Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB)

Pleinlaan 2 Brussel, 1050 Belgium

The Institute for European Studies (IES) at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB) is an academic Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence and a policy think tank that focuses on the European Union in an international setting. The Institute advances academic education and research in various disciplines, including law, social/political sciences, economics and communication sciences. Academic work at the IES concentrates on six clusters: (1) EU foreign and security policy; (2) Environment and sustainable development; (3) Migration, asylum and diversity; (4) Information society; (5) European economics; and (6) E-­‐learning and training.

International and European environmental and climate policy and law constitute one of the strongholds and the biggest research area at the IES. Based on its research that includes horizontal activities cutting across these clusters, the IES constitutes the focal point for teaching European Studies at the VUB and as such coordinates two advanced Master programmes in law and in politics/economics. The Institute utilises its central location in Brussels for regularly organising events such as the IES Lecture Series, the IES Policy Forum, the biennial EU in International Affairs Conference and other conferences and workshops for academia, policy makers and the interested public. The IES publishes a book series, the IES Working Papers and the quarterly IES Newsletter. The Institute fosters academic cooperation with a wide range of Universities and other public as well as private institutions in Belgium and abroad.

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