Lincoln Law School – Law in a Global Context Research Group Seminar – 13 May 2015
On 13 May, Professor Dora Kostakopoulou gave a talk on ‘Contemporary Perspectives of EU Citizenship’. By exploring different theorisations of the European integration process and in particular using the lens of institutional constructivism Dora Kostakopoulou traced and examined the development of the evolving concept of European Union Citizenship. By looking at key decisions of the Court of Justice of the European Union she reflected on the problems concerning the development of a European identity vis-à-vis national identities and, on more general level, the interconnectedness between the incremental and transformative change of the European integration process and the evolution of European Union Citizenship.
Dora Kostakopoulou is Professor of European Union Law, European Integration and Public Policy at the School of Law of the University of Warwick. She joined Lincoln Law School as Visiting Professor in 2015.
Over the summer, Lincoln Law School has been joined by four new colleagues to strengthen its focus on research, student engagement and employability.
Professor Matthew Hall has joined from the University of Sheffield as Professor of Law and Criminal Justice and is taking on the role of the School’s Director of Research. His fields of interest include victims’ rights, environmental criminology, criminal law, and the law of evidence. Other new colleagues are Dr Stephen Turner who is joining Lincoln from Kingston University and whose research focuses on human rights and environmental protection, Martyn Heathcote who as the former Director of the Legal Practice Course at the University of Sheffield brings a wealth of practical legal experience and will be leading on the School’s employability agenda and Christy Shucksmith who has recently finished her PhD at the University of Nottingham on the law and operations of the International Committee of the Red Cross as a humanitarian organisation.
Professor Duncan French, Head of Lincoln Law School, said: “I am delighted to welcome our new colleagues to Lincoln. Together with the University awarding the title of Emeritus Professor to Richard Stone, the Law School is in a very strong position to take forward its ambitious plans on research, to implement its learning and teaching agenda, to continue to embed its extra-curricular activities such as the law clinic, and to work closely with partners on employability. On the back of some extremely pleasing NSS results, I am looking forward to another great year”.
Nathan Cooper is presenting a paper today at the 11th International Conference on Hydroinformatics, in New York City.
The paper, Exploring the impact of smart water pumps on communities in Malawi and South Africa, draws on College-funded interviews and fieldwork Nathan undertook at Easter.
Nathan says: “It’s a great opportunity to share findings and ideas with a specialist audience, and to be able to discuss the legal and social aspects of new water technology”.
International and European Law Research Seminar 2 April 2014
Dr Kwadwo Appiagyei-Atua gave a talk on ‘Contributionism or Twailism: A Critical Review of African Perspectives on International Law’
The presentation was devoted to introducing African perspectives into International Law, which has remained to a large extent predominantly Euro-centric in doctrine, theory and practice.
Dr Appiagyei-Atua provided a critique of two main schools developed by African scholarship in reaction to the European ‘hegemonic’ influence in International Law, namely, Contributionism and Third World Approaches to International Law (TWAIL). The former seeks to reclaim, reconstruct and rehabilitate the neglected and denigrated African past and put it on an even keel with Europe. In so doing it contends that Africans participated in shaping International Law and that their contribution should be thus acknowledged and recognised. The latter, seeks to expose the exploitative side of International Law and present an alternative normative model that pays attention to justice and fairness in order to eradicate conditions of underdevelopment.
Dr Appiagyei-Atua’s critique unravelled a new middle-ground approach, that of recognitionism. This new perspective locates itself within the pre-colonial era to uncover the origins of International Law in Africa and contends that African regions developed notions of primitive International Law within their own limited geographical spaces before contact with Europe and other civilisations.
Dr Appiagyei-Atua concluded by showing how the contributions from Africa and other developing countries are only piecemeal and have mainly come through the United nations system without significantly altering the current International legal order.
Dr Appiagyei-Atua is currently a Marie Curie Fellow at the Centre for Educational Research and Development of the University of Lincoln. He is also Senior Lecturer at the Faculty of Law, University of Ghana, Legon, Accra. At present he is writing a book entitled Commonwealth African Perspectives on Public International Law.
Dr Velluti recently gave a presentation entitled ‘The Evolving Social Dimension of EU External Trade Relations – Some Reflections on Coherence’ at the International Workshop on Fostering Labor Rights in the Global Economy, held at the KU Leuven Centre for Global Governance Studies of the University of Leuven on 20 and 21 February 2014 and co-organised together with GRESI, a scientific research community funded by the Flemish Fund for Scientific Research (FWO) and coordinated by the University of Ghent. The Workshop is part of the large-scale EU Seventh Framework Programme (FP7) research project on “Fostering Human Rights among European Policies” (FRAME).
The paper provided a critical review of how labour provisions have been incorporated in the European Union’s (EU) international trade agreements and the various goals pursued in combination with the mechanisms employed to achieve them. This analysis is particularly prominent and made necessary by fundamental changes introduced by the 2009 Treaty of Lisbon in relation to the EU’s Common Commercial Policy (CCP) and the increased powers of the European Parliament which now has to give its consent to the ratification of international trade agreements. In examining how the EU has been increasingly inserting human rights clauses and social norms in its international trade agreements with third countries, Dr Velluti explored certain coherence, consistency and legitimacy aspects of the EU’s role as a global human rights actor which directly concern the future trajectory of social and labour rights in EU external trade relations.