University of Liège European Studies Unit

The European Studies Unit (Department of Political Science – Faculty of Law, Political Science and Criminology) of the University of Liège elaborates courses and studies at all study levels on the various aspect covered by the European Union action. Beside its well-known expertise on non-proliferation of weapons of mass-destruction through the regulation of the dual-use strategic trade, it progressively specialised in areas touching on environmental and (internal and external) security policies. The European Studies Unit constantly provide expertise for the European institutions, international organisations and Member States, and regularly also for the private sector or within political, scientific and academic fora. Since 2010, the European Studies Unit convenes annual seminars of young European scientists researching on the conciliation between international security and the trade of sensitive items, technologies and services. The European Studies Unit (Department of Political Science – Faculty of Law, Political Science and Criminology) of the University of Liège elaborates courses and studies at all study levels on the various aspect covered by the European Union action. Beside its well-known expertise on non-proliferation of weapons of mass-destruction through the regulation of the dual-use strategic trade, it progressively specialised in areas touching on environmental and (internal and external) security policies. The European Studies Unit constantly provide expertise for the European institutions, international organisations and Member States, and regularly also for the private sector or within political, scientific and academic fora. Since 2010, the European Studies Unit convenes annual seminars of young European scientists researching on the conciliation between international security and the trade of sensitive items, technologies and services.

Contact information

Université de Liège – Département de Science Politique – Unité Etudes Européennes

Quartier Agora
Place des Orateurs 3 (B31) bte.09
B-4000 Liège
Belgique

Tel: +32.4.366.30.64
Website: http://www.esu.ulg.ac.be/

The team

Contacts Resume Speciality
Lia Caponetti
Research assistant
Tel: +32 4 366 46 84
lcaponetti@uliege.be
Lia Caponetti is a researcher and assistant at the European Studies Unit (ESU) of the University of Liège, where she works since October 2013. Her main research fields concern trade restrictions for security reasons. More particularly, she dedicates to the following: non-proliferation of weapons of mass destruction (WMD), arms and dual-use items trade controls and European Union’ s policies. Since September 2016, she is officially in charge of the course “Introduction to EU Politics” (SPOL0091-A-a), which is given at the University of Liège for Erasmus students.
  • Strategic trade control (weapons, dual-use items, conflict minerals, torture related items, cultural goods)
  • Non-proliferation of weapons of mass destruction
Renaud Chatelus
Border control and non-proliferation expert
Tel: +436508255035
Renaud.chatelus@gmail.com
Renaud Chatelus is collaborator researcher and PhD candidate at University a Liège. His experience includes customs export control investigations, IAEA inspections in Iraq, safeguards nuclear trade analyst, senior scientist at the EC Joint Research Centre in Ispra (Italy) and border control trainer for many international assistance programs, including EU, US, WCO, UNODC and the IAEA programs. He is a senior fellow of the U. of Georgia (CITS) and author of many articles on strategic trade control, customs, IAEA Safeguards and non-proliferation.
  • Nuclear non-proliferation and IAEA Safeguards
  • Export control enforcement
  • Customs
  • Dual use commodities identification
  • CBRN controls
  • Training and exercises design
Ekaterina Chirkova
PhD Candidate
Ekaterina Chirkova (Luxembourg) is a PhD Researcher at the European Studies Unit of the University of Liège. Her current research focuses on the EU and Russia’s systems of export control of dual-use items, the role of the industry and the sanctions. Alumnus of the College of Europe in Bruges, she also holds a Diploma in Nuclear Law (International School of Nuclear Law, University of Montpellier 1 – OECD/NEA). Her other interests include participatory policy-making and design thinking methods.
  • Dual-use strategic trade control
  • Nuclear law
Odette Jankowitsch-Prevor
Independent expert
Tel: + 43 1 512 63 17
odette.jankowitsch@chello.at
Odette Jankowitsch (Austria) is a former senior lawyer, now consultant IAEA, assists developing & emerging countries in establishing comprehensive legal framework; member of INLA – Chair of WG 5 Transport of Nuclear material – Lecturer on international nuclear law at ISNL,INLE (OECD/NEA), NLI (IAEA), ENELA (Europ.Nucl.Energy Leadership Academy), PSUAD: (Paris Sorbonne at Abu Dhabi), JRC (Ispra : Non-proliferation – disarmament –arms control) Member of “Vertic” (London)-Member of the Chaudfontaine Group.
  • Nuclear law in emerging countries –NAM. Incl. int. /nuclear policies
  • Trade in sensitive items
  • Nuclear disarmament
Quentin Michel
Professor Doctor
Tel: +32 4 366 30 64
qmichel@uliege.be
Quentin Michel (Belgium) is Ordinary Professor in European Studies at the Department of Political Science, University of Liège. He has worked as a Seconded National Expert for the EU Commission (DG Trade Unit E4 Dual-Use Export Control). In addition, he also regularly assumes expertise related to export control regime for national, European and international organisations and fora. Since 2009, he edits and makes available online an analysis of The European Union Export Control Regime: Comment of the legislation article by article, which he updates regularly, for the benefit of scientists, industries, lawyers and political actors.
  • WTO trade exceptions
  • Strategic  trade control (weapons, dual-use items, conflict minerals, torture related items, cultural goods
  • Non-proliferation of weapons of mass destruction
Sylvain Paile-Calvo
Doctor, Senior Research Fellow
Tel: +32 4 366 46 84
spaile@uliege.be
Sylvain Paile (Belgium) is a Researcher at the European Studies Unit of the University of Liège. His researches focus on the European security and defence, notably through the aspects covered by the regulations of the dual-use strategic items’ trade. He is primarily specialised in the nuclear area. He graduated from the International School of Nuclear Law (University of Montpellier 1 – OECD/NEA) in 2010 and is a member of the International Nuclear Law Association.
  • European security and defence
  • Dual-use strategic trade control
  • Non-proliferation of weapons of mass destruction
  • Nuclear law
Hiroaki Takiyama
Independent expert
Tel: +81334946378
choco3494@gmail.com
Hiroaki Takiyama is an Independent expert and a consultant on Export Control. His experience includes Export Control Design and Operation at a Japanese multinational conglomerate company, Hitachi Co., Ltd., audits over 150 subsidiary companies in Japan, Asia, USA, EU, and hosting seminars in Europe, USA, Asia, and Japan, inviting US, EU officials, and former COCOM chairman etc. as lecturers in 1980s.
  • Export Control Laws and Regulations of Japan, USA, and Asian Counties.
  • Export Control Design and Operation at Enterprises