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June 2, 2014, 10:37

Open seminars on European affairs

The Institute of International Affairs at the University of Iceland and the EU Info Center host open seminars in May and June focused on contemporary issues in Europe.

Special emphasis will be placed on nationalism, human rights, the Arctic, climate change and governance in small states.

Tuesday May 13 from 12:00 to 13:30 at the Nordic House

Nationalism, identity and the EU

Increased nationalism in Europe and its influence on attitudes towards European integration and the EU.

Speakers: Herman Roodenburg, Professor of Historical Anthropology and Ethnology of Europe at the Free University of Amsterdam, Guðmundur Hálfdanarson, Professor of History at the University of Iceland and Alyson Bailes, Adjunct Professor at the Faculty of Political Science, University of Iceland.

Monday May 19 from 12:00 to 13:30 at the Nordic House

Human rights and the EU

Human rights in EU's foreign policy and the status of human rights within the EU following the financial crisis.

Speakers: Kinga Göncz, Member of the European Parliament (MEP) and the former foreign minister of Hungary and Pauline Torehall, specialist at the European External Action Service.

Here you can find further information about the seminar (English below).

Monday June 2 from 13:30 to 16:00 at the Nordic House

The EU’s Arctic Policy

The formation of the EU’s Arctic Policy and its influence in the region.

Speakers include: Hannu Halinen, Ambassador of Arctic Affairs at the Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland, Andreas Raspotnik, Analyst at the Arctic Institute, Centre for Circumpolar Security Studies and Malgorzata Smieszek, researcher and PhD student at the Arctic Centre, University of Lapland.

Thursday June 5 from 13:00 to 16:00 in Oddi 101

The EU, Iceland and climate change issues

The steps taken by the EU to cut carbon emissions and how this has an effect on Iceland through the EEA agreement.

Speakers include: Samuel Flückiger, Officer, Climate Change and Environment at EFTA and Wendel Trio, Director of Climate Action Network Europe.

Wednesday June 25 from 13:00 to 16:00 in Askja 132

Small States, Governance and the EU

The possibilities for small states to influence decision-making and policy within international institutions, especially the EU. 

Speakers include: Roderick Pace, Professor in European Studies at the University of Malta, Liam Weeks, Lecturer in the Department of Government at University College Cork and Caroline Grøn, Adjunct Professor at the University of Copenhagen.

The seminars will all take place in English and are open to the public.