Filip Sedefov

Filip Sedefov

Researcher European Economic Governance / Environment & Sustainable Development
+32 487 54 41 56


Filip is a project researcher at the Institute for European Studies and the Law Faculty at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel. He has experience in planning, managing and carrying out practically-oriented research in a variety of legal fields including, privacy, data protection, energy, environment and trade. He has worked and published on several EU-funded projects, including the following: Climate Diplomacy project (establishing global climate action partnerships), the ADVISE project (privacy & data protection impact assessment for data-gathering video surveillance technologies), and  BFSJ (legal and policy framework for the development of sustainable aviation fuels).

During his time at IES, Filip has also served as programme manager for the IES LL.M. in International & European law where he assisted the Director in the day-to-day management, including on tasks such as programme evaluation, curriculum review, marketing, student outreach and applications. Last but not least, he has engaged in a number of teaching activities to graduate and post-graduate master's students in law including on the following topics: EU ordinary legislative procedure, EU renewable energy law and policy, EU and international environmental law, trade law.

He holds a Law Degree (BA and MA) from Université catholique de Louvain (UCL) as well as an LL.M. degree in International & European Law from the Institute for European Studies at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel. His LL.M. Thesis entitled “The Integration of National Renewable Energy Support Schemes into the European Internal Electricity Market: Facing Fragmentation” obtained the IES Outstanding Master Thesis Award.

In addition to his native Bulgarian, Filip is fluent in French, English and has a good knowledge of Portuguese.


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Profile and Publications



  • SEDEFOV, Filip. 2014. The Integration of National Renewable Energy Support Schemes into the European Internal Energy Market: Facing Fragmentation, in E. Alofs, A. François, S. Smis & G. Van Limberghen (eds.), Juridische Meesterwerken VUB 2013-2014. Selectie van de beste masterproeven in de rechten, Brussels: Larcier, pp. 237-284.

Peer Reviewed Articles

  • KALIMO, H., SEDEFOV, F. & JANSSON, M. Market Definition as Value Reconciliation - the Case of Renewable Energy Promotion under the WTO Agreement on Subsidies and Countervailing Measures (SCM). 2017. International Environmental Agreements: Politics, Law and Economics, Vol. 17, n°3

Articles, Essays & Reviews

  • SEDEFOV, F., KALIMO, H. & SOEBECH, O.. 2016. Will Bio-jet Fly? Towards a Carbon Neutral Aviation Sector, IES Policy Brief, 19/2016 Link pdf