Recently conducted events

15 Jul 2020 - 14:00

We are happy to present you the keynote speaker of this year’s online Summer School on EU Policy Making.

The keynote lecture will be delivered by Mr Jurek Kuczkiewicz, Strategic advisor communications & media to the EU Council President Charles Michel.

Mr Kuczkiewicz will share his insights on Leadership in Times of Crisis, followed by a Q&A session.

The keynote lecture will take place online on Wednesday 15 July 2020, 14:00-15:15.

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6 Jul 2020 - 09:00

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.

PhD Defence
6 Jul 2020 - 11:00

On 6 July, at 11AM IES Associate Researcher Alexandra Mihai will defend her PhD in Educational Sciences. Alexandra’s thesis is entitled: "Teaching Politics with Technology at European Universities: The Interplay between Technology and Pedagogy in Political Science as a Teaching Discipline". Her dissertation explores the way technology is integrated in the teaching practice and institutional structures at European universities in the case of political science as a teaching discipline and is supervised by Prof. Dr. Frederik Questier & Prof. Dr. Chang Zhu (Faculty of Psychology and Educational Sciences, Vrije Universiteit Brussel). Given the current social distancing measures, the PhD defence will take place online. To follow this event, please click on this link.

3 Jul 2020 - 14:00

The European Commission led by Ursula von der Leyen has committed to accelerating decarbonisation in Europe as a major priority. The European Green Deal aims to reach the objective of climate neutrality by 2050, in line with the Paris Agreement objective of keeping global temperatures as close as possible to 1.5°C above the pre-industrial era. This also needs to be adequately reflected in European external relations. To what extent and how will the EU’s and global decarbonization patterns impact the EU’s external relations with suppliers of fossil fuels? How should the EU’s foreign relations be shaped to exploit the opportunities and address the vulnerabilities stemming from deep decarbonization? A new study from Adelphi and the Institute for European Studies of the Vrije Universiteit Brussel, supported by the German Ministry for Foreign Affairs, inquires the impact of decarbonization on six suppliers of fossil fuels, exploring the consequences for the EU’s foreign policy with a view to providing recommendations to the EU, including the incoming German Presidency of the Council of the European Union.

1 Jul 2020 - 17:00

The Institute for European Studies would like to invite you for its first ever online graduation ceremony. During this commencement ceremony, the Institute for European Studies celebrates the graduating Class of 2020. This interactive ceremony joins our students, faculty and families in a unique online event. We invite friends and families to join us to congratulate the graduates in Advanced Master in European Integration and LLM in International and European Law as they set off to pursue professional and academic careers around the world. EuroMaster and LLM Graduation Ceremony will be streamed on the IES Facebook page, on Wednesday, July 1, 2020 at 5 PM – 7 PM. 

Click here to follow the online graduation ceremony on IES' Facebook page.

23 Apr 2020 - 14:00

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)

Register here!

22 Apr 2020 - 14:00

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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21 Apr 2020 - 17:00

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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1 Apr 2020 - 18:00

Accelerating the return of irregular migrants is a growing EU priority. Increasing pressure is being placed on third countries to sign EU readmission agreements or informal return deals. Yet, do these formal and informal arrangements make a difference? To what extent – and why – do third countries cooperate with the EU on the return of irregular migrants?

30 Mar 2020 - 18:00

POSTPONED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE: Please note that as a result of the ‘social distancing’ measures currently implemented at our university to combat the further spreading of the corona virus, we have postponed all our events until further notice. We will post any updates about this situation on our website and social media channels.


24 Mar 2020 - 11:00

POSTPONED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE: Please note that as a result of the ‘social distancing’ measures currently implemented at our university to combat the further spreading of the corona virus, we have postponed all our events until further notice. We will post any updates about this situation on our website and social media channels.

10 Mar 2020 - 11:30

The signature of a Strategic Partnership Agreement (SPA) between Japan and the European Union (EU) on 17 July 2018 in Tokyo has set the foundations for a stronger security relationship between the two parties. As Brussels and Tokyo seek to capitalise on their SPA, maritime security in the Indian Ocean offers an invaluable opportunity to deepen their strategic ties. 

Why maritime security in the Indian Ocean? The maritime domain is the artery of global trade; the glue that holds together the rules-based international economic and political order. Its security is therefore of upmost importance to Japan and the EU, whose economies are highly dependent on external trade and whose politics are deeply invested in the preservation of a rules-based international order. And the Indian Ocean region becomes particularly important in the context of EU-Japan security cooperation, for it is where the EU’s “extended neighbourhood” meets Japan’s concept of a Free and Open Indo-Pacific (FOIP). More broadly, the Indian Ocean lies at the crossroads of China’s Belt and Road Initiative, Japan’s vision of a Free and Open Indo-Pacific, the grand strategies of India or the United States, and the EU’s own connectivity vision. As such, we see a number of visions of world order that center on the Indian Ocean region which are partly competing and partly complementary. Arguably, this is the one region where most relevant world powers meet more directly, and where the battle for the soul of the international system is being largely fought.

10 Mar 2020 - 19:00

In this High-Level Lecture Series, senior politicians and officials will share their knowledge and insights on International Relations and European Politics. By inviting well-known policy-makers to discuss topical issues, the series will fully capitalize from the VUB’s embedment in Brussels, a city hosting NATO and EU institutions as well as the largest number of embassies and international journalists in the world. Participants will get the possibilities to engage in the debate and directly challenge the choices of policy-makers.

2 Mar 2020 - 18:00

Join us on 2 and 4 March at 17h for the Live Streaming on our Advanced Master programmes.
Learn more about our programmes, connect with our current students and ask all your questions!

19 Feb 2020 - 17:00

A senior German professor of international relations, an older man I have never met, is a discussant on my panel. “I knew it! I knew it! You must have studied abroad! I saw from your name that you probably come from the east. But when I read your paper, so well-written and well-structured, I knew immediately that you must have studied abroad!” He is all smiling. I stand perplexed, confused on what to make of it.

19 Feb 2020 - 16:30

Throughout modern history, Greece has exhibited a consistent determination to be part of, be allied to or be an adherent to Europe and the West. This is more obvious in the second half of the twentieth century, with Greece’s participation in early stages of European integration, the full memberhip in the European Communities, the gradual Europeanization of domestic and foreign policies, and, more recently in the continuing resolve to remain at the Eurozone’s core despite the severe economic and political displacement during the Eurocrisis. However, Greece’s determination to be considered European has been an element of Greece’s domestic and foreign policies, even before the establishment of the modern state in the early nineteenth century.

29 Jan 2020 - 10:45

​This roundtable discussion is organized in the framework of the EU-funded project JP-COOPs. The project aims to tackleexisting gaps in counter-radicalization policies and practices through the cross-border cooperation of training providers. The project will ultimately contribute to strengthening and institutionalizing training courses on judicial and police cooperation within a public-private framework.

13 Jan 2020 - 13:00

This research proposes a performative turn to understand how Europeanization functions as an everyday project. It takes the notion of performativity and argues that it is in the way everyday practices are performed that can get us to the bottom of how EUrope is performed. This involves how is Europeanness normalised and justified in different peripheries in opposition to non-Europeanness

13 Dec 2019 - 13:00

In this talk, we reflect on the sociopolitical developments that accompanied or led to (a) the decision to hold a referendum about exiting the European Union in the first place; (b) the somewhat surprising outcome of that referendum; and (c) the various attempts to interpret the referendum result and to act or not act upon it. We look at this phenomenon of Brexit from three angles: (a) as an accident - a series of unintended consequences; (b) as a uniquely British (or, more narrowly, English) phenomenon; and (c) as indicative of a broader political malaise or impasse, one which is by no means limited to the UK but which does manifest itself in a uniquely British fashion. We argue for the significance of this third angle.

13 Dec 2019 - 18:00

Immigration governance has become so polarized these days that the EU and the European nation-states have difficulties agreeing on the way forward. Let’s try to imagine what would happen if they would decide to transfer considerable policy-making autonomy for migration to cities. Cities organize in international networks like the Mayors Migration Council, as they did on the occasion of the intergovernmental Conference to Adopt the Global Migration Compact, in December 2018. Can cities rescue states and the EU from their failure in dealing with migration and diversity issues? Would migration governance be more progressive if it would be initiated by cities? More pragmatic? More efficient? And how to deal with policy divergence? This panel debate with academics and mayors digs deeper into this provocative thought-experiment on one of the most salient policy issues of today.