Filip Sedefov

Filip Sedefov

PhD Researcher Environment & Sustainable Development / European Economic Governance


Filip joined the Institute for European Studies as a doctoral researcher in October 2014. His research project is conducted under the supervision of Prof. Harri Kalimo and aims at identifying the challenges arising from increasingly intense promotion of bioenergy in the EU, especially as concerns its effects on, and compatibility with, the rules governing the international trading system (WTO). More information on this PhD project can be found here. Furthermore, he is conducting research within a project funded under the EU’s Seventh Framework Programme (FP7) related to the study of the legal and policy frameworks for aviation biofuels at the international, European and national levels. More information on the BFSJ project can be found here.

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 LLM 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