News from the IES

The Coronavirus or COVID-19, has impacted every fibre of our societies in significant and unforeseen ways, some of which will undoubtedly have lasting consequences. As researchers and experts, we have the opportunity to see firsthand some of the more immediate impacts which the Coronavirus has had within our areas of expertise and research. As such, we are uniquely positioned to provide key insights into the wide-ranging impacts and consequences of the Coronavirus. Particularly, what these consequences can mean for the future of our societies in the areas of migration, justice, diversity, environment, sustainable development, economy and international security.

It’s well known what the EU wants in migration policy. Yet, what are the genuine interest of the EU’s partner states in the very same field? IES Professors Ilke Adam and Florian Trauner contributed to a study analyzing the West African interests in (EU) migration policy. It draws upon more than 80 interviews and four months of fieldwork in Ghana and Senegal. The study derives from the project ‘African Migration: Root Causes and Regulatory Dynamics’ (AMIREG)’, which was collaboratively realized by the IES and the United Nations University - Institute for Comparative Regional Integration Studies (UNU-CRIS) in Bruges. UNU-CRIS funding for the work is gratefully acknowledged. The article is open-access, hence freely available at the journal’s website.

In light of the Covid-19 pandemic and in line with Belgium’s federal government restrictions, the EUIA organising team and the partner institutions have decided, with much regret, to postpone the EUIA20 conference for one year, to May 26-28, 2021.

More than 400 colleagues have already proposed or reviewed papers and panels, so we have decided to maintain the existing paper selection. In view of the altered circumstances, authors will be allowed to bring their papers and panels up to date. A decision on whether to issue a supplementary call for Papers will be made in due course.

Given these extraordinary circumstances, we believe that this rescheduling is the most foresighted option for the EUIA conference. We wish that our community members can travel and gather safely soon, and hope to see you all next year, healthy, in Brussels.

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!