Call for Papers : the EU and the Emerging Powers

The Center for European Studies of the Université catholique de Louvain, the Leuven Centre for Global Governance Studies of the University of Leuven,  the College of Europe, the Department of Political Sciences of Ghent University, the Department of Political Science of the University of Liège, the Institute  for European Studies of the Vrije Universiteit Brussel, the Institute for European Studies of the Université Libre de Bruxelles, the Institute for  European studies of the Facultés universitaires Saint Louis invite experts to contribute a paper which focuses on the relations between the European Union and emerging powers with regard to different issues in economic, security, environmental and energy as well as human rights policy. 

The papers will be presented at an International Conference that will take place at the European Parliament on 29 and 30 April 2013.

Deadline for Submission of Paper Proposals: 15 November 2012


Unprecedented and unpredictable events and developments since the start of the 21st century are forcing a radical revision of EU and emerging powers perspectives on global governance. The purpose of this conference will be to analyze how emerging powers influence the EU’s external policies and its global governance strategy across four key dimensions: economy and development; environment and energy; security; and human rights, democracy and rule of law.

Proposed Paper Topics

The following is a tentative list of subjects on which we solicit papers:

  • Economy and development: papers on global economic governance should cover the EU relations within a multi-polar world trading and financial system as well as the adaptation of EU development policies to this new context. They will cover issues such as trade and development policies in the EU and emerging powers, the role of the EU and emerging powers in the post-Doha WTO, the economic diplomacy of the EU vis-à-vis emerging powers, or the reform of international monetary and financial system seen by the EU and the various emerging powers.
  • Environment and energy: papers will examine global governance issues on energy and the environment. They will analyze the differences and similarities between the EU and the emerging powers in their approaches to and positions on current environmental and energy problems, challenges for European climate and environmental diplomacy, the changes provoked by emerging powers and their effect on EU energy and environment policies, as well as prospects for future global environmental governance in the context of changing power equilibria.
  • Security: papers will focus on global security, looking at how the rise of emerging powers affects the traditional European network of alliances (notably the transatlantic link), the strategies of the EU and largest EU Member States in the different regions of the world and at the global level.
  • Human rights, democracy and rule of law: papers will focus on the rule of law, democracy and human rights. Three core values that are regularly discussed in international fora. They will address the soft power capacity of the EU to influence global governance on these issues and how this influence might be challenged or supported by emerging powers. They will also compare the European definitions and understanding of the rule of law, democracy and human rights with those of emerging powers and consider the impact of diverging considerations on bilateral and multilateral dialogues.
Who can apply ?

Papers are solicited from experts from the academic world, the European institutions, ministries as well as policy-analysts from think tanks and researchers from public or private research institutes. PhD students are also eligible to apply.

Submission of proposals

Proposals for papers should not exceed 300 words.

Proposals should be registered on the conference website:

Deadline for proposal submissions: 15 November 2012.

The proposals will be reviewed and selected. Selection decisions will be made by 5 January 2013.

First full drafts of papers are to be delivered by 15 April 2013.

Papers are expected to be between 8000-10000 words including references, excluding annexes.


The authors will be invited to present their paper at a conference at the European Parliament, Brussels, Belgium on 29 and 30 April 2013.


Some of the papers will be selected and published in edited volumes.


Limited funding will be provided to researchers who come from universities that cannot ensure financial support to their researchers.

Conference organizers

Professor Dr. Jean-Christophe Defraigne, Professor of International Political Economy, Institute for European Studies of the Facultés universitaires Saint-Louis and Louvain School of Management.
Mr. Pierre Defraigne, Executive Director of the Madariaga-College of Europe Foundation, Brussels.
Professor Dr. Tom Delreux, Associate Professor of European Union Politics and Institutions, Center for European Studies, Université catholique de Louvain.
Professor Dr. Jing Men, InBev-Baillet-Latour Chair of European Union-China Relations, College of Europe, Bruges.
Professor Dr. Sebastian Oberthür, Academic Director of the Institute for European Studies, Vrije Universiteit Brussel.
Professor Dr. Jan Orbie, Senior Lecturer and Co-Director of the Centre for European Studies, Ghent University.
Professor Dr. Sebastian Santander, Professor of International Relations and Director of the Political Science and International Relations unit, University of Liège.
Professor Dr. Mario Telo, Professor of Political Science and Vice-President of the Institute for European Studies, Université Libre de Bruxelles.
Professor Dr. Jan Wouters, Jean Monnet Chair EU and Global Governance, Professor of International Law and Law of International Organizations, Director of Leuven Centre for Global Governance Studies and Director of Institute for International Law, University of Leuven.

International Advisory Board

Dr. Chris Alden (London School of Economics)
Prof. Balver Arora (Jawaharlal Nehru University)
Prof. Nina Bachkatov (ULG, ULB and UCL)
Prof. Olga Butorina (Moscow State Institute of International Relations)
Dr. Nicola Casarini (European Institute for Security Studies)
Prof. Paulo Roberto De Almeida (L’Instituto Rio Branco do Ministério das Relações Exteriores)
Prof. Alfa Oumar Diallo (Universidade Federal da Grande Dourados)
Prof. Lorenzo Fioramonti (University of Pretoria)
Prof. Martin Holland (University of Canterburry)
Prof. Donna Lee (University of Birmingham)
Prof. Antonio Carlos Lessa (Universidade de Brasilia)
Prof. Françoise Lemoine (CEPII)
Prof. Yuwen Li (Erasmus University)
Prof. Petros Mavroidis (University of Columbia)
Dr. Amrita Narlikar (University of Cambridge)
Prof. Tania Maria Pechir Gomes Manzur (Universidade de Brasilia)
Prof. Jean-Luc Racine (EHESS Paris, CNRS)
Prof. Antonio Ramalho da Rocha (Universidade de Brasilia)
Prof. Gulshan Sachdeva (Jawaharlal Nehru University)
Prof. Ummu Salma Bava (Jawaharlal Nehru University)
Prof. Jacques Sapir (EHESS Paris)
Prof. William Schabas (Middlesex University)
Prof. Jan-Aart Scholte (University of Warwick)
Prof. Patricia Thornton (University of Oxford)
Prof. Marianne Wiesebron (University of Leiden)
Prof. Rorden Wilkinson (University of Manchester)
Prof. Zha Daojiong (Peking University)
Prof. Zhu Feng (Peking University).

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