prof.dr. R.A. Wessel (Ramses)

Full Professor

About Me

Ramses A. Wessel is Professor of International and European Law and Governance and Co-Director of the Centre for European Studies at the University of Twente, The Netherlands. He is former Vice Rector (Dean of Educational Innovation) of the University and former Dean of the School of Management and Governance. His additional functions include: Member of the standing Advisory Committee on Issues of Public International Law (CAVV) of the Netherlands’ government; Member of the Governing Board of the Centre for the Law of EU External Relations (CLEER) in The Hague; Editor-in-Chief and founder of the International Organizations Law Review and of the Netherlands Yearbook of International Law; Editor of European Papers and of Nijhoff Studies in European Union Law and member of the Editorial Board of the CLEER Papers series and of Europe and the WorldRamses is a well-known specialist in international and European law and governance and a prolific writer of over 200 academic publications. He is frequently invited as a (key-note) speaker at international conferences and seminars. He was invited as a guest professor all over Europe, including the Universidad Pablo de Olavide/Universidad Internacional de Andalucía, Sevilla, Sapienza Università di Roma, Università LUISS Guido Carli, Rome, University of Leiden, European Law Academy/ERA and the European University Institute, Florence. He participates in a number of European research projects. All activities and publications can be accessed here: https://www.utwente.nl/en/bms/pa/staff/wessel/


International Law
European Law
Legal Order
International Agreement
International Organizations
Security Policy

Ancillary Activities

  • Commissie van Advies inzake Volkenrechtelijke Vraagstukken (CAVV), Min. van BuZa


Research expertise lies in the field of behaviour and resilience of global and European institutions and normative systems with a view to their increasing interconnectedness. Research in this area is done from the perspective of international and European institutional law and governance, with a focus on (the influence of technological developments on) global governance, international organizations, EU external relations, European and global foreign, security and defence policy, and the vertical relations between legal orders (global-EU-domestic). The effects of grand global challenges on the EU and its Member States (and vice versa) forms a central theme. This theme is approached from the perspective of new developments and innovations in EU and global governance and multilevel regulation as part of the multi-disciplinary and highly acclaimed research program Innovation of Governance, which focuses on changes in the relationships between citizens and their government at various levels, with specific attention for the emergence of multilevel governance, from the viewpoints of legitimacy and effectiveness. Research projects increasingly deal with the regulation of technological innovations in various sectors (including railways, nanotechnology, medical devices, telecom, (cyber) security, (green) energy and the internet). Research activities are furthermore embedded in the Netherlands Institute of Government (NIG) and connections exist with the program Constitutional Processes: The Interaction between the National and the European Dimension of the international Ius Commune Research School.


Wessel, R. A. (2018). Legal Aspects of Parliamentary Oversight in EU Foreign and Security Policy. In J. S. Vara, & S. R. Sánchez-Tabernero (Eds.), The Democratisation of EU International Relations through EU Law (Routledge/UACES Contemporary European Studies). Routledge. DOI: 10.4324/9781315178721-24
Amtenbrink, F., Prévost, D., & Wessel, R. A. (2018). Preface: Shifting Forms and Levels of Cooperation in International Economic Law: Mapping Trends and Developments. In F. Amtenbrink, D. Prévost, & R. A. Wessel (Eds.), Netherlands Yearbook of International Law 2017: Shifting Forms and Levels of Cooperation in International Economic Law: Structural Developments in Trade, Investment and Financial Regulation (pp. ix-xii). (Netherlands Yearbook of International Law; Vol. 48). T.M.C. Asser Press. DOI: 10.1007/978-94-6265-243-9
Wessel, R. A. (2018). Studying International and European Law: Confronting Perspectives and Combining Interests. (Grotius Centre Working Paper Series; No. 2018/071-PIL). Leiden.
Eckes, C., & Wessel, R. A. (2018). The European Union: An International Perspective. In T. Tridimas, & R. Schütze (Eds.), The Oxford Principles of European Union Law: Vol. 1: The European Union Legal Order (pp. 74). Oxford: Oxford University Press.
Hillion, C., & Wessel, R. A. (2018). Judicial control over CFSP/CSDP. In S. Blockmans, & P. Koutrakos (Eds.), Research handbook on EU common foreign and security policy (pp. -). Cheltenham/Northhampton: Edward Elgar.
Other Contributions
For all published and planned publications see: https://www.utwente.nl/en/bms/pa/staff/wessel/publications/

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The Chair is responsible for the European/International Law, Regulation & Governance, and International Relations perspectives in the Management, Society and Technology,  European StudiesInternational Business Administration and Health Sciences programs, as well as in the Post-graduate Master of Public Management, the High Tech Human Touch (HTHT) minor Cybersecurity and Cybercrime and the university's Pre-U programs.

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Contact Details

Visiting Address

University of Twente
Faculty of Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Ravelijn (building no. 10), room 4278
Hallenweg 17
7522NH  Enschede
The Netherlands

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Mailing Address

University of Twente
Faculty of Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Ravelijn  4278
P.O. Box 217
7500 AE Enschede
The Netherlands

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