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ANUCES Roundtable Summary: Russia and the Indo-Pacific

On Wednesday 1st August 2012 the Australian National University’s Centre for European Studies held an invitation-only Roundtable on trends in Russia and their implications for the Indo-Pacific region. The Roundtable aimed to support preparation for the September 2012 Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Summit in Vladivostok. It brought together prominent academic experts and senior public servants with strong relevant backgrounds to discuss...Read more

Asylum Policy in the EU: The Case for Deeper Integration

Over the last decade the locus of policy-making towards asylum seekers and refugees has shifted away from national governments and towards the EU as the Common European Asylum Policy has developed. Most of the focus has been on the harmonisation of policies relating to border control, the processing of asylum claims and reception standards for asylum seekers. But this still falls far short of a fully integrated EU-wide policy. This paper...Read more

The Ocean Currents of EU Financial Regulatory Reform: Irish Periscope, International Waters

The EU integrated single market vision, which has dominated the EU financial regulatory process, may be traced to the mid-60s. Of more recent time its rationale has centred upon economic growth, where the financial services industry is a prominent market vehicle. However, the global financial crisis and its ongoing aftermath, where Ireland suffered greatly, necessitated regulatory reform calls and actions. Under the G20 global umbrella the EU...Read more

France, the EU and the South Pacific

As the date approaches for one of France’s Pacific entities, New Caledonia, to vote on its status for the future, it is worth reflecting on one of the wider contributions that France’s sovereign presence has made to the South Pacific region, that of the presence of the EU. At a time of changing strategic balances in the South Pacific region and pressure on European budgets, this paper analyses the role of France in shaping the current engagement...Read more

New Patterns of European Migration: A Broad View from a Multidisciplinary Perspective

The paper offers a perspective on the evolution of migration processes in post-WWII Europe. The concept of “migration cycle” is introduced to provide theoretical underpinnings for the analysis of the often complex relationship between migration and the state. This relationship becomes particularly complex when former net emigration countries transform their (migration) “status” to that of net immigration. Accordingly, three groups of European...Read more

Author/Editor: Paweł Kaczmarczyk, Magdalena Lesińska, Marek Okólski
Publication Date: August 2012

Harmonising Private Law in the European Union: Past, Present and Future

The European Union (EU) has so far taken only hesitant steps towards the development of an autonomous, Europe-wide regime of private law. Initiatives have focused on equality/nondiscrimination and consumer protection, the latter manifested in Directives on (for example) the sale of consumer goods, unfair contract terms and product liability. The legal basis for such reforms is limited and frequently disputed. Yet private law remains a focus of...Read more

New Alliances: Australia and Europe in a G20 World

This briefing paper contains the text of the Robert Schuman lecture, given by Mr Alastair Walton on 23 May 2012 at the Australian National University. The annual 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 Robert Schuman. The 2012 lecture noted that in an increasingly globalised world,...Read more

France in the South Pacific: Countdown for New Caledonia − Review of Implementation of the Noumea Accord

This paper is a companion to an earlier ANUCES Briefing Paper, which noted the importance for regional stability of resolving New Caledonian decolonisation issues within the UN decolonisation framework, both for long-term acceptance of the French Pacific entities in the region, and for peace within the ‘arc of instability’ to Australia’s northeast. It argued that the litmus test for the future of the French entities in the Pacific would be the...Read more

Rupert Murdoch: An Investigation of Political Power

Too much has been written about Rupert Murdoch. David McNight’s book stands out from the rest in two ways. First, with a few exceptions (the financial structure of the Murdoch empire, the battle to take over The Wall Street Journal, the Leveson Inquiry), it offers coverage of Murdoch’s career as a media proprietor which is more comprehensive than that offered by most of its competitors. And second, as its subtitle suggests, it focuses on Murdoch...Read more

Raewyn Connell - Confronting Inequality: gender, knowledge and global change

On the international stage Raewyn Connell is Australia’s best-known social scientist. This collection of loosely linked essays tells us why. Connell combines fine-grained empirical research on class, gender and organisational life with acute political observations and persuasive theory-building. Review by Marian SawerRead more

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