It is often said that the European Union has the economic power of a giant and the political power of a pygmy. Sidney Freedman has direct experience with European Union policy as a senior staff member of the European Commission, the executive branch of the European Union located in Brussels.
Freedman studied law at Oxford University and practiced for six years at the Bar in London. His legal career included work in the private sector for major corporations including Shell and Rolls-Royce, prior to joining the European Commission.
Freedman has a wide range of experience within the Commission, where he has served for over twenty-five years. He has worked in the fields of antitrust, consumer protection and foreign relations. He has also represented the Commission within international organizations such as the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development and the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development.
Currently, Freedman is the European Visiting Fellow at the Center for Western Studies. He is also teaching at the Jackson School on International Studies at the University of Washington in Seattle.
Freedman's talk is sponsored by the European Union Center of California and will focus on the challenges facing the European Community as it determines its future in terms of enlargement and possible extension of its powers.
Lunch will be served at 11:45 a.m. Mr. Freedman will speak at 12:15 p.m.