Amsterdam Centre for European Law and Governance

prof. dr. S.F. (Steven) Blockmans

EU external relations law and governance
  • Faculty of Law
    European Law
  • Visiting address
    REC A
    Nieuwe Achtergracht 166  
  • Postal address:
    Postbus  1030
    1000 BA  Amsterdam
  • S.F.Blockmans@uva.nl

Steven Blockmans is Professor of EU External Relations Law and Governance at the University of Amsterdam (part-time) and a member of the Amsterdam Centre for European Law and Governance (ACELG), a centre of excellence of the Faculty of Law at the UvA.

He is Head of the EU Foreign Policy Unit of the Centre for European Policy Studies (CEPS), a Brussels-based think tank, a visiting professor at the University of Leuven, and one of the founding members of the Centre for the Law of EU External Relations (CLEER).

His expertise lies at the crossroads of international and EU law and governance. He has published widely on the institutional structures for EU external action, the Union’s role in global governance, norm promotion (inside out) and norm absorption (outside in), CFSP, CSDP, enlargement, ENP, trade and development.

Before joining CEPS and UvA, he was head of the department of research at the T.M.C. Asser Institute, an inter-university research centre based in The Hague. For more than 10 years, he has combined his academic work with contract research carried out for EU and national donors, consultancy activities and training for professionals. He has worked on numerous technical assistance projects in wider Europe and Asia. From 2005 to 2010, he was a lecturer in the in-service training provided by the European Institute of Public Administration (EIPA) for DG Relex and other external relations DGs of the European Commission. From 2007 to 2009 he served as a long-term expert on legal approximation in the framework of an EU-sponsored project in support for the Ministry of European Integration of Albania.

He holds a PhD in law from Leiden University, where he worked as a lecturer from 1998 until 2002.

2016

  • Blockmans, S. F., & Wessel, R. A. (2016). The Legal Status and Influence of Decisions of International Organizations and other Bodies in the European Union. In P. I. Eeckhout, & M. López-Escudero (Eds.), The European Union’s External Actions in Times of Crisis. (pp. 223-248). Hart Publishing.

2015

  • Blockmans, S. (2015). Crimea and the quest for energy and military hegemony in the Black Sea region: governance gap in a contested geostrategic zone. Southeast European and Black Sea Studies, 15(2), 179-189. DOI: 10.1080/14683857.2015.1060016  [details] 
  • Blockmans, S. (2015). Judicial application of international and European law in Southeast Europe. In S. Rodin, & T. Perišin (Eds.), Judicial application of international law in Southeast Europe. (pp. 301-313). Berlin/Heidelberg: Springer. DOI: 10.1007/978-3-662-46384-0_14  [details] 

2014

  • Blockmans, S. (2014). EU global peace diplomacy: institutional framework. In C. Stahn, & H. Melber (Eds.), Peace diplomacy, global justice and international agency: rethinking human security and ethics in the spirit of Dag Hammarskjöld. (pp. 404-436). Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. DOI: 10.1017/CBO9781139583855.025  [details] 
  • Łazowski, A., & Blockmans, S. (2014). Between dream and reality: challenges to the legal rapprochement of the Western Balkans. In P. Van Elsuwege, & R. Petrov (Eds.), Legislative approximation and application of EU law in the eastern neighbourhood of the European Union: towards a common regulatory space?. (pp. 108-133). (Routledge research in EU law). London [etc.]: Routledge. [details] 

2013

  • Blockmans, S. (2013). Differentiation in CFSP. Studia Diplomatica, LXVI(3), 53-67. [details] 
  • Blockmans, S. (2013). EU global peace diplomacy: shaping the law on statehood. In D. Kochenov, & F. Amtenbrink (Eds.), The European Union's shaping of the international legal order. (pp. 130-168). Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. DOI: 10.1017/CBO9781139519625.010  [details] 
  • Blockmans, S. (2013). The ENP and 'more for more' conditionality: plus que ça change... In G. Fernández Arribas, K. Pieters, & T. Takács (Eds.), The European Union's relations with the Southern-Mediterranean in the aftermath of the Arab Spring (pp. 53-59). (CLEER Working Papers; No. 2013/3). The Hague: T.M.C. Asser Institute. [details] 
  • Blockmans, S., & Spernbauer, M. (2013). Legal Obstacles to Comprehensive EU External Security Action. European Foreign Affairs Review, 18(4), 7-24. [details] 

2012

  • Blockmans, S., & van Vooren, B. (2012). Revitalizing the European ‘Neighbourhood Economic Community’: the case for legally binding sectoral multilateralism. European Foreign Affairs Review, 17(4), 577-604. [details] 

2016

  • Blockmans, S. F., & Lazowski, A. (2016). Constitutional Foundations and EU Institutional Framework: Six Years of Working with Lisbon Reform. In A. Lazowski, & S. Blockmans (Eds.), Research Handbook on EU Institutional Law. (pp. 13-45). Edward Elgar Publishers.
  • Blockmans, S. F., & Lazowski, A. (2016). Introduction. In A. Lazowski, & S. Blockmans (Eds.), Research Handbook on EU Institutional Law. (pp. 1-12). Edward Elgar Publishers.
  • Blockmans, S. F., & Lazowski, A. (2016). The democratic foundations of the Union: representative democracy, complimentarity and the challenge of Article 11 TEU. In A. Lazowski, & S. Blockmans (Eds.), Research Handbook on EU Institutional Law. (pp. 155-189). Edward Elgar Publishers.

2015

  • Blockmans, S. (2015). The Netherlands. In R. Balfour, & C. Stratulat (Eds.), EU member states and enlargement towards the Balkans (pp. 211-221). (EPC issue paper; No. 79). Brussels: European Policy Centre. [details] 

2014

  • Blockmans, S. (2014). Differentiation in CFSP. In S. Blockmans (Ed.), Differentiated integration in the EU: from the inside looking out (pp. 46-56). Brussels: Centre for European Policy Studies. [details] 
  • Blockmans, S. (2014). L'union fait la force: making the most of the Solidarity Clause (Article 222 TFEU). In I. Govaere, & S. Poli (Eds.), EU management of global emergencies: legal framework for combating threats and crises. (pp. 111-135). (Studies in EU external relations; No. 8). Leiden: Brill Nijhoff. DOI: 10.1163/9789004268333_008  [details] 

2013

  • Blockmans, S. (2013). EU global peace diplomacy: instruments to support status processes. In B. Van Vooren, S. Blockmans, & J. Wouters (Eds.), The EU's role in global governance: the legal dimension (pp. 110-125). Oxford: Oxford University Press. DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199659654.003.0008  [details] 
  • Blockmans, S. (2013). The influence of NATO on the development of the EU's Common Security and Defence Policy. In R. A. Wessel, & S. Blockmans (Eds.), Between autonomy and dependence: the EU legal order under the influence of international organisations (pp. 243-267). The Hague: Asser Press. DOI: 10.1007/978-90-6704-903-0_11  [details] 
  • Blockmans, S., & Wessel, R. A. (2013). The influence of international organisations on the EU and its legal order: between autonomy and dependence. In R. A. Wessel, & S. Blockmans (Eds.), Between autonomy and dependence: the EU legal order under the influence of international organisations (pp. 297-312). The Hague: Asser Press. DOI: 10.1007/978-90-6704-903-0_13  [details] 
  • Blockmans, S., Hillion, C., Cremona, M., Curtin, D., De Baere, G., Duke, S., ... Wouters, J. (2013). EEAS 2.0: A legal commentary on Council Decision 2010/427/EU establishing the organisation and functioning of the European External Action Service. Brussels: Centre for European Policy Studies. [details] 
  • Blockmans, S., Hillion, C., Cremona, M., Curtin, D., De Baere, G., Duke, S., ... Wouters, J. (2013). EEAS 2.0: Recommendations for the amendment of Council Decision 2010/427/EU establishing the organisation and functioning of the European External Action Service. (CEPS special reports; No. 78). Brussels: Centre for European Policy Studies. [details] 
  • Van Vooren, B., Blockmans, S., & Wouters, J. (2013). Conclusion: the role of the EU in the legal dimension of global governance. In B. Van Vooren, S. Blockmans, & J. Wouters (Eds.), The EU's role in global governance: the legal dimension (pp. 325-350). Oxford: Oxford University Press. DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199659654.003.0021  [details] 
  • Van Vooren, B., Blockmans, S., & Wouters, J. (2013). The legal dimension of global governance: what role for the EU? An introduction. In B. Van Vooren, S. Blockmans, & J. Wouters (Eds.), The EU's role in global governance: the legal dimension (pp. 1-4). Oxford: Oxford University Press. DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199659654.003.0001  [details] 
  • Wessel, R. A., & Blockmans, S. (2013). Between autonomy and dependence: the EU legal order under the influence of international organisations - an introduction. In R. A. Wessel, & S. Blockmans (Eds.), Between autonomy and dependence: the EU legal order under the influence of international organisations (pp. 1-9). The Hague: Asser Press. DOI: 10.1007/978-90-6704-903-0_1  [details] 

2016

  • Blockmans, S. F. (Photographer), & Solana, J. (Author). (2016). The EU’s Winter Package for European Security and Defence. Centre for European Policy Studies.
  • Blockmans, S. F. (2016). Consumer Protection. In M. Emerson, & D. Cenusa (Eds.), Deepening EU-Moldovan Relations: What, why and how?. (pp. 164-166). Rowman & Littlefield International.
  • Blockmans, S. F. (2016). Consumer Protection. In M. Emerson, & T. Kovziridze (Eds.), Deepening EU-Georgian Relations: What, why and how?. (pp. 153-156). Rowman & Littlefield International.
  • Blockmans, S. F. (2016). Consumer Protection. In M. Emerson, & V. Movchan (Eds.), Deepening EU-Ukrainian Relations: What, why and how?. (pp. 181-185). Rowman & Littlefield International.
  • Blockmans, S. F. (2016). Political Principles, the Rule of Law and Foreign Policy. In M. Emerson, & D. Cenusa (Eds.), Deepening EU-Moldovan Relations: What, why and how?. (pp. 8-29). Rowman & Littlefield International.
  • Blockmans, S. F. (2016). Political Principles, the Rule of Law and Foreign Policy. In M. Emerson, & T. Kovziridze (Eds.), Deepening EU-Georgian Relations: What, why and how?. (pp. 8-29). Rowman & Littlefield International.
  • Blockmans, S. F. (2016). Political Principles, the Rule of Law and Foreign Policy. In M. Emerson, & V. Movchan (Eds.), Deepening EU-Ukrainian Relations: What, why and how?. (pp. 9-33). Rowman & Littlefield International.
  • Blockmans, S. F. (2016). Transport. In M. Emerson, & D. Cenusa (Eds.), Deepening EU-Moldovan Relations: What, why and how?. (pp. 125-134). Rowman & Littlefield International.
  • Blockmans, S. F. (2016). Transport. In M. Emerson, & T. Kovziridze (Eds.), Deepening EU-Georgian Relations: What, why and how?. (pp. 118-126). Rowman & Littlefield International.
  • Blockmans, S. F. (2016). Transport. In M. Emerson, & V. Movchan (Eds.), Deepening EU-Ukrainian Relations: What, why and how?. (pp. 144-152). Rowman & Littlefield International.
  • Blockmans, S. F. (Photographer). (2016). New Thrust for the CSDP from the Refugee and Migrant Crisis. Friedrich Ebert Stiftung.
  • Blockmans, S. F. (Photographer), & Emerson, M. (Author). (2016). Brexit's Consequences For the UK—and the EU. Centre for European Policy Studies.
  • Blockmans, S. F. (Photographer), Ehteshami, A. (Author), & Bahgat, G. (Author). (2016). EU-Iran Relations after the Nuclear Deal. Centre for European Policy Studies.
  • Blockmans, S. F. (Author). (2016). The EU deal to avoid Brexit: Is it legally binding?. Amsterdam Centre for European Law and Governance, University of Amsterdam.
  • Blockmans, S. F. (Author), & Weiss, S. (Author). (2016). The EU Deal to Avoid Brexit: Take It Or Leave. Centre for European Policy Studies.

2015

  • Hillion, C. (Author), & Blockmans, S. (Author). (2015). Europe’s self-defence: Tous pour un et un pour tous?. Brussels: CEPS Commentary. [details] 
  • Blockmans, S. (Author), & Weiss, S. (Author). (2015). Will Cameron get what he wants? Anticipating reactions to Britain's EU reform proposals. Brussels: CEPS Commentary. [details] 
  • Optenhögel, U. (Author), & Blockmans, S. (Author). (2015). Alle für einen: Europa braucht eine Verteidigungsunion. Internationale Politik und Gesellschaft. [details] 
  • Blockmans, S. (Author). (2015). The nuclear deal with Iran: Le moment suprême?. Brussels: CEPS Commentary. [details] 
  • Faleg, G. (Author), & Blockmans, S. (Author). (2015). Time to forge a European Defence Union. The American Interest. [details] 
  • Solana, J. (Author), & Blockmans, S. (Author). (2015). More union in European defence. BlogActiv. [details] 
  • Faleg, G. (Author), & Blockmans, S. (Author). (2015). Crises should push forward the idea of a European Defence Union. E!Sharp. [details] 
  • Blockmans, S. (Author). (2015). Az Európai Unió és szomszédai: erre számíthatunk 2015-ben. Budapest: Napi Gazdaság Online. [details] 
  • Blockmans, S. (2015). Mobilising the "F" in CFSP: written evidence. (Strategic review of the EU's foreign and security policy inquiry). London: UK Parliament, House of Lords. [details] 
  • Blockmans, S. (2015). External relations (Foreign and security policy; Development cooperation and humanitarian aid; Enlargement). In M. Emerson (Ed.), Britain's future in Europe: reform, renegotiation, repatriation or secession? (pp. 119-131). Brussels/London: CEPS/Rowman and Littlefield. [details] 
  • Blockmans, S. (2015). Fundamental rights. In M. Emerson (Ed.), Britain's future in Europe: reform, renegotiation, repatriation or secession? (pp. 94-99). Brussels/London: CEPS/Rowman and Littlefield. [details] 
  • Blockmans, S. (2015). Transport. In M. Emerson (Ed.), Britain's future in Europe: reform, renegotiation, repatriation or secession? (pp. 40-43). Brussels/London: CEPS/Rowman and Littlefield. [details] 
  • Blockmans, S., & Russack, S. (2015). The Commissioners’ Group on External Action - Key political facilitator. (CEPS special report; No. 125). Brussels: Centre for European Policy Studies. [details] 
  • Blockmans, S., Carrera, S., Gros, D., Eisele, K., Guild, E., Lannoo, K., ... Pelkmans, J. (2015). Entwicklungen in der EU und die Auswirkungen auf die Schweiz. In P. Schellenbauer, & G. Schwarz (Eds.), Bilateralismus - was sonst? Eigenständigkeit trotz Abhängigkeit. (pp. 271-310). Zürich: Verlag Neue Zürcher Zeitung. [details] 
  • Carrera, S., Blockmans, S., Gros, D., & Guild, E. (2015). The EU’s Response to the Refugee Crisis: Taking Stock and Setting Policy Priorities. (CEPS essay; No. 20). Brussels: Centre for European Policy Studies. [details] 

2014

  • Gros, D. (Author), & Blockmans, S. (Author). (2014). Preventing collapse in Ukraine: The EU should finance the grass roots directly. British Influence. [details] 
  • Blockmans, S. (Author). (2014). EU Facilitated Dialogue won't resolve Macedonia, Bosnia logjams. Balkan Insight. [details] 
  • Blockmans, S. (Author). (2014). The great devolution of powers bazaar (editorial). Intereconomics.DOI: 10.1007/s10272-014-0506-y  [details] 

2013

  • Blockmans, S., (2013). Case note: CJEU (Third Chamber) (Case C-72/11: criminal proceedings against Mohsen Afrasiabi, Behzad Sahabi, Heinz Ulrich Kessel: Curbing the circumvention of sanctions against Iran over its nuclear programme), Dec 21, 2011. (Common Market Law Review; Vol. 2013, No. 2). [details] 

2012

  • Blockmans, S. (Author). (2012). EEAS reloaded: recommendations for the 2013 review. Brussels: CEPS Commentary. [details] 

2014

  • Blockmans, S. (2014). The EU as a global peacemaker. (Oratiereeks). Amsterdam: University of Amsterdam. [details] 

Book editor

  • Lazowski, A., & Blockmans, S. F. (Eds.) (2016). Research Handbook on EU Institutional Law. (Research Handbooks in European Law series). Edward Elgar Publishers.

Talk / presentation

  • Blockmans, S.F. (speaker) (20-10-2016): New thrust for the CSDP from the refugee and migrant crisis, 2nd CMLRev Annual Conference.
  • Blockmans, S.F. (speaker) (30-6-2016): CFSP/CSDP, 3rd CLEER Summer School on EU External Relations Law, Maastricht, Netherlands.
  • Blockmans, S.F. (speaker) (16-6-2016): Brexit: Effects and consequences for the UK and the EU, The British Referendum: Scenarios and Consequences, Athens.
  • Blockmans, S.F. (speaker) (6-6-2016): Fragmentation vs. Enhanced Cooperation, Prague European Summit 2016, Prague, Czech Republic.
  • Blockmans, S.F. (speaker) (2-6-2016): The New ENP and EU-Belarus Relations: Coming in from the Cold?’, The European Union and Belarus: Getting closer for better future, Minsk, Belarus.
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  • KU Leuven
    Visiting Professor
  • Centre of European Policy Studies
    Senioe Research Fellow and Head of the Eu Foreign Policy Unit
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  • Centre for Law of EU External Relations
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