International and European Law
The research in the field of international law focusses mainly on four different fields. The law of the sea, the law of international organizations, regional international law in Africa and East-European legal systems. With respect to the law of the sea the main areas covered are marine pollution, fisheries, Belgian state practice, the Baltic Sea region and maritime delimitation. As far as international organizations are concerned, the research of the Centre pays particular attention to the United Nations in general and the blue helmets in particular. Concerning Africa, two interdisciplinary projects center around the nation of failed states in Africa and networks of governance therein. Also land and maritime boundaries in that region receive special attention. Finally, in the area of East- European legal systems, different research projects have been set up with central European states as well as Russia. The research in the field of European law focuses on different aspects of constitutional/institutional and substantive law. European constitutional/institutional law: Treaty establishing a Constitution for Europe, institutional framework of the European Union, institutional aspects of the external relations of the European Community, judicial protection, enhanced cooperation and administrative law. European substantive law: competition rules applicable to undertakings, competition rules on State aid, different aspects of the Internal Market. The following research projects are conducted at present: - The Changing Role of the European Council in the Institutional Framework of the European Union; - The European Community as a Collective Member of the World Tade Organisation.