Ramses A. Wessel

University Dean of Educational Innovation

Professor of International and European Law & Governance

University of Twente

Centre for European Studies

Faculty of Behaviourial, Management & Social Sciences

P.O. Box 217

NL-7500 AE Enschede

The Netherlands

Secretariat Educational Innovation


Secretariat International and European Law & Governance

(+31)(0)53.489.3260 (Room Ravelijn 4216)

Personal e-mail

Visits: Citadel Building, room H 444


  978-90-6704-902-3 (1)  Informal International Lawmaking  



My whereabouts

  • 2-17 December 2017: Visiting Professor at Sapienza – Università di Roma, Department of International and European Law, Rome, Italy
  • 18-20 October 2017: PLATO Kick-off Conference, ARENA, Oslo, Norway
  • 21-22 September 2017: Presentation at the workshop Formal and substantive guarantees in judicial proceedings: concurrence, comparison and conflicts among legal systems within the espace juridique of the European integrationRome, Italy
  • 6-9 September 2017: 13th Annual Conference of the European Society of International Law (ESIL), panel chair, Naples, Italy
  • 4-6 September 2017: Presentations on The Non-Ratification of Mixed Agreements and on EU External Relations, International Law and Questions of 'Territory', UACES 47th Annual Conference, Jagiellonian University, Krakow, Poland
  • 6-7 July 2017: 3rd Jean Monnet workshop on The EU as a Global Actor (Call for papers), Geneva, Switzerland
  • 30 June 2017: Presentation on The EU as a Global Normative Actor: Objectives and Instruments at the Jean Monnet Summer School The EU and Human Rights in a Time of Crisis, Maynooth University, Maynooth, Ireland
  • 27 June 2017: Masterclass EU Decision-making, Master of Public Management, Brussels, Belgium
  • 22-23 June 2017: Europaïsche Rechtsakademie (ERA), Trier, Germany
  • 9 June 2017: Chairing a session at the conference The Limits of Mutual Recognition and Mutual Trust, Utrecht University, Utrecht
  • 29 May 2017: Seminar Current Issues of EU External Relations, University of Luxembourg, Luxembourg
  • 11-13 May 2017: Presentation at the Research seminar The Role of Non-Permanent Members on the Security Council in the pursuit of peace and justice: Key players or lame ducks?, Leiden University, Leiden, The Netherlands
  • 4-6 May 2017: Presentation Legal Consequences of ‘Brexit’ for the Role of the EU and the UK in Global Affairs, Fifteenth Biennial Conference of the European Union Studies Association (EUSA), Miami, United States
  • 27-28 April 2017: Presentation Consequences of the Relationship between International and European Law for the Study of these Disciplines at the conference The Interface between EU and International Law, College of Europe, Bruges, Belgium
  • 10 April 2017: Presentation at the Workshop EU Trade Law and Policy: Current Developments and Challenges, Università LUISS Guido Carli, Rome, Italy
  • 4 April 2017: PLATO network meeting, Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic, Prague, Czech Republic
  • 23-24 March 2017: Universidad Internacional de Andalucía, Sevilla, Spain
  • 20 March-14 April 2017: Visiting Professor at the Università LUISS Guido Carli, Rome, Italy
  • earlier events


International law (Internationaal recht) – European law (Europees recht) – European Union competences (bevoegdheden Europese Unie) – European integration (Europese integratie) – the European Union and the world (de Europese Unie in de wereld) – European foreign and security policy (Europees buitenlands en veiligheidsbeleid) – EU external relations (EU externe betrekkingen) – International organisations (internationale organisaties) – United Nations (Verenigde Naties) – EU-Member State relations (relatie EU-lidstaten) – globalisation (globalisering) – international security (internationale veiligheid) – EU and international regulation (EU en internationale regulering) – law, governance & technology (regulering & technologie)


All planned and published publications


Research expertise lies in the field of international and European institutional law and governance, with a focus on (the influence of technological developments on) global governance, international organizations, EU external relations, European and global foreign, security and defence policy, and the vertical relations between legal orders (global-EU-domestic). The effects of international developments on the EU and its Member States (and vice versa) forms a central theme. This theme is approached from the perspective of new developments and innovations in EU and global governance and multilevel regulation as part of the multi-disciplinary and highly acclaimed research program Innovation of Governance, which focuses on changes in the relationships between citizens and their government at various levels, with specific attention for the emergence of multilevel governance, from the viewpoints of legitimacy and effectiveness. Research projects increasingly deal with the regulation of technological innovations in various sectors (including railways, nanotechnology, medical devices, telecom, (cyber) security, (green) energy and the internet). Research activities are furthermore embedded in the program Constitutional Processes: The Interaction between the National and the European Dimension of the international Ius Commune Research School as well as in the Netherlands Institute of Government (NIG).

Key Projects

  • 2016-now: PLATO (Horizon 2020): The Post-Crisis Legitimacy of the European Union
  • 2015: Evaluatie crisisbeheersing MH17
  • 2014-2015: PROCON (Horizon 2020): Europe's contribution to a value-based global order
  • 2014-2015: The Influence of the EU on Sub-National Authorities (Ministry for the Interior)
  • 2012-2014: EEAS 2.0 project – Redrafting the 2010 Decision on the organisation and functioning of the European External Action Service
  • 2011-2015: NanoNextNL, project 01C.04 Governance and regulation
  • 2010-2012: Informal International Law-Making (INLAW), HiiL (Geneva, Leuven, Twente)
  • 2010-2011: Marie Curie Initial Training Network EXACT in the field of EU External Action
  • 2008-now: EUPERFORM network on the performance of the EU in multilateral institutions
  • 2004-2008: EU Network of Excellence Connecting Excellence on European Governance (CONNEX)


The Chair is responsible for the European/International Law and International Relations perspectives in the European Public Administration,  European Studies and International Business Administration programs, as well as in the Post-graduate Master of Public Management

Selected guest lectures: Bogotá, Grenoble, Moscow, Trier, Sevilla, Berlin, Luxembourg, Sheffield, Cologne, Riga, Helsinki, Dubrovnik, Münster, Leuven, Rome

Ph.D supervision