Watch the 2nd Annual John Hume 'European Spirit of Peace’ Lecture

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July 11, 2022 12:32

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REWATCH PROFESSOR BRIGID LAFFAN DELIVER 2nd ANNUAL JOHN HUME  ‘EUROPEAN SPIRIT OF PEACE’ LECTURE  - Wednesday July 6th 2022

You can rewatch Prof. Brigid Laffan deliver the 2nd John Hume ‘European Spirit of Peace’ Lecture held at IIEA in Dublin on July 6th 2022. David O’Sullivan, Director General of the IIEA, chaired this year’s event.

Brigid Laffan is Emeritus Professor at the European University Institute in Florence and was Director at the Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies until her retirement in August 2021.

Professor Laffan opened up with a quote from John Hume; ‘...anybody knows that if they’re going to declare war that there are going to be killing large, large numbers of human beings. Therefore, that should never be a method of solving a problem.’

She said the speed of response by EU was remarkable EU; “On the first day War returned to Europe - European Council on 24 February 2022 said ‘force and coercion to change borders has no place in the 21st century’.

The invasion of Ukraine was; “Russian Aggression & Russia bears ‘full responsibility’, Illegal & a violation of International law. Russia need to be held to account-war crimes.”

Professor Laffan said “Enlargement is not something that just happens in EU, it is intrinsic to the dynamic of European integration…..Ukraine is part of the European family”