Jean Monnet Network PEACE, WAR AND THE WORLD IN EUROPEAN SECURITY CHALLENGES POWERS International Online Workshop "The contribution of EU´s CSDP missions and operations to the promotion of human rights in its wider neighborhood" June 18, 2021
The Treaty on European Union supports EU’s general adherence to human rights (Preamble, Articles 2, 3 and 6) and the EU´s specific commitment to human rights in many policy areas. The TEU explicitly provides in Article 21 (1) that human rights must guide all EU’s external action and CFSP. Over the course of the last decades, the EU’s Common Security and Defence Policy (CSDP) has provided the Union with the operational capacity to deploy both civilian missions and military operations. CSDP missions and operations are a security instrument in the EU’s toolbox allowing for direct action to manage a conflict or crises. Since 2003, the EU has launched thirty-seven missions and operations, ranging from large-scale military and civilian deployments, to short-term support or deployments in support of missions led by other international security actors. The diversity of tasks as set out in the TEU encompass: humanitarian and rescue tasks; conflict prevention and peace-keeping tasks; tasks of combat forces in crisis management, including peace-making; joint disarmament operations; military advice and assistance tasks; post-conflict stabilisation tasks.
Since the launch of the first missions and operations the EU has continuously enhanced its structures, mechanisms and tools to promote stability and security in its wider neighborhood, thereby adapting to new security challenges. Despite the new security environment, the EU remains committed to increasing its global presence and ability to act as a global security promoter and provider, including through its CSDP missions and operations, with the goal of achieving sustainable peace, stability, security and prosperity and of actively contributing to overcoming and settling conflicts around the world, in particular in the EU’s neighborhood.
Human rights aspects represent an integral part of the EU missions and operations that currently take place in a geopolitical scenario featuring increasing multi-faceted threats to global regional and national security and stability in a highly multipolar and unpredictable environment, with more assertive and competing global and regional powers and shifting alliances. Against this backdrop, this workshop critically assessed to which extent the EU´s missions and operations contribute to the promotion and protection of human rights and their potential to develop a more relevant and stronger role of the Common Security and Defence Policy in the new geopolitical environment, as well as their contribution to peace, human security, sustainable development, prosperity, freedom, respect of fundamental rights and values and democracy.
This workshop aimed at discussing the integration of human rights, humanitarian law and democracy/rule of law principles and tools into the EU Common Security and Defence Policy. The workshop provided insight and reflected upon how CSDP missions and operations as security measures had become key elements of the EU’s integrated response to crises, in particular in the so-called migration crises, in the immediate neighborhood and beyond.
The University of Seville workshop contributed to a wider discussion on the EU’s approach to external conflicts and crises according to the EU Global Strategy. Attention was also given to the cooperation and complementarity of EU action in the area of crisis management, with the relevant security actions of other multilateral actors on various policy levels.
THE PROPOSED TOPICS:
- ■ the EUGS integrated approach to conflicts and crises: what implies for EU security governance, and in what ways it complements and/or differs from‘comprehensiveness’
- ■ conflict-sensitive and people-centred approaches that put human security and rights at the core of EU engagement
- ■ CSDP missions and operations and ‘human security’
- ■ the interaction between the EU and other international and regional institutions in the area of crisis management
- ■ the integration of human rights and humanitarian law in the CSDP decisionmaking and planning phases
- ■ gender and CDSP missions and operations
- ■ accountability mechanisms applicable to CSDP missions
- ■ case studies of integration of human rights, humanitarian law and democracy/rule of law principles and tools in operations/missions
- ■ the European strategic autonomy and partnerships
- ■ COVID-19 pandemic, human rights and CDSP missions and operations
Contacts: Prof. Dr. Carmen Márquez Carrasco email@example.com