THESEUS Awards 2011

THESEUS Award for Outstanding Research on European Integration


The THESEUS Award for Oustanding Research on Europen Integration 2011 has been discerned to Professor Beate Kohler. The Award has been remitted by Professor Helen Wallace at the THESEUS Conference 2011 in Cologne.



Beate Kohler is Professor emeritus for International Relations and European Affairs at the University of Mannheim and “Bremen Distinguished Professor” at the International Graduate School of Social Sciences in Bremen. She studied Economics at Cologne University and in the US with a Fulbright Scholarship and did her PhD in Political Sciences. In addition, she holds an honorary doctor of the University of Oslo and Maastricht.

From 1969 to 1973 she was Director of the Institut für Europäische Politik in Berlin, became Professor at the Technical University of Darmstadt in 1972 and in Mannheim from 1990 onwards.  Beate Kohler was Visiting Professor in several German and international universities, such as Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore; European Institute of Public Administration, Maastricht; Nankai University, Tianjin in China; University of Bremen, University of Oslo et. al..

Her research interests range from International Relations particularly international security policy, techniques and politics, international regime to European Integration. She worked on the Economic and Monetary Union, theories of Integration, enlargement processes, Governance problems beyond the State and not least on democratisation of the EU and the role of the civil society.

She has coordinated and participated in several influential research programmes, like the Network of Excellence CONNEX about Efficient and Democratic Governance in a Multi-level Europe, the DFG funded project about Governance in the European Union, and the DFG research project Institutionalisation of international systems of negotiation.

Since 1998, Beate Kohler is full member of the Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences and Humanities and was for long-time member and temporarily also chairwoman of German Association for Political Sciences. Moreover, she was active member in advisory boards of several research institutions like the Institut für Europäische Politik, the Mannheim Centre for European Social Research amoung others and was member of the editorial advisory board of several journals: Cooperation and Conflict, European Journal of Political Science Review, Journal of European Public Policy, Politische Vierteljahresschrift, Zeitschrift für Internationale Beziehungen. She is co-editor of the series Regieren in Europa (Governing in Europe).


THESEUS Award for Promising Research on European Integration

Dr. Clara Portela is Assistant Professor of Political Science at the Singapore Management University. She holds a PhD from the European University Institute in Florence and an M.A. from the Free University of Berlin. Her research interests include foreign policy of the European Union, international security, sanctions, arms control and disarmament. She authored a monograph on “European Union Sanctions and Foreign Policy” (Routledge 2010) and several articles on the foreign and security policy of the EU. She has held visiting positions at the Institute for Security Studies of the EU (France), Carleton University (Canada), the Stiftung Wissenschaft und Politik (Germany) and the Australian National University (Australia).

PhD thesis: The Efficacy of Sanctions of the European Union: When and why do they work?

This dissertation analyses the efficacy of sanctions imposed by the European Union against third countries. It looks upon measures imposed after, or in force by 1992, year of the signing of the Treaty on European Union which created the Common Foreign and Security Policy (CFSP). Sanctions wielded within four legal frameworks are considered: CFSP sanctions, the suspension of development aid and trade preferences under the ACP-EU Partnership Agreement, the withdrawal of trade privileges under the Generalised System of Preferences (GSP), and other sanctions imposed by the EU outside these frameworks. Departing from the assumptions made by theories on the operation of sanctions, the study puts forward a series of hypotheses, which are subsequently tested with Qualitative Comparative Analysis (QCA) and empirical case-studies. After presenting some findings, the investigation concludes by assessing the relevance of traditional sanctions theory in accounting for the efficacy of EU sanctions, and the implications of the findings for the Conceptualisation of the EU's international role.



Please find the article from Clara Portela "Sanctions of the European Union: When and why do they work?" that will be published in the near future in the upcoming THESEUS Publikcation, here.