They are finally here. Do enjoy.
They are finally here. Do enjoy.
On our first day in Brussels, I attended a seminar on EU foreign policy organised by European Voice, titled ‘European and international studies’. Our day had commenced with a visit to the European Parliament, followed by a lunch reception. A guest speaker at the reception had exclaimed ‘more Europe, not less Europe’. This was perhaps to be expected at the heart of a European Commission building. Yet such a note, one was inclined to feel somewhat unhopeful at the prospect of a seminar on a political discussion about the EU’s foreign affairs. However, the seminar proved valuable, interesting and surprisingly critical.
The seminar consisted of a panel discussion followed by a question and answers session. The intial issues were the EU and the “Arab Spring”, intervention in Libya and Turkey’s position for a membership of the EU. The three very engaged panelists gave comprehensive, and at times animated, contributions to the debate. I expect quite a few were especially surprised by the lively and passionate Prof Amelia Hadfield. During the Q&A session, I asked: ‘How significant or problematic is it that a superpower such as Russia seems to retain a right to flex its muscles (read=intervene militarily) when it sees fit’. To this, Prof Hadfield replied warmly with a dash of humour something in the like of: ‘It would be nice, if they could assert their national interest differently.’
The seminar and its debaters were overall inspiring, good-humoured and thoughtful, yet ‘matter-of-fact’. It was thought-provoking to see complex issues being dealt with in such an informed and passionate manner.
Of course, what made it all worth-while was personally greeting and shaking hands with the fiery Professor Hadfield, who simply introduced herself as ‘Amelia’.
‘Learn, learn and, once again, to learn!’ (V.I. Lenin)
A wide range of educational events was one of the main reasons for me to make decision on going to Brussels with ELSA. As it became apparent ELSA trip to Brussels was a good combination of educational events coupled with a nice cultural leisure. One of the major educational events that took place during the trip was EU studies fair, which took place on the 11th of February 2011. A wide range of universities all over across the European Union had a chance to be represented on the fair. As seemed to me incredible amount of visitors were attracted by leading universities from the UK, Switzerland and Belgium etc. Typical issue of the visitors was an opportunity to gain as much information as possible on the matter of Postgraduate study.
My personal opinion on the fair quality is rather positive as it was widely accessible and pretty much well organised. Furthermore, there was a chance to talk to one of the European Union Commissioners Androulla Vassilliou. As the mentioned official is a professional in educational sector rather specific and competent topics could be discussed with her.
And finally, being a part of ELSA is always fun, interesting and very useful for your successful career in law!
Maksym Ivanchenko and European Union Commissioner Androulla Vassilliou
EU Studies Fair plan has been posted on the European Voice website. Click here for details.
Hope you like it!
It’s time for the BRUSSELS AND PARIS TRIP!
The EU Studies Fair, hosted by the European Voice, will take place in Brussels on the 10-13/14th February.
The two day fair is a combination of academic talks, networking opportunities, tours, and a chance to learn more about further education/careers in Europe. It brings together students, universities, academic institutions, MEP’s and business professionals from around the world. The tours are of the European Parliament, European Commission and the United Nations/UNDP office.
We will be visiting the ELSA International house for cocktails one night, go sightseeing, have crazy nights out and spend cheeky a day or two in Paris!
This year’s seminars have not yet been confirmed, but last year they were focused on ‘Business and Law’ and ‘European and International Studies.’
We have found cheap flights/travel from Newcastle and accommodation in both cities- this is why we need to know who’s interested, to book our places asap!
The two days in Brussels and two days in Paris will roughly cost £200 excluding your spending money, we have yet to factor in how much we can subsidise the trip for as it is largely dependent on how many places we fill, but the price should only go DOWN 🙂
If you are interested in taking part in this AMAZING trip please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org by midday Friday 25th November.
Lots of ELSA love,
ELSA Newcastle 2011/12
European Law Students’ Association
I decided to take part in the Model United Nations event as it was an opportunity to learn more about some interesting global issues. I chose to act as a delegate for Israel as I was particularly keen to get involved in the debate about Palestinian statehood. The conflict between Israel and Palestine is one of the most pressing global issues with huge implications for the Middle East region. Given its significance I wanted to improve my understanding of the conflict.
The process itself was very enjoyable. First, I had to research the issue of Palestinian statehood including the historical background, why the Palestinians were pressing for statehood and, in particular, what Israel’s view of it was. Then I wrote a speech in which I argued that Israel’s main concern was security. Before allowing a Palestinian state on its border Israel wanted assurances that the state would pose no threat to the people of Israel.
At the event I worked in a group with other states involved with the issue to try and gather support for my opposition to a Palestinian state. Only the USA offered this support. The other countries put forward a resolution calling for a Palestinian state. In the debate they (Lebanon, Egypt, India and Iran) spoke in favour of the resolution leaving myself and the delegate from America 10 minutes to speak against. Following the debate there was a vote. Although I lost the vote I enjoyed the debate and responding to questions from the floor. It was an excellent experience.
The MUN was great. The issues discussed were thought provoking and allowed for great debate. The issues including Palestine and the war on drug cartels allowed delegates to get passionate about their views whilst representing their retrospective countries. Although not the most prepared speaker at the debate, the other delegates put me at ease. This was due to the MUN being organised, with a good balance of formalities and a friendly atmosphere. Overall I would definitely get involved with a MUN again, as well as other events organised by ELSA Newcastle.