Visit of Prof. Frank Schimmelfennig

The NCRE welcomed eminent Euro scholar Prof. Frank Schimmelfennig to the University of Canterbury for a Seminar and Questions and Answers session with students on Friday 15th of July.  Frank joined us from the Swiss institute ETH in Zurich and has spent two weeks in New Zealand visiting a number of universities. Frank has spent the last ten years developing and furthering the Europeanization field of European Studies; initially looking at internal Europeanization (i.e. the way member states and institutions adopted standard EU rules and norms) he has more recently focused on Europeanization beyond the EU’s borders in five loosely categorized regions:  quasi-members of the EU (Switzerland and Norway); Accession States (i.e. Croatia, Serbia…); neighbourhood states (Mediterranean and Eastern former Soviet countries); OECD states (developed economic partners); and lastly  other regions (any state which has basic ties with the EU).


At the Friday seminar, Frank argued that the EU’s ability to foster Europeanization was its strongest when the EU was able to exert market power and supranational regulation over a third country; thus the effectiveness of Europeanization  was at its strongest in quasi-member states which gradually waned in significance through the different categories. Frank said that ultimately, his intrigue in Europeanization was built on his belief that people should study “what the EU does, not what the EU is.” In the Q&A session, students were able to outline their research areas and ask questions related to research. This proved highly successful and gave students great insight into the finer aspects of their study. Ultimately, Frank proved to be a wealth of knowledge on all things EU, his pragmatic and elegant style meant his ideas were well received by all at the seminar and Q&A session.

If you're interested we recommend you watch a short interview and some of highlights Prof. Frank Scimmelfennigs talk over at EUANZ.tv. Enjoy! 

The NCRE welcomed eminent Euro scholar Prof. Frank Schimmelfennig to the University of Canterbury for a Seminar and Questions and Answers session with students on Friday 15th of July.  Frank joined us from the Swiss institute ETH in Zurich and has spent two weeks in New Zealand visiting a number of universities. Frank has spent the last ten years developing and furthering the Europeanization field of European Studies; initially looking at internal Europeanization (i.e. the way member states and institutions adopted standard EU rules and norms) he has more recently focused on Europeanization beyond the EU’s borders in five loosely categorized regions:  quasi-members of the EU (Switzerland and Norway); Accession States (i.e. Croatia, Serbia…); neighbourhood states (Mediterranean and Eastern former Soviet countries); OECD states (developed economic partners); and lastly  other regions (any state which has basic ties with the EU).

At the Friday seminar, Frank argued that the EU’s ability to foster Europeanization was its strongest when the EU was able to exert market power and supranational regulation over a third country; thus the effectiveness of Europeanization  was at its strongest in quasi-member states which gradually waned in significance through the different categories. Frank said that ultimately, his intrigue in Europeanization was built on his belief that people should study “what the EU does, not what the EU is.” In the Q&A session, students were able to outline their research areas and ask questions related to research. This proved highly successful and gave students great insight into the finer aspects of their study. Ultimately, Frank proved to be a wealth of knowledge on all things EU, his pragmatic and elegant style meant his ideas were well received by all at the seminar and Q&A session.

If you're interested we recommend you watch a short interview and some of highlights Prof. Frank Scimmelfennigs talk over at EUANZ.tv. Enjoy!