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Eritrea: Von der Befreiung zur Unterdruckung

Eritrea: Von der Befreiung zur Unterdrückung
Editors: Katja Buck, Mirjam van Reisen
Publisher: EMW - Evangelisches Missionswerk in Deutschland

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Decentralised Rural Energy to Meet Energy Needs of Rural Communities and Farmers: Simple, Accessible, Affordable and Sustainable
Editor: Mirjam van Reisen
Publisher: Hivos

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Women's Leadership in Peace Building
Conflict, Community and Care
Editor: Mirjam van Reisen
Publisher: Africa World Press

The Human Trafficking Cycle: Sinai and Beyond
Authors: Mirjam van Reisen, Meron Estefanos & Conny Rijken
Publisher: Wolf legal publishers
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Briefing Papers

This briefing focuses on the EU's external policy in relation to civil society organisations, especially in diplomacy. The European Union (EU) and, in particular, the European Commission (EC) has a long-standing history of cooperation with civil society organisations (CSOs), in line with core human rights standards. Over the last decade, terminology in relation to civil society organisations has changed in the policy documents of the European Commission. This paper takes a quick look at the evolution of this terminology, followed by an examination of how civil society's right to organise is embedded in the legal framework as a core human right. An overview is provided of civil society in the context of the EU legal framework, followed by a description of EU policies on civil society. Finally, the EU Structured Dialogue on civil society is discussed and a brief description given of the current administrative set up.

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Involving Women in negotiating Peace and Security: UNSCR 1325 and 1820 and the International Colloquium on Women’s Empowerment, Leadership Development, International Peace and Security

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This paper argues that, while lady Ashton combines the function of High Representative with the function of Vice-President of the European Commission -- and hence is called 'double-hatted', this does not mean that officials that support her for the different hats should be 'double-hatted'.

Compliance with the Lisbon Treaty is required and any proposals should be judged on whether or not the spirit and intention of the Lisbon Treaty is respected.

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One of the significant provisions made by the Lisbon Treaty is the establishment of the European External Action Service to support the enhanced role of the High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy. Dr. Mirjam van Reisen defines the legal basis for the EEAS as provided by the Lisbon Treaty.
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