News from the IES

In 2019, the Institute for European Studies was honoured to bring four PhDs to fruition: Sara Silvestre (PhD in Political Science), Max Jansson (PhD in Law), Carla Mascia (PhD in Political Science) and Stephan Klose (PhD in Political Science). The IES organised 59 events and produced 104 publications. The Institute continued to expand and now counts 108 people or 52.4 full-time equivalents. In 2019, IES scholars took part in a total of 175 media appearances. Moreover, the Institute was successful in obtaining externally funded projects. At the end of the year, no less than 35 external projects were conducted by IES scholars, whereas an additional 14 projects were funded through our own budget. IES research output contributed significantly to a range of prominent policy developments, like the EU and Flemish policies to achieve CO2 neutrality in the coming decades.

Considering the initial interest in the Summer School on EU Policy Making, and in consultation with our partners in Vienna, we have decided to offer the summer school in synchronous online format during the same period 6th to 17th July 2020. We will live-stream lectures and provide for interaction between participants and lecturers through coordinated online group work. Similar to past editions of the summer school, we will run a simulation exercise on EU decision-making and invite high-level speakers from the EU and international institutions to share their expertise and experiences.

Online information session for potential students interested in studying the LLM in International and European Law. During our live streaming session, you will have the chance to learn more about this LLM programme, connect with our students, and ask all your questions.

Upcoming session: Thursday 23 April, 14:00-15:00 (CET)

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Online information session for potential students interested in studying the Advanced Master in European Integration. During this session, you will have the chance to learn more about this Advanced Master programme, connect with our students, and ask all your questions. 

Upcoming session: Wednesday 22 April, 14:00-15:00 (CET)

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Online information session for potential students interested in studying the Postgraduate programme in EU policy making. During our live streaming session, you will have the chance to learn more about our Postgraduate Certificate in EU Policy Making, connect with our students, and ask all your questions. 

Upcoming session: Tuesday 21 April, 17:00 (CET)

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EuroSim is an annual international simulation of the EU bringing together over 200 students and faculty from more than 20 colleges and universities in the US and Europe. As an active member and a host of this event in 2018 in Belgium, the Institute for European Studies at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel will select and sponsor 10 students across its LLM in International and European Law, Advanced Master in European Integration, and Postgraduate Certificate in EU Policy Making programmes of the 2020-21 academic year to become a part of its delegation for EuroSim2021, in the US, provided of course that the COVID-19 measures at that time will allow us to do so.

 

While EU-South Korea relations have attracted growing attention in recent years, the relationship between key EU member states and the Asian country remains underexplored. To remedy that, the KF-VUB Korea Chair has now issued a new report thatdescribes and analyses the recent evolution of the relationship between Belgium, France, Germany, Italy, Spain, Poland and Sweden, on the one hand, and South Korea on the other. The report covers the areas of economic relations, security relations, bilateral relations and North Korea, and cultural relations. Find out what its main conclusions are! 

Following the decision of the National Security Council, the Institute for European Studies at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB) will make the following adjustments to its organisation from Friday 13 March 24:00 until 19 April 2020. The IES will not close but will go completely digital. As of Monday 16 March 2020, all classes will be offered in an online format. The new regulations imply that visits are no longer possible for the time being. Please note that the IES remains operational and information will be provided through alternative ways. Should you have any questions, don’t hesitate to contact us by phone or e-mail

Please note that as a result of the ‘social distancing’ measures currently implemented at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel to combat the further spreading of the coronavirus, we have postponed all our events taking place in March and April 2020 until further notice.

On Wednesday 19 February 2020, IES PhD candidate Antonios Nestoras defended his doctoral thesis entitled “Belonging to the West? Geopolitical Mythmaking in Modern Greece from the Enlightenment to the Euro-crisis. 

It was a double doctoral degree from the Institute for European Studies at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel and University of Antwerp, promoted by Prof. Luis Simon (Institute for European Studies) and Prof. David Criekemans (Universiteit Antwerpen). Further members of the jury were Prof. Jorg Kustermans (Universiteit Antwerpen), Prof. Edith Drieskens (KU Leuven), Prof. Angelos Chryssogelos (Metropolitan London University) and Prof. Florian Trauner (Vrije Universiteit Brussel) who served as a Chairman.