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NEXTEUK - Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence

Centre for European Research (CER), Queen Mary University of London
Upcoming Events 
A (dis-) United Kingdom? The 2021 Scottish elections in the post-Brexit process

26 May
(13:00 BST)
Join us for a conversation on 26 May for a conversation on the 2021 Scottish elections in the post-Brexit process with: Michael Keating (University of Aberdeen), Nicola McEwen (University of Edinburgh), and Fiona Simpkins (Lyon 2 University). 

In 2016, the Scottish National Party was very vocal about how 'Scotland being taken out of the EU against our will' could be a sufficient argument to set up a second vote on independence, after the 2014 referendum. The first minister of Scotland, Nicola Sturgeon, supported by Scottish Greens, has since played an active role in asking Westminster to give formal consent to the organisation of a new independence referendum, without success.

The 2021 May elections and the electoral success of the SNP and Greens could be a turning point and raises many questions: will the SNP respect its commitment to set up a new referendum? Will Westminster allow it, and if not could Scottish decision-makers go without it? Will Scottish electorate go through with their ideas of independence? Would Scotland ask for EU membership? What would the divorce look like, would a hard border be installed between England and Scotland and how could the two work together?

Book Launch - Lessons from the Eurozone crisis: EMU limitations and national bargaining

1 June
(16:00-17:30 BST)

Join us for a conversation between the authors and discussants of two books on the Eurozone crisis recently published. Different perspectives and methodologies are employed to understand one of the biggest crises that hit Europe in the last decade. How can we explain the causes of the crisis and limitations of the response? What lessons can be learned for future economic crises?


  • Stefanie Walter (University of Zurich, co-author of The Politics of Bad Options, OUP, 2020)
  • Stella Ladi (Center for European Research, Queen Mary, University of London), and Catherine Moury (Nova University Lisbon) co-authors of Capitalising on constraint, MUP, 2021



  • Sarah Wolff (Center for European Research, Queen Mary, University of London)
Virtual PhD Summer School: 
'Researching post-Brexit and (post-Covid) EU-UK relations: What impact on Policies, Methods and Theories?'

5-9 July 2021
The NEXTEUK Virtual PhD Summer School, organised in partnership with the Jean Monnet Centre of Montreal, is planned from July 5th to 9th. 

It offers an intensive, multidisciplinary (political science, international relations, law, business and management etc.) and participatory programme at an advanced academic level, in which PhD students and early career researchers interested in the Brexit process and the EU-UK relationship will be provided a stimulating environment for intellectual exchange and academic training.

Although the selection has now ended, we are still able to consider applications. Please contact in case you want to join this unique experience. 
Transformation of the EU Area of Freedom, Security and Justice: 
Opportunity from Crisis 
27 May (12:00 BST)

The Centre for European and Eurasian Legal Studies (CEELS), the Department of European and International Law, and the Faculty of Law of Lobachevsky University, and the Master's Programme 'Comparative Politics of Eurasia,' HSE University (St. Petersburg) are hosting an expert roundtable on 27 May. Participants will discus the impact of various crises on the Area of Freedom, Security and Justice.
Past Events 
On the Future of Trust: A Conversation on Vaccine Hesitancy
On 14 April, Stella Ladi (Senior Lecturer in Business Management) took part in a conversation with academics from six disciplines across Queen Mary on vaccine hesitancy and building confidence in the Covid-19 vaccination programme: Valsamis Mitsilegas, Professor of European Criminal Law and Global Security; David McCoy, Professor of Global Public Health; Mario Slugan, Lecturer in Film Studies; and Gülnur Muradoğlu, Professor of Finance.

After all the clapping, does vaccine scepticism point to an erosion of trust in doctors, scientists and the NHS? Who will we trust in the future?  How has trust changed during the pandemic? Trust is a necessary prerequisite for the functioning of public health systems like vaccination programmes. But trust must extend far beyond the medical system in order to ensure that vaccine uptake succeeds. Trust in government, in expertise, in the state, in science, in community, in technology all play a crucial role in how confidence and trust in vaccinations can thrive – or not.
China’s AI Revolution and its Implications for Europe
On 30 March, the NEXTEUK project jointly organised a webinar with the Jean Monnet Network on EU-China Legal and Judicial Cooperation (EUPLANT) which aimed to analyse recent technological and regulatory developments relating to AI in China. It focused among others on China’s Social Credit System(s) and increasing use of science diplomacy in the field of AI. Finally, the event looked into the implications of those developments for Europe and the emergence of an AI Global Order.

The speakers included: Matthieu Burnay (Senior Lecturer in Global Law, Queen Mary University of London), Rogier Creemers (Assistant Professor in Modern Chinese Studies, Leiden University) and Stephanie Balme, Research Professor and Dean of the Collège Universitaire, Sciences Po Paris.
China's AI Revolution and its Implications for Europe

Winners of the CER/NEXTEUK Dissertation Prize 

'Towards more E-volved Democracy:' Jonathan Diaz
In his dissertation, Jonathan reviews the essential characteristics of Estonian governance and consider how they could be applied in the US for the betterment of its democracy. He examines Estonia’s road to digitalization, constructs the “Estonian Model” of digital governance, and shows how pillars of the Estonian Model can reinforce modern democracy. Lastly, he considers the case of the US and examine if, and how, the US can apply key lessons from the Estonian Model.
Best Dissertation Prize CER/NEXTEUK (2020-2021) Jonathan Diaz 

'The Emergency Relocation Scheme: A Burden Sharing Failure:' Griffin Shiel

In his dissertation, Griffin analyses the link between burden sharing and European integration during the European Refugee Crisis. He argues that the inability of the EU and its Member States to meet the burden sharing objectives of the EU’s Emergency Relocation Scheme (ERS) should be understood as a by-product of new intergovernmentalism, specifically the prioritisation of domestic policies over supranational ones, the emphasis on deliberation and consensus as policy-making methods and the use of de novo bodies. 
Best Dissertation Prize CER/NEXTEUK (2020-2021) Griffin Shiel 
NEXTEUK Team Publications 
Members of the NEXTEUK Team have recently published new articles and blog posts. They have also made contributions to the media.
Sarah Wolff has been elected as UACES Committee Member for the 2021-2024 term.

She has published two articles titled 'EU democracy projection in the Southern Mediterranean a practice analysis' (co-authored with Anna Khakee, University of Malta) and 'Gender equality in Tunisia: The EU's tripartite dialogue' as part of a special issue coordinated with Anna Khakee, which expands on the existing literature on democracy projection.

She has also published an article titled 'The security sector governance-migration nexus: Rethinking how security sector governance matters for migrants rights' for the Geneva Centre for Security Sector Governance (DCAF).

She has also taken part in a webinar on 'UK-Europe Relations' on 9 March with the Global Diplomatic Forum. 

On 24 March, she took part in a panel titled 'Contemporary issues in EU-Middle East Relations' at the 'European Union Middle East: Relations in a Changing World' virtual conference of the Miami-Florida Jean Monnet Center of Excellence.

She is one of the researchers involved in 'COVID-19: Individual Duties and Collective Action - Funding in Place' leading on the case study of France. The aim of the project is to better understand the relationship between individual duties and collective action in response to large-scale societal challenges. 

On 26 May, she will be a chair/discussant of a panel on 'The Southern Neighbourhood and Eastern Mediterranean: What's the EU's Influence?' at the 'European Union in International Affairs' conference (EUIA21). The conference provides a major forum for academics and policy-makers to debate the role of the EU in the turbulent realm of international affairs, and will focus on the theme ‘Assessing the EU’s Capacity to Act’. 

Tim Bale has published an article titled 'Les jeux sont faits, rien ne va plus? Has the Tory Party finally chosen between Europe and America?' 

Stella Ladi took part in a webinar on 'Implementing the SDGs in India: Poverty, Hunger and Gender' on 12 May, discussing statistical indicators and how they cannot bring about sustainable development unless they are tied to the social context.

She also took part in a webinar on 'A global mapping of the use of expertise in the management of COVID-19' on 14 May. The webinar presents the findings of the project funded by the Research England Quality-related Research Strategic Priorities Fund, QMUL. An interactive map on how different governments across the globe employed expertise and evidence-informed policies to manage the COVID-19 pandemic has been launched.

Stijn van Kessel co-investigates the 'Populism in Action Project' with Daniele Albertazzi.  Populism in Action is a comparative political science research project studying populist radical parties in the Western European countries of Belgium, Finland, Italy and Switzerland. 

Davor Jancic gave a talk at a seminar titled 'Post-Brexit UK-EU parliamentary cooperation: Whose representation?' on 4 March. The event was hosted by the Institute for the Study of European Law at the City Law School. 

Violeta Moreno-Lax will be chairing a panel on border security at the forthcoming conference on 'European Law and Policies against Hybrid Threats' organised by the University College Cork on 20-21 May.

She will be delivering a paper titled 'Pandemic Borders: 'Othering' Forced Migrants as Anti-life towards a Post-biopolitical Paradigm' at the Annual Refugee Law Initiative Conference on 9-11 June. 

She will be speaking on 'Migration by Sea' at the Roccella Summer School on International Law Struggles on 6 July.

She will also be delivering the Keynote Address of the Asylum and Migration Law Section at the Annual Conference of the Society of Legal Scholars on 2 September. 

She has been quoted by Associated Press in a story regarding a recent shipwreck in the Central Mediterranean. She has also appeared in Al-Jazeera, the Independent, and Euronews.

Mario Mendez has published a chapter titled ‘EU Accession Referendums’ (with F. Mendez) in The Palgrave Handbook of European Referendums (2021), edited by J. Smith.
Disclaimer: The European Commission’s support for the production of this publication does not constitute an endorsement of the contents which only reflect the views of the authors, and the Commission cannot be held responsible for any use of the information contained therein.
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