EU Center Newsletter Winter 2012


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Newsletter of the European Union Center of Excellence
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Welcome to the Seventh Semiannual Newsletter of the European Union Center of Excellence at the University of California, Berkeley

This fall, we were pleased to launch our second three-year grant cycle supported by a new award of €300,000 from the European Commission. The grant will enable the Center to continue promoting a deeper understanding of the European Union on the UC Berkeley campus through support for faculty conferences, workshops, and publications; faculty and student research fellowships; curriculum grants; expert lectures; and EU dignitary visits. We will also continue working to raise the level of dialogue and discourse on transatlantic relations throughout the State of California with outreach to the educator, business, and policy-making communities. 

This issue includes:

  • An essay on the EU and global health, equity, and justice by visiting scholar Juan Garay
  • An issue brief developed from the Center-funded Spring 2011 conference, Cutting off the Flow: Extraterritorial Controls to Prevent Migration in Europe and the US
  • Faculty research and curriculum development grants awarded in 2011
  • Highlights from our Fall 2011 public programs
  • Upcoming Spring 2012 events

As always, we invite you to visit our website for the latest up-to-date information about EU Center activities and research, extended reports on individual events, and funding opportunities. If you have additional questions, please feel free to contact the EU Center directly by e-mail at or by phone at (510) 643-4558. We look forward to seeing you at our upcoming events!



Global health (GH) = GH equity = GH Justice = Global Social Justice: The Opportunities of Joining EU and US Forces
Dr. Juan Garay 
Dr. Juan Garay has coordinated the health and development team at the European Union for the past five years. He has also worked as a medical and health officer for public service and health projects in Europe, Africa, and Latin America; and as an analyst and researcher in international institutions and the World Health Assembly. Dr. Garay is currently a visiting scholar at UC Berkeley's Institutions and Governance Program, where he is developing research on unmet global health challenges and comparative analysis of EU and US policies in global health. We are pleased to include his essay in this issue. Click here to read it. 

Cutting off the Flow: Extraterritorial Controls to Prevent Migration
Eleanor Taylor Nicholson
On April 12th, 2011, the Center sponsored a conference titled Cutting off the Flow: Extraterritorial Contols to Prevent Migration in Europe and the US, organized by the Chief Justice Earl Warren Institute on Race, Ethnicity, and Diversity at UC Berkeley. The third in a series of conferences designed to compare various aspects of immigration policy in Europe and the US, this event focused on the external controls instituted by US and European governments to stop migrants from arriving at their borders, measures that are frequently carried out in areas of uncertain legality. Subsequent to the conference, Eleanor Taylor Nicholson, independent consultant on human rights and migration, drafted a background paper that provides information on the framing of extraterritoriality, analyzes and compares the extraterritorial controls implemented by the EU, individual European countries, and the US, raises human rights concerns about the controls, and offers recommendations for reform. To read the brief click here.

EU Center Grants for Faculty and Students
The Center has awarded three research grants to UC faculty for scholarly projects devoted to the EU, and one curriculum development grant for the creation of course material that will mainstream the EU in disciplines, which typically have not included EU Studies. To read more about the new projects and curriculum click here
Please also not our upcoming deadline for Predissertation and Dissertation Grants, and a new award for undergraduate students writing or planning to write a senior thesis on the European Union. For submission guidelines click here

Fall 2011 Program Highlights

Romani Conference Participants Copyright 2011 E. Kotila

Our public programs in Fall 2011 attracted diverse audiences and sparked lively discussions on topics ranging from the crisis of the eurozone to the plight of the Roma in various EU member states. Highlights included the Inaugural Conference on Romani Studies (click here for video recordings of this event) two lectures by Judge Thomas von Danwitz of the European Court of Justice, an update on the crisis of the Euro by UC Berkeley Professor of Economics and Political Science Barry Eichengreen, and an EU Presidency Speaker lecture by Consul General of the Republic of Poland, Joanna 
Kozinska. For a complete list of our fall events click here

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