Dr Carolyn Moser heads the research group borderlines, which investigates the governance credentials of (novel) EU security policies. She is also a Lecturer in Lille (Catholic University) as well as in Trier, and moreover teaches in Heidelberg. Prior to joining the Max Planck Institute as a PhD candidate (2013–17) and later as a Senior Researcher (2017–19), Carolyn worked on anti-corruption projects in Africa and Asia for the World Bank and the GIZ as a Research Fellow at the Basel Institute on Governance (2011–13), and also served as an assistant at the University of Basel (2011). She held visiting researcher positions at the EUI in Florence (2016) and at the LMU in Munich (2020), and was appointed as Research Fellow at the Institute for European Integration in Hamburg in 2019.
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, cyber resilience, and global health, 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. Her book Accountability in EU Security and Defence. The Law and Practice of Peacebuilding, 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.
European security & defence
Reviewed by Luigi Lonardo, Journal of Common Market Studies 6, 1636-1637 (2020)
Interview with the Swiss Broadcasting Corporation (SRF) on migration, border control and in particular Frontex, streamed on 3 June 2021 and available as podcast
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Only three weeks after the Trade and Cooperation Agreement between the EU and the UK provisionally came into force on 1st January 2021, hence sealing the UK–EU divorce, we could already witness the first post-Brexit diplomatic incident. Indeed, as became public on 21st January 2021 London refused to confer the EU’s delegation to the UK—including its ambassador, João Vale de Almeida—the diplomatic status offered by the 1961 Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations. Instead, the UK said it would classify the EU as an international organization, implying that the Union’s representatives would enjoy more restricted privileges and immunities. The EU, in response, posited that the Union was not a typical international organization and should therefore, in line with well-established international practice, receive a distinctive treatment when it comes to diplomatic status questions. In light of these developments, Dr Carolyn Moser, first rehashes the basics of diplomatic privileges and immunities, then sheds light on the Union’s international role and subsequent diplomatic status, and finally discusses the UK’s legal stance on the matter.
Nota bene: On 5th May 2021 it was announced that the UK had eventually accorded the EU's head of mission a diplomatic status in accordance with the Vienna Convention, that is the one of a state representative.
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In this video, Dr Carolyn Moser analyses the way in which the French authorities dealt with the pandemic, with a focus on the first wave. Next to sketching out the regulatory and legislative response of the French institutions to COVID-19, in particular the novel state of health emergency, she also discusses matters of democratic accountability and judicial review. She shows how and why the health emergency caused by the coronavirus has reconfirmed some of the Republic’s most central constitutional patterns and legal traditions, namely centralization, executive governance with limited parliamentary involvement, and administrative courts acting as guardians of individual freedoms.
Interviewee, radio feature (in German language) by Christian Jakob, RBB Kultur, 16.12.2020, audio recording
Contributor to a radio programme on the international law and politics edited by Brigitte Voykowitsch [in German], ORF Radiokolleg, 24 – 27 February 2020
WebinarVideo recording (in German)
Sciences Po, Paris
BrusselsVideo recording of the talk
ISA 2021 Annual Convention, Discussant in the panel on 'Shifting Borders in the Time of Covid-19', Online, 07.04.2021 - 07.04.2021
'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