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APRIL 2020

Online Summer School on EU Policy Making

Considering the initial interest in the Summer School on EU Policy Making, and in consultation with the summer school partners in Vienna, the IES has decided to offer the summer school in synchronous online format during the same period 6th to 17th July 2020.

Summer school lectures will be live-streamed and provide for interaction between participants and lecturers through coordinated online group work. Similar to past editions of the summer school, a simulation exercise on EU decision-making will be organised and high-level speakers from the EU and international institutions will be invited to share their expertise and experiences. As a result of saved costs due to not meeting in person, and saving on travel and subsistence costs that are normally included in the price, we are able to charge a lower tuition fee.

In collaboration with the United Nations University, the IES is also involved in its Summer School on Modern Diplomacy, scheduled to take place on 24 August – 3 September 2020. More about this summer school on

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Annual Report 2019 Released

In 2019, the Institute for European Studies was honoured to bring four PhDs to fruition: Sara Silvestre, Max Jansson, Carla Mascia and Stephan Klose. The IES organised 59 events and produced 104 publications, and continued to expand and now counts 108 people. In 2019, IES scholars took part in a total of 175 media appearances. Moreover, the Institute was successful in obtaining 35 externally funded projects, and IES research output contributed significantly to a range of prominent policy developments. The Institute’s leading advanced Master programmes deliberated 40 new graduates that have now obtained life membership to our 1250+ alumni group. Check out these and other highlights in the IES Annual Report!

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EUIA20 Conference Postponed for 2021

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.

Given that more than 400 colleagues have already proposed or reviewed papers and panels, the existing paper selection will be maintained. 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.

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IES to Take Delegation of Top Students to EuroSim 2021 in the US

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 EuroSim 2021 in the US, provided of course that the COVID-19 measures at that time will allow us to do so. 

Participation in EuroSim offers our students a unique opportunity to learn in an exciting multicultural environment. In addition, by bringing American and European students together, EuroSim provides students with first-hand experience in transatlantic relations.

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Academic Exchange Program for North Korean and Unification Studies

The “Academic Exchange Support Program for North Korean and Unification Studies” is designed to expand the base of experts on peace and unification of the Korean Peninsula as well as North Korean studies in the international community. This year, the Ministry of Unification of the Republic of Korea has designated the Institute for Far Eastern Studies of Kyungnam University and the University of North Korean Studies as institutions to support scholars in the field of North Korean and unification studies.

As part of this academic exchange program, they are calling for scholarship/fellowship applications from rising scholars who wish to pursue a master’s degree or doctorate in North Korean and unification studies or conduct studies on issues relevant to North Korea and Korean unification.

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Global-South Scholars in Global-North Universities: Positionality, Gender and Ethnicity in Academia

A discussion of what it means to be a researcher from the Global South in Western Academia, focusing on two themes: love and frustration, and auto-ethnographic writing.

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Job Openings

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Upcoming Events


21 April - 17:00 - Live Streaming: Postgraduate Certificate in EU Policy Making
Online information session for potential students interested in studying the Postgraduate programme in EU policy making. During this session, you will have the chance to learn more about this programme and ask all your questions. 

22 April - 14:00 - Live Streaming: EuroMaster 
Online information session for potential students interested in studying the Advanced Master in European Integration (EuroMaster). 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. 

23 April - 14:00Live Streaming: LLM in International and European Law
Online information session for potential students interested in studying the LLM in International and European Law. During this session, you will have the chance to learn more about our LLM programme, connect with our students, and ask all your questions. 

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IES in the Media

Richard Higgott and Luk Van Langenhove
10 April 2020
VUB Today
Alexander Mattelaer
2 April 2020
De Tijd
Ramon Pacheco Pardo
30 March 2020
The National Interest
Paolo Pasimeni
24 March 2020
The Progressive Post
Ramon Pacheco Pardo
23 March 2020
Nikkei Asian Review
Alexandra Mihai
23 March 2020

Latest Publications

Muzaffarjon Ahunov
Leo Van Hove
Applied Economics, Vol. 52, Nr. 21, April 2020, p. 2261-2279.
Ramon Pacheco Pardo
KF-VUB Korea Chair Policy Brief
Ramon Pacheco Pardo
KF-VUB Korea Chair Explains
Contributors: Ugo Armanini, Nicola Casarini, Linde Desmaele, Alice Ekman, Maximilian Ernst, Mario Esteban, Bruno Hellendorff, Remy Hermez, Bjorn Jerden, Oskar Pietrewicz
Editor: Ramon Pacheco Pardo
KF-VUB Korea Chair Report
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