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Event to bring top EU figures to Cork

Tuesday, August 26 15:05:10

UCC will bring some of the top thinkers on Europe to Cork next month for a conference that will be one of the largest gatherings of European Studies specialists in the world this year.

University College Cork's Department of Government will host the 44th UACES (University Association for Contemporary European Studies) Annual Conference from 1-3 September.

The event takes place at a time when the EU faces an unprecedented mix of economic, political, and foreign policy challenges.

Leading academics from the worlds of politics, political science and law will address recent European and global events and assess their implications for the EU and the European integration project. With 470 delegates from 39 countries registered to attend, it is estimated to be worth 700,000 to the local economy.

Current events in the UK, including the Scottish independence referendum and the possibility of a UK-EU in-out referendum will be addressed by speakers.

The wider implications for the EU of national referendums and constitutional change generally, particularly in the UK but also in Spain and other member states will be considered by Professor Brigid Laffan (EUI), Professor Imelda Maher (UCD), Professor Charlie Jeffery (University of Edinburgh) and Professor Eduardo Ruiz Vieytez (University of Deusto).

The outcome and impact of the May 2014 EP elections and the appointment of key European Commission and European Council officials will be considered by elections specialist Professor Michael Marsh (TCD); author of Why Europe Matters, Professor John McCormick (Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis) and former President of the European Parliament, Pat Cox.

Minister for European Affairs, Dara Murphy, will address delegates on Tuesday 2 September and will also be present when renowned Irish academic, Professor Brigid Laffan, is presented with a Lifetime Achievement Award by the UACES Association in recognition of her outstanding record of academic achievement, professional service and public engagement.

The delegates will deliver and disseminate over 400 research papers addressing a broad range of issues related to the EU and European integration. Dr Mary C. Murphy, Lecturer in UCC's Dept. of Government who is co-ordinating the conference, said, "The on-going global economic crisis, conflict on Europe's borders, the UK's wavering relationship with the EU and calls for independence in Scotland (and elsewhere) pose profound questions for the future of the European project. The UACES 2014 Annual Conference brings leading figures from the worlds of politics, political science and law to Cork to examine these developments and to assess their implications for the EU and its citizens".

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