National Steering Committee

  • Luis Simon – Institute for European Studies – Vrije Universiteit Brussel
  • Ramona Coman – Institut d’Études Européennes – Université Libre de Bruxelles
  • Sven Biscop – Egmont Institute, Brussels, and College of Europe, Bruges
  • Luk Van Langenhove – United Nations University Institute on Comparative Regional Integration Studies, Vrije Universiteit Brussel
  • Jan Wouters – Katholieke Universiteit Leuven
  • Jean-Christophe Defraigne – Facultés Universitaires Saint Louis and Université catholique de Louvain-la-Neuve
  • Edith Drieskens – Katholieke Universiteit Leuven
  • Sieglinde Gstöhl – College of Europe, Bruges
  • Jan Orbie – Universiteit Gent
  • Sebastian Santander – Université de Liège
  • Tom Sauer – Universiteit Antwerpen

International Steering Committee

  • Camilla Adelle – University of Pretoria
  • Alyson Bailes – University of Iceland
  • Salma Bava – Jawaharlal Nehru University
  • Chad Damro – University of Edinburgh
  • Robert English – University of Southern California
  • Jonathan Griffiths – Queen Mary University London
  • Virginie Guiraudon – Sciences Po Paris
  • Stephanie Hofmann – Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies Geneva
  • Jolyon Howorth – Yale University
  • Sandra Lavenex – Universität Luzern
  • Yeonho Lee – Yonsei University Seoul
  • Sonia Lucarelli – University of Bologna
  • Michael H. Smith – Warwick University
  • Fredrik Söderbaum – Göteborg University
  • Fabien Terpan – Institut d’études politiques de Grenoble
  • Takako Ueta – ICU Tokyo
  • Sophie Vanhoonacker – Universiteit Maastricht
  • John Vogler – Keele University
  • Ramses Wessel – University of Twente

The Institute for European Studies

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.

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The IEE has been the result of an early intuition of the academic authorities of the Université libre de Bruxelles. Since its early years, it has asserted itself as a centre of excellence, primarily but not exclusively, in the field of European law.


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The Royal Institute for International Relations is an independent think-tank based in Brussels. Drawing on the expertise of both Belgian and foreign specialists, it provides analysis and policy options that are meant to be as operational as possible.

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The United Nations University Institute on Comparative Regional Integration Studies (UNU – CRIS) is a research and training institute. It specialises in studying the processes and consequences of regional integration and cooperation.


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