Alumni round-up

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Alumni round-up lists all the news we have received from our alumni in the past month, organised by matriculation year.


Léonce Bekemans (ECO 1976-1981) is Jean Monnet Chair and Academic Coordinator of the Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence ‘Intercultural dialogue, Human Rights and Multi-level Governance’ at the University of Padua. He announces two new titles with Peter Lang International: ‘Intercultural Dialogue and Multi-level Governance in Europe. A Human Rights Based Approach’ (2012) and ‘A Value-driven European Future’ (forthcoming November 2012).


Patrick O’Sullivan (ECO 1977-1981), Professor of Business Ethics at the Grenoble Ecole de Management, announces the publication of a book he co-edited (with M. Smith and M. Esposito) entitled ‘Business Ethics: a critical approach integrating ethics across the business world’ (Routledge, 2012)


Jutta Krause (ECO 1978-1983) went on retirement in 2012 and is living in Rome.

Paolo Nello (HEC 1978-1984) has been appointed Director of the Department of Political Sciences at the University of Pisa on 19 September 2012.


Albrecht Rothacher (ECO 1980-1982) got promoted to Minister-Counsellor at the EU Delegation in Japan, and recently published ‘Die Kommissare. Vom Aufstieg und Fall der Bruesseler Karrieren. Eine Sammelbiographie der deutschen und oesterreichischen Kommissare seit 1958’ (Nomos, 2012).


Patrick Del Duca (LAW 1981-1985) is practicing law in Los Angeles with the firm Zuber Lawler & Del Duca. He has been selected for inclusion in the 2013 edition of  ‘The Best Lawyers In America’. He continues teaching International Finance at UCLA Law School as a Professor from Practice. The American Bar Association’s Section of International Law has promoted Patrick to serve for 2012-2013 as its Liaison to the Consiglio Nazionale Forense (Italy’s national bar entity).

Francesc Morata (LAW 1981-1986) announces that he has edited a book on energy policy with Israel Solorio, entitled ‘European Energy Policy. An Environmental Approach’. (Edward Elgar 2012).


Chiara Zilioli (LAW 1985-1992) presently Deputy Director General Human Resources, Budget and Organisation of the ECB will take up new functions as of 1 November 2012 as the Deputy Director General Legal Services of the ECB.

Olivia Natascha Kleinknecht (LAW 1985-1989) announces that she published a scientific work  ‘Das Gedächtnis von Gegenständen oder Die Macht der Dinge‘ with Königshausen & Neumann in July 2012. She is already the author of several novels.


Paul Statham (SPS 1989-1996) and Hans-Jörg Trenz (SPS 1993-1999) have just published ‘The Politicization of Europe. Contesting the Constitution in the Mass Media’ within the Routledge Series on Democratizing Europe.


Patrick Mc Carthy (SPS 1993-1997) has been appointed Head of a new United Nations inter-agency unit that will provide support to more than 20 UN entities in implementing new International Small Arms Control Standards (ISACS). Patrick took up his post at the UN Office for Disarmament Affairs in New York in September 2012. After graduating from the EUI in 1997, Patrick worked in Geneva at the International Peace Bureau, the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies and the United Nations Development Programme, where he coordinated the drafting of ISACS.


Cecile Aptel (SPS 1994-1995) was appointed last year as associate professor at Tufts’ Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, and recently started to serve as the senior legal policy adviser to the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights in Geneva.


Laura Di Gregorio (LAW 1995-2001) writes from Frankfurt to announce that she has launched an international legal magazine aimed at offering a forum for legal scientific debate to a broad readership:’ This Century’s Review‘. She conceived the idea while attending seminars at the EUI, and, ‘like the EUI’, the magazine promotes an international perspective and interdisciplinary approach.


Guglielmo Meardi (SPS 1996-1999) has become Professor and Director of the Industrial Relations Research Unit at the University of Warwick, UK, from September 2012. He recently published ‘Social Failures of EU Enlargement’ (Routledge 2012) and, at the end of a two-year research fellowship spent on fieldwork all around Europe, is now completing his book ‘Comparative Employment Relations in Europe: Work and Democracy under Pressure’.

Pieter Omtzigt (ECO 1996-2003) was reelected as a Member of Parliament for the Dutch Christian Democratic Party CDA on 12 September. He got elected on a platform of blocking EU Pension legislation and received 36750 personal votes. He was the only candidate in Dutch parliament who was elected solely on the basis of preference votes and did so with the largest number in 25 years.


Elisabeth Eklund (LAW 1997-1998) was promoted partner at Advokatfirman Delphi, Stockholm, Sweden 1 January 2012. Elisabeth is specialized in EU- and competition law, state aid and regulatory issues and has wide experience of litigation within these fields.


Zoe Bray (SPS 1998-2002) announces that she and Christian Thauer (SPS 2005-2010) married in Reno, Nevada, USA, on 31 August 2012. They are expecting their first child in February 2013. Zoe is assistant professor at the Center for Basque Studies, University of Nevada, Reno, doing research on Art and Politics.


Anneli Albi (LAW 1999-2003) has been promoted to Professor of European Law at the University of Kent (Canterbury, UK). She has been awarded the European Research Council Starting Grant of 1.2 million EUR for a five-year project ‘The Role and Future of National Constitutions in European and Global Governance’.

Eric Carpano (LAW 1999-2003) has been appointed Full Professor of Public Law at the University of Lyon (France). He also just published an edited volume on European law:  Le revirement de jurisprudence en droit européen (Bruylant, 2012).

Ludovic Renou (ECO 1999-2004) has moved to the University of Essex as Professor of Economics.


Andreas Dür (SPS 2000-2004), Professor of International Politics at the University of Salzburg announces his new book, co-edited with Hubert Zimmerman: ‘Key Controversies in European Integration’ (Palgrave Macmillan, 2012).


Aoife Nolan (LAW 2001-2005) writes that she has been promoted from Senior Lecturer in Law at Durham University Law School to Professor of International Human Rights Law at Nottingham University.


Chiara de Franco (SPS 2002-2008) announces the October publication of her new book ‘Media Power and The Transformation of War’ (Palgrave Macmillan 2012). The book will be launched on 29 November at University College London, where she is a Research Fellow in the Department of War Studies.

Chiara De Santi (HEC 2002-2009), after a Ph.D. in Italian from the University of Wisconsin-Madison (2011), has been appointed Visiting Lecturer at SUNY Fredonia, USA.

Takuro Iwasa (HEC 2002-2007) has been promoted to an Associate Professor of ‘comparative cultures and civilizations between Europe and Japan’ at Osaka University of Economics, supervising over 40 students at his seminar.

Bernhard Knoll-Tudor (LAW 2002-2005) has left the OSCE’s Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (OSCE/ODIHR) in Warsaw to become Director of Executive Education and Outreach at the Central European University’s new School of Public Policy. Initiated and supported by the University’s founder George Soros, SPP is committed to the study of global problems. Its two-year, flagship Masters of Public Administration (MPA) program which will open its door to the first cohort of students in fall 2013.

Ioana Knoll-Tudor (LAW 2002-2006) has joined the Budapest Office of Gide Loyrette Nouel as Senior Associate.

Rafael Leal-Arcas (LAW 2002-2008) announces a new monograph which will come out in early 2013: ‘Climate Change and International Trade’ (Edward Elgar Publishing Ltd.).


Eleni Braat (HEC 2004-2008) announces her new book ‘Van oude jongens, de dingen die voorbij gaan. Een sociale geschiedenis van de Binnenlandse Veiligheidsdienst, 1945-1998’ (Algemene Inlichtingen- en Veiligheidsdienst, 2012). The book is a social history of the Dutch Security Service between 1945 and 1998.

Thomas Paster (SPS 2004-2009) published his thesis as ‘The Role of Business in the Development of the Welfare State and Labor Markets in Germany: Containing Social Reforms’, (Routledge, Series: Routledge/EUI Studies in the Political Economy of Welfare, 2011).


Christian Thauer (SPS 2005-2010) is post-doctoral fellow and lecturer at the Freie Universitat, Berlin, Germany and, during the academic year 2012-2013, visiting scholar the University of Washington, Seattle, with a grant from the Thyssen Foundation. He received the prize for Best PhD Thesis from the International Studies Association in April 2012.

Niall Whelehan (HEC 2005-2009) has recently been appointed research fellow at the History Department at the University of Edinburgh. He also announces the publication, with Cambridge University Press, of ‘The Dynamiters. Irish Nationalism and Political Violence in the Wider World, 1867–1900’. The book is based on his EUI thesis.


Michaël Tatham (SPS 2006-2010) was recently appointed as Associate Professor in the Department of Comparative Politics at the University of Bergen. He also co-edits the journal ‘Regional and Federal Studies’ and co-chairs a research network at Columbia University’s Council for European Studies on ‘Territorial Politics and Federalism’.


Carine S. Germond (JMF 2011-2012) joined the University of Portsmouth in September 2012 as a Marie Curie Fellow (Intra-European Fellowship for Career Development, FP7), and will be there for two years. She was also promoted Assistant Professor of Contemporary European History at Maastricht University in September 2012.