Academic Workshop: Switzerland and the European Union - A Strong Bilateral Partnership with Continental and Global Reach

Dienstag, 19.11.2019 – Dienstag, 19.11.2019

Schweizerische Europapolitik; Bilaterale Abkommen Schweiz-EU; Weitere Dossiers Schweiz-EU

Fahnen der Schweiz und der EU
Die Beziehungen zwischen der Schweiz und der EU entwickeln sich kontinuierlich. © EDA

The aim of this academic workshop is to discuss the relations between Switzerland and the European Union (EU) from various angles: the legal framework of such relations, with focus on the effects of the bilateral sectoral agreements; the prospects of a new institutional framework agreement as an instrument to cement and develop this bilateral approach and, finally, a broader view of the relations Switzerland-EU, which the Swiss State Secretary for European Affairs, H.E. Roberto Balzaretti will touch upon in his keynote address.

Participation is free of charge but registration is required: Registration



11:30-11:40 Introduction by Prof. Inge Govaere (Ghent University)

11:40-12:35 Panel 1: The law and practice of sectoral bilateralism


  • Prof. Christa Tobler (University of Basel and University of Leiden)
  • Prof. Peter Van Elsuwege (Ghent University)


  • Prof. Sieglinde Gstöhl (College of Europe)

 12:35-13:30 Panel 2: Towards a new institutional framework agreement?


  • Prof. Marc Maresceau (Ghent University)
  • Prof. Christine Kaddous (Université de Genève)


  • Prof. Andrea Ott (Maastricht University)

 13:30 – 14:30 Sandwich lunch

Chair: Professor dr. Michel Tison – Dean of the Law Faculty (Ghent University)

14:30 Keynote Speech by H.E. Roberto Balzaretti (State Secretary for European Affairs, Switzerland)

 16:00 Reception

Ort: Ghent University, Het Pand, Onderbergen 1, Gent