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  • On Monday evening 4 December 2023 at 19 h, evening lecture “Regulating Artificial Intelligence within the context of the internal market opportunities and pitfalls for the EU legislature”.
    Artificial intelligence (AI) creates a lot of opportunities but there also many challenges with respect to data protection and cybercrime. The European Union works on a first regulation on AI to ensure better conditions for the development and use of this innovative technology. What can be expected from this new AI Act? How can the benefits and challenges be reconciled? It will all be discussed in this lecture about regulating artificial intelligence in the EU.
    Mr. Paul-John Loewenthal, Legal Service of the European Commission
    Prof. Sybe De Vries, Utrecht University
    Prof. Peter Van Elsuwege, UGent - moderator

    Monday, 4 December 2023
    Address: Provincieraadzaal, Provinciehuis, Gouvernementstraat 1, 9000 Gent


    19.00: Welcome
    19.10: Start of the lecture
    19.50: Start of the debate with the moderator
    20.10: Q&A
    20.30: End of lecture & reception by EUROPA DIRECT East Flanders

    Please note that places are limited so a quick registration is highly recommended by following this link:

  • Upcoming guest lectures by Professor Dr. Sybe De Vries, holder of the 2023-24 Marcel Storme Chair at Ghent University, organised within the framework of the advance Internal Market law class, always Thursday afternoon starting at 13.15 h in Paddenhoek 1° floor.

    The first guest lecture on “The EU internal market and the transition towards a more resilient and circular society: challenges ahead“ takes place this Thursday 13.15-15.15 h.

    The following lectures are:

    • “Impact digitalization on EU free movement law: Treaty provisions and legislative strategy in the field of the internal market”
    • “Growing importance of legislation: DSA, draft AI Act, draft Act Political Advertising”

    “The Relationship between the EU Charter and the EU rules on free movement“

    •“Greening the internal market”
    •“Making the internal market more resilient in the wake of the Covid-19 crisis”

  • We are looking forward to welcoming Prof. Sybe De Vries from Utrecht University as a visiting professor between 20 November and 20 December.  Prof. De Vries holds the Marcel Storme Chair for this academic year. In that capacity, he will give a series of guest lectures.

    The opening lecture will take place on Monday 20 November (4-5:30 pm), with a lecture about ‘Thirty years internal market of the European Union: Challenges for the Future’ (in Dutch). The lecture will be followed by a reception.

    You are all kindly invited to attend this opening lecture. Please register here: 30 jaar interne markt van de Europese Unie: uitdagingen voor de toekomst (Leerstoel M. Storme) | Gandaius Permanente Vorming (

    Kind regards,

    Prof. Govaere and Prof. Van Elsuwege 

  • 24 September 2021: Professor Dr. Inge Govaere appointed by the European Commission as member of the expert panel assisting in the selection of arbitrators / Professor Dr. Inge Govaere benoemd door de Europese Commissie als lid van het 4-koppig panel van onafhankelijke experts inzake internationale geschillenbeslechting

COMMISSION DECISION (EU) 2021/1711 of 23 September 2021 appointing members of the panel assisting the Commission in the selection of candidates to perform the duties of members of international investment courts and tribunals
(OJ L 339/123 of 24.0.2021):

“(1) On 16 December 2020, the Commission adopted Decision C(2020) 8905 final setting up a panel to assist the Commission in the selection of candidates to perform the duties of members of international investment courts and tribunals and of rosters or other international courts and tribunals (the ‘panel’).
(2) In accordance with Decision C(2020) 8905 final, the purpose of the panel is to ensure a rigorous selection process and ensure the highest standards of independent, impartiality and competence of the individuals selected.
(3) Pursuant to Article 4(1) of Decision C(2020) 8905 final, the panel should be composed of four members, one of whom should be nominated by the Commission, one by Council, one by the Member States, and one by the European Parliament.”

The other members of the expert panel are Mr. Bruno Simma (judge/arbitrator at the Iran-United States Claims Tribunal in The Hague and former member of the International Court of Justice); Mr Jan Klabbers (professor of International Law at the University of Helsinki); and Mr Pavel Šturma (professor of International Law, Charles University (Prague)).

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    • Job vacancy for an academic assistant at the Ghent European Law Institute.

    • On June 26th, the Ghent University students brought home the trophy of the ELMC Competition. This moot court competition is considered one of the most prestigious in its genre. Ghent University Law School has participated in the ELMC for the past four years, consistently qualifying into the Regional Finals. And this year our team won the Grand Final of the competition.

    • GELI Doctoral Seminar, Monday 28 June at 10am – 1 pm, Campus Aula, Pleitlokaal

      The next ‘GELI doctoral seminar’ will be a double bill.

      Joyce De Coninck will present her PhD thesis entitled “CATCH-22 IN THE LAW OF RESPONSIBILITY OF INTERNATIONAL ORGANIZATIONS: Systemic Deficiencies in the Responsibility Paradigm of the EU for Unlawful Human Rights Conduct in Integrated Border Management”.

      Hester Kroeze will present her PhD thesis entitled "FOR WHOM I LOVE I WANT TO BE KNOWN: FAMILY REUNIFICATION BETWEEN EU CITIZENS AND THIRD-COUNTRY NATIONALS - Addressing Legal Fragmentation in the European Union's Multi-Layered Legal Order".

      Each presentation will be followed by an informal discussion.

      Employees of UGent are kindly invited to join this joint doctoral seminar in person, others can join online; please send an email to or to confirm your participation, and whether you will be joining on campus or online. Please duly register in advance and at the latest by 24 June as sandwiches will be provided.

    • The article “A New Legal Framework for EU-UK Relations: Some Reflections from the Perspective of EU External Relations Law”, written by Prof. Van Elsuwege, is now available and will be published in the next issue of European Papers – A Journal on Law and Integration, Vol. 6, 2021, No 1.

    • New publication by professor dr. Peter Van Elsuwege and professor dr. Fabienne Bossuyt: ‘Principled Pragmatism in Practice. The EU’s Policy towards Russia after Crimea’.

    • On 15 March 2021 the online European Evening Lecture, 'Brexit and the future relations between the EU and the United Kingdom', took place. You can watch the lecture here.

    • New publication by professor dr. Peter Van Elsuwege and GELI doctoral researcher Hester Kroeze. Special issue in European Journal of Migration and Law, vol. 23 (2021), issue 1, 'Revisiting Ruiz Zambrano: A Never Ending Story?'.

    • (Dis)connecting people? The law and practice of family reunification.

       09-09-2021 to 10-09-2021 - Ghent University, Universiteitstraat 4

      The Institute for Private International Law, Ghent European Law Institute and the Migration Law Research Group (Ghent University), together with the Department of Sociology and the Government & Law Research Group (UAntwerpen), are glad to invite you to the International Conference “(Dis)connecting People? The law and practice of family reunification” on 9-10 September 2021 in Ghent (Belgium).

      This conference aims to establish a dialogue on family reunification between the legal and the social sciences, as well as to cross bridges between academia, policy and practice. Confirmed keynote speakers are prof. em. Kees Groenendijk and dr. Federica Infantino.

      The call for submissions (deadline 1 May 2021) can be consulted on our website.

    • New publication by professor dr. Peter Van Elsuwege and GELI doctoral researcher Femke Gremmelprez: 'Protecting the Rule of Law in the EU Legal Order: A Constitutional Role for the Court of Justice'.

    • New publications by GELI doctoral researchers Celia Challet: 'Can Kosovo be considered as a ‘third country’ in the meaning of EU law? Case note to Spain v. Commission'; and Zuzanna Gulczyńska 'Scraping personal data from internet pages - a comparative analysis of the Polish Bisnode decision and the US hiQ Labs v LinkedIn Corp judgment'.

    • 15 March 2021, Online European Evening Lecture: Brexit and the future relations between the EU and the United Kingdom

      By Prof. Piet Eeckhout – University College London

      In his public lecture, professor Piet Eeckhout will discuss the legal and political implications of Brexit and the remaining challenges for the future development of relations between the European Union and the United Kingdom after the signature of a new Trade and Cooperation Agreement.

      Moderator: Peter van Elsuwege - Professor Europees Recht UGent, Ghent European Law Institute (GELI)

      Click here for more information and registration.

    • Online Seminar 12/2/21 ‘The EU-Ukraine Trade Dispute on Wood Export Ban’

      The Ghent European Law Institute (GELI) and the Jean Monnet Centre of the National University of ‘Kyiv-Mohyla Academy’ are pleased to announce this online event.

      The seminar ‘The EU-Ukraine Trade Dispute on Wood Export Ban’ will take place on Friday 12 February (3-5 pm CET) and will bring together keynote speakers from the European Commission (Mr. Ullrich Trautmann) and the Ukrainian Trade Representation (Mr. Taras Kachka). Discussants are Dr. Nikos Lavranos (NL-investmentconsulting and guest professor VUB) and Dr. Guillaume Van der Loo (Egmont Institute and guest professor UGent).

      Participation is free of charge but registration is required. You can register here.

      For more information, see the programme here.

    • 'The Evolving Nature of EU External Relations Law', a new publication by Douma, W.T., Eckes, C., Van Elsuwege, P., Kassoti, E., Ott, A., Wessel, R.A. (Eds.)

    • New publication by professor dr. Guillaume Van der Loo and professor dr. Michael Hahn: 'Law and Practice of the Common Commercial Policy'.

    • New case note by GELI doctoral researcher Femke Gremmelprez in SEW (nummer 11 november 2020).

    • New publication by professor dr. Inge Govaere en professor dr. Sacha Garben.

      The Internal Market 2.0”, Sacha Garben and Inge Govaere (eds), Hart Publishing, December 2020
      This edited volume brings together leading authors and actors in EU internal market law and policy, revisiting the classic themes in a contemporary context and considering (re-)directions for the future.
      The EU would not be where and what it is today without its internal market. It is the cradle of the EU’s most important legal doctrines and the source of the most significant amount of European integration. And, as Brexit has underlined, it remains the primary political reason for EU membership.
      Considering the well-established and fundamental nature of internal market law, it is striking to find many crucial doctrinal questions still unanswered today, as explored by this book. Furthermore, these questions now find a new legal, social and political context: one that is acutely aware of the contested nature of the EU and its policies and the need to embed the internal market project in a broader setting of constitutional norms and values. This need is made all the more pressing by the rapidly changing and often disruptive technological context. The various contributions to this book contribute to finding a new direction for continued European integration in changing times, by rethinking, and where necessary reinventing, the role and purpose of this area that remains the EU’s beating heart.”

      Publication New Internal Market 2.0

    • On 15 December, the students of the Advanced EU External Relations class will hold an online students conference on “Decrypting the Trade and Investment Agreement between the EU and Vietnam".
      You are very welcome to attend for free, subject to prior registration.

    • Mihai-Razvan Corman, PhD researcher at the Ghent European Law Institute, analysed the recent Presidential elections in Moldova. You can read his article here.

    • The Ghent European Law Institute (GELI) and the Ghent Rolin-Jaequemyns International Law Institute (GRILI) are pleased to announce an online lunch seminar on Tuesday 13 October (12am-1.30pm) entitled 'Brexit and international legal obligations of the UK: reflections in light of the UK's Internal Market Bill. The seminar will feature two speakers, i.e., Prof. Joris Larik (Assistant Professor of Comparative, EU and International Law at Leiden University) and Dr. Holger Hestermeyer (Reader in International Dispute Settlement at King's College London). Persons that wish to join the seminar are kindly requested to register (free of charge) by sending an e-mail to The link for the online meeting will be communicated upon registration.
    • New publication by professor dr. Peter Van Elsuwege and GELI doctoral researcher Joyce De Coninck: Action for damages in relation to CFSP decisions pertaining to restrictive measures: A revolutionary move by the Court of Justice in Bank Refah Kargaran?

    • New publication by  professor dr. Inge Govaere and professor dr. Merijn Chamon: EU External Relations post-Lisbon - The Law and Practice of Facultative Mixity. For more information, click here.


    • Elyse Kneller, a former Australian LLM student who obtained the prize for best LLM thesis last year, has just published that thesis - written at Ghent University under the supervision of professor Inge Govaere - on the EU-Australia FTA in the Journal of World Intellectual Property. You can access the article here.

    • European Evening Lectures
    As a consequence of the Covid-19 measures, the European Evening Lectures are POSTPONED.

    Together with the Ghent European Law Institute (GELI) and the Center for EU-studies (CEUS), Europa Direct is organising two European Evening Lectures.

    On 16 March 2020 professor Piet Eeckhout (University College London) will talk about ‘Brexit and the future relations between the EU and the United Kingdom’. This lecture is moderated by professor Peter Van Elsuwege.

    On 25 March 2020, dr. Allan Rosas (former judge at the Court of Justice of the EU) will talk about ‘The European Court of Justice: do all roads lead to Luxembourg?’. This lecture is moderated by professor Inge Govaere.

    Both lectures start at 18h00 in the ‘Provincieraadzaal’, Province of East Flanders, Gouvernementstraat 1, in Ghent. Participation is free, but registration is mandatory.


    EU-Mercosur student conference poster



    • 11 October 2019: Workshop on 'Family Reunification: An EU Law Perspective'.


    • Professor Peter Van Elsuwege and Hester Kroeze published a case note about Tjebbes in the Nederlands tijdschrift voor Europees recht. The case concerns the requirements to which the Member States must adhere when withdrawing their nationality, if that withdrawal also implicates the loss of EU citizenship. What does this mean for the division of competences between the EU and the Member States? And what is the role of proportionality? Find out:


    • New publication by professor Inge Govaere, professor Sacha Garben and professor Paul Nemitz on "Critical Reflections on Constitutional Democracy in the European Union".
      For more information, click here.

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    • GELI Brown Bag seminar with Professor Dr. Violeta Moreno-Lax (
      Professor Dr. Violeta Moreno-Lax will present her research on why 'Autonomy' should Not be Considered a General Principle of EU Law: Insights from the Law of International Organisations. The seminar will take place on Friday 5 July at 13h – 14h30 in the LLM room. There will be sandwiches for all registered participants.
      Please confirm your attendance by replying to, by Friday 9h00 at the latest.


    • New publication by professor Inge Govaere and professor Sacha Garben on "The Interface Between EU and International Law"
      For more information, click here.

    publicatie prof. Govaere


    • Hester Kroeze published an article in the European Law Review about the case-law that is associated with family reunification rights derived from article 20 TFEU. It reviews the post-Ruiz Zambrano case-law, and explores what we know about the conditions to derive a residence right on this basis, as well as the gaps that still exist in the framework. The article can be found via the Westlaw database or upon request ( Ref: H. Kroeze 'The substance of rights: new pieces of the Ruiz Zambrano puzzle.' E.L. Rev. 2019, 44(2), 238-256.


    • Professor Peter Van Elsuwege and Dr. Merijn Chamon will present their study on the law and practice of EU association agreements at the European Parliament Committee on Constitutional Affairs on Wednesday 20 February. The study is available here.


    • New publication by professor Peter Van Elsuwege on “The duty of sincere cooperation and its implications for autonomous Member State action in the field of external relations”. For more information click here.


    • New publication by professor Peter Van Elsuwege on “The law and politics of post-Soviet constitutionalism”. For more information click here.


    • New publication by Hester Kroeze: "Distinguishing between Use and Abuse of EU Free Movement Law: Evaluating use of the “Europe-route” for family reunification to overcome reverse discrimination". Click here for more information.  


    • In the latest issue of SEW Dr. Merijn Chamon and former student at the Ghent European Law Institute Ayana Dootalieva share their analysis of the Wightman case in which the ECJ ruled that the UK can unilaterally revoke the notification of its intention to leave the EU. Click here for more information.


    • European evening lecture 2019
      On Monday 18 March professor Piet Eeckhout (University College London) will hold a lecture on "Brexit and the future relations between the EU and the UK". This lecture is organised by the IED and Ghent University. Click here for more information.


    • The volume on 'The Legislative Choice Between Delegated and Implementing Acts in EU Law' edited by dr. E. Tauschinsky and prof. W. Weiß has been published by Edward Elgar and contains a chapter by dr. Merijn Chamon entitled 'Beyond Delegated and Implementing Acts: Where do EU Agencies Fit in the Article 290 and 291 Scheme?'. Click here for more information.


    • New publication by professor Peter Van Elsuwege and professor Stanislas Adam. Click here for more information.


    • On Friday 14 December 2018, Dr. Maksim Karliuk succesfully defended his PhD thesis “The Eurasian Economic Union. An Emerging Autonomous Legal Order”. Supervisors were Prof. dr. Peter Van Elsuwege and Prof. dr. Liudmila Pavlova (Belarusian State University).


    • New publication by professor Peter Van Elsuwege and professor Roman Petrov. The book “Post-Soviet Constitutions and Challenges of Regional Integration. Adapting to European and Eurasian Integration Projects”, edited by Prof. Peter Van Elsuwege and Prof. Roman Petrov is now available for pre-order. Click here for more information.


    • New publication by dr. Merijn Chamon

    EU Agencies - Legal and Political Limits to the Transformation of the EU Administration
    Click here for more information.

    publicatie Merijn Chamon



    • New publication by dr. Ilina Cenevska

    The European Atomic Energy Community in the European Union Context. The ‘Outsider’ Within.

    publicatie Ilina Cenevska

    • Blogpost by prof. Peter Van Elsuwege

    • LSE comment by Merijn Chamon en Guillaume Van der Loo:

    A Brexit could make it easier for Scotland to join the EU as an independent state



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