Bringing together European Studies scholars and practitioners from across the island of Ireland to foster collaboration, source funding, and disseminate scholarly research on European Integration and membership of the EU.
The Irish Association for Contemporary European Studies (IACES) aims to bring together European Studies scholars and practitioners from across the island of Ireland to foster collaboration, source funding, and disseminate scholarly research on European Integration and membership of the EU. The association will also seek to contribute to future public and political discussion on the question of Ireland’s EU membership.
to promote teaching and research in contemporary European Studies;
to provide a forum for discussion of contemporary European issues;
to publish work of high quality in European Studies;
to maintain and foster links between tertiary educational institutions;
to foster links and collaboration among academics in Ireland and internationally;
to engage with interested government and non-government organisations.
We have been holding conferences and events for almost 40 years around Ireland aiming to promote teaching and research in European Studies, and provide a forum for informed and detailed discussion of EU issues relevant to Ireland.
Giada Lagana (Cardiff University)
John O'Brennan (Maynooth University)
Giada Lagana is a Lecturer in Politics at Cardiff University, School of Law and Politics (LAWPL). She is the author of The European Union and the Northern Ireland Peace Process (2021), published by Palgrave McMillan. The book demonstrates that the role of the EU in the Northern Ireland peace process was much more significant than had previously been suggested. It also makes an original contribution to the theoretical literature on peacebuilding by developing an original framework that combine
John O’Brennan holds the Jean Monnet Chair of European Integration and is Director of the Maynooth Centre for European and Eurasian Studies at Maynooth University, and Vice-President of the Irish Association for Contemporary European Studies (IACES). His research focuses on EU Enlargement policy and on Ireland’s relationship with the EU. He has published 15 articles in international journals including: Cambridge Review of International Affairs, the European Foreign Affairs Review, European Polit
Ben Tonra is Full Professor of International Relations at the UCD School of Politics and International Relations. At UCD he teaches, researches and publishes in European foreign, security and defence policy, Irish foreign, security and defence policy and International Relations theory. Outside the university Ben is a Member of the Royal Irish Academy and has previously served as the chair of the Academy's Standing Committee on International Affairs. He is also a Distinguished Fellow at the Azure
Gavin Barrett is a Professor specialising in European Union Law in the Sutherland Law School, UCD and the sometime Jean Monnet Professor of European Economic and Constitutional Law there. A barrister, he is the author or editor of several books, book chapters and articles in leading law and political science journals on EU-law related subjects, parliamentary democracy and referendums. His latest book, The Evolving Role of National Parliaments in the European Union: Ireland as a Case Stud
Etain Tannam is Associate Professor in International Peace Studies, Trinity College Dublin. She is author of International Intervention in Ethnic Conflict: A Comparison of the European Union and United Nations (2014, Basingstoke, Palgrave) and Cross-Border Co-operation in Ireland (1999, Basingstoke, Palgrave) and has published various book chapters and international journal articles (see below). Her research interests are in the areas of Northern Ireland and British-Irish relations, incl
Louis Brennan is a Fellow of Trinity College and a Professor within the Trinity Business School at Trinity College. He previously served as Director of the Institute for International Integration Studies at Trinity College. He was the founder of, and chaired from 2010-2014, a twenty six nation research network on the impact of investment by emerging economy firms on Europe. He has two books on that topic: The Emergence of Southern Multinationals and their Impact on Europe published by Pa
Michael Holmes holds a PhD in Political Science from University College Dublin, as well as an MA in European Politics from the University of Essex and a BA in Political Science from Trinity College Dublin. His areas of research are mainly European politics and Irish politics. During his career, he focused on studying the impact of European integration on political parties and party systems. Regarding Irish politics, he decided to specialize in the foreign policy of his native country and its...
Federica Fazio is a PhD Candidate in the School of Law & Government at Dublin City University, where she is focusing on EU-NATO cooperation and specifically the relationship between the two organisations' mutual defence clauses. Until August 2023, Federica was also a Visiting Fellow at the University of South Wales’ International Centre for Policing and Security. There, she conducted research on issues related to European and transatlantic security more broadly and contributed to the work of
Shamsoddin Shariati is a PhD researcher at the Department of Sociology at the National University of Ireland Maynooth (NUIM). As a John Hume scholar, Shamsoddin has undertaken responsibilities as both a research and teaching assistant within the department. Beginning in 2022, he has been a pivotal contributor to the Maynooth Centre for European and Eurasian Studies, serving as a research assistant and spearheading initiatives for the EU-funded Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence project, which emph