Centre for European Studies - Events
The ANU Centre for European Studies and the Embassy of the Kingdom of Belgium hosted a symposium on Advocacy and Public Policy on Thursday 3 March. The keynote speaker, Senator the Hon Mathias Cormann, Minister for Finance, was welcomed and introduced by H.E. Jean-Luc Bodson, Ambassador of Belgium and Vice Chancellor Professor Brian P. Schmidt. Lively discussion followed the presentations and two panel discussions. The event was well attended by... Read more
Eldad Beck is the Berlin-based correspondent of the Israeli daily “Yedioth Ahronoth.” He has been covering Germany, Central Europe and the EU since 2002. He is one of the rare Israeli journalists who reported from countries such as Iran, Syria, Iraq, Lebanon and Afghanistan about major events in the Middle East. Born in 1965 in Haifa, Eldad studied Arabic and Islamic studies at the Sorbonne university in Paris. He was Middle East affairs... Read more
Equality and Convergence in the Nordic Societies in the Long Run: Europe and Other Comparative Mirrors
In this paper we analyze Nordic longrun economic performance and wages by focusing on convergence (or divergence) over time among the Nordic countries and whether they converged toward the economic leaders, such as Europe, UK and USA, in particular time periods. Our first comparative mirror was the development of real GDP per capita from the early 19th century to 2010 – it seems that there was a catch-up process in play both among the Nordic... Read more
Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions (MSCA) support structured training, mobility and career development for researchers in Europe. They aim to ensure the optimum development and dynamic use of Europe’s intellectual capital in order to generate new skills and innovation. The actions date back to 1990 (Framework Programme 3 – FP3), used the Marie Curie label from 1996 (FP4) until 2013 (FP7) and since 2014 (Horizon 2020) used the MSCA label. By... Read more
Emma Nicholson was born in Oxfordshire and brought up on a small family farm. Her father was a Member of Parliament and like her mother came from a long line of politicians, farmers and businessmen. Emma entered the House of Commons in 1987 for a large, West Country farming constituency. She took her seat in the House of Lords in 1997, and she continued to serve as a working peer after her 1999 election to the European Parliament. In 2009 she... Read more
The French-Australian water and land management initiative was developed in collaboration with the French Embassy in Australia in 2010, following on from substantial existing collaboration in the sector. The first fora of the initiative were held in Montpellier in 2011 and Canberra in 2013, attended by French and Australian researchers, government officials, industry representatives and community water and land management leaders. These... Read more
The Right to Vote and Restrictions on Eligibility: a Critical Assessment of the Jurisprudence of the European Court of Human Rights.
The talk considers the jurisprudence of the European Court of Human Rights on voting eligibility and the interpretation of Article 3 of the Protocol I of the ECHR (A3P1). This jurisprudence has not clearly distinguished between the desirable level of scrutiny, on one hand, for questions relating to the choice of electoral systems and, on the other, for questions relating to voting eligibility. It is contended that, even if Contracting States... Read more
The Great Tradition of Texts: How to Break the Mould?A Study of English Education in Australia & England.
How are English texts selected to teach students from culturally diverse backgrounds in Australia and England? The English curricula in both countries aim for students to read and interpret meanings through texts, while learning about their culture, and that of cultural others. However, the current list of prescribed texts in both curricula are dated and are not frequently changed, nor are new culturally diverse and contemporary texts easily... Read more
Does the principle of the best interests of the child really matter in migration? A European perspective.
Among the challenges that Europe has been facing in dealing with migration flows, the compliance with international human rights obligations when a child is involved remains problematic. While the European Union has been successful in including the protection of the rights of the child in its Treaties, the European Court of Justice and the European Court of Human Rights have both fostered the effective protection of these rights. More... Read more
Comparative Legal Approach to Work-Life Reconciliation: Raising pigs and children in the European Union and New Zealand
Rising female employment rates, fluid family formation and falling fertility rates are amongst factors contributing to family-work confl icts. In the quest for work and family reconciliation, many contemporary societies continue to face a plethora of challenges and what Crompton (2006) referred to as ‘the tensions between the demands of capitalist employment and the requirement for care’ are yet to be resolved. Work-family reconciliation is a... Read more