The road from Damascus

Written by Henry Goodwin. Posted in Current profiles, Profiles

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When the Arab Spring spilled into Syria in 2011, Dima Hussain believed that the time had finally come to change her country’s long-entrenched status quo. Today, Syria’s civil war still rages on, and the regime that so many Syrians had sought to topple seems as strong as ever. Nonetheless Hussain, now a first-year Law researcher at the EUI, remains optimistic that one day she will return to Damascus, to a Syria imbued with the idealism that sparked a revolution over six years ago.

The historical roots of the world’s ‘racism emergency’

Written by Henry Goodwin. Posted in Current features, Current profiles, Features, Profiles

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The world is in the grips of a ‘racism emergency’, according to James Renton. Typically for a historian, he believes that it is essential to look back in order to plot a route forward. In 2017, Europe commemorates two major milestones: the 500th anniversary of the Reformation, and the centenary of the Balfour Declaration. Both these landmarks, Renton argues, can teach us a great deal about modern-day racism, and governments’ responses to it.

James Renton is a Visiting Fellow at the Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies. His new book, ‘Antisemitism and Islamophobia in Europe: A Shared Story?’ (co-edited with Ben Gidley), is available now.

Rebuilding trust in experts after Brexit

Written by Henry Goodwin. Posted in Current features, Current profiles, Features, Profiles

Jean Pisani-Ferry

‘The paradox of our times,’ according to Jean Pisani-Ferry, is that people are more educated than ever before, yet ‘distrust’ in expert opinion has never been stronger. Speaking to EUI Times after participating in the first of the Schuman Centre’s ‘Conversations for the Future of Europe’, on how to structure a post-Brexit Europe, Professor Pisani-Ferry argues that institutions like the EUI have a fundamental role to play in rebuilding the public’s trust in the relationship between science and politics.

Jean Pisani-Ferry is a professor of economics with Sciences Po Paris and the Hertie School of Governance in Berlin, and he holds the Tommaso Padoa-Schioppa chair of the European University Institute in Florence. In the first half of 2017, Pisani-Ferry served as Director for Programme and Ideas for Emmanuel Macron’s successful presidential campaign.

Beyond reaction: The EU’s challenge in tackling antisemitism

Written by Henry Goodwin. Posted in Current features, Current profiles, Features, Profiles

‘Hate cannot be contained in one corner,’ says Katharina von Schnurbein, the European Commission’s first specialist coordinator on tackling antisemitism, ‘sooner or later it spreads.’ For that reason, she argues, it is the responsibility of society as a whole – not just the Jewish community – to combat antisemitism. Von Schnurbein recently joined the EUI as an EU Fellow at the Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies, where she will spend the next year formulating policy proposals on how the Commission can help stem the rising tide of antisemitism in Europe.

Continuity and Change: Marise Cremona Bids Farewell to the EUI

Written by Ellen Halliday. Posted in Current profiles, Profiles

Marise Cremona

Over many years of change in Europe and the EUI, Professor Cremona has been one of the constants which have shaped and guided the character of this Institute. Amongst her many guises at the EUI, she cherishes her role of helping young academics through their doctoral research the most. Yet, after ten years of post-graduate teaching in London, Cremona revealed that she was taken aback by the enthusiasm EUI researchers have for their own projects. ‘This is one of the great pleasures of the place – having groups of researchers who are so engaged in their work and who have a real intellectual curiosity,’ she said.

The pragmatic idealist

Written by Ellen Halliday. Posted in Current profiles, Profiles

Oliver Garner

Oliver Garner is a second-year PhD Researcher in the Department of Law, where he also received the LLM in 2016.  Previously, he studied at the University of Oxford. His areas of interest are European Union law, constitutional law, human rights law, and legal and political theory. He has been published on the European Law Blog, Verfassungsblog, and the EUI’s own Constitutionalism and Politics Working Group blog. He has also had a journal length piece published as an EUI Law Department Working Paper and was a speaker at The State of the Union 2017.

Beyond black and white: law and the Eurocrisis

Written by Ellen Halliday. Posted in Current profiles, Profiles

Marijn van der Sluis

Marijn van der Sluis is a PhD candidate from the Department of Law. He has recently submitted his thesis on ‘The Role of Law in European Monetary Integration’, which he will defend in June 2017. Van der Sluis is currently a Lecturer at Erasmus University in Rotterdam. In a conversation with EUI Times, he reflects on the complex relationship between law, politics, and the Euro.

The Unseen: Bedouin in Israel

Written by Ellen Halliday. Posted in Current profiles, Profiles

Emma Nyhan

Who are the Bedouin becoming in international law? Emma Nyhan, a PhD candidate in the Department of Law, uses her doctoral research to unpack the ways in which internationally-generated concepts and categories are made active and effective in context.

The new normal

Written by Ellen Halliday. Posted in Current profiles, Profiles

Andrew Geddes

Andrew Geddes took up the Chair in Migration Studies and role of Director of the Migration Policy Centre (MPC) in January 2017. His current research, supported by an Advanced Investigator Grant from the European Research Council, focuses on inter and intra-regional comparison of migration governance with a focus on Asia-Pacific, Europe, North America and South America. He is also a speaker at The State of the Union 2017.

The EUI: a long term investment for Europe

Written by Jacqueline Gordon. Posted in Current profiles, Profiles

Vincenzo Grassi

Vincenzo Grassi joined the EUI as Secretary General in January 2017. He has been a diplomat for Italy’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs for many years, with long experience in the area of European affairs. Prior to his arrival at the EUI, he was Ambassador of the Republic of Italy to the Kingdom of Belgium. In this interview with EUI Times, he offers his perspective on the EUI’s contribution to Europe–both now and in the future.