1 November 2018 from 15:45 to 18:00

European Governance Day 2018 with Shada Islam

Shada Islam
Shada Islam

The third annual Johan Willem Beyen lecture will be given by Shada Islam on 1 November to celebrate European Governance Day in Utrecht. The lecture is entitled: The show must go on: Europe in an A(merica), B(rexit), C(hina) world.

On European Governance Day, the Faculty of Law, Economics and Governance of Utrecht University celebrates the prestigious interdisciplinary European Governance Master’s program together with current students, alumni and partner institutions. Utrecht University offers this master’s program in collaboration with University College Dublin, Konstanz University and Masaryk University in Brno. European Governance graduates are active at the highest levels at the EU institutions and in European affairs elsewhere.

Shada Islam

European Governance Day will culminate in the third annual Johan Willem Beyen lecture. This year’s lecture will be held by Shada Islam, Director Europe and Geopolics at the Brussels-based think tank Friends of Europe. Shada Islam has spent most of her professional life researching, writing and speaking about the European Union’s relations with Asia. She has built up a reputation in both Asia and Europe as a leading commentator, analyst and writer as well as a fresh and original thought leader on EU-Asia relations.

Following her lecture, Shada Islam will participate in a moderated Q&A.




Opening by vice-dean Elaine Mak


Johan Willem Beyen lecture by Shada Islam


Moderated Q&A with Shada Islam



Johan Willem (Wim) Beyen

Johan Willem Beyen

Johan Willem (Wim) Beyen (1897–1976) was an alumnus from the Utrecht University School of Law. He was a banker, civil servant, politician and diplomat. From 1952 – 1956 he served as Minister of Foreign Affairs. Wim Beyen is regarded  one of the founding fathers of the European Union. In the early fifties, when initiatives to intensify political cooperation and integration between Germany, France, Italy and the Benelux-countries seemed to fail, he developed a plan for a European Common Market in combination with a political community. His initiative formed an import foundation for the Treaties of Rome of 1957 and the development of a European Economic Community.

This lecture is organised in collaboration with Institutions for Open Societies, one of the strategic themes of Utrecht University.

Start date and time
1 November 2018 15:45
End date and time
1 November 2018 18:00
Entrance fee