Seminar Archive 2011 Semester 1 & 2 - NCRE - University of Canterbury - New Zealand

Details of Past Seminars

2012 Semester One


08 February 2012

start 10.15am

Kirkwood Village KA04

The year starts with a special Roundtable Seminar with H.E. David Daly, Head of the EU Delegation to Australia & New Zealand and H.E. Susanne Shine, Ambassador of Denmark to Australia & New Zealand.

David Daly will be speaking on the developments of the New Zealand-EU relationship from the perspective of his work as Head of the EU Delegation to New Zealand in light of the crisis currently enveloping in the EU.

Susanne Shine will be speaking on Denmark’s term as the current President of the ‘Council of the European Union’ which runs until the end of June 2012. Additionally, Susanne will draw on her experience as Ambassador to New Zealand, Australia and Fiji.
Please also see the flyer.

10.15am to 10.30am Coffee & Tea
10.30am to 11.45am Roundtable Seminar with Q&A


17 February 2012

Showcasing Research, Summer Studentship and Internships at the NCRE

This Seminar will be presented by Sofia Cardoso Alves (MA, Portugal), Manuel Liesenfeld (MA candidate, Germany) and Shivani Makwana (MBM Candidate UC). Our international team will present findings from their research at the NCRE.
After the Seminar we invite you to stay for a cup of coffee and some biscuits in KD01.


23 February 2012

start 10.30am

Special Roundtable Seminar presented by the Chargé d'Affaires of the EU Delegation to New Zealand and Wellington, Mr Michalis Rokas.

Mr Rokas will draw from his experience as Acting Head of the Division for China, Hong Kong, Macao, Taiwan and Mongolia at the European External Action Service and will speak about "EU-East Asia relations: changes and consistencies".

10.30am to 11.00am Morning Tea, Kirkwood Village KD01
11.00am to 12.00pm Roundtable Seminar with Q&A, Kirkwood Village KA04


02 March 2012

3pm to 4pm

Kirkwood Village KA04

'"The Outraged": how and why young people are reshaping democracy in the European Union'

2011 was the year that (mostly) young people rose up and overthrew their leaders in much of North Africa and the Middle East (the so-called 'Arab Spring'). Youth activism also became major feature of European politics: from the demonstrations against youth unemployment of the ‘indignados’ (‘the outraged’) in Spain and many other countries to the Occupy movement that spread across Europe from the United States. The political and social exclusion of young people in European democracies also spilled over into violence, as with the rioting and looting that shook England last August. A number of authors have written of a ‘democratic deficit’ in the European Union. Although most attribute this deficit to the EU itself, it is in fact national democracies that are in trouble, where young people (in particular) have become increasingly detached from conventional politics and the state. Using data from the European Social Survey and the European Values Study, this paper will look at the changing nature of youth, citizenship and politics across the European Union.
Dr James Sloam
Senior Lecturer in Politics
Co-Director, Centre for European Politics
Royal Holloway, University of London


16 March 2012

3pm to 4pm

Kirkwood Village KA04

The European Union and the Financial Crisis

This seminar considers the way in which EU institutions responded (or failed to respond) to the banking crisis of 2008, the new EU regulatory and supervisory architecture that emerged from the banking crisis and how EU law is shaping and being shaped by the current crisis of confidence in the Eurozone.

Prof Joanna Gray
Visiting Erskine Fellow
Professor of Financial Regulation, Newcastle Law School, Newcastle University, Newcastle upon Tyne, UK


23 March 2012

3pm to 4pm

Kirkwood Village KA04

New Zealand and the European Commission: the odd men in the Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM)

The ASEM process first started in March 1996, as a head of state and government summit which brought together twenty-six partners from East Asia and the European Union. The other twenty-five partners are all nation-state and the European Commission was the only non-state member. While the EC perceives itself a crucial part of ASEM, its unique identity and role in the process will be explored in this presentation.

Besides, in 2010, New Zealand alongside with Australia and Russia have finally joined the ASEM process. The three states have applied for membership since the process inaugurated. The main reason was the discord about whether to put them into the Asian side or the European side. A more flexible solution was reached in 2010 to admit New Zealand, Australia and Russia to the process as Temporary Third Category".  Their presence of these new "odd men" in the ASEM will be examined, especially the New Zealand case.

Suet-Yi Lai
PhD Candidate, European Union Studies
University of Canterbury, New Zealand
Cher was born, brought up and educated in Hong Kong up to Bachelor level (European Studies-French Stream in Hong Kong Baptist University 2006). Her honours paper was on “The role of France in the Treaty of European Constitution”. In 2004, she went to France as an exchange student at the Institute d’etude Politique de Lille for one year. In 2008, she moved to New Zealand and began her PhD research on EU-Asia relations, under the supervisor of Prof. Martin Holland, Dr. Natalia Chaban and Dr. Kenneth Chan. Her PhD studies focus on the Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM), regionalism and inter-regionalism in the EU-Asia relations. The PhD research will be finished in early 2012.
On the final undergraduate year, she joined the research team of “EU in the eyes of Asia” and was responsible of the data collection and analysis of perception of the EU in Hong Kong. She has been part of the research team until present and published numerous research papers basing on the findings. She is also part of the team for the mirror project “Asia in the eyes of EU”.


26 March 2012

5.20pm to 7pm

Law 108

EUCN Europa Lecture 2012

The 2012 Europa Lecture entitled
History and future of Poland as an independent nation and member of the European Union
will be presented by the former President of Poland Aleksander Kwasnieski

Welcome address by Dr John Wood, Chancellor, University of Canterbury
Lecture begins at 5.20pm with Reception to follow.
For further information and to RSVP please email by Friday, 23rd March

The visit of the President Kwasnieski is sponsored by the New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade. The EUCN is funded by a grant from the European Commission.


30 March 2012

3pm to 4pm

Kirkwood Village KA04

Special Roundtable Seminar presented by
His Excellency Francis Etienne, Ambassador of France to New Zealand on The French and European Immigration Policy

The lecture will be followed by an afternoon tea in Kirkwood Village KD01. If you cannot attend this event in person and would like to follow it online, please send an email to


13 April 2012

10am to 1pm

Kirkwood Village KA04

Jean Monnet Chair Annual Seminar:

Communicating Europe in Times of Crisis

The programme will feature some of the key issues facing Europe and the EU in times of crises from economic, political and social perspectives. Presentations will highlight external (Asia-Pacific) visions and understandings of Europe's experiences of the euro debt crisis, as well as the EU's responses to the global crises (the earthquake in Christchurch and Japan in particular). Leading New Zealand and international scholars and experts will provide unique and up-to-date insights and commentary.

10:00-10:15am Introduction
10:15-10:45am Key Note Address: Crippled by Crises? The Eu in the Eyes of Asia Pacific Public
10:40-11:00am Q&A
11:00-11:15am Coffee break
11:15-11:30 New Zealand vs Australia: Views on Europe in Crises from Down Under
11:30-11:45am BRICS Images of the EU in Crisis: Media & Elite Views from China, India and Russia
11.45:-12:00pm EU Response to Global Crises: EU reactions to the Earthquakes in Christchurch and Japan
12:00-12:40pm Q&A
12:40-1:00pm Final Comments
1:00-2:00pm Lunch

Please see the flyer for a detailed programme and speakers.
If you would like to attend the Seminar please RSVP by March 21, 2012 to Natalia Chaban,


27 April 2012

3pm to 4pm

Kirkwood Village KA04

The Council of Europe and the Challenge of Integration management

The Council of Europe is not the European Council! Accordingly, in the first part of the presentation the audience will be introduced to the Council of Europe, Europe’s oldest and biggest intergovernmental organisation. Key institutional differences to the European Union as well as fields of cooperation will be outlined. The second part of the presentation is dedicated to a key issue of European political agendas and the question on how the Council of Europe and the European Union respond to it: Integration and Cultural Diversity management. After critically examining the four integration policies dominant in Europe, the presentation will outline latest trends and shifts in the political response to the challenge of (failed) integration. The legal and political framework will be discussed as well as the turn into action, introducing the audience to Europe’s integration management programmes.

Annasophia Heintze
Annasophia Heintze completed a B.A. in History, Social Sciences and Philosophy in Germany and Spain with summa cum laude. She completed her M.A. in History and Politics from the University of Leiden (the Netherlands), La Sorbonne (Paris, France) and the University of Oxford (UK) with cum laude. She loves to travel and is fluent in 5 languages.
Since 2009, Annasophia worked for the Council of Europe at the headquarter in Strasbourg. In her most recent position she worked for the Intercultural Cities programme, Europe's leading integration management programme and joint action of the Council of Europe and the European Union. During her work, the Intercultural Cities network expanded from 11 pilot cities to over 60 participating and affiliated cities in Europe and beyond. 
In January 2012 Annasophia moved to Christchurch, from where she works as an independent research consultant. Together with her partner she currently develops a novel methodology that evaluates Online Social Network data (such as public Facebook profiles) for social research and policy making. 


04 May 2012

time tba

Kirkwood Village KA04

MEP Roundtable Seminar

11 May 2012

Kirkwood Village

NCRE Open Day (tbc)

25 May 2012

3pm to 4pm

Kirkwood Village KA04

Showcasing Research - International Cooperation

01 June 2012

3pm to 4pm

Kirkwood Village KA04

Showcasing Research - International Cooperation

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