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The Center organizes conferences and seminars, designed to promote public debate on current issues of Europen Integration. Click here for information on seminars.

International Conference: Uniform rules for European Contract Law?. A critical assessment 23 de junio, 2016

Twenty years have already gone by since Part I of the Principles of European Contract Law (PECL) was published and more than ten since the whole project was completed. The PECL, together with Law enacted by the European Union (and its predecessors) have fostered an intense activity among scholars in respect of the so-called European Contract Law. A new ius commune in this field seems to be increasingly accepted across the continent and subsequent proposals on Uniform rules for Contract Law have driven the attention of stakeholders. Among these projects, but not only, the Draft Common Frame of Reference (DCFR) or the Proposal for a Regulation on a Common European Sales Law (CESL). 

The Conference commemorates the 30th anniversary of the accession of the Kingdom of Spain to the EEC/EU

Program:

Part I - Uniform rules for the internal market

Part II- Uniform rules for National legislators and courts

Part III- Uniform rules to bridge the gap between Common and Civil Law

Part IV- Uniform rules as a requirement of Consumer Law

Part V- Uniform rules as a model for non-EU countries

Seminar "Spain and the European Court of Justice"

29 Septembre 2015.

The IE Center for European Studies organized  the seminar "Spain and the European Court of Justice"   This was the fourth and last one of a series called "Spain: A key player in the European institutions. 30 years of membership in the European Union?” sponsored by the program  “Hablamos de Europa” of  the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation.

The speakers were Nuria Diaz Abad, currently Member of the Consejo General del Poder Judicial  and former Chief State Attorney before the Court of Justice, and Daniel Sarmiento, former Référendaire at the European Court of Justice  and Professor of EU Law and Administrative Law at the Complutense University of Madrid and at IE Law School.

Nuria Diaz Abad focused her presentation on the representation and defense of Spain’s interests before the European Court of Justice. Daniel Sarmiento, for his part, analyzed exhaustively the internal functioning of the Court. He also referred to the most relevant judgements of the European Court of Justice which refer to Spain.

 

Seminar "Spain and the European Commission"

Last September 22, the  IE Center for European Studies organized  the seminar  titled "Spain and the European Commission". This was the third one of a series called "Spain: A key player in the European institutions. 30 years of membership in the European Union? " sponsored by  the program “Hablamos de Europa” of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation.

Joaquin Almunia, former Vice-President of the European Commission and Commissioner for Competition (2009-2014) as well as former European Commissioner for Economy (2004-2009) and  Jose Candela  former Administrator of the European Commission (1986-2014) were the two speakers.

Joaquin Almunia gave an internal view of the working of the Commission, especially of the college of Commissioners. He also focused on the relations between Commissioners and the European and national administrations.

Jose Candela, one of the first Spanish civil servants of the European Commission,   analyzed the relations between Spain and the European Commission throughout the different stages of the development of the institution.

Seminar "Spain and the European Central Bank"

On June 25, 2015  IE Center for European Studies organized  the seminar "Spain and the European Central Bank" from an historical point of view. This was the second one of a series called "Spain: A key player in the European institutions. 30 years of membership in the European Union? "Sponsored by  “Hablamos de Europa” from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation.

Antonio Sainz de Vicuña, KPMG-Spain Adviser for EU affairs and formerGeneral Counsel of the European Central Bank, analyzed the evolution of the relation between Spain and the European Central Bank, since the Treaty of Maastricht until today. Maria Jesus Nieto, from Bank of Spain, answered the questions raised by Antonio Sainz de Vicuña, in the light of the Banking Union.

The brillant presentations of Antonio Sainz de Vicuña and María Jesús Nieto led to a high-level debate with the audience composed of renowned lawyers and economists.

Seminar: Dialogues on 30 years of Spain in the European Union

On May 25, 2015, IE Center for European Studies celebrated the first seminar of a series called  “Spain : A key player in the European institutions? 30 years of membership in the European Union” sponsored by  the program “Hablamos de Europa”  form the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation.

The  speakers were Charles Powell, Director of the Real Instituto Elcano and Jose Ignacio Torreblanca, Director of the Madrid office, European Council on Foreign Relations ECFR.

In his presentation,  Charles Powell reviewed the various stages through which Spain has passed since its integration in the EU:  a first long phase of institutional adaptation  (1986-1992); then  a second phase of affirmation whose objective was to  "Europeanize” Spain ‘s priorities   (1992-2000) followed by  a phase of redefinition for the years 2000-2004. The 2004 EU enlargement obliged Spain to enter into a phase of correction in which prevailed the idea that Spain had lost weight within the EU. This phase ended when the crisis worsened. We are currently at the beginning of a new stage of the economic recovery.

Jose Ignacio Torreblanca focused his analysis on the consequences and the institutional changes brought to Spain with its membership to the  European Union. While there was a sense of a general consensus in favor of joining the European Union in 1986, it is also true that Spain's membership has led to a disguised constitutional reform (due basically to the European  principle of primacy), with the loss of  powers of the Parliament and a new distribution of responsibilities between the regions and the Central Government .

 After both presentations an interesting debate started between the speakers and the audience composed of  lawyers, judges, government officials, professors from IE and other universities and students.

Seminar "Towards a more effective enforcement of competition law in the EU?"

April 21, 2015

The adoption of Directive 2014/104 / EU of 26 November 2014 on actions for damages for breaches of competition law in the Member States and the EU is an important development and a challenge for the future application of the rules of competition in the EU. The seminar addressed the main novelties the new Directive incorporates  and the needs  for its transposition by EU Member States.

Professor Charlotte Leskinen (IE Law School) analyzed in detail the rules of the Directive, which are mainly procedural in nature, aimed at facilitating antitrust damages claims. She also discussed the implications of the rules of the Directive have regarding public enforcement of competition rules (in particular, for the protection of leniency programs). Her speech also examined the shortcomings of the Directive, particularly in relation to collective redress (excluded from the directive matter). For Leskinen it is doubtful that the rules of the Directive will contribute to  amore effective application of competition law in the EU.

From another perspective Carlos Pascual Pons (KPMG, Economics of Regulation and Competition) raised several interesting issues concerning economic aspects the calculation of antitrust damages, matter dealt with by several rules in Directive. In particular, he discussed the presumption of damage in case of cartels, the passing-on defense and the legitimacy of indirect purchasers, illustrating his explanation with reference to some recent cases of the Spanish practice on competition damage claims (sugar cartel)."

Workshop " Competition Law in Leisure Markets"

Last September 26, 2014 , the Center for European Studies / IE organized together with Competition Law Scholars Forum CASF a workshop  entitled " Competition Law in Leisure Markets" . The meeting brought together experts from competition law both nationally and internationally and state both academic and professional.

Program:

   ·  Presentation. Prof Barry Rodger, CLASF

   ·  Google’s Anti- competitive and Unfair Practices in Digital Leisure Markets Dr Anca D.       Chirita

   ·  Up in the Air: Enforcing Competition Law through Commitment Decisions Cristina Volpin

   ·  Premiership Rugby Union: a cartel? Beverley Williamson

   ·  Spanish ‘soccer war’: antitrust litigation over broadcasting rights Dr Fernando Díez

   ·  The Striani’s Challenge to EUFA Financial Fair Play: A New Era After Bosman or just a   washout? Prof Stefano Bastianon

   ·  The break-even rule of the EUFA Financial Fair Play Rules under EU Competition Law Dr Alfonso Rincón García-Loygorri

   ·  You’re either with us or against us” The role of EU competition law in tackling abusive conduct by sports associations Prof Dr Ben van Rompuy

   ·  The Real Madrid case: A state aid case (un)like any other? Oskar Van Maren

    ·   Entertainment made in Spain: Competition in the bullfighting industry Prof Dr Francisco Marcos

SEMINAR: “The scope of application of the Charter of Fundamental Rights of the European Union – article 51 and the current case-law of the European Court of Justice”

On May 5, 2014 , the Center for European Studies/IE organized  the seminar on " The scope of the Charter of Fundamental Rights of the European Union - Article 51 and the current jurisprudence of current case-law of the European Court of Justice” . The lecturers were Angela Ward, référendaire at the European Court of Justice,  Daniel Thym, Jean - Monnet -Chair of European , International and Public law at University of Konstanz . and the chair of the debate of  was Daniel Sarmiento, référendaire at the European Court of Justice and Professor of Administrative Law at UCM.

Workshop at IE Law School to examine the application of EU law in Spain

 On June 23 Carlos Lesmes, President of the Spanish Supreme Court and of the Consejo General del Poder Judicial (CGPJ), gave the opening address at a workshop on the application of EU Law in Spain, organized by IE’s Center for European Studies. The workshop formed part of a program focused on the role of Spanish and EU courts in economic recovery, sponsored by the “Hablamos de Europa” program run by the Spanish Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

The meeting, co-directed by Marie-José Garot, Director of the Center for European Studies, and Daniel Sarmiento, Référendaireat the EU Court of Justice, brought together experts on the Spanish legal system, including María Canal Fontcuberta, DG Justice, European Commission; Nuria Díaz Abad, member of Spanish Consejo General del Poder Judicial; Eduardo Menéndez Rexach, President of the Administrative Chamber of the Spanish Audiencia Nacional; Enrique García-Chamón, Coordinating Judge of the EU’s Legal Expert Network of the CGPJ; Miguel Sampol, Spanish Chief State Attorney at the EU Court of Justice; and Rosa Ana Morán, Prosecutor and responsible of the International Cooperation Division.

Over the course of the workshop the EU justice Scoreboard 2014, compiled by the EU Commission, was presented to provide a general vision of judicial policy in the twenty eight EU member States. The report helped analyze reforms in the area of Justice in the context of the European semester. With regard to Spain’s position, the report reveals that it is on a par with the average level of EU member states in terms of the quality, effectiveness and independence of its judicial system.

The experts also focused on the challenges faced by Spanish courts in order to present references for a preliminary ruling to the European Court of Justice in order to enable EU citizens to exercise their rights. Indeed, this procedure enables national courts to question the Court of Justice on the interpretation or validity of European law. Despite noticing a rise in prejudicial references in recent years, with cases such as Google or the Aziz case (abusive clauses in mortgage contracts), some problems still persist. Marie-José Garot underscored the fact that the type of workshop organized by IE’s Center for European Studies and IE Law School served an important role. “They provide a major platform for discussion between judges, magistrates, state attorneys and public prosecutors, meaning the major players involved in the presentation of references for preliminary rulings.”

Program: www.amedea.es/ie

Seminar: "Implementation of the Banking Union: some reflections”

On February 18, 2014, the Center for European Studies / IE organized the seminar "Implementation of the Banking Union: some reflections” with Antonio Sainz de Vicuna, Former General Counsel of the European Central Bank  and María Jesús Nieto from the Banco de España.

The seminar analyzed the inadequacies of the mechanisms of  banking integration in the European Union before the euro crisis and on the other hand, the new system of banking supervision.

The presentations were followed by an interesting debate moderated by Marie-José Garot, Director of the Center for European Studies/ IE and Jean Monnet Chair-IE.

The seminar was attended by lawyers, specialists in economics and finance professors and students of IE.

Seminar: "Competition Litigation And Collective Redress: A Comparative EU analysis with focus on Spain and Recent Developments in the UK"

On September 12, Barry Rodger, professor at the University of Strathclyde (Glasgow) presented his recent research on private enforcement of competition rules in the EU. The presentation was entitled Competition Litigation And Collective Redress: A Comparative EU analysis with focus on Spain and Recent Developments in the UK. He described the empirical study of judicial cases in this area in the EU from 1999 to 2012, analysing with detail the British experience and with some reflections on the situation in Spain. The evidence presented by Professor Rodger about the absence of damage claims (and the use of litigation for other purposes) contrasts with last June proposal for a directive by the European Commission that focuses only on damages.

His speech was briefly discussed by Francisco Marcos, IE Law School professor and fellow of the EEC/IE, which led to a rich discussion with participants in the seminar, in which some of the professionals in the room shared their knowledge and experiences on the matter.

Seminar : "European banking union: a solution to Spain?"

OnJuly 16, the Center for European Studies / IE  organized   the third seminar  of the cycle "Challenges for the future of the European Union: A View from Spain" sponsored by the  program "Hablamos de Europa" from  the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.


Pablo Diaz de Rabago Mazon, Doctor of Economics and Associate Professor IE Business School, and Rafael Pampillon Olmedo, Professor of Economic Environment, IE Business School were the speakers of the seminar entitled  "European Banking Union: a solution for  Spain?" .


The seminar discussed the situation that has led to the current economic and financial crisis and the various proposals of the European Institutions  regarding the European Banking Union (single European banking supervision, the ECB's single monitoring European Banking Authority,  Single Resolution)

After both presentations an interesting discussion started with the audience composed of IE Business School faculty, IE Law School faculty, lawyers, experts  in Economics and Finances and students of IE.

Seminar "Demographic Challenges of the European Union"

 Last 20, june, 2013 The Center for European Studies / IE organized the  seminar "Demographic Challenges of the European Union" with Rafael Puyol and Marie-José Garot. This seminar is the second seminar of the cycle "Challenges for the future of the European Union: A View from Spain" sponsored by the program "Hablamos de Europa" from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
The lecturer of the seminar Rafael Puyol  is an expert in European demography, Professor of Human Geography at the University Complutense, Vice-President of Institutional Relations at IE Business School and Vice-President of the IE Foundation.
In his presentation, Rafael Puyol defined the most important factors explaining the current situation and the future of the European Union population: aging, low birth rates and immigration.

It also analyzed how these processes are having and will have in the near future a major effect on the labor market, pointing as immigration is and will be even more in the future necessity.
Conclude the seminar by noting the need for States to conduct "major demographic efforts" to alleviate the labor shortage looming. In some countries there is still scope for greater incorporation of women into the workplace. In all will require a delay in the retirement age.
Marie-José Garot, IE Law School Professor, owner of Jean Monnet Chair in IE and Director of CEE / IE, answered the lecturer, analyzing the current state of European immigration policy. And  then it opened a discussion among attendees.

Seminar “Environmental Policy and Law in Spain and Europe for the next 15 years”

On  May 28, 2013 the Center for European Studies-IE held the seminar “Environmental Policy and Law in Spain and Europe for the next 15 years”, with the brilliant participation of Prof. Ludwig Kramer. The seminar was the first of a cycle called “Challenges for a future of the European Union: views from Spain” supported by the “Hablamos de Europa” program of the Spanish Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

The speaker, Ludwig Kramer, is a recognized expert in Environmental Law: he is a Professor and the author of large publications about environmental law. He has also held several important positions as Head of the legal department of the Directorate General Enviroment of the European Commission and Director of the Waste Management Unit, ClientEarth Senior Advisor and member of the Board Advisory Justice and Environment.

In his presentation, Professor Kramer analyzed the environmental policy of Spain in reference to the European objectives which are, among others, the reduction of emissions gas, the increasing energy efficiency and the renewable energy production.
He also gave  ​​a thorough presentation of the main obstacles to achieve these objectives and a critical assessment of sectorial policies and their impact on the environment.


The presentation of Professor Kramer was followed by an interesting debate with the audience, composed of experts in environment, faculty and students of IE Law School.

Lecture series on: "Issues and challenges of European economic integration: a view from Economics and the Law"

Organized by Fundación Ramón Areces, IE Business School  and  IE Center of Excellence for European Studies.

PROGRAM:

February, 12: The Challenges of Growth and Employment in Advanced Economies

Dennis P. Lockhart

President of the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta.

 

March 4: Constitutional limits of European economic and monetary Integration

Constitutional limits of European economic and monetary Integration. A view from Germany

Frank Mayer. Professor of Public Law. Bielefeld University.

Constitutional limits of European economic and monetary  Integration. A view from the European Union's Institutions.

Alberto de Gregorio

Legal Service. European Council

Chair:

Daniel Sarmiento

Référendaire at the European Court of Justice

Professor of EU and Administrative Law (UCM)

 

March 19:The United Kingdom and a two-speeds European Union. A challenging relationship viewed from law

Paul Craig

Professor, Oxford University

Chair:

Daniel Sarmiento

Référendaire at the European Court of Justice

Professor of EU and Administrative Law (UCM)

 

April 8:The crisis as an incentive for change

José Borrell

Former President of European Parliament.

 

April 22: The European and constitutional dimensions of fiscal austerity policies

Violeta Ruiz Almendral

Référendaire Spanish Constitutional Court

Professor of Tax Law (UCM)

Chair: Alain Cuenca, Director of Public Economy at FUNCAS. Professor of Applied  Economy. University of  Zaragoza

April 22, 2013 Conference " The European and constitutional dimensions of fiscal austerity policies”

Lecturer: Violeta Ruiz Almendral

Référendaire Spanish Constitutional Court

Professor of Tax Law (UCM)

Chair: Alain Cuenca

Director of Public Economy at FUNCAS. Professor of Applied  Economy. University of  Zaragoza

Organized by Fundación Ramón Areces, IE Business School  and  IE Center of Excellence for European Studies.The conference took  place at Fundación Ramón Areces.

The link of the conference is available at: http://www.fundacionareces.es/fundacionareces/portal.do?IDM=90&NM=1

April 8, 2013 Conference:” The crisis as an incentive for change”

Lecturer: José Borrell

Former President of European Parliament.

Organized by Fundación Ramón Areces, IE Business School  and  IE Center of Excellence for European Studies.The conference took  place at Fundación Ramón Areces.

The link of the conference is available at http://www.fundacionareces.es/fundacionareces/portal.do?IDM=90&NM=1

March 19, 2013 Conference " The United Kingdom and a two-speeds European Union. A challenging relationship viewed from law”

Lecturer: Paul Craig

Professor, Oxford University

Chair: Daniel Sarmiento, Référendaire at the European Court of Justice, Professor of EU and Administrative Law (UCM) 

 

Organized by Fundación Ramón Areces, IE Business School  and  IE Center of Excellence for European Studies.The conference took  place at Fundación Ramón Areces.

The link of the conference is available at http://www.fundacionareces.es/fundacionareces/portal.do?IDM=90&NM=1

March 4, 2013 Conference "Constitutional limits of European economic and monetary Integration"

Constitutional limits of European economic and monetary Integration. A view from Germany

Frank Mayer. Professor of Public Law. Bielefeld University.

Constitutional limits of European economic and monetary  Integration. A view from the European Union's Institutions.

Alberto de Gregorio, Legal Service. European Council 

Chair: Daniel Sarmiento, Référendaire at the European Court of Justice, Professor of EU and Administrative Law (UCM)

 

Organized by Fundación Ramón Areces, IE Business School  and  IE Center of Excellence for European Studies.The conference took  place at Fundación Ramón Areces.

The link of the conference is available at http://www.fundacionareces.es/fundacionareces/portal.do?IDM=90&NM=1

February 12, 2013: Conference by Dennis P. Lockhart,President of the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta.

February 12, 2013 Dennis P. Lockhart, President of the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta talked about  “The Challenges of Growth and Employment in Advanced Economies”. 

Organized by Fundación Ramón Areces, IE Business School  and  IE Center of Excellence for European Studies.The conference took  place at Fundación Ramón Areces.

The link of the conference is available at http://www.fundacionareces.es/fundacionareces/portal.do?IDM=90&NM=1

   

Seminar “Do the quotas work?: gender equality to review in the European Union”

On Decembre 10, 2012 the Center for European Studies/IE  organized a seminar entitled   “Do the quotas work?: gender equality in the European Union ” with the participation of Patricia Gabaldon, IE Business School and fellow of the Center for European Studies/IE and Tomás Garicano, Director of Corporate Governance Center.

The seminar begun with the analysis of the draft directive submitted to the Comission by Vice-President Viviane Reding, EU Justice, Human rights and citizenship Commissioner,The proposed Directive sets an objective of a 40% presence of the under-represented sex among non-executive directors of companies listed on stock exchanges. One of the aims of this proposal is to achieve 40% of woman on the board of Directors in 2020.Then Patricia Gabaldon analyzed the situation in different EU countries and how quotas work depending on whether they are sanctioning quotas or quotas called “complain or explain”. Tomas Garicano discussed those points from the Board of Directors perspective.

I Justice Conference at IE University, under the title “Civil Justice in Spain: Challenges for the New Administration”

On Octuber 19, the I Justice Conference was held at the Segovia campus of IE University, under the title “Civil Justice in Spain: Challenges for the New Administration.” The Conference was organized by IE Professor Marco de Benito. Professors Andrés de la Oliva, Faustino Cordón, Ignacio Díez-Picazo, Fernando Gascón, Iván Heredia, Jaime Vegas, and Julio Banacloche acted as speakers. The audience was made up by a select group of scholars, judges, attorneys, and legal advisors of the highest state institutions.

The speakers and attendants analyzed the legislative agenda for the present term of office in civil procedure matters. They tackled, among other matters, insolvency law, voluntary jurisdiction, and international legal cooperation. Especially criticized was the strong increase in the jurisdiction tax, which could effectively hinder access to Justice. The new Judicial Office was also heavily censured, as it entrusts the handling of the procedure to court secretaries, a body dependant on the government which lacks the independence guarantees of the judiciary. Indeed, evidence was shown that, wherever the new Judicial Office has been implemented, it has resulted in chaos and inefficiency.

GREIT Annual Conference

On September13 and 14, IE Law School and the Center for European Studies-IE hosted the seventh annual conference of the GREIT (Group for Research on European and International Taxation). The conference gathered IE Law School professors, academics of international renown and prestigiouslaw practitioners in order todiscuss the intricacies of the application of European and international Tax Law within the European Union.


The presentations and conclusions of the conference will be published in a book to be supported, among others, bythe Center for European Studies and IE Law School.

www.greit-tax.eu/

Third seminar of the Global Judicial Forum, 2012

On July 3 2012, The Center for European Studies/IE organizes the third seminar of  the Global Judicial Forum for the current academic year.  After analyzing  in previous seminars the selection of judges for the European Court of Justice and for the European Court of Human Rights, this last seminar was centred on " The Europeanization of judges in Spain: selection and training".

The speakers were three experts of recognized prestige and with a wide experience: Carlos Espósito, Professor of Public international law at the  Universidad Autónoma de Madrid; Diego Córdoba, judge  and President of  the Administrative chamber of the Audiencia Nacional and Eduardo Menéndez, jugde at the Audiencia Nacional, and member of the Network of Experts in European Union Law.

The presentations were followed by an interesting debate moderated by Daniel Sarmiento, in which they informed judges of the Supreme Court, lawyers and academics.

Second seminar of the Global Judicial Forum, 2012

On  May 3, 2012, the Global Judicial Forum held its second seminar on the selection of judges in Europe. After dealing in the first seminar with the case of the judges of the European Court of Justice, this seminar focused on the process for selecting and appointing judges at the European Court of Human Rights.

Luis Lopez Guerra , Spanish judge at the ECHR, and Fernando Irurzun, Spanish State Attorney before the ECHR, opened the seminar with two presentations on the current reform of the selection process of judges at the ECHR. In march 2012, the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe issued guidelines on the selection of candidates for the post of judge in order to make the process more competitive and more transparent.

Thenavery high-level debate started under the chair of Daniel Sarmiento, in which judges, lawyersand academics participated.

Seminar “Intellectual Property and Internet: a challenged for Europe”

On March, 5, 2012 the Center for European Studies/IE  organized a seminar titled as “Intellectual Property and Internet: a challenged for Europe” with the participation of Rafael Sanchez Aristi, professor of Civil Law at the University Rey Juan Carlos, and Javier de la Cueva, intellectual property lawyer. The seminar discussed the peculiarities of the fragmented European legislation on the subject due in part of issues of technical nature.  Following both interventions, a debate took place, moderated by Pedro Letai, professor of IE Law School.

First Seminar Global Judicial Forum 2012

On February 13, the Center for European Studies-IE, in collaboration with IE Law School and under the direction of Daniel Sarmiento- référendaire at the European Court of Justice, organized the first seminar of the Global Judicial Forum 2012, entitled “Appointing judges at the European Court of Justice” with Eleanor Sharpston, Advocate General European Court of Justice and Aída Torres, Professor of Constitutional Law at Pompeu Farbre University (Barcelona).

Issues like the reforms introduced by the Treaty of Lisbon regarding the selection and the appointment of judges and advocates of the European Court of Justice or the creation of the Committee, provided in the article 255 TFUE were discussed during the debate with the audience.

Seminar: “ La fragmentación del poder europeo”

On October 24, 2011, the Center for European Studies-IE organized a debate on Jose Ignacio Torreblanca’ book, “La fragmentación del poder europeo” (Estudios de Política Exterior e Icaria & Antrazyt, Madrid, 2011). In addition to Jose Ignacio Torreblanca, Enrique Mora Benavente, director of Gabinete de Análisis y Previsión from the Spanish Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Jordi Vaquer, Director of the Center for International Affairs Barcelona participated in the seminar.
http://ecfrmadrid.files.wordpress.com/2011/07/torreblanca-libro-fpe-10ver.pdf


 

Keynote address on "Challenges Facing Higher Education in Europe: Innovative Responses"

The Center for European Studies-IE and the Irish Embassy in Madrid hosted  a high level forum  on Friday, October 14th, in which Ruairi Quinn, Irish Minister for Education and Skills delivered a keynote address on  "Challenges Facing Higher Education in Europe: Innovative Responses ". The event also counted with the kind participation of Cesar Alierta, President of Telefónica and Francisco Michavila, Director of the UNESCO Chair of University Management and Policy. Minister  Quinn ‘s address reflected on  the need for innovative responses required  in times of crisis to improve the quality and relevance of higher education in Europe. The Minister particularly stressed the need to develop entrepreneurial, creative and innovative skills in all disciplines.

Seminar "La crisis del euro: ¿qué camino tomar? “

On September 21, 2011 the Center for European Studies-IE hosted the seminar "La crisis del euro: ¿qué camino tomar? “ with the participation of Roman Escolano, Director of Institutional Relations of the BBVA and Francisco Fonseca, Director of the Representation in Spain of the European Commission. Both speakers referred to the current situation of the Eurozone, as well as to the need of institutional, financial and economical reforms to save the Euro.

Global Judicial Forum - 4

Less than one month after the Spanish Constitutional Court required for the first time the European Court of Justice to give a preliminary ruling (article 267 TFEU), the Center for European Studies of IE Univesity, in collaboration with IE Law School,  organized, under the direction of Daniel Sarmiento, the fourth seminar of the Global Judicial Forum specially devoted to this issue. Pedro Cruz Villalón,  Advocate General of the European Court of Justice, Laurence Burgogue-Larsen, Professor of International Public Law of the Panthéon-Sorbonne University and  Luis Arroyo, letrado at the Spanish Constitutional Court participated in the seminar.  The discussion was very fruitful thanks to the three speakers as well as to the interventions during the debate of Judges of the Spanish Supreme Court, prosecutors from the Attorney General, State attorneys and academics.  

Seminar "Europe in the Age of Uncertainty: Going Its Own Way"

Last  May 27, the Center for European Studies-IE jointly  with the Real Instituto Elcano,  invited Dr. Robin Niblett to be the main speaker of a seminar on  "Europe in the Age of Uncertainty: Going Its Own Way". Dr. Niblett is currently the director of the famous think-tank Chatham House, Royal Institute of International Affairs. Dr. Niblett outlined his vision of the strengths that characterize the European Union as well as  the challenges it has to face in order to consolidate its position in the current international context.

Third Seminar Global Judicial Forum

On Thursday, May 12, 2011, the Center for European Studies-IE in collaboration with IE Law School and under the direction of Daniel Sarmiento, organized the third seminar of the Global Judicial Forum, entitled "Binding Precedent in International Arbitration. Dream, Coherence fairness or good-willed? ". Two experts, Prof. Alan Rau from the University of Texas, Austin and Prof. Victor Ferreres Comella, currently professor at the Spanish Escuela Judicial , opened the seminar with  two presentations on therole of precedent in international arbitration.Then a very high-level debate started, in which judges of the Spanish SupremeCourt, lawyersand academics participated.

Second Seminar "Global Judicial Forum"

On March 21, the Center for European Studies-IE, in collaboration with IE Law School, organized the second seminar of the Global Judicial Forum. Under the chair of Daniel Sarmiento, référendaire at  the European Court of Justice, András Sajó, judge at the European Court of Human Rights and Luis María Diez-Picazo, judge at Spanish Supreme Court, discussed the relations between the European Court of Human Rights  and national courts. After two wonderful presentations in which both speakers referred to cases of great interest such as the case Lautsi v. Italy or the case of Otegi Mondragon v. Spain, an interesting debate opened with the audience, during which judges of the Spanish Supreme Court, prosecutors from the Attorney General, State attorneys and IE Law School professors took the floor

Presentation of the book “Europe’s Decline and Fall”


On February 21, 2011, the Center of European Studies/IE and FRIDE organized the presentation of the book "Europe's Decline and Fall" by Richard Youngs. The presentation was attended by Arantza de Areilza, Dean of IE School of Arts and Humanities, Leopoldo Calvo Sotelo, Director of the Master of International Relations IE, Richard Youngs, General Director of FRIDE and author of the book, and Marie-José Garot Director of the Center of European Studies/IE.

Seminar "The situation of the European Economy"

On january 19, 2011 , it celebreted the seminar "The situation of the European Economy"given by Roman Escolano, State Economist and Director of Institutional Relations of BBVA,

First seminar of the Global Judicial Forum

On Thursday, December 2, 2010, the Center for European Studies-IE, in collaboration with IE Law School and under the direction of Daniel Sarmiento- référendaire at the European Court of Justice, organized the first seminar of the Global Judicial Forum, focused on the relationships between the European Court of Justice and national courts.

The Judicial Global Forum is conceived to be a meeting place for practitioners, in order to expose problems and to exchange ideas related to economic, political and social globalization. Its activities focus particularly on the impact of globalization on the judicial system, litigation techniques and the quality of justice.

After the presentations of Miguel Poiares Maduro, Professor at the European University Institute in Florence and former Advocate General of the ECJ, Joaquin Huelin Martinez-Velasco, Judge at the Spanish Supreme Court and   Marian Ahumada, Directora General de Coordinación Jurídica del Ministerio de la Presidencia, an interesting discussion opened with the audience, during which judges of the Spanish Supreme Court, prosecutors from the Attorney General, State attorneys and IE Law School professors took the floor.

Conference "European Higher Education Area"

The Center for European Studies organized a conference about European Higher Education Area on  October 27th, 2010.

1º part: “Bologna: a Spanish perspective of the challenges”

  • Federico Gutiérrez Solana, President,  CRUE- “La universidad española ente el cambio de Bolonia”
  • Francisco Michavilla, Director UNESCO Chair  de Gestión y Política Universitaria: “Bolonia, entre la retórica y la acción”.
  • Moderadora: Soledad Atienza, Law Degree Director, IE University

2º Part: Bologna :Towards a new university?

  • Marie-José Garot, professor,  IE Law School
  • Anne Corbett, professor, London School of Economics.
  • Moderador :Jose M. de Areilza, Dean, IE Law School
Seminar: “the new European Architecture for the financial regulation and supervision"

 PEREZ-LLORCA / IE Chair for Commercial Law together with Center for European Studies/ IE held a seminar on October 25th,2010 with the title “the new European Architecture for the financial regulation and supervision". The speaker was European Central Bank General Council Antonio Sainz de Vicuña and IE Business School professor Rafael Pampillon answered the speaker.

Seminar: Doing business in China: news opportunities for the European Union?

The Center for European Studies organized last October 19th, 2010 a seminar on the new opportunities in China for the European Union, with Marie-José Garot, Professor of Chinese Law and Director of the CEE, Juan Manuel de Remedios, Partner of Latham & Watkins (Madrid), Jane Ng, Partner of Latham & Watkins (Hong Kong) and Kenneth ChanPartner of Latham & Watkins (Hong Kong).

Seminar "An economic European goverment"

 One day after the presentation on the European Commission of the proposals to reinforce the economic governance of the European Union, the Center of Studies Europeos-IE, and the Spanish Committee for the Union Paneuropea, organized, on September 30, 2010, a seminar on " An economic European government  ". Jose Manuel Garcia Margallo, member  of the European Parliament, Fernando Fernandez, professor, IE Business School and Iñigo Mendez of Vigo, member of the European Parliament discussed the reform of the  Stability and Growth Pact as well as the measures of  prevention  and control proposed by the European Commission.

"The Road towards the European Union Patent"

A few days after the proposal of the European Commission on a new patent system at European level, the Center for European Studies-IE organized on July, 5  a seminar on “The road towards a European Union Patent”, with different speakers: Prof. Bruno Van Pottelsberghe from the Université Libre de Bruxelles and Senior Fellow of Bruegel (a Brussels-based think-tank, leader in economic policy-making in Europe), Manuel Lobato, Prof. of Universidad Autónoma de Madrid and Partner of Bird & Bird, Dulce Miranda, Partner at  Garrigues and one official from the European Commission. Experts and professionals participated in the debate, chaired by José M. de Areilza, Dean of IE Law School and holder of the Jean Monnet-IE Chair. The discussion focused on the necessary reform of the current European Patent system, aimed at fostering European innovation and competitiveness. 

Seminar "The European Financial System and its Reform"

On April 29, 2010, it celebrated the seminar "The European Financial System and its Reform" given by María Jesus Nieto, Adviser of General Regulatory Director of Banco de España, and Pablo Díaz de Rábago, professor IE Business School.

Conference "El Marco Comun de Referencia del Derecho Privado Europeo"

On April 29, 2010 It celebreted,   the conference "Commom Frame Work for European Private Law" given by Francisco Redondo, Lawyer, Ventura Garcés & López-Ibor and professor IE Law School. This conference was coorganized with IE Law School Executive Education.

Seminario "The European Concert"

On May 27, 2010 its celebreted the seminar  "The European Concert"  given by  David Rennie, Journalist of  The Economist and UE Corresponsal in Brussells and   J. Ignacio Torreblanca, Director in Madrid of  “European Council on Foreign Relations” ECFR. and  professor of Political Sciences  in UNED.

Seminar "The Crisis in the Eurozone"

On february 25, 2010 , it celebreted the seminar "The crisis in the Eurozone " given by  Roman Escolano, Director of Institutional Relations of BBVA, and Gayle Allard, Economy Professor of IE Business School.

Conference: "The Lisbon Treaty: ¿quién gana y quién pierde en la nueva Unión Europea? (The Lisbon Treaty: who are the winners and losers in the new European Union?)"

The keynote address in the conference held on February 4, 2010 on the winners and losers of the Lisbon Treaty was given by José M. de Areilza, Dean of IE Law School and Director of the Jean Monnet-IE Chair. The conference examined new legal and political aspects of the latest reforms of the EU treaties, and the redistribution of power among Brussels’ institutions, as well as new features of European rules of the game and common policies.

This conference has been corganized with IE Law School Executive Education.

Presentation of the book "The International Law of Economic Migration"

The presentation of the book "The International Law of Economic Migration" took place on January 13, 2010 in collaboration with Intermom Oxfam. The book’s author, Joel P. Trachtman, Professor of International Law at The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, was present at the event.

1st Seminar. The European Union: a Post-Lisbon Agenda
Part 1: "Making the most of the Lisbon Treaty"
Speakers: Alfonso Dastis (Spanish Ministry of Foreign Affairs)
Jose Ignacio Torreblanca (European Council on Foreign Relations)
Moderator: Belen Becerril (CEU)
Part 2: "Economic challenges and the new financial architecture"
Speakers: Fernando Fernandez Méndez de Andes (IE Business School)
Baudilio Tomé (Member of the Spanish Parliament)
Moderator: Gayle Allard (IE Business School)
Inaugural speech

The official inauguration of the Center took place on December 15, 2009 Josep Borrell,  President of Instituto Universitario, Florence and  former President of European Parlament, delivered the inaugural speech, focused on "Europe, from the fall of the wall to overcoming the crisis".

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