News from the IES

The Institute for European Studies is delighted to announce that Karel De Gucht has been elected by the IES Board to serve as its new President. An eminent figure in the Belgian and European political arenas, De Gucht is most widely known for his former role as EU Commissioner for Trade. Karel De Gucht takes over from Prof. Dr. Em. Bart De Schutter, former VUB rector, who was the president since the Institute’s inception in 2001.

Olof Soebech and Louise Baduel have created a video interview series on societal security and Europe’s future security threats. the videos are published and shared through the EU FP7 project SOURCE website. A total of seven short interviews, complementary and diverse, all address the question on current and future security threats.

On 24 September the IES had the honour of hosting Daniel Dardailler, Director of International Relations at the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C), for a stimulating expert lecture on the state of global Internet governance, the role and position of W3C, and its efforts to collaborate.

IES Senior Researcher Ilke Adam was invited by the Flemish Green and Socialist parties to present the results of the May 2015 study on the participation and inclusion of Turkish and Moroccan Belgians.

 On 24 September 2015 Acting Academic Director Alexander Mattelaer chaired a panel at the "Countering Hybrid Threats" seminar organised by the European External Action Service and the Luxembourg Presidency.

The UN Climate Conference in Paris is widely expected to provide new momentum to the worldwide fight against climate change by adopting a new global climate agreement. Wishing to underline the importance of the Paris conference in a broader perspective, the VUB set up We Are Paris and officially launched it at the opening of the academic year on 22 September. 

The latest career news from former LLM students

Astrid SCHOMAKER (PILC 1990) was promoted to the post of Director for Strategy at the European Commission's Directorate General (DG) for Environment.










The third annual conference of the European Environmental Law Forum (EELF) explored the “Effectiveness of Environmental Law" in Aix-en-Provence from 2-4 September. Sebastian Oberthür was invited to deliver one of the opening keynote presentations in front of about 100 of Europe’s leading environmental lawyers.

Climate change is a cross-cutting, long-term, global problem that presents policymakers with many challenges in their efforts to respond to the issue. Integrating climate policy objectives into the elaboration and agreement of policy measures in other sectors represents one promising method for ensuring coherent policies that respond adequately to the climate change challenge.

Prof. Dr. Joachim Koops is co-editor of this comprehensive, authoritative and accessible examination and critique of UN peacekeeping operations launched between 1948 and 2013. The Oxford Handbook of United Nations Peacekeeping Operations provides an innovative, authoritative, and accessible examination and critique of all 67 United Nations peacekeeping operations launched between 1948 and 2013.

"The central message of the Handbook is that peacekeeping is much more successful than we all assume."