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Past NCRE Roundtable Seminars

2013 Semester One Seminars



22 February 2013

Kirkwood Village KA04

Programmed Europeans. Citizenship and culture in EU-documents

The presentation focuses on the construction of Union citizenship in the documents concerning EU-programmes on citizenship and culture. The analysis concentrates on three dimensions of citizenship: participation, rights and identity. These dimensions are analysed from the perspectives of culture, power and territory.

Dr Katja Maekinen
University of Jyväskylä, Finland
currently a Visiting Researcher in the Europe Institute at the University of Auckland

Katja Mäkinen (Department of social sciences and philosophy, University of Jyväskylä, Finland) has a PhD in social sciences (political science) and an MA in humanities (art education). Her PhD thesis is about constructing Union citizenship in the EU documents on citizenship and culture. In the thesis, participation, rights and identity are analyzed from the perspectives of culture, power and territory. She has worked as a junior lecturer of political science and as a senior lecturer of cultural policy in a multidisciplinary, international masters’ programme Nordic Arts and Culture Studies. Her research interests include participants’ experiences of place and power in cultural projects.


25 February 2013

11.00am to 12.30pm

Kirkwood Village tbc

Roundtable Seminar with NCRE Postgraduate Thesis Students presenting on their research

Guest will be Dr Pietro De Matteis, Programme Manager - EU Policies from the European Commission in Brusseles


01 March 2013

Kirkwood Village KA04

The EU’s Trade Agreement in Asia Pacific: An Update
The talk briefly outlines the EU’s trade strategy in the region, the problems it is encountering in negotiations and the implications of these. Some brief commentary on lessons the EU could learn from NZ’s own strategies and engagement in trade agreements will also be offered.

The short talk will be followed by Q&A and discussion.

Dr Maria Garcia
Marie Curie Fellow at the NCRE, University of Canterbury

Maria Garcia is a Marie Curie IOF Fellow at the National Centre for Research on Europe, University of Canterbury, New Zealand.  She is working on free trade agreements in the Asia Pacific region, specifically the European Union’s trade policy towards the region, and how it is influenced by the role of other major economic actors competing for markets, and for regulatory diffusion. She previously lectured European Politics at Birkbeck College in London and the University of Nottingham.


08 March 2013

Kirkwood Village KA04

Normative Europeanization of Swedish foreign policy

The presentation departs from the concept Normative Europeanization, a concept developed from a synthesis of Normative Power Europe (NPE) and Europeanization. Instead of the strict focus on external relations of the European Union (NPE) or changes in policy structures (Europanization), Normative Europeanization emphasize the normative internal relations within the EU and is defined as "a top-down process based on the logic of appropriateness, where states with a close relationship to the EU, i.e. candidate and member states, develop a commitment to a European centre and their normative point of departure is changed". Sweden will be discussed as a least likely case of Normative Europeanization, given its' character as a reluctant European, as well as an important example of Scandinavian exceptionalism in terms of internationalism.

The presentation will be structured around the following article together with a forthcoming chapter in the Oxford Handbook on Swedish Politics (OUP, 2014):

Dr Douglas Brommesson
Assistant professor, Department of political science, Lund University

Douglas Brommesson's research interests include foreign policy analysis, ethics in international politics (especially just war and R2P), religion and politics and party politics. He is currently working on two projects that in different ways deal with mediatization of foreign policy. He is also working on a third project on religion and politics in a post secular society and a fourth project on new medievalism.

Douglas will also do another presentation at UC on 27 February 4-5 pm. The paper will be presented at the research seminar of the Media & Communication Department. You are welcome to join. The title of the paper is: Mediatization of Foreign Policy - a comparison of British, Swedish and Finnish foreign policy statements


15 March 2013

Kirkwood Village KA04

How does Asia view the EU? Security in an Interpolar World
Effective multilateralism has always been a goal the EU has pursued by promoting its norms and paradigms in international relations. Now Asia is gaining significant power as the world becomes more interdependent and multipolar – an interpolar world. Does this mean the EU’s approach has worked with China and India, two emerging key players? Have these and other Asian countries adopted the EU’s norms, adapted them – or possibly even rejected them? And why? And what role do perceptions play in the diffusion of EU norms?

Dr. May-Britt U. Stumbaum
Head, NFG Research Group "Asian Perceptions of the EU", Freie Universität Berlin
currently an Erasmus Mundus Visiting Fellow at the NCRE

As this lecture also marks the end of her stay at the NCRE, she would be happy to continue the discussion afterwards by drinks and snacks provided after the seminar.

May-Britt U. Stumbaum heads the NFG Research Group. She has worked both in policy research and academia, and has held positions at Harvard, SIPRI, DGAP, as well as other institutions in Europe, China and the USA. May-Britt has published widely on security policy and EU-Asia relations. For further information and publications, please take a look at

For more information on and publications of the NFG's work, please take a look at or the attached flyer.

Special Seminar:


20 March 2013

Kirkwood Village KA04

03.00pm to 04.00pm

Reception of EU trade mark norms in New Zealand

During the Uruguay round of the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade, it was proposed to introduce an anti-counterfeiting code (to address trade in counterfeit goods, rather than money). This project metamorphosed into an agreement on Trade Related aspects of Intellectual Property Rights (TRIPS), annexed to the agreement creating the World Trade Organisation. TRIPS’ trade mark provisions were largely derived from concurrent EU legislation. Many provisions of New Zealand’s TRIPS-compliant Trade Marks Act 2002 thus reflect their EU equivalents. This paper traces the importation of these EU legal norms into New Zealand. It examines some current problems of EU trade mark law and investigates the extent to which they have been avoided in New Zealand.

Professor Alison Firth
UC Erskine Fellow in the Department of Accounting and Information Systems

Alison Firth is emeritus professor in law at the University of Surrey, UK, and visiting professor at Newcastle Law School and Queen Mary, University of London (Centre for Commercial Law Studies). Her research interests lie mainly in the fields of intellectual property and competition law, with teaching interests extending into contract law and commercial law more generally. She is a member of the English bar and has lectured in Australia, Canada, China, Germany, Malaysia, the Netherlands, Russia and Singapore.


22 March 2013

Kirkwood Village KA04

Reform of the EU Wine sector in 2007-2008 and negotiating process in France and Czech Republic -  Was there a case of Multilevel-governance?
Tereza’s PhD research area is the Common Agricultural Policy of the EU and her PhD thesis topic is Reform of the EU Wine sector and negotiating of French and Czech position towards this reform. In her thesis she tries to verify the operation of mechanisms proposed by concepts of Multilevel governance and Europeanizations in practice on this particular process of negotiations. She conducted many interviews in France and the Czech Republic. In her research she focused only on non-governmental interest groups and their acting in this process. Her main research question she was adressing is: Do interest groups within the chosen Member States engage with the EU Policy process in a way which conforms to the predictions and expectations of Multilevel governance concept?

Ing.Tereza Svacinova
PhD candidate, Charles University, Prague
Erasmus Mundus Exchange Student, NCRE, University of Canterbury

Tereza Svacinova is currently Erasmus Mundus PhD student at NCRE, her home university is Charles University in Prague, Czech Republic. She taught courses about EU agricultural policy and rural development in Faculty of Social Sciences. For the past years, she has been cooperating with the Institute of European Policy EUROPEUM, which is the think-tank that undertakes programme, project, publishing and training activities related to the European integration process.

Special Seminar:


27 March 2013

Kirkwood Village KA04

3.00pm to 5.00pm
followed by a reception (RSVP required)

Jean Monnet Chair Public Event:

Energy and the Multipolar World: Views from Brazil, Russia, India, China, South Africa and Europe

In an increasingly multipolar world there is a growing demand for energy and questions of external energy governance are a high-priority issue for global powers. Severe strategic constraints challenge the securitisation of energy policies. Does the European Union manage to harness the potential for cooperation with newly Emerging Powers – Brazil, India, China, South Africa (BRICS), and the possibilities for multipolar energy relations? Or does it leave itself exposed to strategic and ecological risks, bearing in mind the future impacts of climate change and resource scarcity?

The workshop “Energy and the Multipolar World: Views from Brazil, Russia, India, China, South Africa and Europe” will attempt to answer these questions by looking into mutual perceptions of energy governance existing between the Emerging Powers of BRICS and the European Union and its ‘Big 3’ – Germany, France and the UK.

Please RSVP for catering purposes until Friday, 22 March 2013 to


29 March 2013

Good Friday - Public Holiday and beginning of Term break (until 21 April 2013)

19 April 2013

Kirkwood Village KA04

No Roundtable Seminar as Term break



26 April 2013

No Roundtable Seminar as beginn of EUCN Weekend School

03 May 2013

Kirkwood Village KA04

An evaluation of the EEAS over the last two year and the challenges it has faced
This presentation will address a number of issues including but not limited to the manner in which the EEAS developed and how it functions within the EU institutional framework. As such we will investigate its relationship with the Commission, Council EP and MS and the Rotating presidency. The challenges it has faced, how it can overcome these and what challenges will it continue to face.
Its aim is to provoke discussion across a wide range of topics, interests and evoke debate on what sort of EEAS will as citizens and interest group wish to create and to challenge some assumptions made regarding the EU institutions.

Shane Murphy
NCRE Intern and graduate of the University College Cork, Ireland

Shane Murphy 23 year old graduate from University College Cork with a BA(Honours) in Political Science and History. My degree focused on International relations, comparative European politics, Eastern European history and Middle Eastern history. During 2011-12 I work as the Deputy President and Campaigns officer of UCC Students’ Union that represented 19,000 students from over 100 countries. Through this I was chosen to chair and sit on a number of University committees including UCC’s Governing Authority, during which I worked on the student experience, quality promotion, student safety and reforming third-level funding. 
I also sat on a number of regional and national committees regarding the EU including, Ireland for Europe, Yes to Europe and Generation Yes focusing on youth outreach and recruitment.

Special Event:


08 May 2013

11am to 1pm

Kirkwood Village KA04

DAAD scholarship information sessions for PG and staff
The German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) is the largest scholarship provider in the world; it supports academic exchange between New Zealand and Germany through different funding schemes for postgraduate, PhD and Postdoctoral students as well as staff from all academic disciplines. There are no German language requirements to apply for these study and research grants.

The DAAD representative for New Zealand, Dr. Yannick Müllender (University of Auckland), will be visiting the University of Canterbury on Wednesday, 8 May 2013 in order to present these funding programmes. If you cannot make it to this session, but want to learn more about DAAD scholarship programmes, do not hesitate to contact him by email ( or consult the DAAD website:  


10 May 2013

Kirkwood Village KA04

tbc - please contact if you would like present

17 May 2013

No Roundtable Seminar as EUSA AP Conference in Macau
Special Seminar


21 May 2013

2.00pm to 3.00pm

Kirkwood Village KD04

A lecture delivered by Diego Marani, author of New Finnish Grammar and The Last of the Vostyachs

Diego Marani was born in Ferrara, Italy, in 1959. He has worked as a translator at the Council of Ministers of the European Union and as a policy office for the European Commission and has written several novels, collections of essays and short stories. Marani's earlier novel, New Finnish Grammar, was shortlisted for the Independent Foreign Fiction Award and the Best Translated Book Award. The Last of the Vostyachs is Diego's second novel to appear in English and will be published by Text in May.

Diego will also present at the Auckland Writers and Readers Festival from 15-19 May. Go to

For some info go to Diego Marani Wikipedia


24 May 2013

Kirkwood Village KA04

The European Space Agency and the EU, a seminar presented by Jean-Francois Kaufeler from the European Spase Agency (ESA)

Jean-Francois Kaufeler is going to speak about how ESA (European Space Agency) as an organisation operates, and how it interacts with the EU; he will also talk about the space operations he has been involved with. Jean-Francois Kaufeler is a French ESA representative who has worked in ESOC (the operations centre in Damstadt) for many years. He is visiting NZ to address the Royal Astronomical Society of NZ conference and give talks to Southland schools under the NZ Government-European Space Agency Arrangement, to speak about all aspects of space operations. 

Jean-François Kaufeler, born in 1946, is graduated engineer from L'Ecole Supérieure d'Electricité (Paris) in 1969. His specialisation was Information Technology, and has started his career in Honeywell Bull in the field of operational research. He joined in 1974 the European Space Agency (ESA) at its Operations Centre (ESOC) in Darmstadt. His main areas of activity and competence are in the field of ground systems for space missions (e.g. mission control systems, ground station antennas, flight dynamics systems, simulation systems, operations concepts, space systems end-to-end). His latest responsibilities in ESA were Head of the Ground Segment Engineering Department, Head of Establishment of the ESA Operations Center and acting Director for Operation and Infrastructure. He retired since mid-2012.


31 May 2013

Kirkwood Village KA04
(last Seminar for S1)

Are you telling me what to wear in public?
Islamic women in France and the burka.

Geoffrey Leane
Senior Lecturer in Law at the University of Canterbury

In 2010 the French government passed a law banning the wearing of full body burkas (which leave only the eyes visible) by Muslim women in public places. The ban raises important questions about the protection of individual rights and freedoms in liberal democracies, including in particular the holding and expression of religious belief by minority cultures. Proponents of the ban have tried to justify it in various ways such as liberating the women, upholding important French cultural values such as laïcité, and maintaining majoritarian values which include a certain sociability among citizens. In English-speaking liberal democracies, however, the ban has typically been criticized as an extraordinary and unnecessary constraint on personal freedom. Why this marked difference of approach to seemingly similar values in regard to individual rights and freedoms?

This talk based on an article published in the Human Rights Quarterly.

Geoffrey Leane has law degrees from the University of British Columbia and the Harvard Law School. He taught in Australia, Canada and New Zealand (and soon in France). His subject matter areas are in Jurisprudence (Legal Theory), Indigenous Peoples Law, International Environmental Law and Civil Liberties.

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