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EU Law Workshop: Securitization in Germany and the EU – Legal and Policy Implications for Canada, December 2-3, 2011

Posted November 24th, 2011 in Events

The EUCE York is pleased present the inaugural EUCE York Law Workshop from December 2-3, 2011. This event takes place under the title “Securitization in Germany and the EU – Legal and Policy Implications for Canada” and is being convened by Prof. Dagmar Soennecken (School of Public Policy and Administration / Social Sciences).

Among the questions, this workshop will consider are:

  • How have states balanced the goal of collective security with that of upholding individual rights?
  • What factors have shaped the different policy choices in North America vs. Europe?
  • What role have courts and international human rights norms played in these insecure times?

Securitization, argue many scholars, has also adversely affected the way in which advanced industrialized states make immigration and asylum policy, in particular with respect to deportation and detentions. At the same time that humanitarian protection and liberal immigration policies are under threat, human smuggling and trafficking is on the rise, reflecting a contradiction between the tough restrictionist rhetoric and the reality on the ground. This Workshop will focus on matters related to law and security in the EU, and will necessarily intersect with criminal law enforcement and human rights constraints.


Participant Bios – EUCE Securitization Workshop

The workshop is co-sponsored by the DAAD (German Academic Exchange Service) and York’s Nathanson Centre for Transnational Human Rights, Crime and Security. The workshop will be held at Glendon College, York’s bilingual downtown campus.

Main organizer: Prof. Dagmar Soennecken,

European Union Centre of Excellence, York University (John Paul Kleiner, Coordinator):

Conferences and Workshops

Posted December 2nd, 2010 in

As part of its activities, the European Union Centre of Excellence at York University organizes a number of academic conferences looking at aspects of the political, economic and cultural life of the European Union and its member states. The following is a list of conferences which have taken place or will occur under the Centre’s auspices.

“The Future of EU Citizenship” – October 18-20, 2012 – Convened by Prof. Willem Maas

“Sixty Years of European Governance” – September 13-14, 2012 – Convened by Prof. Willem Maas

“Exploring the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement Between Canada and the E.U.” – February 29, 2012 – Convened by Prof. Peer Zumbansen

“European Union: Instances of Cooperation and Discord/Union Européenne: entre coopération et désaccord”March 2, 2012 – EUCE Graduate Student Conference

“Transnational Private Regulatory Governance: Regimes, Dialogue, Constitutionalization”March 1-2, 2012 – Convened by Prof. Peer Zumbansen

“Free Movement and Discrimination: The European Union in Comparative Perspective” – November 28, 2011 – Convened by Prof. Willem Maas

EUCE York EU Law Workshop: “Securitization in Germany and the EU – Legal and Policy Implications for Canada”December 2-3, 2011 – Convened by Prof. Dagmar Soennecken

“Europe et sécurité après le traité de Lisbonne” – October 21-22, 2011 – Convened by Prof. Ian Roberge

“Centre and Periphery in a Federated Structure: Canada and the EU” – September 24-25, 2011 – Convened by Profs. Burkard Eberlein and Roger Keil

“Making Multi-level Public Management Work” – June 16-17, 2011 – Convened by Prof. Ian Roberge

“Adversarial Legalism à l’Européen” – April 28/29, 2011 – Convened by Prof. Dagmar Soennecken

“The Maturing of the Multicultural Experiment: European Challenges Coming to Canada?” – March 7, 2011 – Convened by EUCE York Research Fellows Hannah Biesterfeld (Master’s Candidate, Political Science, York), Karina Pogosyan (MPIA candidate, Glendon School of Public and International Affairs, York) and Sibylle Schaffhauser (Master’s Candidate, North American Studies, Freie Universität Berlin)

“Europe in Troubled Waters/L’Europe en eaux troubles” – March 11/12, 2011 – Graduate Student Conference

“Multilevel Citizenship” – October 29, 2010 – Convened by Prof. Willem Maas

“Ever Closer Union?/Union sans cesse étroite?” – March 11/12, 2010 – Graduate Student Conference

Graduate Student Conference – “Ever Closer Union?/Union sans cesse plus étroite?”

Posted March 3rd, 2010 in News

The new European Union Centre of Excellence at York University is hosting its first graduate conference, “Ever Closer Union?/Union sans cesse plus étroite?” on March 11/12, 2010 in Toronto. The purpose is to showcase graduate student work and promote debate on topics relating to the European Union and EU-Canada relations.

The conference will be opened at noon on March 11th with a lecture by Maurizio Cellini, Chef, affaires économiques et commerciales, Délégation de l’Union européenne au Canada / Head, Economic and commercial affairs, Delegation of the European Union to Canada. Mr Cellini will speak on “Canada-EU Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement Negotiations”. The lecture will take place in room 519, York Research Tower on York’s Keele campus (building #95 on the map found here) and all are welcome.

The remainder of the conference program can be found at the bottom of this page.

This bilingual conference is organized by York graduate students and faculty and aims to include contributions from graduate students in various disciplines such as law, political science, public & international affairs, gender studies, economics, public administration, geography, history and sociology, among others, and from universities across Canada and beyond.

For more information, please contact <>


«Union sans cesse plus étroite?» / “Ever Closer Union?”
Conférence des étudiants diplômés / Graduate student conference
Université York University, Toronto, 11 & 12 mars/March 2010

Jeudi/Thursday: 519 York Research Tower

12:00   Bienvenue / welcome, graduate organizers & Prof Willem Maas

12:05 – 13:05  “Canada-EU Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement Negotiations / Les négociations en vue d’un accord économique et commercial global entre le Canada et l’Union européenne,”  Maurizio Cellini, Chef, affaires économiques et commerciales, Délégation de l’Union européenne au Canada / Head, Economic and commercial affairs, Delegation of the European Union to Canada.

13:05 – 13:30   Light lunch / déjeuner léger

13:30 – 15:00   Panel #1: Institutions

Anthony Imbrogno (PhD Political Science, McGill University) Canada’s federal system of governance in the context of the politics, history and institutions of the European Union

Tristan Vellinga (PhD Political Science, University of Florida) Enlargement studies enlarged: An EU-US comparison

William T. Daniel (PhD, Political Science, University of Pittsburgh) Sticking Around: the Effect of Legislative Professionalization on Ambition in the European Parliament

Discussants Prof Heather MacRae, Prof Dagmar Soennecken

15:15 – 17:15   Panel #2: Politiques / policies

David Kline Jones (PhD Political Science and Public Health, University of Michigan) Politiques de Santé: The Territorial Politics of French Health Care Reform

Cristina Onose (MA European, Russian and Eurasian Studies, University of Toronto) The EU Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) and its socio-economic implications for the rural communities in new member states

Ania Zbyszewska (PhD Law, University of Victoria) Unveiling the Politics of Gender in the EU Working-Time Regulation: a Recipe for Social Reproduction in Crisis or Crisis in Social Reproduction?

Samuel Field (PhD, International Relations and Public Administration, University of Utah) “How Do National Center-Left Parties Respond to Europeanization”

Markus Kip (PhD Sociology, York University) Labour Migration and the Europeanization of Trade Unions – Developments in Germany and Sweden

Discussants Prof Edelgard Mahant, Prof Heather MacRae

Jeudi 19h30 il y a le Conférence Annuelle Jean-Gabriel Castel sur le droit international et les organisations internationales: «La Navigation dans les eaux arctiques du Canada: Y a-t-il un problème? », par Armand de Mestral, Professeur de droit et Chaire Jean Monnet, Université McGill. Il y a un navette au campus Glendon, départ de campus Keele à 17h30.

Vendredi/Friday: salle du sénat / Senate chamber, Glendon
(building #9 on the map found here )

08:30 continental breakfast

08:40   Bienvenue / welcome, Prof Kenneth McRoberts, Principal, Glendon

08:45 – 10:30   Panel #3: l’Intégration, l’économie, l’information / integration, economy, information

Adrienne Novak (MPIA, York University) Deeper Integration of the Baltic Sea Region: the Strategies of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania

Vincent-Henri Comte (maîtrise en droit international et politique internationale, UQAM) L’Europe et la régulation «régionale» de la société «globale» de l’information

Marie-Christine Morin (Doctorat en science politique et droit, Université du Québec à Montréal) L’Évolution de l’antitrust: le cas d’étude de Microsoft

Philip Giurlando (PhD Political Studies, Queen’s University) EMU and Italy

Discussants Prof Can Erutku, Prof Bruce Morrison

10:45 – 12:30   Panel #4: La cohésion et l’élargissement / Cohesion and enlargement

Frédéric Gagnon (Maîtrise en droit international, Université de Montréal) La politique de cohésion prise entre les effets de la mondialisation et des élargissements successifs: vers la croissance ou la solidarité

Antonio Redfern Pucci and Bojan Ratkovic (MA Political Science, Brock University) An uneven playing field: European Enlargement, Inequality and Double Standards: the Case of Serbia

Christina Cindric (MPIA, York University) European Union Motivations for the Accession of Serbia

Simeon Mitropolitski (Doctorat en science politique, Université de Montréal) European enlargement as a maker or breaker of the democratic political culture

Discussants Vice Consul Ivana Stefanovic (Consulate General of the Republic of Serbia, Toronto), Prof Willem Maas

12:30 – 13:30  Lunch, salon des professeurs / Senior Common Room
(Space is limited.
Attendees not on the program may join, but are asked to contribute $18 and
rsvp to <>

13:45 – 15:30   Panel #5: Migrants et migrations / Migrants and migrations

Anne-Lyse Gagné (MA Political Studies, University of Ottawa) European Migration policy: towards securitization of society?

Christopher Leite (MA Political Studies, University of Ottawa) Battle of the Banlieues: Resisting the Secure

Karina Pogosyan (MPIA, York University) Roma EU Realities Today: The case of Romania and Bulgaria

Nancy Spina (PhD Sociology and Equity Studies in Education, Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, University of Toronto) Bounded Inclusion: Racialization and Community-Building in the EU Discourse on ‘Immigrant’ Education.

Discussants Prof Alexander Caviedes, Prof Sabine Dreher

15:45 – 17:30   Panel #6: Relations extérieures / External relations

Christine Maydossian (MPIA, York University) Les Nouvelles Initiatives Economiques entre l’UE et le Canada

Michelle Collins (MPIA, York University) A Union of Firsts: Why the EU is the world’s first supranational global power

Evgeny Postnikov (PhD Public and International Affairs, University of Pittsburgh) Europeanization and Foreign Policy: Assessing the Impact of EU Membership on French and German policies towards Russia

Discussants Prof Matthew Light, Prof Jean Yves Haine