In the context of the academic workshop on ‘The EU & its Member States Joint Participation in International Agreements’, we would like to invite legal and political science scholars to contribute either a theoretical legal reflection on the nature of the EU and its Member States’ joint participation in international agreements; or a case-based contribution analyzing concrete examples of international agreements with joint participation of the EU and its Member States from EU and international law perspectives. The workshop, to be held at the Global Studies Institute of the University of Geneva, is organized within the Geneva Transformative Governance Lab and is part of broader reflections on fragmegrative dynamics in multilevel governance systems under the stress of globalization. It will consist of 4 to 5 panels with one chair and one discussant. For each panel, the organizing committee will select 3 to 4 papers which will be discussed by the Professors invited to the workshop. The planned panels are, subject to change:

  1. The EU and its Member States’ joint participation in international agreements: EU Law perspective;
  2. The EU and its Member States’ joint participation in international agreements: international law perspective;
  3. The UK’s (un)certain participation in EU mixed agreements after Brexit: case-studies of various agreements;
  4. An attempt to classify the international agreements which include the EU and its Member States as contracting parties.

For this academic workshop, we invite submissions addressing, but not limited to, the following questions:

  • How should we differentiate between the various forms of EU and its Member States’ joint participation in international agreements?
  • What is the nature of the EU Member States’ participation in mixed agreements?
  • What is the status of the EU Member States parties’ under EU mixed agreements? Are EU law considerations relevant for third parties to such agreements?
  • Regarding its participation to mixed agreements concluded while a Member State of the EU, what happens if a Member State leaves the EU? (Theoretical but also practical questions analyzing for example one or several mixed agreements as case-study).

Expected output: An edited book on “The EU & its Member States’ Joint Participation in International Agreements”, with specific focus on mixed agreements, is envisaged. The analysis of the UK’s participation in selected agreements under the stress of Brexit will also be considered as part of this publication.

Confirmed discussants: Prof. Laurence Boisson de Chazournes, Prof. Marise Cremona, Prof. Elaine Fahey, Prof. Christine Kaddous, Dr. Marcus Klamert, Prof. Panos Koutrakos, Prof. Nicolas Levrat, Prof. Makane Mbengue.

Eligibility: PhD Candidates and Post-Doctoral Researchers from various backgrounds (e.g., International Relations, International Law, International Political Economy, European Studies, EU Law).

Deadline for paper proposals: Please send your paper proposal (no more than 500 words) and one-page CV to by 13 January 2020. Successful applicants will be notified by 3 February 2020. The paper will be due by 15 March 2020. The final paper will be due by 29 June 2020 (7000 words with footnotes).

Funding: On-site costs will be covered by the University of Geneva. Travel fees should be covered by the affiliated institution but might exceptionally be reimbursed by the hosting side upon request.

Scientific Committee: Yuliya Kaspiarovich, Prof. Nicolas Levrat, Prof. Sophie Meunier, Flore Vanackère, Angus Wallace, Dr. Didier Wernli.

For more information, please download the Call for Papers.