwen case was held at the International [...]
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Martyn Egan

4th March 2016

Time to Rethink the Middle East?

Europe’s relationship with the Middle East is a complex one. In the past two centuries it has encompassed domination, dependence, antagonism and – not infrequently – open conflict. As Europe’s [...]
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Dieter Reinisch

2nd March 2016

Contested Memories, Oral History, and the Northern Irish Conflict

Thanks to the legacy of the conflict in the North of Ireland, Oral History research is under fire. The British and Irish governments, together with the five major parties in the North of [...]
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Martyn Egan

2nd February 2016

Pity the Nation? Lebanon’s Presidential Impasse

There is a passage in the History of Florence where, after the city’s umpteenth descent into factional strife, a number of citizens “out of love for their country” present themselves [...]
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Vanessa Grotti

2nd February 2016

Indigenous Networks and Evangelical Frontiers: Problems with Ethics and Problems with Governance in Cases of ‘First Contacts’ in Contemporary Amazonia

Read the news lately? In the past few years, accounts of  'first contacts' in Brazil and Peru have widely circulated in the international press, often illustrated by photographs depicting noble yet [...]
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Leonidas Oikonomakis

1st February 2016

Documentary Making

 In May 2011, hundreds of thousands of Greeks swarmed into Syntagma Square in Athens to protest against the firesale of their country, their labor rights and their livelihoods to corrupt [...]
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Neil Philip Howard

1st February 2016

Recent La Razón Interviews

For some reason, I keep getting interviewed by La Razón Newspaper in Spain. This is strange to me, given that La Razón is, as I understand it, somewhat conservative and catholic. Perhaps it's about [...]
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Vanessa Grotti

29th January 2016

Taking Time in the Midst of a Crisis: Prior Informed Consent, Sociability and Vulnerability in Ethnographic Research

I have recently published a small article on consent and vulnerable research participants on the  Blog of the Australasian Human Research Ethics Consultancy Services (AHRECS) entitled 'Taking [...]
Ready for fieldwork? Maroni River, French Guiana, 2012

Vanessa Grotti

29th January 2016

EU BORDER CARE is Recruiting!

I am advertising two Postdoc positions to work on my ERC-funded research project EU Border Care. The Postdocs will be based at the Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies, European University [...]
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Johannes Karremans

27th January 2016

The malaise of contemporary European democracy, part 2

In this post I’d like to apply the basic ideas presented in Part 1 to (the lack of) politics within the EU. In particular, I’d like to focus on how, over the years, a lack of [...]
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Neil Philip Howard

21st January 2016

The Practical Necessity of Utopian Thinking

This week my colleagues and I at Beyond Trafficking and Slavery launched the ‘Utopias’ stream of our series on ‘Possible Futures’. Here is the text of the introductory article, authored by [...]
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Johannes Karremans

20th January 2016

The malaise of contemporary European democracies, part 1

With this first post I’d like to provide a first illustration of how, with my research, I observe and analyse political events. As already mentioned elsewhere on this website, [...]
Unknown. 25 March 1957, the signing ceremony of the Treaty of Rome which enshrines in its preamble the objective of an ever closer Union.

Alberto-Horst Neidhardt

12th January 2016

An ever looser Union among the peoples of Europe?

An inscription at the European Museum of Schengen in Luxembourg reports a meaningful quote by Bronislaw Gemerek. Gemerek, other than being one of the key advisers to the Solidarność [...]
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Elie Michel

10th December 2015

French regional elections 2015: Duverger’s paradox

Political scientists are usually careful when establishing general rules and mechanisms. Yet, Duverger’s law spells out the mechanical relation between
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Andrea De Angelis

5th December 2015

mcmcplot: MCMC convergence diagnostics with thousands of parameters

Quick post on a noteworthy R package that could be useful for bayesian models with many (hundreds or even thousands) parameters.
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Andrea De Angelis

10th November 2015

Structural Topic Models to study political texts: an application to the Five Star Movement’s blog

In the last weeks at New York University I had the opportunity to meet Brandon Stewart (Princeton), who gave a talk on Structural Topic Models at the NYU Text as Data Speaker Series [link], Molly [...]
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Neil Philip Howard

10th November 2015

‘Pomo-d’Oro’: Presence and Absence in the Political Iconography of Italy’s ‘Red Gold’

At the bottom of the tomato supply chain stand thousands of over-worked and underpaid African migrant workers. These are the guys who, every summer, bend double under the blazing Puglian sun to ensure [...]
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Dieter Reinisch

3rd November 2015

Northern Ireland: Gay-marriage, sectarianism & the Unionist veto

November 2, 2015 is a historic date in the history of Ireland. A majority of the MLAs in Stormont, the local assembly in the North of Ireland, voted in favour of gay-marriage equality. However, the [...]
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Jonas Dræge

21st October 2015

Turkey’s Gezi Movement: Did it change anything?

In the 2013 Gezi Protests, more than 2,5 million people went to the streets. They demanded that the government would immediately restore true democracy, improve their human rights record, and protect [...]
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Neil Philip Howard

10th October 2015

Why (and how!) we need to talk to ‘the victims’

I was in Sheffield this week for a Symposium on Research Methods to do with unfree labour. It was an excellent gathering with some top scholars. It also involved the drinking of far too much gin, with [...]
Painting reading End Internment Now on Derry City Wall facing nationalist estate Bogside, 2009

Dieter Reinisch

8th October 2015

Europe’s forgotten prisoners

Although the Northern Irish Troubles are internationally recognised as a settled conflict, there are currently held more than one hundred Republican prisoners in prisons on the Irish isle. A complete [...]
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Diego Garzia

8th October 2015

Europe’s voting space and the problem of second order elections: A transnational proposal

The European Union is facing one of the most challenging moments in its recent history. Whilst the struggle for a solution to the common challenge of migration and refugees continues, the spectre [...]
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Riccardo Emilio Chesta

2nd October 2015

20 years after Alex Langer

“I prefer the term conversion rather than concepts like revolution, reform of restructuring, as it is not taken for granted and because it implies a reconsideration, a turning point, a [...]
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Elie Michel

1st October 2015

Is the radical right radically right wing?

Radical right? Populist right? Extreme right? Or even populist Radical right? There is an academic debate on the nomenclature of this electorally growing party family in Europe. Each of these concepts [...]
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Neil Philip Howard

30th September 2015

On ‘Freedom’ and ‘Root Causes’: Unfree Labour in Global Production

So, I am back after a summer hiatus, which was mainly spent conducting fieldwork in Southern Italy. For my first post, here is the text of a speech I gave this afternoon at the World Trade [...]
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Dieter Reinisch

30th September 2015

Sexual Abuse, Unawareness, And 1985 An Phoblacht

In the midst of the PIRA child sex abuse controversy and the allegations made by Maíria Cahill and Paudia McGahon, Liam Adams was in court on March 26 again. Indeed, first debates on the PIRA’s [...]
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Neil Philip Howard

26th June 2015

On Freedom as the Power to Say No; Or, Why the Anti-Forced Labour Movement Needs to Change its Framing

This is the text of a short speech I gave to staff at the headquarters of the International Trades Union Confederation in Brussels this week.[1]
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Neil Philip Howard

16th April 2015

Who Should You Vote For?

I’m writing this for my family and the friends I grew up with. Not because I think I’m smart and know better. But because you often ask me, because I’ve had the privilege of an education, and [...]
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Neil Philip Howard

30th March 2015

Rightswork Re-post 2: Protecting “Children” in Southern Benin? Anti-Trafficking Policy in Need of Politics and Participation

Protecting “Children” in Southern Benin? Anti-Trafficking Policy in Need of Politics and Participation
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Neil Philip Howard

30th March 2015

Rightswork Re-post 1: Spinning the Threads of Poverty: Cotton Subsidies and The Political Economy of Trafficking in Southern Benin

I wrote two quite popular pieces for the critical anti-trafficking website Rightswork a couple of years ago. But that website has now been taken down, meaning that the links to the articles no longer [...]
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Neil Philip Howard

15th December 2014

On Vulnerability to Forced Labour

There is a growing awareness among those agencies fighting trafficking, slavery and forced labour that we need to better theorise the idea of ‘vulnerability’. Although it is common for modern-day [...]