News from the IES

On Tuesday 13 June 2017, Daniel Opoku Acquah defended his PhD thesis entitled ‘Intellectual Property, Developing Countries and the Law and Policy of the European Union: Towards Postcolonial Control of Development’. His promoters were Prof. Dr. Harri Kalimo (IES) and Prof. Dr. Tuomas Mylly (UTU). The doctoral committee comprised of Prof. Karel De Gucht (IES), Prof. Stefaan Smis (VUB), Prof. Aurora Plomer (University of Bristol), Prof. Jonathan Griffiths (Queen Mary University of London), and Assist. Prof. Trisha Meyer (Vesalius College, VUB). 

Prof. Florian Trauner was invited to speak on the security challenges in the Western Balkans for the European Security and Defence College, a  high level course on the future of Common Security and Defence Policy, Austrian National Defence Academy, Vienna (May 29th, 2017).

Klaudia Majcher, PhD researched in the Economic Governance Cluster, participated in the 15th Jean Monnet Seminar on Advanced Issues of European Law organised by the Law Faculty of the University of Zagreb. The topic of this year’s conference, which took place on 23-29 April 2017 in Dubrovnik, was “The EU and Trust in the Online Environment”.

The Institute for European Studies (IES) at Vrije Universiteit Brussel is seeking to host researchers under the premise of the EU's Marie Sklodowska-Curie Individual Fellowships cohort. The fellowship allows for individuals to spend between one and two years at the IES with the purpose of supporting career development, training, and enhancement of creative and innovative potential of experienced researchers through international, intersectoral mobility.

New candidates would join Chantal Lavallée and Jan Claudius Völkel, who started their Marie Sklodowska-Curie Individual Fellowships at the IES in the Spring of 2017.

In this Policy Brief, IES Research Professor Luis Simón zooms in on the election of Moon Jae-in as 12th President of the Republic of Korea (ROK), in particular with respect to the future of South Korea’s foreign and defense policies. He argues that Moon’s willingness to reach out to North Korea and China means engagement is likely to become a distinguished feature of his foreign policy inventory. However, the reality of North Korea’s nuclear and missile program sets clear limits to a possible policy of engagement and underscores the increasing importance of both Washington and Tokyo to South Korean security.

Tomas Wyns presented policy options for ‘a low-carbon transition for the EU cement industry’ at a Roundtable on Low Carbon Innovation in Cement and Concrete organised by Chatham House, 12 May London. His presentation can be accessed here.











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Tomas Wyns presented views on developing a industrial strategy for Europe at the year's European Business Summit in Brussels. Such industrial strategy will have to be mission oriented and therefore seek to address major societal challenges. Innovation will have to be at the core of such strategy and therefore further the intent and size of Horizon 2020 into the next EU multi-annual financial framework (MFF). 

After nine months of interim Directorship of UNU-CRIS, IES Executive Director Anthony Antoine passes on the baton to Professor Madeleine O. Hosli as Director of the UNU Institute on Comparative Regional Integration Studies (UNU-CRIS). Anthony will stay on as part-time Deputy Director, at least until the new Director has settled, and possibly beyond. Prof. Hosli starts her activities at UNU-CRIS as of 1 June and will stay on for an initial period of 5 years. 

IES Prof. Dr. Sebastian Oberthür is part of an award-winning team across several universities that have worked on the project "The EU Referendum and the UK Environment: An Expert Review". This project, that is now directly informing the choices around the delivery of Brexit, was given the 'Insight of the Year' award at the ENDS Environmental Impact Awards. Congratulations to all those involved!

Korea Studies PlatformThe Korea Foundation (KF) and the Institute for European Studies (IES) at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB) announce the launch of the KF-VUB Korea Chair. This Chair will kick off in the autumn of 2017 and will serve as an independent platform in Brussels to advance academically rigorous and informed discussions on policy questions that are of relevance to the Republic of Korea and Europe.