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ACES Online Events

Amsterdam Centre for European Studies - ACES

Since April, the Amsterdam Centre for European Studies is also present online with high quality academic and public events like webinars, seminars and conferences. On this page you can find all information about the upcoming events, the past events and find the recordings with direct links to our YouTube channel.

All our events published on this website are open to everyone. If you wish to join a live event, please register at the announcement’s page to receive the Zoom link.


ACES Online Series 

At the moment ACES runs five series.

  • Decolonising Europe - Organised by Tasniem Anwar and Beste Isleyen
  • Gender and Sexuality in European (Geo)Politics - Organised by the Europe in the World and Diverse Europe Theme Groups
  • European Politics in Transition - Organised by Sarah de Lange, in collaboration with SPUI25
  • Practitioner engagement series - Organised by Dimitris Bouris
  • Race & Racism - Organised by the ACES Migration Network and IMES

The first series ACES organised was the Virtual Visions of Europe series in collaboration with SPUI25 in the spring of 2020. Further information about and video recordings of al series can be found on the corresponding pages in the menu.


ACES Online Events

ACES also invites its affiliates to organise separate webinars or seminars on a specific topic. The single events are also published on YouTube and you can find the collection here below. 

  • Clash of Stereotypes? ‘Italia-Olanda’ and the battle for the Recovery Fund

    In this webinar organized in collaboration with the Royal Netherlands Institute in Rome (KNIR), ACES brings together two prominent commentators to reflect on the representations in the Italian and Dutch media. They will ask to what degree such stereotypes reflect real differences in views on the conduct of economic and political life in the two countries, as well as different views on relations with the EU?

  • Who is legally responsible for climate change? The state or the company?

    The Amsterdam Centre for Transformative Private Law (ACT) and ACES organise a webinar on the fundamental differences of the democratic legitimacy of climate change litigation against state parties on the one hand, and against business entities on the other.

    Speakers An introductory note on the debate will be given by ACES and ACT member Laura Burgers, who defends her PhD thesis on the legitimacy of judicial law-making in European climate change litigation the day before, on 11 November at 10:00 AM CET. In her introductory note, Burgers zooms into her findings on lawsuits against business entities such as large oil corporations. Subsequently, Greenpeace representative Maarten de Zeeuw will elaborate on their case against the Dutch State about the allegedly wrongful state aid for airline KLM. In particular, he will address the question why Greenpeace chose to sue the State rather than airline KLM itself. Lastly, two climate change litigation experts will engage in a panel discussion about the question, whether there are fundamental differences in the legitimacy of climate change litigation against States on the one hand, and against business entities on the other. Monika Hinteregger is a full professor in private law at Graz University, Austria and published on inter alia the issue of causation in climate change liability. Veerle Heyvaert is a full professor of environmental law at the London School of Economics and also contributed to numerous publications about climate change litigation.

  • The (Harmful) Construction of LGBTQ Identities in UK Asylum Policy Instructions

    In this online lecture Kerri Woods will discuss her recent research on the construction of LGBTQ identities in the UK Asylum Policies. How are these constructions created and why are they harmful? She will propose a project of better understanding and identifying the ways this injustice is generated.

  • EU External Action against Deforestation: Which Ways Forward?

    In collaboration with the Amsterdam Centre for European Law and Governance (ACELG)

    Fighting deforestation has quickly risen towards the top of the EU’s external action agenda. Not only is deforestation a major source of environmental degradation and greenhouse gas emissions, but it also contributes in many countries to rampant illegality and violations of indigenous community rights.

    Yet multilateral institutions for forest governance remain extremely weak, while global efforts to prevent deforestation are contested by resurgent claims to national resource sovereignty, as for example by the Bolsonaro government in Brazil. Spearheaded by transnational civil society campaigns spanning developed and developing countries, multinational corporations and national governments, including a number of EU member states, have made high-profile voluntary commitments to fight tropical deforestation and reduce its impact on their supply chains, but with limited effects to date. In this context, the European Commission, the Council, and the European Parliament have recently announced their intentions to step up EU action to protect and restore the world’s forests, including through regulatory measures to support deforestation-free value chains.

    This public symposium explores and debates the EU’s options for combating deforestation beyond its borders. The symposium consists of two interlinked panels.

    In the morning panel (10.00-11.30) prominent EU and Dutch policy makers, NGO activists, and independent analysts discuss the specific measures which may be adopted, their practical feasibility, and their potential effects.

    In the afternoon panel (16.00-17.00) academic specialists from the University of Amsterdam (UvA) reflect on the EU policy debate and the pros and cons of the different proposed measures from the perspective of their own research.

  • Libya and the lessons of the 2011 intervention for the EU

    The 2011 crisis in Libya represented the first case in which the international community invoked the principle of the ‘responsibility to protect’ in order to justify taking coercive measures. In a new study published by Cambridge University Press, Karin Wester provides a unique analysis of the evolving Libyan crisis and the international community’s response.

  • The EU, migration and border governance

    From the masculinisation of sovereignty to the rise of informal law

    Migration remains at the top of the political agenda across the European Union. Although the EU’s migration law-making competences are limited, migration is one of the most dynamic policy domains. During this event we explore the EU’s formal and informal migration and border policies.

    Ali Bilgic is a Reader in International Relations and Security at Loughborough University and served as the 2017-19 Prince Claus Chair (PCC) in Development and Equity at the International Institute of Social Studies of the Erasmus University in Rotterdam. His research is on migration and human security.

    Paul James Cardwell is Professor in Law at the University of Strathclyde and previously worked at the University of Sheffield. His research is on European Union external relations and law with a special focus on migration and democracy promotion.

  • The Political Economy of Structural Reforms in the EU

    Book Panel with Paul de Grauwe and Yuemei Yi

    The event will start with an introduction by  Paul de Grauwe and Yuemei Yi. This will be followed by interventions by Roel Beetsma and Jante Parlevliet, after which the floor is opened for Q&A with the audience. 

  • Unequal Europe - Book panel with Jason Beckfield

    In Unequal Europe, Jason Beckfield demonstrates that there is a direct connection between European integration and the increase in European income inequality over the past four decades. He places the recent crisis into a broader sociological, political, and economic perspective by analyzing how European integration has reshaped the distribution of income across the households of Europe. 

    Jason Beckfield will present the core argument of the book, after which Janna Besamusca, Brian Burgoon and Frank Vandenbroucke intervene, followed by a discussion with the audience. The session is chaired by Theresa Kuhn.

Annual Conference

In September 2020, ACES organised its first online conference ‘Differentiated Integration and the future of Europe: Promises, Pitfalls and Pathways’.  Differentiated integration, understood as rules and policies that apply to some but not all member states, has become increasingly central to academic and political debate on the future of the EU.