The Future of the EU Summit

18 October 2017


Bradley Forum
Level 5, Hawke Building
City West Campus

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Event details

Date Wednesday 18 October 2017
Time 1.00pm - 7.00pm
Venue Bradley Forum
Level 5, Hawke Building
City West Campus
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The Future of the EU Summit engaged the pressing issue of the prospects for multilateral cosmopolitanism, global justice and alternative political futures in the EU, and with specific reference to the future of EU-Australia relations. 

The Summit took place against the political backdrop of the arrival of a new age of isolationism arising from a series of policy reversals and electoral shocks - from Brexit and the withdrawal of the UK from the EU to the resurgence of nationalist sentiment rising across Europe to the election of Donald Trump as President of the USA.  A key challenge in this context is how best to understand the complex interplay of globalization and de-globalization which traverses relations between the EU and Australia in the coming decades of the 21st century?  In addressing this question, the Summit will brought together academics, EU specialists, Ambassadors and consul-generals, policy analysts and public servants.

Whilst the principal focus of the Summit was dialogue and debate among participants, there was also a keynote lecture delivered by Professor Loukas Tsoukalis - Professor of European Integration at the University of Athens; recently Visiting Professor at Harvard University; and, President of the Hellenic Foundation for European and Foreign Policy (Greece’s main think tank).

The Future of the EU Summit formed part of the Joint EU Centres Conference held at RMIT University in Melbourne from 16 – 18 October 2017.

Keynote speaker

Tsoukalis, LoukasProfessor Loukas Tsoukalis was born in Athens, Greece. He studied economics and international relations at the University of Manchester, the College of Europe in Bruges, and the University of Oxford where he obtained his doctoral degree. He taught for many years at Oxford University and later became Professor at the European Institute of the London School of Economics and Political Science. He returned to Greece as Professor of European Integration at the University of Athens and has been for many years President of the Hellenic Foundation for European and Foreign Policy (ELIAMEP), which is Greece’s main think tank.

He is the author of many books, including some of the bestsellers in the field, which have been translated into several languages. His latest book In Defence of Europe: Can the European Project Be Saved? was published by Oxford University Press in 2016.



Ms Melissa Conley Tyler
National Executive Director, Australian Institute of International Affairs

Professor Richard Pomfret 
Director, EU Centre for Global Affairs, University of Adelaide

Mr Laurent Pointud
Director, Alliance Française


H.E. Mrs Nineta Barbulescu 
Ambassador of Romania to Australia

Emeritus Professor Robert Holton
Adjunct Professor, University of South Australia

Professor Loukas Tsoukalis

Professor of European Integration, University of Athens and  Visiting Professor, Harvard University

Associate Professor Bruno Mascitelli
Swinburne University of Technology

The full list of confirmed speakers will be avavailable soon.


The Summit principally involved a keynote address and two panel discussions followed by discussion with the wider audience. The aim of the panels was to explore the state of the European Union in the current political environment and how it may develop in the future.


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