A European perspective

March 28, 2007Duke Law News

Sponsored by the the Center for International and Comparative Law
Duke Law School
Room 3041

Professor-Doctor Pieter Jan Kuijper, Principal Legal Adviser for External Relations at the European Commission in Brussels and former Director of the Legal Service of the World Trade Organization (WTO), will speak at Duke Law School April 2, addressing a number of high- and low-profile legal issues that determine the present atmosphere in the relations between the European Union and the United States.

Kuijper’s talk, entitled “EU-U.S. Legal Conflict and Cooperation: From customs to extraordinary renditions, how do we actually influence one another?” is sponsored by the Duke Center for International and Comparative Law. It will get underway at 12:15 p.m. in room 3041 at the Law School, and is free and open to the public. A light lunch will be served on a first-come, first-served basis.

At the European Commission, the executive body of the European Union, Kuijper oversees all legal issues between the EU and the United States, ranging from trade disputes to the recent “open skies” initiative intended to boost intercontinental flights. He also advises the EU regarding “extraordinary renditions,” the controversial practice of transferring individuals suspected of terrorist links to countries where federal and international legal safeguards do not apply for the purposes of detention and interrogation.

Kuijper has served as Principal Legal Adviser for External Relations at the Commission since 2002, and has spent more than 20 years as a member of the Legal Service team at the Commission and its predecessor, the Commission of the European Communities; from 1987 – 1996 he was specially charged with GATT and World Trade Organization (WTO) matters, and from 1996 – 1999 with free movement of persons and cooperation in the fields of justice and home affairs. From 1999 to 2002, Kuijper served as Director of the Legal Affairs Division at the WTO.

Kuijper’s talk is the second to address transatlantic approaches to international law and institutions in the age of globalization and terrorism; last November the Legal Adviser to the Secretary of State, John Bellinger III, the principal adviser on matters of domestic and international law to the U.S. Department of State, offered the U.S. perspective, delivering CICL’s inaugural address.

A webcast of Professor Kuijper’s address will be available at http://www.law.duke.edu/webcast/ at 12:10 p.m.

The Center for International and Comparative Law supports the Law School’s many programs, resources, and events relating to international and comparative law. For more on the Center, visit http://www.law.duke.edu/cicl/.

For more information contact Frances Presma at (919) 613-7248 or presma@law.duke.edu.