Refract Kick-Off Meeting, June 25-26

  • June 25-26 2015
  • Institute for European Studies, VUB, Brussels, Pleinlaan 5, Brussels, Belgium

On June 25-26, Refract will hold its kick-off meeting in Brussels. The meeting will consist of two sessions: a brainstorming session on regime complexes and fragmentation, and a focused workshop on the governance of energy subsidies.


Concept Note - Energy Subsidies
Program Kick-Off Event

List of participants

  • Amandine Orsini, Université Saint-Louis, Brussels
  • Beatriz Martinez Romera, University of Copenhagen
  • Benjamin Faude, WZB Berlin
  • Carlos Soria, Vrije Universiteit Brussel
  • Dirk De Bièvre, University of Antwerp
  • Dries Lesage, Ghent University
  • Fariborz Zelli, Lund University
  • Filip Sedefov, Vrije Universiteit Brussel
  • Harri Kalimo, Vrije Universiteit Brussel
  • Harro van Asselt, Stockholm Environment Institute, Oxford
  • Ina Möller, Lund University
  • Jakob Skovgaard, Lund University
  • Jean-Frédéric Morin, Université Laval
  • Johannes Urpelainen, Columbia University
  • Justyna Pozarowska, Vrije Universiteit Brussel
  • Kati Kulovesi, University of Eastern Finland
  • Lea Wisken, WZB Berlin
  • Margaret Young, Melbourne University
  • Marija Isaelovic, Free University of Amsterdam and CONNECT
  • Peter Debaere, Ghent University
  • Sebastian Oberthür, Vrije Universiteit Brussel
  • Thijs Van de Graaf, Ghent University
  • Thomas Gehring, University of Bamberg
  • Tim Meyer, Vanderbilt University


Thursday, June 25

12.00-12.45 Arrival and lunch (walking buffet), IES Event Space
12.45-13.00 Introduction and welcome

Session 1: “Research frontiers in the study of regime complexes and fragmentation” (Lisbon Room)

13.00-15.00 Short presentations (5-8 min.) and discussions of think pieces
15.00-15.15 Coffee break, Event Space
15.15-16.45 Short presentations (5-8 min.) and discussions of think pieces
16.45-17.15 Wrap-up and practical steps forward
19.30 Evening dinner at restaurant Rouge Tomate. The restaurant is at walking distance from the hotel. Taxi’s to the hotel will be provided.

Friday, June 26

Session 2: “Energy subsidies at the intersection of trade, climate and energy governance” (Lisbon Room)

09.00-09.15 Framing and goals of the workshop (Thijs Van de Graaf and Harro van Asselt)
09.15-10.15 Paper 1: ”The G20, the OECD an the IMF Going Green? – The Influence and Limitations of Economic Institutions Promoting Fossil Fuel Subsidy Reform” (Jakob Skovgaard, Lund University)

Discussant: Sebastian Oberthür, VUB
10.15-11.15 Paper 2: “Removing Fuel Subsidies: How Can International Organizations Help?” (Joel E. Smith and Johannes Urpelainen, Columbia University)

Discussant: Jean-Frédéric Morin, Laval University
11.15-11.30 Coffee break, Event Space
11.30-12.30 Paper 3: “A Concept Paper on Comparing Actual and Potential WTO Disputes on Energy Subsidies” (Dirk De Bièvre and Arlo Poletti, Antwerp University)

Discussant: Benjamin Faude, WZB Berlin
12.30-13.15 Lunch (walking buffet), Event Space
13.15-14.15 Paper 4: “Fragmentation and Epistemic Governance in International Energy” (Tim Meyer, Vanderbilt University)

Discussant: Amandine Orsini, Université Saint-Louis
14.15-15.15 Paper 5: ”Fossil Fuel Subsidies under the UNFCCC: Options and Limitations” (Harro van Asselt, SEI Oxford, and Kati Kulovesi, University of Eastern Finland)

Discussant: Thomas Gehring, Bamberg University
15.15-15.30 Coffee break, Event Space
15.15-15.45 Paper 6: “Energy Subsidy Reform: Lessons from the Negotiations on Fisheries Subsidies” (Margaret Young, Melbourne University)

Discussant: Fariborz Zelli, Lund University
15.45-16.45 Paper 7: ”Impasses, Detours and Fast-lanes – Mapping the Route for Renewable Energy Promotion under WTO law” (Harri Kalimo, Max S. Jansson, Filip Sedefov, IES, VUB)

Discussant: Thijs Van de Graaf, Ghent University
16.45-17.15 Wrap-up and next steps
17.15 End of the workshop