MA EU External Relations – Exciting Scholarship Announcement

MA EU External Relations

We will be launching a brand new MA degree from September 2015, MA EU External Relations. This programme draws on the presence of the EU and other institutions in the proximity of the Brussels School of International Studies and builds on the tradition of inviting high-level diplomats to share their views with students. Key modules are taught by leading experts in the field from both the Brussels and Canterbury campuses of the University of Kent.

Modules offered:

  • European Foreign and Security Policy
  • EU International Relations Law
  • EU Politics and Governance
  • Europe and Global Change
  • Foreign Policy Analysis
  • International Relations Theory

 To celebrate the launch of this new degree programme, we will be offering one full scholarship (worth €16,500 and equivalent to a 100% fee waiver) to one successful recipient.

To apply for the scholarship, you should apply for the MA EU External Relations programme online before the 24th April and state in the “Reasons for Study” section on the application your interest in the scholarship.

Applications should be made online, here:

For more information please email or visit

This is a new MA programme offered as of 2015-2016. It replaces the MA in European Public Policy.

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Guest Lecture Martti Koskenniemi | Thursday 23 March at 5pm

Prof. Martti Koskenniemi from the University of Helsinki will give a guest lecture on Thursday 23 March from 5pm-7pm. He will argue that an adequate understanding of the status and role of international law requires an interrogation of the relation between sovereign power and the power of property in international relations and how the different organisations of this relation have been codified in international legal practice.

Make sure not to miss the opportunity to see one of the best international legal scholars in action!

Registration for the event can be done through Eventbrite:


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Dr. John Heieck presenting paper at Cambridge International and European Law Conference 2017

BSIS’s newest Dr will be presenting his paper, ‘The Duty to Prevent War Crimes: Transforming Russia’s Veto Power in the Security Council?’ at The Cambridge International and European Law Conference 2017.

The Conference will be held at the University of Cambridge, England on the 23rd-24th March 2017.


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We are European photography competition

9th May marks the EU’s official Europe Day and the University of Kent are celebrating.

Submit a photo to the “We are European” photography competition by 18th April for a chance to win £100.

Click here for more info.

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Politics modules evaluation

You will soon be receiving requests to complete module evaluation surveys for the POLITICS modules you are currently taking in the spring term.


Module evaluations are an important opportunity for you (and BSIS)  to reflect on your modules to date. Your feedback helps us understand what you like and what you don’t like about various aspects of your modules. It also helps us make decisions about any changes we may need to make to them as a result, especially where a theme or pattern emerges from your responses and written comments.

You should be aware that  BSIS highly values your feedback and your opinions matter to us. The more considered feedback we receive, the better we are able to reflect and respond to it. We would therefore appreciate you taking a few minutes to complete a survey for each module you are studying.



The Politics survey will run from Monday 27th March to Friday 12th May.



The module evaluations are carried out entirely online and your responses are completely anonymous to BSIS. Once the surveys are released on the 23rd November you will receive an email to notify you that you have a survey to complete. To access the surveys you need to log in to your Moodle account and follow the links on the home page, they are usually located in a box to the side. For example:




Lecturers and seminar leaders will allow time in lectures and seminars for you to complete the surveys. Many types of mobile devices support the survey software so you will have the opportunity to complete the surveys in class or, be allowed time to access a student PC elsewhere.


During the time that the module evaluations are open, the system will automatically remind you to complete your surveys. You will only receive reminders if you have surveys still to complete.


If you have any questions or problems please email me



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The Study of Extra-legal Governance: Challenges and Some Tentative Solutions- Federico Varese (University of Oxford)

On March, 29th at 1.30, Federico Varese (University of Oxford) will join us to give a guest lecture on:

The Study of Extra-legal Governance: Challenges and Some Tentative Solutions

This talk will address the conceptual, theoretical and empirical challenges in the study of extra legal organizations such as organized crime and Mafias. Federico will address the conceptual confusion over key definitions in this field, and offer a framework for the study of extra-legal phenomena, which places this field firmly within mainstream economic sociology. Federico will then discuss the importance of protection theory to understand the behaviour of organizations that try to govern territories and markets, such as States and Mafias. Finally, Federico will address research design and data collection challenges. In particular, Federico will stress the importance of ‘not selecting on the dependent variable’, and the possibilities afforded by the quantification of court records, in particular the application of quantitative content analysis, correspondence analysis and social network analysis. Federico will mainly draw upon his own research results.

Federico is among the best scholars on mafias, which he studies from a sociological perspective.

Practical details can be found here.

Please don’t hesitate to share among your networks

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Dr Guichaoua speaks on RFI one year after the Bassam Attacks

Listen now (in French):

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Trial access to PoliticoPro

Dear Colleague,

At the request of Jane O’Mahony in Politics and IR, we have set up a trial for PoliticoPro which will be available until March 24th 2017.  I would be grateful if you could forward this message to colleagues and students at Brussels who may be interested.

There is a blog post and link at .

We are keen to receive detailed feedback, including which areas of the resource were most useful.  There is a link for feedback on the blog page and I would also be happy to receive comments directly.


Best wishes


Anna Miller | Faculty Librarian (Engagement and Social Sciences)

Academic Liaison Services, Information Services, University of Kent

Templeman Library

Canterbury, Kent, CT2 7NU, UK

Tel: +44 (0)1227 827113

Open Access and the REF

Since April 2016, to be eligible for submission to the next REF, journal articles and some conference items must be deposited in KAR within 3 months. For further information on Open Access, please see our web pages or contact the IS Research Support team.

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African Politics and Int Development events OPEN TO ALL

Hello All,

The timetabling of guest lectures and screening for African Politics and International Development has been slightly revised. Please find it below. All welcome!

– 8 Mar, 11:00. Screening, “The Trouble with Aid” (BBC documentary)

– 10 Mar, 11:00. Kristof Titeca, “Corruption in the DRC. Results of an experiment among Kinshasa policemen”​

– 15 Mar, 11:00. Walter Kennes, “Climate Change and Deforestation”

– 17 Mar, 11:00. Judith Verweijen, “Security Sector Reform and Statebuilding in the DRC”

Best regards,


Dr Yvan Guichaoua | Brussels School of International Studies (BSIS)

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Examinations- May 2017




General Information

The exam period starts on Monday 22 May and will run until Friday 26 May.

All formal University examinations are administered by the Brussels administration team, whose job it is to ensure the academic integrity of the examinations through enforcement of examination regulations, and to provide a comfortable and conducive space for all candidates.

We realise how potentially stressful examinations can be; there are lots of things that you are expected to do and to know, and things that are prohibited. Please take some time to read this document carefully and familiarise yourself with what to expect.

  • Exam rooms and Bag Rooms

Please Note: You are not allowed to keep your bag with you during the examination.

You will be given an opportunity to leave your personal belongings in our designated bag area.

  • Exam Timetable

Make sure that you have the correct dates, and times for your exams. (Rooms to be confirmed)

PO924 Foreign Policy Analysis: Monday 22th May – 10 am to 12 noon

EC878 Development Economics: Tuesday 23th May -10 am to 12 noon

EC877 International Economics: Wednesday 24th May – 10 am to 12 noon

PO935 Global Governance and International Organisation: Thursday 24th May- 2 pm to 4 pm

PO932 International Relations Theory: Friday 26th May– 10 am to 12 noon 

  • What to bring or not bring.

Arrive in good time, to allow you to drop off of your personal belongings, to visit the toilet, and to find your seat on the seating plan.

What should I bring to the Examination?

First of all, you must bring your KENTOne card; you will need it to retrieve your candidate ID number. We also check every one of these, in every session.

Note that we will hold a list of candidate ID numbers in case you forget it.

There are strict rules about what can be brought into an exam.

  • Pens, pencils and writing equipment
  • Any other material permitted for your particular paper (if you are allowed to take anything in, such as a law statute or a case study, then your Module convenor will have told you and us, in advance).
  • Still water.

What am I not allowed to bring to an examination?

  • Food of any kind (unless you have a medical condition which requires it AND you have the prior permission of the Head of Administration).
  • Any drink other than water
  • Any bags
  • Scrap paper
  • Electronic devices
  • Mascots
  • Coats
  • Pencil cases
  • Correction fluid

Bring only what you need for the exam – nothing else. You should be able to hold what you need in your hands, without a container of any kind.

  • Seating Plans

In every exam, you will be allocated a particular seat, and you must sit there and nowhere else. The seating is valid for that session only and you will be in a different seat in other sessions. A seating plan for the session will be displayed outside the room, and table numbers are clipped to the top right hand corner of the desk. Use this to locate where you are required to sit.

  • As you enter the room.

As soon as you enter the exam room, you are under exam conditions until you have finished the exam and left the room. What this means is:

– You must not talk to other candidates or communicate with them in any way

– You must not read the question paper, or write anything, until you are instructed to do so.

– The University operates an anonymous marking policy and so only candidate ID numbers are used to identify you on the exam paper, never your name. Your exam number must be written on all your exam scripts, and can be found on your KENTOne card in red.

  • Invigilators

The role of the invigilators is to provide a safe and comfortable environment for you to complete your examination, and to ensure that exam conditions are strictly observed. If you have any queries you should raise your hand and the invigilator will come to you. Invigilators will not answer questions you have about the paper, including interpreting words or questions. If you think there is a genuine error on a paper, notify an invigilator and we will refer it to the relevant person.


  • Announcement

An announcement will be read at the start of every examination, to remind you of what is expected of you. Please listen carefully to these.

Note that only students who are in good financial standing will be notified of their exam marks and whether they have progressed to the Dissertation Phase.


Finally, we would like to wish you all the best of luck in your examinations.

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Colloquium on the future relationship between the UK and the EU

Professor Nick Grief, Kent Law School & Dean for Medway would like to invite you to a colloquium at BSIS on the future relationship between the United Kingdom and the European Union. The colloquium will be held on Friday 17 March 2017 from 08.30 hrs to 13.00 hrs local time.

After an overarching keynote in which Professor Richard Whitman (School of Politics and International Relations, University of Kent) will discuss what a constructive UK–EU relationship might look like in the future, the focus will be on three sectors of crucial importance for 21st century economies: energy markets, digital markets and the framework for competition.

As places are limited, invitations will be allocated on a ‘first come, first served’ basis. If you would like to attend, please let the organisers know as soon as possible by sending an email with your given name, family name and email address to Leonard Hawkes (, who will be another of the distinguished speakers at the colloquium. On receiving your email, they will send you a personalised invitation to which you should respond, please, by clicking on the green ‘Attend Event’ button.

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