Professor Karen E. Smith

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‘Impact’ essentially involves contributing to policy-making processes. This page summarises some of my recent engagements with policy-makers. See also the European Foreign Policy Unit website for more.

Evidence submitted to the House of Commons Foreign Affairs Committee, inquiry into the Future of the UK’s Diplomatic Relationship with Europe, 5 December 2017. My evidence was cited in the committee’s report of 30 January 2018.

Evidence session, House of Lords, EU external affairs sub-committee, one-off evidence session on ‘Brexit: Cooperation on Common Foreign and Security Policy‘, 6 April 2017. Video of session available. My evidence was later cited in House of Lords, EU Committee, Brexit: Sanctions Policy, HL Paper 50, 17 December 2017; available here.

Evidence session, House of Lords, EU external affairs subcommittee, inquiry into the strategy review of the EU’s foreign and security policy, 10 September 2015: video and transcript. My evidence was cited in the committee’s final report ‘Europe in the world: Towards a more effective EU foreign and security strategy’, published on 16 February 2016.

Discussant on Dahrendorf Forum debate on The Crisis in European Security, with Robert Cooper and Wolfgang Ischinger, 8 October 2015.

My work on EU human rights policy and EU mass atrocity prevention was the subject of an ‘Impact Case Study’ for the UK’s 2014 Research Excellence Framework. This impact case study was based on the following works:

In 2012-13, I served as Co-Chair of the Task Force on EU Prevention of Mass Atrocities, an initiative of the Budapest Centre for the International Prevention of Genocide and Mass Atrocities. For information on the Task Force, click here, and for information on the Centre, click here. The Task Force’s report, ‘The EU and the Prevention of Mass Atrocities: An Assessment of Strengths and Weaknesses’ was published on 4 March 2013; click here for a copy. Several events will be held to debate the Task Force’s final report. In 2013 it was debated at events in Brussels on 6 March (videos available here  here and here), in Geneva on 8 March, at the LSE on 26 March (video available), in Rome on 10 April and Budapest on 6 November.

Author of study on The European Union and the Review of the Human Rights Council, for the European Parliament’s Sub-Committee on Human Rights, February 2011 (EXPO/B/DROI/2010/6).

Evidence for the UK government’s review of the balance of competences between the United Kingdom and the European Union: Foreign Policy Report, February 2013.

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