News from the IES

On 11 March, 23 students from the various disciplines at the VUB participated in the simulation workshop held at the IES. The Temple Asylum game was organized by Dr. Christof Roos and Ólöf Söebech as a part of the FP7 funded SOURCE project on societal security that the institute is a part of.

Prof. Dr. Harri Kalimo, along with IES researchers Filip Sedefov, Ólöf Söebech and Byron Maniatis, participated in the project kickoff meeting of the project: BFSJ - Production of fully synthetic paraffinic jet fuel from wood and other biomass on 24 March in Commission premises in Brussels.

IES Academic Director, Sebastian Oberthür, gave a keynote presentation at an international workshop on Legal Aspects of the Paris Climate Change Agreement that was held in Brussels on 21 April 2015 under the auspices of the Belgian Federal Minister of Energy, Environment and Sustainable Development. Sebastian’s presentation was entitled 'Towards a 2015 Paris Agreement: Obligations of Result, Obligations of Conduct – or Both?'.

IES Academic Director Prof. Dr. Sebastian Oberthür is the leading co-author of a comprehensive proposal for securing an ambitious and fair climate agreement in 2015.

The proposal, “Getting Specific on the 2015 Climate Change Agreement: Suggestions for the Legal Text”, is meant to inform policy makers’ decisions leading up to and during the climate summit in Paris this December.

Given the Ukraine crisis, Russia’s resurgence and the burning crises in the South there has never been a better time to discuss European defence. In this essay collection jointly published by the IES, European Geostrategy and the Egmont Institute, a host of leading experts give their national perspectives on the present state and future of the European Union’s Common Security and Defence Policy.

Gjovalin Macaj PhD's thesis ‘Dysfunctional Endeavour: The Pursuit of EU Unity in the UN Human Rights Council’ has been short-listed by the Political Science Associations of the Netherlands (NKWP) and Belgium (VPW) for the best doctoral dissertation award for the year 2014. The final prize award will be announced on 11 June 2015. 

In collaboration with the Brussels Institute of Contemporary China Studies and the EU-China Research Centre at the College of Europe, the Institute for European Studies is currently organising a series of events on Chinese-EU economic relations. Idea behind this series is to debate “the new normal” in the relations between the two blocs. Given that sustainability is at the core of Europe’s economic policy, we focus on issues related to the concept of a green economy.

Klaudia Majcher, PhD researcher in the Economic Governance Cluster, participated in the 9th International Graduate Legal Research Conference that took place on 13-14 April 2015 at the Dickson Poon School of Law at King’s College London.