Vera van Hüllen - EDP Network

Vera van Hüllen – EDP Network

Vera van Hüllen

Vera van Hüllen is Assistant Professor (Juniorprofessorin) for International Relations at Leuphana University of Lüneburg. Her current research on international democracy promotion focuses on the role of regional organizations (including the Arab League and the Gulf Cooperation Council) and international institutions more broadly for regime transformation and change in the Middle East and North Africa. She investigates in particular the dynamics of transnational human rights politics and authoritarian regime survival and change and the multi-level interaction between different ‘senders’ and ‘recipients’ of (multi-directional) norm transfers.

In the framework of the collaborative research center (SFB) 700 “Governance in Areas of Limited Statehood” at the Free University Berlin, she studied the governance transfer of regional organisations worldwide (2010-2013). The project B2 examined how and under what conditions regional organisations actively set and promote standards of legitimate governance – e.g. in terms of democracy, human rights or rule of law – for their own member states. The project thus elaborated on the view of international democracy promotion through the perspectives of diffusion and comparative regionalism research. In her dissertation, she examined the emergence and quality of cooperation between authoritarian regimes and international actors in the field of external democracy promotion. She analysed the role of political liberalisation and interdependence for the implementation of political dialogue and democracy assistance with seven Mediterranean partners since the early 1990s.

Vera van Hüllen extends the expertise of the Network to a sophisticated level of analysis of democracy promotion strategies and instruments of the European Union. She also brings in extensive knowledge of authoritarian countries in the Middle East and North Africa.

More about Vera van Hüllen here.

Contact: vera.vanhuellen [at]

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Publications by Vera van Hüllen

Tanja A. Börzel, Vera van Hüllen | 2015

Governance Transfer by Regional Organizations. Patching Together a Global Script

Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.

Vera van Hüllen | 2015

EU Democracy Promotion and the Arab Spring. International Cooperation and Authoritarianism

Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.

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Tanja Anita Börzel, Vera van Hüllen | 2014

One voice, one message, but conflicting goals: cohesiveness and consistency in the European Neighbourhood Policy

in: Journal of European Public Policy 21:7, 1033–1049.

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Tanja Anita Börzel, Vera van Hüllen | 2014

State-Building and the European Union’s Fight against Corruption in the Southern Caucasus: Why Legitimacy Matters

In: Governance. An International Journal of Policy, Administration, and Institutions 27:4, 613-634.

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Vera van Hüllen | 2013

The ‚Arab Spring‘ and the spiral model: Tunisia and Morocco

in: Thomas Risse, Stephen C. Ropp and Kathryn Sikkink (eds): The Persistent Power of Human Rights: From Commitment to Compliance, New York: Cambridge University Press, 182-199.

Tanja Anita Börzel, Vera van Hüllen, Mathis Lothaus | 2013

Governance Transfer by Regional Organizations: Following a Global Script?

SFB-Governance Working Paper Series No. 42, Berlin: Freie Universität Berlin, DFG Sonderforschungsbereich 700.

Vera van Hüllen | 2012

It Takes Two to Tango. The European Union and Democracy Promotion in the Mediterranean

Berlin: Freie Universität Berlin,

Vera van Hüllen | 2012

Transnationalising Euro-Mediterranean Relations. The Euro-Mediterranean Human Rights Network as an Intermediary Actor

in: Isabel Schäfer and Jean-Robert Henry (eds): Mediterranean Policies from Above and from Below, Baden-Baden: Nomos, 390-411.

Vera van Hüllen | 2012

Europeanization through Cooperation? EU Democracy Promotion in Morocco and Tunisia

in: West European Politics, 35:1, 117-134.

Vera van Hüllen | 2012

The European Union and Democracy Promotion in the Mediterranean: Strategic Choices after the Arab Spring

in: Tanja A.  Börzel and Katrin Böttger (eds): Policy Change in the EU’s Immediate Neighourhood. A Sectoral Approach, Baden-Baden: Nomos, 119-144.

Vera van Hüllen, Andreas Stahn | 2009

Comparing EU and US Democracy Promotion in the Mediterranean and the Newly Independent States

in: Amichai Magen, Thomas Risse and Michael McFaul (eds): Promoting Democracy and the Rule of Law. American and European Strategies, Houndmills: Palgrave Macmillan, 118-149.

Vera van Hüllen | 2008

Die ‘normative Macht’ der EU nach innen. Identität und Legitimität durch Europäische Außenpolitik

in: Zeitschrift für Europarechtliche Studien, 11: 33, 565-578.

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