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

  • 6-9 September 2017: 13th Annual Conference of the European Society of International Law (ESIL), panel chair, Naples, Italy
  • 31 May-2 June 2017: 3rd Jean Monnet workshop on The EU as a Global Actor, Geneva, Switzerland
  • 25-26 May 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 integration, Rome, Italy
  • 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
  • 24 February 2017: PhD defence committee Graham Butler (Constitutional Limits of the EU’s Common Foreign and Security Policy), University of Copenhagen, Copenhagen, Denmark
  • 9 February 2017: Presentation at the book launch seminar European External Action Service, Université du Luxembourg, Luxembourg
  • 16 December 2016: Staatsrechtconferentie 2016: Constitutionele mogelijkheden en beperkingen voor experimenteel handelen en experimentele wetgeving, Universiteit Twente, Enschede, The Netherlands
  • 22 November 2016: H2020 EU-Central Asia project, School of Law, Queen Mary University of London, London, UK
  • 17 November 2016: Presentation Legal Competences of the European Union in Relation to the Non-Proliferation of Weapons of Mass Destruction at the workshop The Changing Landscape of EU Nuclear Non-Proliferation, Uppsala University, Uppsala, Sweden
  • 11 November 2016: Presentation The EU External Relations Aspects of Brexit, Autumn meeting Nederlandse Vereniging voor Europees Recht (NVER), Utrecht, The Netherlands
  • 10 November 2016: Brexit Lecture Negotiating Brexit: The EU Side by Prof. Robert Schütze, Durham Law School, Durham, UK
  • 9-10 November 2016: Presentation Upscaling the ‘Territory’ of the European Union: From Regional to Global Governance and Back at the symposium Scaling Global Governance, Institute of Advanced Studies, Durham University, Durham, UK
  • 8 November 2016: The Effect of Trump or Clinton on the EU and the World, contribution to the discussion panel at the Studium Generale event ‘The Rethoric of Clinton and Trump, University of Twente, Enschede, The Netherlands
  • 4 November 2016: ACELG Annual Conference, The Rule of Law in the Technological Age: Challenges and Opportunities for the EU, University of Amsterdam, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
  • 28-30 October 2016: Conference on Global Communication of Chinese Theory and Practice of International Law, Wuhan University Institute of International Law, Wuhan, China
  • 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 a European/International Law and International Relations courses in the European Public Administration and European Studies programs, as well as in the Post-graduate Masterclass Europa in de Publieke Sector

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

Ph.D supervision