International conference discusses impact of Single European Act


A large-scale, multidisciplinary academic conference on the theme of “30 Years After the Single European Act”, organised by HKBU’s Department of Government and International Studies, the European Union Studies Association Asia-Pacific (EUSA Asia-Pacific) and Hong Kong Association for European Studies, was held on 29 and 30 June. 
Over 80 scholars and graduate students from all over the world attended the conference and shared their research and insights on the occasion of the 30th anniversary of the signing of the Single European Act (SEA). 
Professor Ting Wai, President of EUSA Asia-Pacific and HKAES, and Professor Jean-Pierre Cabestan, Head of the Department of Government and International Studies officiated at the opening ceremony.
The SEA, the first major revision of the 1957 Treaty of Rome, gave birth to the European Economic Community. The Act was enacted to facilitate the establishment of the Single Market by the end of 1992 and the codification of European Political Cooperation. 
At the conference, experts in the fields of history, political science, law and economics discussed the sub-themes pertaining to the SEA and the Asia-Pacific region, such as the European Union’s relations with China and Asia, EU enlargement, free trade, law and security, migration and refugee crisis, among other issues. 
There was also a Post Graduate Workshop as part of the conference in which young scholars discussed a wide range of topics, including the EU and Asia/ASEAN, as well as culture and economics. In addition, owing to the result of the Brexit referendum in late June, a special session on the impact of the UK’s possible withdrawal from the EU was held.