Institut d'etudes Européennes
De l'Université libre de Bruxelles



The Institut d'Etudes Européennes: innovation building on continuity

Since it was founded in 1964 by high profile personalities such as Ganshof van der Meersch and Paul-Henri Spaak, the Institut d’Etudes Européennes of the Université libre de Bruxelles – Université d’Europe [Free University of Brussels – University of Europe] has confirmed its place as a key actor in the four main areas of research, teaching, European public debate and international relations. This has earnt it the recognition of being named a Jean Monnet European Centre of Excellence. In over years, over 8,500 people have graduated from here.

At the outset…

…mainly focusing on the study of law of the ‘little European Economic Community of the Six’, the IEE gradually extended its field of teaching and research to European political sciences, economics, history and culture. Whilst cooperating closely with the faculties covered by these disciplines (Faculty of Law, Faculty of Philosophy and Social Sciences, Solvay Business School of Economics and Management), the Institut d’Etudes Européennes has, over the years, successfully reconciled disciplinary excellence and the interdisciplinary approach. A forerunner in many respects, it has adapted it main fields of research and its teaching offer based on the perpetually evolving European and international context.

Its researchers and teachers have become thought leaders in the field of European integration and on themes as diverse as institutional changes following reforms of treaties, the protection of fundamental rights, European citizenship, the extension of the EU’s competences to issues such as the Common Security and Defence Policy, Economic and Monetary Union, regulatory policies, political parties at the European level, successive enlargements and even the reform of economic governance in the context of the economic and financial crisis… It is this richness in terms of themes and this scientific dynamism that have earnt the IEE its recognition as a Jean Monnet European Centre of Excellence. This is also what explains the number of European research projects won by the teams of the Institute, such as for example on the European Union and globalization or on the legitimacy of the EU and its news modes of governance. This is also what explains their essential role in the creation and coordination of European and/or international research networks, including in the sphere of the Area of Freedom, Security and Justice.

By opting for one of the courses in European studies at the ULB, students are choosing to be part of a university located at the heart of Europe, just a stone’s throw from most of the European institutions around which a multitude of governmental actors or representatives of civil society gravitate. They will benefit from the fact that the Institut d'Etudes Européennes is a big draw for top officials, political decision-makers and practitioners in Europe who work together on its teaching programme, on its research and on numerous conferences that it organises. In addition to education and research, the IEE is constantly promoting dialogue with the EU’s institutions and offering a place of critical debate on the future of European integration.

Anne WEYEMBERGH, President and Ramona COMAN, Director


Studying at the IEE is…

… signing up to a really European dynamic, the nerve centre of Europe. It is about addressing European integration, its challenges and its opportunities in an informed and critical manner. It is about perceiving the meaning of European history and its relations with the world. It is about benefiting from the expertise of an international team of renowned researchers and academics. Based on an interdisciplinary approach, the teaching draws together political and social sciences, law, history and economics. Featuring innovative teaching methods, it is fed by top notch research and offers unique career prospects. Located in Brussels, at the heart of Europe, the IEE benefits from privileged access to the practitioners and decision-makers who shape Europe on a daily basis. So it is that, for fifty years and in close cooperation with its partner faculties, the IEE has been contributing to making the ULB one of the main universities that scrutinise, comment on and teach about Europe and actively take part in its evolution.

Didier Viviers, Chancellor of the ULB