Annual Lectures and Special Lectures

 Manchester JMCE 2020/21 Annual Lecture 

Speaker: HE João Vale de Almeida (EU Ambassador to the UK)

Lecture Title: The European Union and the United Kingdom: a new relationship in a changing World

📅 Wednesday, April 21st (via Zoom Webinar)

Q&A  & Discussion moderated by our very own Director, Prof. Dimitris Papadimitriou and Deputy Director, Dr. Kathryn Simpson.

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The Future of Europe: an EU that empowers and protects

JMCE Annual Lecture 2019

Margaritis Schinas

5 October 2018, 17.30-19.00

University Place, Theatre A

Understanding Ukraine‘s Goals of and the Main Obstacles to Eurointegration

JMCE Annual Lecture 2018

Sergii Leshchenko

25 May 2018, 17:30-19:00

Sackville Street Building, Council Chamber



Brexit After the Election: What Happens Next?

Richard Corbett MEP

1 July, 17:00-18:30

University Place 1.219

***The event is free and open to all, but registration is essential*** Register

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Brexit: Politics and British Constitutional Law

The JMCE Annual Lecture 2017

Prof. Rodney Brazier, MVO, LLD, FRHistS

(University of Manchester)

9 May 2017, 15:00-16:30, Crawford House, Theatre 1

***The event is free and open to all, but registration is essential***

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Click here to download the transcript of Prof Rodney Brazier’s speech.



The IMF and the Eurozone Crisis: troublemaker or trouble-shooter?

A special JMCE event

Dr. Jeffrey Franks

Director of the IMF Europe Office & Senior Resident Representative to the EU

14 March 2017, 16:00-17:30, University Place, Room 2.218

***The event is free and open to all***

Fighting for Europe

A special event co-organised by the Manchester JMCE, Manchester for Europe and the UoM European Affairs Society

Prof. Anthony C. Grayling

Master of the New College of the Humanities, London &  Supernumerary Fellow of St Anne’s College, Oxford

 12 March 2017, 14:00-15:00, Theatre B, University Place

***The event is free and open to all***


Britain after Brexit: political and economic challenges

A special Pankhurst Lecture by the Politics DA and the JMCE

Lord (Peter) Mandelson

Former Cabinet Minister and European Commissioner for Trade

 4 October, 17:00-18:30, Zochonis Building, Lecture Theatre A

***The event is free and open to all, but registration is essential***

Will Straw

JMCE Annual Lecture 2016

Where Will Brexit Leave Britain?

Will Straw (Executive Director of the ‘Britain Stronger in Europe’ Campaign),

Prof. Dimitris Papadimitriou (Chair)

Thursday 28 April 2016, 15:30-17:00
The Kanaris Theatre, Manchester Museum

The event is free and open to all, but prior registration is required. Spaces are limited. To book a place, please visit click here.


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Ergun Olgun

JMCE Annual Lecture 2015

Prospects for Peace in Cyprus

Ergün Olgun (Chief Turkish Cypriot Negotiator at the UN-Sponsored peace talks in Cyprus),

Prof. Dimitris Papadimitriou (Chair)

The 2015 JMCE Annual Lecture  “Prospects for Peace in Cyprus”

Mustafa Ergün Olgun – Chief Turkish Cypriot Negotiator at the UN-sponsored peace talks in Cyprus

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JMCE Special Lecture 2014

Where next for the Eurozone?: A new European policy is necessary

Costas Simitis (Former Prime Minister of Greece)

Prof. Dimitris Papadimitriou (Chair)

Special Manchester JMCE Lecture 2014

“Where next for the Eurozone? A new policy is necessary”, Costas Simitis (former PM of Greece)

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Challenges for Europe

Guy Verhofstadt (Former Prime Minister of Belgium, ALDE (Liberal) Candidate for the Presidency of the European Commission),

Prof. Dimitris Papadimitriou (Chair)


The 2014 JMCE Annual Lecture

“Challenges for Europe”, Guy Verhofstadt

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JMCE Annual Lecture 2013

“The Eurozone crisis and the role of progressive politics in resolving it” George A. Papandreou – Former Prime Minister of Greece and President of the Socialist International Highlights from the lecture Discussant: Prof Kenneth Dyson, FBA (University of Cardiff) Chair: Prof Dimitris Papadimitriou  (The University of Manchester)

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The JMCE Annual Lecture 2012

“How do You Solve a Problem Like the Eurozone? A Panel Discussion”, Prof Nicos Christodoulakis (former Finance Minister of Greece), Prof Werner Bonefeld (University of York), Dr Huw Macartney (The University of Manchester), Chair: Prof Dimitris Papadimitriou (The University of Manchester) Sponsored by the Higher Education Academy

The panel discussed questions about the nature, causes and ways out of the current crisis. Particular attention was drawn to Greek case, its spillovers to other member states and the effectiveness of financial austerity in times of economic recession. The discussants identified public-spending cuts, the lack of economic growth and exit strategies for struggling Euromembers as the major challenges for the future of the EU. The annual lecture was supported by the Higher Education Academy and attracted over 100 visitors, who contributed to a lively discussion. By Marius Guderjan (MMU)

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JMCE Annual Lecture 2011

“Semi-detached but sovereign? Europeanization, governance and the UK coalition government” Professor Simon Bulmer (University of Sheffield) Chair: Prof Dimitris Papadimitriou (The University of Manchester)


JMCE Annual Lecture 2010

“European Union: Where next for European citizens?” European Ombudsman Professor Nikiforos Diamandouros at the JMCE Annual Lecture 2010. Chair: Prof Dimitris Papadimitriou (The University of Manchester)


The JMCE Annual Lecture 2009

“The new Republic and the Old Empire: the United States and the British Isles after 1776″ Maurice Bric, UCD Chair: Prof Stefan Berger (The University of Manchester)

JMCE Annual Lecture 2008

“Civil Society in EU Governance: Towards a more efficient and democratic Union?” Prof Beate Kohler-Koch, Mannheim

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