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Carolyn Moser

PhD, MA, Research Group Leader (Minerva Fast Track)

moser@mpil.de

Main Fields of Research:

EU law and governance | Security and defence in Europe | Use of force | Peace operations (UN, EU) | Franco-German relations

Academic Career:

Dr Carolyn Moser heads the research group borderlines, which investigates the governance credentials of (novel) EU security policies. She is also a Research Fellow at the Institute for European Integration in Hamburg and a Lecturer in Lille (Catholic University) as well as in Trier. Prior to joining the Max Planck Institute as a PhD candidate (2013–17) and later as a Senior Researcher (2017–19), Carolyn was a Research Fellow at the Basel Institute on Governance (2011–13) and also worked as an assistant at the University of Basel (2011). She also held visiting researcher positions at the EUI in Florence (2016) and at the LMU in Munich (2020).

Carolyn researches in the fields of international law and European law, with a focus on security and defence. She is particularly interested in how European actors face new security challenges related, inter alia, to border management, migration and cyber resilience and how, in turn, this (re)configures the legal and institutional framework in place. Her key peer reviewed publications include a monograph on Accountability in EU Security in Defence (Oxford University Press, 2020) and a co-edited book on The Legal Framework of the OSCE (Cambridge University Press, 2019).

Trained in law and political science at Sciences Po (Paris) and The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy (Tufts University, USA), Carolyn holds a PhD from Utrecht University (2018) with a thesis on EU civilian crisis management, for which she was awarded the prestigious Otto Hahn Medal of the Max Planck Society. The book 'Accountability in EU Security and Defence', which is based on her PhD thesis and was published in 2020 with Oxford University Press, won the 2020 ECA Award conferred by the European Court of Auditors for an academic contribution demonstrating the "EU added value" in external action. Her academic recognitions furthermore include a multi-annual grant for a research group by the Max Planck Society under the Minerva Fast-Track scheme.

Latest output:

  • Accountability in EU security and defence (book)
  • Hard Power Europe? - taking stock of the European defence policy (article)
  • A French perspective on the legality of the use of force (book chapter; German)
  • Unravelling the winding judicial redress routes available in the EU security and defence context (Working Paper; French)
  • Frontex in Africa - description of a remarkable operational and geographic expansion (blogpost)

Recent Publications

  • Accountability in EU Security and Defence—The Law and Practice of Peacebuilding. Oxford University Press, Oxford, 2020, 336 p. available on OUP website
  • Hard Power Europe? In: Heidelberg Journal of International Law (HJIL) 1, 1-12 (2020). Beck online
  • Accountability in a multi-jurisdictional order. In: Controlling EU Agencies. The Rule of Law in a Multi-jurisdictional Legal Order, Mira Scholten, Alex Brenninkmeijer (eds.). Edward Elgar, Cheltenham 2020, 60-79 (with Gijs Jan Brandsma). available on EE website
  • Loin de l’Union, loin des juges?—Sur les voies de recours juridictionnelles dans le cadre des activités de sécurité et de défense extraterritoriales de l’Union européenne. In: Zugang zu nationalen und internationalen Gerichten gegen das Handeln der Exekutive, Layla Kristina Jaber, Stefanie Lüer, Anne-Marie Thévenot-Werner (eds.). Schwarze Reihe. Springer, Heidelberg 2020, forthcoming. Pre-print version
  • Frieden durch Recht aus französischer Perspektive. In: Frieden durch Recht. Rechtstraditionen und Verortungen, Sarah Jäger, Wolfgang S. Heinz (eds.). Springer, Wiesbaden 2020, 92-120. SpringerLink
  • The Legal Framework of the OSCE. Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, 2019, 374 p. (editor with Mateja Steinbrück Platise, Anne Peters). available on CUP website
  • Conceptualising accountability in the legal and institutional framework of the OSCE. In: The Legal Framework of the OSCE, Mateja Steinbrück Platise, Carolyn Moser, Anne Peters (eds.). Cambridge University Press, Cambridge 2019, 273-293. Pre-print version
  • Legal uncertainty and indeterminacy—immutable characteristics of the OSCE?. In: The Legal Framework of the OSCE, Mateja Steinbrück Platise, Carolyn Moser, Anne Peters (eds.). Cambridge University Press, Cambridge 2019, 3-25 (with Anne Peters). Pre-print version
  • The legal framework of the OSCE—an interdisciplinary inquiry. In: MPS Research report 2018. Max Planck Society, Munich 2019 (with Anne Peters, Mateja Steinbrück Platise). Online version (German)
  • Bring claims if you can—On the intricate arrangements for claims arising from extraterritorial EU security and defence activities. In: ZaöRV 3, 575-579 (2018).
  • EU Civilian Crisis Management—Law and Practice of Accountability. -, Utrecht/Heidelberg, 2018, 336 p. PhD thesis
  • ¿Union de droit, Union de sécurité? Sobre la interacción entre actuación interior y exterior respecto a los valores y normas de la UE. In: La jurisdicción constitucional en la tutela de los Derechos Funda-mentales de la Unión Europea, J.I. Ugartemendia/ A. Saiz Arnaiz/ M. Morales Antoniazzi (ed.). Instituto Vasco de Administración Pública; MPIL, Oñati 2017, 91-130.
  • Peace—Europe's Polyphonic Promise. In: MaxPlanckResearch 2, 10-15 (2015). Article in pdf-version
  • Revisiting the Union’s Common Security and Defence Policy: novel approaches and complementary insights. In: Public Administration 93 (1), 255-261 (2015). DOI: 10.1111/padm.12150
  • Conflict of interests of government members and the risk of corruption: An assessment of pre-revolutionary Tunisia and Egypt. In: Corruption and Conflict of Interests; A Comparative Law Approach, J.-B. Auby/ E. Breen/ T. Perroud (ed.). Edward Elgar, Cheltenham 2014, 124-138. DOI: 10.4337/9781781009352

Blogposts

  • Eine kurze Einführung in Frontex. Newsroom of the Max Planck Society, focus section '25 years Schengen area'; updated, enlarged and translated version of the Verfassungsblog post dated 3 February 2020, 20.03.2020. Website of the Max Planck Society
  • Frontex goes Africa: On Pre-emptive Border Control and Migration Management. Verfassunsblog, symposium 'Frontex—A Rising Star of Declining Europe?', 06.02.2020 (with Rabia Ferahkaya, Lukas Märtin). verfassungsblog.com
  • A very short introduction to Frontex—unravelling the trajectory of one of the EU’s key actors. Verfassunsblog, symposium 'Frontex—A Rising Star of Declining Europe?', 03.02.2020. verfassungsblog.com
  • Integrating Contrasting Approaches: Civil–Military Cooperation in CSDP. PeaceLab, 07.01.2020. peacelab.blog
  • Two Become One? On the Civil–Military Amalgamation of the CSDP. Verfassungsblog, 30.03.2019. verfassungsblog.com
  • Curtailing (informal) power—accountability lessons from the civilian dimension of EU security and defence. EU Law Enforcement, 31.03.2018. www.eulawenforcement.com
  • Awakening dormant law—or the invocation of the European mutual assistance clause after the Paris attacks. Verfassungsblog, 18.11.2015, also published on www.voelkerrechtsblog.com. www.verfassungsblog.com
  • French Constitutional Council puts an end to the plurality of offices, 12.3.2014. www.verfassungsblog.com

Working Papers

  • Loin de l’Union, loin des juges? Sur les voies de recours juridictionnelles dans le cadre des activités de sécurité et de défense extraterritoriales de l’Union européenne (Out of the EU, Out of Judicial Reach? On the Means of Recourse in the Context of the Union’s Extraterritorial Security and Defence Activities). MPIL Research Paper Series, 2020. MPIL Research Paper No. 2020-12
  • Reparation for Victims of Armed Conflict: Impulses from the Max Planck Trialogues. MPIL Research Paper Series, 2018 (with Christian Marxsen, Anne Peters, et alii). MPIL Research Paper No. 2018-19
  • Conceptualising accountability in the legal and institutional framework of the OSCE. MPIL Research Paper Series, 2018. MPIL Research Paper No. 2018-17
  • Legal uncertainty and indeterminacy—immutable characteristics of the OSCE?. MPIL Research Paper Series, 2018. MPIL Research Paper No. 2018-16

Presentations

19 Jun 2020

Has EU constitutionalization run its course?

Paper given together with Berthold Rittberger at the workshop 'Emergency politics' (WZB Berlin)

Web-Conference

11 Jun 2020

Armed drones and international law

'Heidelberger Salon' with political representatives, legal scholars, and members of civil society organizations [in German]

Webinar

Video recording (in German)

24 Feb 2020 - 27 Feb 2020

Das Völkerrecht—Spielregeln gegen die globale Unordnung

Contributor to a radio programme on the international law and politics edited by Brigitte Voykowitsch [in German]

ORF Radiokolleg

25 Oct 2019

What Legal Framework for the OSCE? A Book Launch Conversation

Panel discussion with Nils Blokker, Cornelius von Friesendorf, Jan Klabbers and Carolyn Moser

Berlin

27 Jun 2019

Lifting Pooling and Sharing to a Higher Level: The European Air Transport Command

Presentation given at the 3rd Annual Conference of the European Initiative on Security Studies (EISS)

Sciences Po, Paris

17 Jun 2019

The External Dimension of EU Migration Control—A Security Perspective

Invited talk at a conference of the Research Initiative on Migration of the Max Planck Society 'The Challenges of Migration and Integration'

Munich

25 Apr 2019

Feinde, Freunde, Familie? Der Vertrag von Aachen und der Stand der deutsch-französischen Beziehungen

Invited talk (in German language) on Franco-German relations, Heidelberger Kreis

Heidelberg

18 Jan 2019

From safe distance to de facto convergence—Revisiting the civil-military nexus in EU security and defence

Presentation at the workshop 'The European Union’s "New Defence Policy": European Military Integration in an Interdisciplinary Perspective', Justus Liebig University

Gießen

14 Sep 2018

Ist Krieg ein Weg zum Frieden?

Panelist in a discussion round organized on the occasion of the Open Day of the MPIL

Heidelberg

08 Sep 2018

Loin de l’Union, loin des juges ?—Sur les voies de recours juridictionnelles dans le cadre d’activités de sécurité et de défense extraterritoriales de l’UE

Presentation at the Franco-German colloquium ‘Le droit à un recours effectif – regards croisés’, Université Paris 2

Paris

01 Feb 2018

EU security and defence activities off the Libyan coast and the question of international responsibility

Talk at the Odysseus Annual Conference 'Conflict and Compromise—Between Law and Politics in EU Migration and Asylum Policies'

Brussels

Video recording of the talk

09 Nov 2016

EU civilian crisis management: a realm of executive governance and hidden agencification

Paper presented at the 'Young Researchers Master Class on Agencification of EU executive governance'

Fiesole

13 Jul 2016

The accountability imperative for the OSCE—a legal-institutional perspective

Paper given at the conference 'Between Aspirations and Realities: Strengthening the Legal Framework of the OSCE'

Berlin

07 Sep 2015

Practice what you preach? A critical assessment of EU civilian crisis management

Paper given at the UACES 45th Annual Conference

Bilbao

01 Jun 2015

Securitization of immigration

Presentation (together with Anuscheh Farahat) at the Max Planck Institute for Comparative Public Law and International Law

Heidelberg

13 Feb 2015

Public international law—a guarantor of peace, security and justice?

Talk (in German language) given in the context of the 2014/15 Theme Concert series jointly organized by the Bayrische Staatsoper and the Max Planck Society

Munich

MOSER_Vortrag_Themenkonzert_13.2.2015_dt.pdf (144.3 KB)

01 Dec 2014

Good cop, bad press? Shedding light on recent corruption allegations surrounding the European Union's rule of law mission EULEX to Kosovo

Presentation at the Max Planck Institute for Comparative Public Law and International Law

Heidelberg

10 Nov 2014

EU civilian crisis management and accountability—some preliminary findings

Paper given at the 'NewGen Accountability Workshop' held by the Utrecht University School of Governance

Utrecht

01 May 2014

Grotius and the European Action at the Horn of Africa

Presentation at the Masterclass 'Critical Studies of International Law' with Professor Martti Koskenniemi

Heidelberg

13 Dec 2013

'Accountability' as a conceptual framework for interdisciplinary research with a view on civilian CSDP

Paper given at the 'Accountability Workshop' held by the Utrecht University School of Governance

Utrecht

Teaching

Summer Term

European Union Law

Lecture (24h) for graduate students, Law Faculty | Political Science Faculty, University of Trier

Winter Term 2019

Architecture juridique du système international

Lecture (24h) for master students, Faculté de droit, Université Catholique de Lille

Summer Term 2019

Von Elysée bis Aachen—eine völkerrechtliche Perspektive auf die deutsch-französischen Beziehungen seit dem 2. Weltkrieg

Colloquium 'Current Developments of International Law', Law Faculty, University of Heidelberg, 13.05.2019

Winter Term 2018

Architecture juridique du système international

Lecture (24h) for master students, Faculté de droit, Université Catholique de Lille

Summer Term 2018

Der VN-Sicherheitsrat als Friedenswächter

Together with Dr. Christian Marxsen, Colloquium 'Current Developments in International Law', Law Faculty, University of Heidelberg, 07.05.2018

Spring 2018

The UN Security Council as a Guarantor of Peace

Together with Dr. Raffaela Kunz and Dr. Christian Marxsen, German-Chinese Seminar on International Law, German Foreign Office, Berlin, 19.03.2018

Winter Term 2017

Fighting corruption, improving public governance—an international law perspective

ITLOS-programme, Heidelberg, 23.11.2017

Summer Term 2017

International Anti-Corruption Law: Theory and Practice

Colloquium 'Current Developments of International Law', Law Faculty, University of Heidelberg, 10.07.2017

Summer Term 2017

Security and defence—from laggard to frontrunner of European integration?

Elsa spring conference, Law Faculty, University of Freiburg (D), 27.5.2017

Winter Term 2016

Peace-keeping operations. Past trajectory and future challenges

ITLOS-programme, Heidelberg, 13.12.2016

Summer Term 2015

Peace keeping quo vadis?

Colloquium 'Current Developments of International Law', Law Faculty, University of Heidelberg, 18.05.2015

Summer Term 2012/ Winter Term 2012-13

Français juridique

Seminar for LL.M.-students, Law Faculty, University of Basel

Participation in Conferences at Home and Abroad

'The transnational politics of emergency', online workshop, speaker, WZB Berlin, 19.06.2020

'What Legal Framework for the OSCE?', a Book Launch Conversation with Nils Blokker, Cornelius von Friesendorf, Jan Klabbers and Carolyn Moser, Panel Chair, Berlin, 25.10.2019

ESIL Annual Conference, participant, Athens, 12.09.2019 - 14.09.2019

European Initiative on Security Studies (EISS), 3rd Annual Conference, speaker, Sciences Po, Paris, 27.06.2019 - 28.06.2019

'Areas of Exclusion'-conference of the Research Initiative on Migration (WiMi) of the Max Planck Society, Max Planck Institute for Social Law and Social Policy, Munich, 17.06.2019

Workshop 'The European Union’s "New Defence Policy": European Military Integration in an Interdisciplinary Perspective', speaker, Justus Liebig University, Gießen, 17.01.2019 - 18.01.2019

'Max Planck Trialogue Workshop on the Law of Peace and War – Vol. IV: Intervention by Invitation', participant, Heidelberg, 08.11.2018 - 09.11.2018

'Le traité de Versailles. Regards franco-allemands en droit international à l'occasion du centenaire', participant, Strasbourg, 28.09.2018 - 29.09.2018

Franco-German colloquium 'Le droit à un recours effectif—regards croisés', presenter, Paris, 07.09.2018 - 08.09.2018

'Warum befolgen wir Recht? Rechtsverbindlichkeit und Rechtsbefolgung in interdisziplinärer Perspektive', participant, Heidelberg, 26.03.2018 - 27.03.2018

RENFORCE guest lecture by Dr. Florin Coman Kund on the new legal framework for Europol's international exchanges of data, commentator , Utrecht, 05.02.2018

'Conflict and Compromise—Between Law and Politics in EU Migration and Asylum Policies', Odysseus Annual Conference, speaker in the panel 'International Responsibility for the Cooperation of the EU and its Members States with the Libyan Coastguards?', Brussels, 01.02.2018

'Max Planck Trialogue Workshop on the Law of Peace and War—Vol. III: Reparations for Victims of Armed Conflict', participant, Berlin, 10.11.2017 - 11.11.2017

'The Politicization of Europe: Transnational Solidarity Conflicts and the Changing Structure of Economic Governance in the EU', Panel discussion with Anuscheh Farahat, Marius Hildebrand and Mark Dawson, participant, Berlin, 09.11.2017

'Constitutionality, powers and legitimacy of EU agencies or agency-like bodies', participant, Fiesole, 10.11.2016 - 11.11.2016

'Between Aspirations and Realities: Strengthening the Legal Framework of the OSCE', convener (together with Anne Peters and Mateja Steinbrück Platise), Berlin, 13.07.2016

PhD@maxlaw Workshop ‘16, 2nd Max Planck Young Legal Scholars’ Meeting, presenter (poster presentation), Hamburg, 12.05.2016 - 13.05.2016

UACES 45th Annual Conference, chair of the panel 'Transparency and Accountability in EU Decision‐making', Bilbao, 07.09.2015 - 09.09.2015

'Apprendre à repenser le droit international'—Masterclass with Professor Emmanuelle Tourme-Jouannet, discussant, Heidelberg, 04.05.2015 - 06.05.2015

'NewGen Accountability Workshop' held by the Utrecht University School of Governance, presenter, Utrecht, 10.11.2014

'Cricital Studies of International Law'—Masterclass with Professor Martti Koskenniemi, presenter, Heidelberg, 29.04.2014 - 02.05.2014

'Gagner la paix : Approches vers une solution durable au Mali', colloque, participant, Berlin, 31.01.2014

'Rule of Law and Accountability in Peacekeeping'—German Peace Operations Research Workshop 2014, jointly organized by DGVN, FES and ZIF, participant, Berlin, 28.01.2014

'Good Accountability (and Governance) Workshop - New International Perspectives on Accountability at the USG', presenter, Utrecht, 13.12.2013

'Towards A Global History of International Law' (Institute for Advanced Study), workshop, participant, Berlin, 01.02.2013

20th OSCE Economic and Environmental Forum—'Promoting Security and Stability through Good Governance', rapporteur, Prague, 12.09.2012 - 14.09.2012

Third Summer Academy Freiburg on the 'Dynamics of institutional change under the EU's toolkit of conditionality—Judicial reform and fighting corruption in Eastern Europe, the Western Balkans and Turkey', panel chair, Freiburg (D), 31.08.2012 - 03.09.2012

Honours

  • 2019 | Otto Hahn Medal of the Max Planck Society for an outstanding interdisciplinary PhD thesis defended in 2018
  • 2019–2022 | Minerva Fast Track Fellowship by the Max Planck Society (Humanities Section)
  • 2019–2022 | Research Fellowship at the Institute for European Integration (Hamburg)

 

Miscellaneous

  • 2018–2021 | Elected representative of the institute's researchers at the level of the Max Planck Society
  • Since 2014 | Coordinator of the Forum francophone, the French-speaking academic discussion group at the Max Planck Institute