EU Decision Making and Negotiation Techniques

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Four of our students who took the course EU Decision Making and Negotiation Techniques in Quad 4 have, for their final assignment, written prominent academic papers which are now published on EU Affairs. This course aims to deepen the students' understanding of the way the European Union works, especially when it comes to multilateral negotiation techniques and the present functioning of the EU.

The EUC students with published papers:

Joris Pijpers: "Will companies finally take responsibility? Assessing the European Due Diligence legislation proposal"

Maurits van Halderen: "The allocation of fishing opportunities between the UK and the EU post-Brexit: learning from the Norwegian model" 

Stephanie Govaerts: "The EU’s exclusive competence of common commercial policy: a case study of the free trade agreement CETA" and

Ole van Vredendaal:  "Analysing the role of the EU as a legislator of international trade and assessing the nature and effectivity of EU sanctions in relation to the EU’s exclusive trade competences"

You can find and read the papers on the EU Affairs website here.

About the course

The course explores the present and future of the European Union. More specifically, the decision making processes in the European Union and negotiating techniques involved. Through interactive lectures and plenary sessions, students enhance their negotiation skills. For the students to further understand how the actors in the Union work, the students make use of two study trips - to the Port of Rotterdam and to an active lobby organisation in Brussels.

The two course coordinators are Phyllis Livaha, LLM, a senior lecturer in political science and law, and Rob Boudewijn, a training director at the research institute EU Affairs.