Panel 1

The European External Action Service:

Shaping the Future of the EU Foreign Policy
Kryštof Kruliš

Kryštof Kruliš works as an analyst at the Association for Internal Affairs specializing in the internal market of the EU. He is an internal Ph.D. Candidate of the International Relations and European Studies course at the Metropolitan University Prague and attends a doctorate course at the European Law department of the Faculty of Law of Charles University. He has studied at the Jönköping International Business School within the Socrates-Erasmus programme and has worked as an articled clerk at a leading international law firm from 2005 to 2009. In his own law practice since 2009, he devotes himself to issues of European law and Public international law.

Vít Beneš

Vít Beneš works at the Institute for International Relations in Prague. He is also the Editor-in-Chief of the ‘Mezinárodní vztahy’ Quarterly, an academic journal that publishes academic articles from the field of International Relations. He graduated from the Faculty of International Relations at the University of Economics in Prague in 2004 and obtained his Ph.D. in 2009. Beneš is a member of the International Studies Association and has participated in many research projects. He has also published many academic articles in books and journals.

Niklas Helwig

Niklas Helwig is a research fellow at the Finnish Institute of International Affairs. He studied at the University of Cologne and at the Victoria University in Melbourne. He received his degree in Economics in Summer 2010. Alongside his studies, he worked as a research assistant and tutor at the Jean Monnet Chair of Prof. Wessels at the University of Cologne and completed an internship at the broadcasting studio of the Second German Public Television (ZDF) in Brussels. As part of the EXACT – Marie Curie ITN on EU External Action and he worked for the Centre for European Policy Studies. His research focuses on the institutional evolution of the Common Foreign and Security Policy (CFSP) and the position of the High Representative.

Ramses A. Wessel

Ramses A. Wessel is currently working as a Professor of International and European Institutional Law at the University of Twente, where he is also responsible for educational innovation as the Dean of Educational Innovation. He is the Co-Director of the Centre for European Studies, Editor-in-Chief and founder of the International Organizations Law review, and also a member of the Advisory Committee on Issues of Public International Law. He specializes in EU External Relations Law and the Law of International Organizations. He is the author of over 180 publications in national and international journals and books in the field of international and European law.