GovInn at EUIA

GovInn conference report: European Union in International Affairs 2016 (#EUIA16) – Brussels, Belgium

This year, the fifth biennial conference on the European Union in International Affairs, took place once again at the Royal Academy of Sciences in Brussels. Close to 400 members of the academic community gathered in the centre of the multi-facetted city from 11 to 13 May.
GovInn was well represented with a delegation comprising senior researchers Camilla Adelle, John Kotsopoulos and Frank Mattheis, as well as communication manager Gaia Manco. For the European Studies Association of Sub-Sahara Africa (ESA-SSA) the three researchers organised two panels on EU-Africa relations, which were well-attended both physically and virtually (with a strong social media presence). In addition, the researchers presented their individual research in panels ranging from climate change to interregionalism. The full programme can be found on the conference website.
The day prior to the conference Frank Mattheis also gave a seminar on Brazil in Africa at the Institute for European Studies of the Université libre de Bruxelles for the GEM PhD school. The three GovInn researchers took further advantage of their trip to Belgium to participate in a workshop at the University of Ghent in preparation of joint projects proposals and activities with Prof. Jan Orbie and his team.

GovInn at EUIA

GovInn at EUIA


Report by Frank Mattheis, attending the conference on behalf of the Centre for the Study of Governance Innovation at the University of Pretoria (South Africa), with support from the Institute for European Studies of the Université libre de Bruxelles.

‘Rethinking EU-Africa Relations’ Panels at EUIA 2016

ESA-SSA  convened two panels on ‘Rethinking EU-Africa Relations’ at the European Union in International Affairs Conference in Brussels 11-13 May 2016. Panelists and other members of ESA-SSA also met for dinner on 12 May.

 Rethinking EU-Africa Relations – Panel I: Security and Human Rights

 Chair: John Kotsopoulos (University of Pretoria)
Discussant: Toni Haastrup (University of Kent)

  • Transatlantic cooperation and the management of African violent conflicts, Gorm Rye Olsen (Institute of Society & Globalization,)
  • Bridging the gap between state and human security: where do the EU and African ambitions meet? Rossella Marangio (Sant’Anna School of Advanced Studies)
  • The European Strategy for Security and Development in the Sahel: A Comprehensive Approach for the EU foreign policy in Africa? Eliza Lopez Lucia (University of Birmingham)


Rethinking EU-Africa Relations – Panel II : Changing Global Order

 Chair: Gorm Rye Olsen (Roskilde University, Denmark)

Discussant: Johannes Muntschik (University of Mainz, Germany)

  • Africa-EU Partnership on Democratic Governance and Human Rights, Jack Mangala (Grand Valley State University Michigan)
  • The European Union and the African Union: A Strategic Partnership? Conrad Rein (European Commission, Belgium)
  • From Action Plans to Roadmaps: Back to the Future for the Joint Africa-EU Strategy? John Kotsopoulos (University of Pretoria, South Africa)



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Linking up Africa to European Union

In this article for The New Age political commentator and former SA diplomat Tom Wheeler report on his participation to the launch of ESA-SSA (European Studies Association of Sub-Saharan Africa), during GovInn Week 2015.

“It was pointed out that unlike Europe and America, where there are many university departments of African studies, there are few if any of such institutions for European Studies in Africa. The result is often that Europe is dealt in Africa in terms of political rhetoric”