Topic: A difficult child in an unhappy family: Europe's foreign policy

Presenter: Professor Panos Koutrakos - City Law School, City University London

What kind of security actor has the European Union become? How has the financial crisis affected its international role? And to what extent do we lawyers overestimate the significance of legal rules and procedures in foreign policy-making? This paper will address these questions by focusing on the EU's Common Security and Defence Policy (twenty seven military operations and civilian missions). It will reflect on the gap between the high expectations raised by the entry into force of the Lisbon Treaty and the underwhelming practice so far.

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