“Let’s make the Arctic the best place in the world”: Scientific diplomacy in the Arctic and the absent EU

By Morgane Fert-Malka

On september 12 to 16, Saint Petersburg University hosted an international congress gathering 500 of the world’s top Arctic scholars, experts and stakeholders. The week long event, which WeBuildEurope.eu attended, illustrated how scientific and economic cooperation resists and counteracts talks of geopolitical tension. The EU was absent from this event, showing that it has not yet recognised the active role it can play in scientific diplomacy in the Arctic.

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Legislating the blind spot: The EU seal regime and the Newfoundland seal hunt

By Nikolas Sellheim Considering the role of the EU in Arctic governance requires to look at EU legitimacy in claiming Arctic actorship. Legitimacy is not only a question of geography – several EU members are indeed Arctic States and several more have an observer status in the Arctic Council. Legitimacy is also a question of knowlegde: do lawmakers in Brussels have a sufficient understanding of Arctic issues to justify their participation in Arctic governance? In his PhD dissertation for the University of Lapland, Finland, Nikolas Sellheim studied the case of EU seal hunting restrictions. He shows how Brussels legislated on a largely uninformed …

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Weekly WBE Monitor #1

Open source intelligence is essential for situational awareness prior any good policy recommendation. Each week, our Intelligence Officer Dina Arakji compiles the most important news and analyses about the themes that matter for the European Union. The Weekly WBE Monitor matches the focus areas of our research projects, and helps our readers keep track of their actuality.

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Preventing a “gouvernement des juges” in Europe

By Arnaud Borremans Good governance starts with institutional design. Arnaud Borremans thinks judicial activism in the European Court of Justice and the European Court of Human Rights could feed an anti-EU narrative and undermine the perceived legitimacy of European1 governance. He offers some proposals to correct the course. European judges are sometimes accused of excessive judicial activism. They would interpret the law beyond the simple control of legality, thereby practicing some kind of indirect lawmaking through jurisprudence without democratic legitimacy. To counter this risk, a system of check on European judicial bodies could be implemented, but EU governance in general …

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