Schuman Lecture Series

The Robert Schuman Lecture celebrates the remarkable achievements of European integration since its modest beginnings in the European Coal and Steel Community in 1951, announced in a declaration by French Foreign Minister Schuman. The Australian National University has recognised this achievement and foresight by coordinating the annual Schuman Lecture since 1996. The first lecture was delivered by Lord Leon Brittan, the then Vice President of the European Commission. Since then, the University has coordinated annual Schuman Lectures by distinguished speakers, including The Right Honourable Chris Patten CH, Commissioner for External Relations, The Right Honourable Alexander Downer and Justice Michael Kirby of the Australian High Court.

(Picture: HE Mr David Daly, Ambassador of the EU to Australia and New Zealand, 2012)

Previous Schuman Lectures

26 August 2015
The European Union’s Climate and Energy Policy, a driver for growth and innovation
Connie Hedegaard, Former EU Commissioner for Climate Action from 2010 - 2014

16 June 2014
Indo-Pacific Lessons from a European Experiment
Peter Varghese AO, Secretary of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade

19 August 2013
Culture and Contact: Europe, Australia and the Arts
Robyn Archer
AO, Creative Director, the Centenary of Canberra

23 May 2012
New Alliances: Australia and Europe in a G20 World
Mr Alastair Walton, Chairman of the European Australian Business Council

14 February 2011
The Relationship of the EU Court of Justice with the UN Security Council and International Tribunals
Professor Joe Verhoeven, Secretary General, Institut de droit international; Professor at the Université Panthéon-Assas (Paris II)

26 February 2009
EU’s Contribution to Security in the 21st Century
Ms Helga-Maria Schmid, Director of the Policy Unit of the General Council Secretariat of the European Union

9 May 2008
Security and External Relations in the EU
Professor Robert Jackson, Fletcher Jones Endowed Professor of Government and Director of International Relations at the University of Redlands (USA)

11 May 2006
Australia and Europe: Sharing Global Responsibilities
The Right Honourable Alexander Downer, MP

9 May 2005
A More Democratic European Union: Reflections on the Proposed Constitution
Professor Sir Neil MacCormick, QC, FRSE, FBA, LLD Dlitt, Regius Professor of Public Law and the Law of Nature and Nations at The University of Edinburgh (UK) and Freehills Visiting Fellow at the University of New South Wales

11 November 2004
Terrorism and the Democratic Response: A Tribute to the European Court of Human Rights
Justice Michael Kirby, AC CMG, Justice of the High Court of Australia

30 October 2003
The EU in the Middle East: My Impressions as Special Representative
HE Ambassador Miguel Ángel Moratinos, EU Special Representative for the Middle East Peace Process

3 July 2002
European Union Enlargement
HE Mr Carlos Bastarreche Sagües, Secretary General for European Affairs, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Spain

19 April 2001
Sovereignty, Democracy and Constitutions: Finding the Right Formula
Mr Chris Patten CH, European Commissioner for External Relations

13 May 1999
Australia and the European Ideal
The Hon. Alexander Downer, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Australia

7 May 1998
Asia and the European Union
Mr Laurens Jan Brinkhorst, Member of the European Parliament

8 May 1997
The European Agenda
Mr Erkki Liikanen, European Commissioner for Financial Programming & the Budget, Personnel & Administration

1996
Inaugural Schuman Lecture
Lord Leon Brittan, Vice President of the European Commission

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