Program Schedule

Pictured: the 2015 Pat Cox-Humanity in Action Fellows with Pat Cox, former President of the European Parliament.

2015 Program Schedule

An integral component of the Pat Cox-Humanity in Action Fellowship is an educational and professional development program that Fellows attend one day each week. This program offers Fellows the opportunity to engage with leading experts, policy makers, researchers and activists in Brussels.

Fellows explore a variety of topics including European foreign policy, human rights, immigration, diversity and minority rights issues in the European Union. Fellows also participate in skill-building workshops that seek to hone their professional communication and analytical skills as well as expand their personal and professional network. 

Below, you will find the 2015 Pat Cox-Humanity in Action Fellowship program.

January 30: Orientation 

  • “Welcome to the Pat Cox - Humanity in Action Fellowship”, by Dr. Martine Alonso Marquis (Director of the Pat Cox - Humanity in Action Fellowship)
  • “Liberal Values and Human Rights in the World”, by Hans Stein (Director of European and Transatlantic Dialogue of the Friedrich Naumann Foundation for Freedom) 
  • “Being an Intern in the European Parliament”, by Dr. Martine Alonso Marquis (Director of the Pat Cox - Humanity in Action Fellowship)
  • Site visit: European Quarter, European Commission, European Parliament, Parlamentarium 

February 6 

Site visit: APCO Worldwide

  • “The World of European Public Affairs & Lobbying EU Institutions”, by Nicholas White (Director & International Affairs Strategist at APCO Worldwide) 

February 13 

Site visit: Migration Policy Group 

  • “The History of European Migration Policies & the Rights of Migrants in the EU”, by Thomas Huddleston (Humanity in Action Senior Fellow & Policy Analyst at Migration Policy Group) 

February 19

  • Professional Networking Event with Pat Cox-Humanity in Action Fellows, Students and Alumni of the Brussels School of International Studies of Kent University and professionals from various sectors in Brussels 

February 20

  • Site visit: Amnesty International, European Headquarters 
  • “How to Advocate EU Institutions on Issues of Human Rights?”, by Katharine Derderian (Executive Officer, EU Foreign Policy at Amnesty International European Institutions Office)

February 27 

  • Site visit: European Network Against Racism 
  • “Introduction to the Work and Projects of ENAR”, by Juliana Wahlgren (Network Development Officer, ENAR) 
  • “Fighting Racism in Europe: What’s at Stake?”, by Joël Le Déroff (Policy Officer, ENAR) 

March 6 

Site visit: International Crisis Group 

  • “Researching & Advocating European Institutions on Conflict Prevention”, by Isabelle Arradon (Director of Research & Deputy Director of Communications and Outreach at International Crisis Group)

March 13 

  • Site visit: European External Action Service 
  • “Opportunities & Challenges of a Common European Foreign and Security Policy”, by Olaf Deussen (Chief of Cabinet of Pierre Vimont, Secretary General of the EEAS) 

March 20

  • Site visit: European Women’s Lobby 
  • “The Ongoing Struggles for Women’s Rights in Today’s Europe”, by Serap Altinisik (Program Director at EWL)

March 27

  • Site visit: Open Society European Policy Institute  
  • “Introduction to the Activities & Projects of the Open Society Foundation”, by Nadja Groot (Humanity in Action Senior Fellow & Program Coordinator at OSF) 

April 10

  • Site visit: Common House of the Regional Representation Offices of of Friuli Venezia Giulia, Carinthia, Istria and Sarajevo Canton
  • “Introduction of the Common House of Friuli Venezia Giulia, Carinthia, Istria and Sarajevo Canton”, by Raffaella Viviani (Head of Friuli Venezia Giulia Office)
  • “Presentation of the Work and Role of the Regional Representation office of Friuli Venezia Giulia, Autonomous Region, by Raffaella Viviani (Head of Friuli Venezia Giulia Office)
  • “The EU-Representation office of Carinthia in Brussels: Possibilities of Influencing the EU Legislative Process“, by Julia Nieuwmeyer-Bernhart (Carinthia Office in Brussels)
  • “The Committee of the Regions – Voice of European Regions in the EU”, by Gianluca Spinaci (Representative of the Committee of the Regions)
  • “Presentation of the Sarajevo Canton – Regional Representation Office to the EU”, by Dino Elezović (Head of Sarajevo Canton Office) & Marko Miladinović ( Assistant at Sarajevo Canton Office in Brussels)
  • “Promoting Regions through their Economic Potentials – Presentation of Business Point Europe – European Economic Interest Grouping Platform, by Pailine Caroni (Assistant at Sarajevo Canton Office in Brussels)

April 17 

  • Site visit: International Partnership for Human Rights 
  • “Introduction to the Work of International Partnership for Human Rights”, by Jasmijn Remmers (2015 Pat Cox Fellows at IPHR) 
  • “Challenges of Human Rights Activists in the Post-Soviet Space”, by Simon Papuashvilli (Advocacy Officer at IPHR)  

April 22: Closing Ceremony in the Presidential Room of the European Parliament 

  • “Welcome & Introductory Remarks”, by Dr. Martine Alonso Marquis (Director of Pat Cox - Humanity in Action Fellowship” 
  • “Liberal Values and the Challenges of European Security”, by Hans Stein (Director of European and Transatlantic Dialogue of the Friedrich Naumann Foundation for Freedom) 
  • Speech by Dr. Sajjad Karim, Member of the European Parliament 
  • Speech by Pat Cox, Former President of the European Parliament and Honorary Patron of the Pat Cox - Humanity in Action Fellowship 
  • Distribution of Certificates to the Pat Cox - Humanity in Action Fellows 
  • Cocktail Reception with Guests & Members of the European Parliament