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Training Schools
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PUBLICATION ACTIVITIES

MEPIELAN Studies in International Environmental Law and Negotiation

MEPIELAN Centre produces the series MEPIELAN Studies in International Environmental Law and Negotiation, which started in 2003, when MEPIELAN functioned as an international research, training and informational programme of the Panteion University of Athens. The series aim at promoting an interdisciplinary approach to international environmental law, sustainable development and international environmental negotiation, with a focus on the Mediterranean Region, and publish innovative international scholarship in these fields.

Managing Editor and Editor in Chief: Professor E. Raftopoulos

International Editorial Board

Publishers: NOMIKI BIBLIOTHIKI, Athens, Bruylant

MEPIELAN E-BULLETIN

(www.mepielan-ebulletin.gr)

MEPIELAN E-Bulletin is a dynamic electronic newsletter of MEPIELAN Centre, Panteion University of Athens, Greece launched in 2010.  It features guest articles, insights articles, critical forum textual contributions, specially selected documents and cases, book reviews as well as current news on thematic topics of direct interest of MEPIELAN Centre, shedding light on topical issues of environmental law, governance and policy significance. The Bulletin provides a dynamic scholarly forum for inter-disciplinary and innovative knowledge on international environmental law and policy with a view to protecting and advancing international common interest. Distinguished academic experts, expert-officers of international organizations and scholars as well as of promising young researchers contribute new ideas and enlightening presentations of current issues and problems of international law and policy, environment and development. According to the latest official figures (GOOGLE ANALYTICS), the Bulletin’s website receives visitors from 167 countries worldwide.

Editorial Committee (Editor and Director Professor E. Raftopoulos , Editorial Assistant Mr. S. Zachos, MEPIELAN Editorial Research Team), International Advisory Board

Chinese Foreign Direct Investment in the Balkan Corridor: Labour and Environmental Perspectives ” (2018)

Lau China Institute, King’s College London, MEPIELAN Centre and the Slovenian Academy of Social Sciences are Partners to the development of a research project entitled “Chinese Foreign Direct Investment in the Balkan Corridor: Labour and Environmental Perspectives”. Chinese foreign direct investment (FDI) has attracted considerable attention worldwide, triggering both positive and negative reactions. While some countries, especially developing and crisis-stricken EU nations, approach Chinese FDI as an important new source of investment, others fear that it promotes a model of development that challenges Western norms, regulatory standards and, in general, sustainability governance.

This research project engages directly with this debate, examining two key areas of concern on Chinese FDI, namely labour rights and environmental protection, in a region that is designated as the western end of China’s new ‘Silk Road’; the so-called ‘Balkan Corridor’. Spanning both EU and non-EU regulatory regimes, the region presents a key case study in determining whether Chinese investment creates downward pressures on labour and environmental standards – criticism levelled at Chinese FDI by EU officials, industrialists, national authorities, unions and environmental NGOs. As the complexity of the project requires expertise in area studies, politics, law, environmental law, governance and policies, and health sciences, the Partners have pulled together a multidisciplinary network of experts within King’s, Panteion University and the Slovenian Academy of Social Sciences. This project will serve as a springboard for a funding submission to the ERC.

King’s College London in cooperation with MEPIELAN Centre organized an international workshop for the promotion of the research project held in Athens, on 14-15 June, 2018, at the premises of the Institute of International Relations (Conveners: Professor Evangelos Raftopoulos (MEPIELAN Centre) and Dr. Konstantinos Tsimonis , Dr. Igor Rogelja, Dr. Ben Barrat and Dr. Megan Bowman (King’s College London). The workshop discussed the relevant issues and identified the current problems and the wider regional trends in the context of the relationship and interactions between Chinese investment and sustainability governance.

MEPIELAN Pro-Bono Project on the Translation of the Barcelona Convention System

MEPIELAN CENTRE carries out the Translation Pro-Bono Project of the Barcelona Convention system and MAP into Greek. The aim of this continuing project is twofold:

  • to facilitate the ratification process of those amended and new Protocols that still remain unratified by Greece
  • to contribute to the development of a Greek linguistic policy for the translation of international environmental agreements and to define the appropriate standard use of legal and technical terms
RESEARCH PROGRAMMES AND PROJECTS

European Cooperation in the Field of Scientific and Technical Research – COST Action IS0802 on Transformation on Global Environmental Governance (2008-2012)

MEPIELAN Centre has been a partner to the COST Action IS0802 entitled “The Transformation of Global Environmental Governance: Risks and Opportunities (TGEG)” (2008-2012). The Director of MEPIELAN Centre was a Member of the Management Committee of this COST Action and elected as Chairman of the Working Group 3 entitled “Governance Architecture and Processes within Global Environmental Governance (GAP)”

In the framework of COST Action IS0802, MEPIELAN Centre:

  • organized Training Schools
  • promoted cooperation and communication with the participating European Universities, Institutes and Centres, using inter alia the platform MEPIELAN E-Bulletin
  • actively participated in the decision-making and policy formulation of the COST Management Committee Meetings and its final evaluation
  • actively participated in international conferences strengthening its networking
  • Cooperated with the Fridtjof Nansen Institute (NFI), Norway, in Short-term Scientific Missions (STSMs)

Best Aegean Routes Project (2003-2006)

  • MEPIELAN CENTRE has been the leading legal partner to the the Project “DEVELOPMENT OF AN OPERATIONAL SYSTEM AND METHODOLOGY FOR THE DESIGNATION OF THE ENVIRONMENTALLY, LEGALLY AND SOCIO-ECONOMICALLY BEST ROUTES FOR THE TRANSIT OF OIL PRODUCTS FROM THE CASPIAN SEA TO THE MEDITERRANEAN THROUGH THE AEGEAN SEA” (“AEGEAN ROUTES PROJECT”)(2003-2006), an innovative multi-partner research project funded by: the Operational Programme “Competitiveness” of the General Secretariat of Research and Technology-Greek Ministry of Development, the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF), the European Social Fund (ESF) the Greek Government and the private sector. The Cooperating Partners included the National Technical University of Athens (NTUA)/Department of Naval Architecture, Department of Chemical Engineering and Research University Institute of Communication Systems and Computers, MEPIELAN/Panteion University of Athens, National Centre of Marine Research, Institute of Marine Biology of Crete, and Private Sector.
  •  MEPIELAN was responsible for:
    – WORK UNIT 300: “Collection and Analysis of the Global the International Conventions on Safety-at-Sea, the Barcelona Convention System for the Protection of the Mediterranean Coastal and Marine Environment, and the Relevant European and National Legislation Resulting in the Evolving Aegean Legal and Environmental Regime – Investigation into the Possibility of Establishing a Particularly Sensitive Sea Area (PSSA) Regime in the Aegean”
  • Scientific Responsible of the Work:
    – Professor Evangelos Raftopoulos
    – MEPIELAN Research Team: E. Levantis, L. Xirotyri, M. Soumela, A. Kouvertari, S. Zachos
TRAINING SCHOOLS AND SEMINARS
  • MEPIELAN Centre Seminar Circle: The Art and Technique of International Negotiations, IDIS Lifelong Learning Programme, Seminar Circle, 30 May, 6, 13, 20 June 2013, IDIS, Athens, Greece

  • MEPIELAN Centre Seminar Circle: The Art and Technique of International Negotiations, IDIS Lifelong Learning Programme, Seminar Circle, 7, 14, 21, 28 June 2012, IDIS, Athens, Greece

  • MEPIELAN Centre: COST Training School on International Environmental Negotiation as a Governance Process, 23-27 November 2009, Glyfada Training Centre, Athens, Greece

  • MEPIELAN & MIO/ECSDE Mediterranean Seminar on the Legal Aspects of the Barcelona Convention and its Protocols, MIO/ECSDE Premises, 26-27 October 2006, Athens, Greece

  • First MEPIELAN Seminar on International Environmental Negotiation and its Application in the Mediterranean, Glyfada Conference Centre & Premises of the Mediterranean Action Plan /UNEP, 18-22 February 2002, Athens, Greece

ERT Digital, 8 Dec 2009

EDUCATIONAL SUPPORT

MEPIELAN Centre provides educational material and support for the following Postgraduate and Undergraduate Courses of
the Department of International, European and Area Studies, Panteion University of Athens

  • Postgraduate Courses:
    1. International Environmental Governance at the Global and Regional Level (since 2005) [Professor E. Raftopoulos & MEPIELAN Centre Academic Experts and Research Fellows]
    2. Theory and Technique of International Environmental Negotiation as a Governance Process (since 2005) [Professor E. Raftopoulos & MEPIELAN Centre Research Fellows]
  • Undergraduate Courses:
    1. International Environmental Law and the Mediterranean (since 2002) [Professor E. Raftopoulos & MEPIELAN Centre Academic Experts and Research Fellows]
    2. Theory and Techniques of International Negotiations leading to International Agreements (2011-2018) [Professor E. Raftopoulos & MEPIELAN Centre Research Fellows]
RESEARCH PROGRAMMES AND PROJECTS

Chinese Foreign Direct Investment in the Balkan Corridor: Labour and Environmental Perspectives ” (2018)

Lau China Institute, King’s College London, MEPIELAN Centre and the Slovenian Academy of Social Sciences are Partners to the development of a research project entitled “Chinese Foreign Direct Investment in the Balkan Corridor: Labour and Environmental Perspectives”. Chinese foreign direct investment (FDI) has attracted considerable attention worldwide, triggering both positive and negative reactions. While some countries, especially developing and crisis-stricken EU nations, approach Chinese FDI as an important new source of investment, others fear that it promotes a model of development that challenges Western norms, regulatory standards and, in general, sustainability governance.

This research project engages directly with this debate, examining two key areas of concern on Chinese FDI, namely labour rights and environmental protection, in a region that is designated as the western end of China’s new ‘Silk Road’; the so-called ‘Balkan Corridor’. Spanning both EU and non-EU regulatory regimes, the region presents a key case study in determining whether Chinese investment creates downward pressures on labour and environmental standards – criticism levelled at Chinese FDI by EU officials, industrialists, national authorities, unions and environmental NGOs. As the complexity of the project requires expertise in area studies, politics, law, environmental law, governance and policies, and health sciences, the Partners have pulled together a multidisciplinary network of experts within King’s, Panteion University and the Slovenian Academy of Social Sciences. This project will serve as a springboard for a funding submission to the ERC.

 King’s College London in cooperation with MEPIELAN Centre organized an international workshop for the promotion of the research project held in Athens, on 14-15 June, 2018, at the premises of the Institute of International Relations (Conveners: Professor Evangelos Raftopoulos (MEPIELAN Centre) and Dr. Konstantinos Tsimonis , Dr. Igor Rogelja, Dr. Ben Barrat and Dr. Megan Bowman (King’s College London). The workshop discussed the relevant issues and identified the current problems and the wider regional trends in the context of the relationship and interactions between Chinese investment and sustainability governance.

European Cooperation in the Field of Scientific and Technical Research – COST Action IS0802 on Transformation on Global Environmental Governance (2008-2012)

MEPIELAN Centre has been a partner to the COST Action IS0802 entitled “The Transformation of Global Environmental Governance: Risks and Opportunities (TGEG)” (2008-2012). The Director of MEPIELAN Centre was a Member of the Management Committee of this COST Action and elected as Chairman of the Working Group 3 entitled “Governance Architecture and Processes within Global Environmental Governance (GAP)”

In the framework of COST Action IS0802, MEPIELAN Centre:

  • organized Training Schools
  • promoted cooperation and communication with the participating European Universities, Institutes and Centres, using inter alia the platform MEPIELAN E-Bulletin
  • actively participated in the decision-making and policy formulation of the COST Management Committee Meetings and its final evaluation
  • actively participated in international conferences strengthening its networking
  • Cooperated with the Fridtjof Nansen Institute (NFI), Norway, in Short-term Scientific Missions (STSMs)

Best Aegean Routes Project (2003-2006)

  • MEPIELAN CENTRE has been the leading legal partner to the the Project “DEVELOPMENT OF AN OPERATIONAL SYSTEM AND METHODOLOGY FOR THE DESIGNATION OF THE ENVIRONMENTALLY, LEGALLY AND SOCIO-ECONOMICALLY BEST ROUTES FOR THE TRANSIT OF OIL PRODUCTS FROM THE CASPIAN SEA TO THE MEDITERRANEAN THROUGH THE AEGEAN SEA” (“AEGEAN ROUTES PROJECT”)(2003-2006), an innovative multi-partner research project funded by: the Operational Programme “Competitiveness” of the General Secretariat of Research and Technology-Greek Ministry of Development, the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF), the European Social Fund (ESF) the Greek Government and the private sector. The Cooperating Partners included the National Technical University of Athens (NTUA)/Department of Naval Architecture, Department of Chemical Engineering and Research University Institute of Communication Systems and Computers, MEPIELAN/Panteion University of Athens, National Centre of Marine Research, Institute of Marine Biology of Crete, and Private Sector.
  •  MEPIELAN was responsible for:
    – WORK UNIT 300: “Collection and Analysis of the Global the International Conventions on Safety-at-Sea, the Barcelona Convention System for the Protection of the Mediterranean Coastal and Marine Environment, and the Relevant European and National Legislation Resulting in the Evolving Aegean Legal and Environmental Regime – Investigation into the Possibility of Establishing a Particularly Sensitive Sea Area (PSSA) Regime in the Aegean”
  • Scientific Responsible of the Work:
    – Professor Evangelos Raftopoulos
    – MEPIELAN Research Team: E. Levantis, L. Xirotyri, M. Soumela, A. Kouvertari, S. Zachos

MEPIELAN Pro-Bono Project on the Translation of the Barcelona Convention System

MEPIELAN CENTRE carries out the Translation Pro-Bono Project of the Barcelona Convention system and MAP into Greek. The aim of this continuing project is twofold:

  • to facilitate the ratification process of those amended and new Protocols that still remain unratified by Greece
  • to contribute to the development of a Greek linguistic policy for the translation of international environmental agreements and to define the appropriate standard use of legal and technical terms
TRAINING SCHOOLS AND SEMINARS
  • MEPIELAN Centre Seminar Circle: The Art and Technique of International Negotiations, IDIS Lifelong Learning Programme, Seminar Circle, 30 May, 6, 13, 20 June 2013, IDIS, Athens, Greece

  • MEPIELAN Centre Seminar Circle: The Art and Technique of International Negotiations, IDIS Lifelong Learning Programme, Seminar Circle, 7, 14, 21, 28 June 2012, IDIS, Athens, Greece

  • MEPIELAN Centre: COST Training School on International Environmental Negotiation as a Governance Process, 23-27 November 2009, Glyfada Training Centre, Athens, Greece

  • MEPIELAN & MIO/ECSDE Mediterranean Seminar on the Legal Aspects of the Barcelona Convention and its Protocols, MIO/ECSDE Premises, 26-27 October 2006, Athens, Greece

  • First MEPIELAN Seminar on International Environmental Negotiation and its Application in the Mediterranean, Glyfada Conference Centre & Premises of the Mediterranean Action Plan /UNEP, 18-22 February 2002, Athens, Greece

ERT Digital, 8 Dec 2009

EDUCATIONAL SUPPORT

MEPIELAN Centre provides educational material and support for the following Postgraduate and Undergraduate Courses of
the Department of International, European and Area Studies, Panteion University of Athens

  • Postgraduate Courses:
    1. International Environmental Governance at the Global and Regional Level (since 2005) [Professor E. Raftopoulos & MEPIELAN Centre Academic Experts and Research Fellows]
    2. Theory and Technique of International Environmental Negotiation as a Governance Process (since 2005) [Professor E. Raftopoulos & MEPIELAN Centre Research Fellows]
  • Undergraduate Courses:
    1. International Environmental Law and the Mediterranean (since 2002) [Professor E. Raftopoulos & MEPIELAN Centre Academic Experts and Research Fellows]
    2. Theory and Techniques of International Negotiations leading to International Agreements (2011-2018) [Professor E. Raftopoulos & MEPIELAN Centre Research Fellows]
CONFERENCES & MEETINGS

OECD ENVIRONMENTAL PERFORMANCE REVIEWS (EPR) – GREECE

Consultation Meeting with the OECD EPT Team

Hellenic Ministry of Environment and Energy

Athens, 27 June 2019

MEPIELAN Centre, represented by its Director, participated in the Consultation Meeting with the OECD Team entitled “OECD Environmental Performance Reviews –Greece”, organized by the Hellenic Ministry of Environment and Energy. Professor Evangelos Raftopoulos presented the “Report of MEPIELAN Centre to the OECD Team – MEPIELAN’s Contribution to the Progress towards Sustainable Development” analyzing the development and successful operation of the three collateral roles of MEPIELAN converging into this direction: its interdisciplinary and in-depth educational and training role, its innovative research role, and its distinguished international partnership role contributing directly to the progress towards sustainable development in the Mediterranean.

CONFERENCE: 17 GOALS TO CHANGE THE WORLD

17 Goals to Change the World

University of Piraeus – Jean Monnet Chair EduTRIP

24 October 2018

MEPIELAN Centre, represented by its Director, participated in the Conference on “17 Goals to Change the World”, organized by the University of Piraeus – Dept. of International & European Studies and the Jean Monnet Chair EduTRIP on the occasion of the celebration of the UN Day and the awareness raising of the academic community and the youth on the UN Agenda 2030 for Sustainable Development . Professor Evangelos Raftopoulos delivered a speech entitled “MEPIELAN Centre: Its Role and Innovative Initiatives for the Implementation of Sustainable Development Goals” presenting the mission and work of MEPIELAN with emphasis on the specific areas of MEPIELAN’s multifarious educational and research activities that contribute to the coherent implementation of SDGS 7,8,9,10,13,14,15,16,17.

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