CIS-Relevant Events

All forthcoming events

Fri 24 April 2015, 12:30

Public Lecture and Book Manuscript Workshop: 'Economic Governance in Europe: Comparative Paradoxes and Constitutional Challenges'

Speaker: Federico Fabbrini (Faculty of Law, University of Copenhagen)

Venue:Ground Floor Seminar Room, European Studies Centre 70 Woodstock road

Centre for International Studies (CIS), Law Faculty, ESC and PEFM Co-Sponsored Public Lecture and Book Manuscript Workshop

Chair: Kalypso Nicolaïdis (St Antony’s College, University of Oxford)

Event Programme:

12:30 – 14:00 - Public Lecture (All Welcome) Federico Fabbrini will give a talk on his book manuscript 'Economic Governance in Europe: Comparative Paradoxes and Constitutional Challenges'. All welcome, registration is not required to attend the talk.  

14:00 – 15:00 – Book Manuscript Workshop on 'Economic Governance in Europe: Comparative Paradoxes and Constitutional Challenges' for those interested in discussing the manuscript further. If you would like to attend the workshop please register by emailing Matthew Kennedy ( ccing the ESC ( Draft chapters of the book manuscript will be sent, in advance of the workshop, to those that confirm they are attending.

Talk Summary: The Euro-crisis and the legal and institutional responses to it have had important constitutional implications on the architecture of the European Union (EU). The purpose of the talk – which is based on the ongoing book project – is to offer a broad picture of how relations of power in the EU have changed, considering three different dimension: 1) the vertical relations of power between the member states and the EU institutions: 2) the relations of power between the political branches and the courts; and 3) the horizontal relations of power between the EU member states themselves. Federico Fabbrini will argue that, in the aftermath of the Euro-crisis, power has been shifting along each of these axes in paradoxical ways. In particular, as a brief comparison with the United States helps to reveal, the EU is nowadays characterized by a high degree of centralization in budgetary affairs, an unprecedented level of judicialization of economic questions and a growing imbalance between the member states in the governance of fiscal matters. As the talk will suggest, however, each of these dynamics is a cause for concern – as it calls into question important constitutional values for the EU, such as the autonomy of the member states in taking decision about taxing and spending, the preeminence of the political process in settling economic matters, and the balance between state power and state equality. To address these issues, therefore, the talk will suggest possible options for future legal and institutional developments in the EU, and discuss the challenges that accompany any further step towards a deeper Economic and Monetary Union.


Tue 28 April 2015, 17:00

'War, Violence and the State: Between Predation and Protection'

Speaker: Keith Krause

EVENT POSTPONED: This event will be rescheduled, the new date and time TBC.



Keith Krause (DPhil, Balliol, 1987) is Professor of International Relations at the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies in Geneva, where he has taught since 1994.The lectures are funded by a generous benefaction from Professor Oliver Smithies, which enables Balliol to bring distinguished visitors to the University of Oxford.


Thu 30 April 2015, 17:00

‘A Conversation on the Role of Women in Transforming Conflict in the 21st Century’

Venue:Manor Road Building, Seminar Room A

CIS Event

A panel discussion on Dr Scilla Elworthy's new book Pioneering the Possible: Awakened Leadership for a World That Works and the Oxford launch of Rising Women Rising World

On the panel:
Professor Richard Caplan (Professor of International Relations, University of Oxford)
Dr Rama Mani (Senior Research Associate of the University of Oxford’s Centre for International Studies, received the 2013 Peter Becker Peace Prize for 25 years peace activism and scholarship, co-founder of Rising Women Rising World)
Dr Scilla Elworthy (three times Nobel Peace Prize nominee, winner of the Niwano Peace Prize, founder of the Oxford Research Group and Peace Direct, co-founder of Rising Women Rising World)
Chair: Professor Kalypso Nicolaidis (Professor of International Relations and Director of the Centre for International Studies, University of Oxford)

A drinks reception will follow the event.

Fri 08 May 2015, 17:00

Book Launch: “China and Global Nuclear Order: from Estrangement to Active Engagement”

Speaker: Nicola Horsburgh (St Antony’s College, and DPIR British Academy Postdoctoral Fellow)

Venue:Dahrendorf Room, Founder’s Building at St Antony’s

East Asia Seminar Series

Convenor & Chair: Professor Rosemary Foot

Enquiries: or tel: 01865-274559

Sat 09 May 2015, 09:00

OxPeace Conference: ‘Peace and the UN at 70’

Venue:St John's College

OxPeace invites you to its seventh annual Day-Conference‘Peace and the UN at 70’

Saturday 9th May 2015 (end of Second Week, Trinity Term)

 Venue: St John's College, Oxford.  09.00 for 09.30 start; ends 17.30

Please return the Registration Form (available here) to Jeremy Cunningham:  

We also invite you to the Conference Dinner, with guest speaker Dr Michael Williams (Lord Williams of Baglan), Distinguished Visiting Fellow at Chatham House, on the evening of Friday 8th May, 7 for 7.30 pm at Rewley House.

Day-Conference Sat 9 May 2015 :  Programme, 09.30 - 17.30 (registration 09.00)

09.30: ‘Peace and the UN at 70’ (Plenary) 

Dr Michael Williams (Lord Williams of Baglan), member of the House of Lords, Distinguished Visiting Fellow at Chatham House, former UNSG’s Special Coordinator for Lebanon. His previous posts include Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process, Director for Asia and the Pacific in the UN Dept of Political Affairs, Director of Human Rights in the UN Transitional Administration in Cambodia (UNTAC), Director of Information in the UN Protection Force in Former Yugoslavia (UNPROFOR).

Hilde Johnson, member, UN High Level Panel on Review of Peace Operations; Special Representative of the UNSG for South Sudan -2011-2014, formerly Dep. Exec. Director, UNICEF: on ‘Protection of civilians, with special emphasis on South Sudan’.

Discussant:  Professor Richard Caplan, Professor of International Relations, Oxford.

11.30: Two parallel breakout sessions:

Justice, Peace and Reconciliation in the Great Lakes:   Chair and contributor: Dr Julia Viebach (JRF, Mansfield College; Career Development Lecturer in Criminology) on transitional justice in Rwanda;  Dr Henning Tamm (Fellow in Politics, Nuffield College) on the DRC; Professor Payam Akhavan (Kellogg College and McGill University) on the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR) and the ICC in the Great Lakes.

New Directions in the Study of UN Peacebuilding:  Chair: Dr John Gledhill, with doctoral and post-doctoral students: Ellen Ravndal on the Institution of the UN Secretary General;  Kate Roll on Disarmament, Demobilization and Reintegration (DDR) in Timor–Leste;  Allard Duursma on UN mediation in African civil wars; and Dana Landau on peacebuilding in Kosovo.

14.00:  ‘Religion in peace and conflict: extreme warmaking, dedicated peacebuilding’ (Plenary)

Laura Payne, Research Associate, Centre for Trust, Peace and Social Relations, Coventry University, presents current research on Anglican peacebuilding projects worldwide.

Imam Monawar Hussain, Islamic Tutor at Eton College, on ISIL and Islamic responses to extremism.

16.00: Peace and the Proposed UN Sustainable Development Goals

Jonathan Granoff, Global Security Institute, on development and peace;  Sunil Suri, Saferworld, on security and peace  

Chair:  Dr Isabella Bunn, international lawyer, Regent’s Park College.

Registration for the Sat 9 May Day-Conference is free of charge (a small contribution of £5 per student, £10 per non-student will be asked on the day to cover the cost of the refreshments and the sandwich lunch).  You are welcome to walk in on the day, but please register beforehand if possible, it helps with organization and catering. Thanks 

Conference Dinner: Friday 8 May

The Conference Dinner is on Friday 8 May, 7 for 7.30 pm at Rewley House, and the speaker is Dr Michael Williams (Lord Williams of Baglan) (tbc).  The cost per person is £35, but the first 15 students to apply will pay only £10 for a subsidized place. Confirmation of a place and instructions on how to pay will be sent to you via email.  Tickets first come, first served; places are limited so please apply as soon as possible.   Dress code: Smart casual.

All enquiries to Conference Organiser, Jeremy Cunningham:

Tue 19 May 2015, 17:00

'Opportunities and Constraints for the Expansion of Chinese NGOs in Sub-Saharan Africa: A case study of Ethiopia and Malawi'

Speaker: Jennifer Hsu (University of Alberta, Canada)

Venue:Pavilion Room, Gateway Building, St. Antony's College

East Asia Seminar Series

Convenor & Chair: Professor Rosemary Foot

Enquiries: or tel: 01865-274559

Tue 26 May 2015, 17:00

'Exploring the Drivers of Infrastructure Development in China'

Speaker: Xi Hu (St Antony’s College, Wai Seng Doctoral Scholar)

Venue:Dahrendorf Room, Founder’s Building at St Antony’s

East Asia Seminar Series

Convenor & Chair: Professor Rosemary Foot

Enquiries: or tel: 01865-274559

Thu 11 June 2015, 13:00

'The China Challenge: Shaping the Choices of a Rising Power'

Speaker: Thomas J. Christensen (William P Bosworth Professor of World Politics of Peace and War, and Director of China and the World Programme, Princeton University)

Venue:Dahrendorf Room, Founder’s Building at St Antony’s

East Asia Seminar Series

Convenor & Chair: Professor Rosemary Foot

Enquiries: or tel: 01865-274559