On March 12 and 13, 2020 the IEE-ULB is set to host the 21st iteration of its annual EU-Japan conference. The 2020 EU-Japan Forum will gather experts from across Europe and Japan to discuss a wide range of issues of shared interest. To this end a range of partners have joint the organisational committee, including the IEE-ULB, EASt-MSH, the Waseda Organisation for Regional and Inter-Regional Studies, the Waseda Brussels Office and the Japan Society for the Promotion of Sciences.

About the Forum

Across its eight interdisciplinary panels, the Forum will cover a variety of long-running shared concerns, ranging from the implementation of the EU-Japan Free Trade Agreement to judiciary cooperation in criminal matters, by way of the challenges associated with regulating new technologies or the tensions surrounding migration and identity.

Topical issues are to be tackled, such as for example the shifting relationships between the UK, the EU and Japan in the aftermath of the Brexit. Lastly, a series of panels focussing on Japanese and European efforts with regards to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) will highlight ongoing joint research linking both the ULB and Waseda University.

All scheduled panels will include academics and experts from both Japan and Europe. They will equally include involve academics from across a variety of disciplines, including political science, Law, International Relations, Business and Culture Studies. Overall, while welcoming a delegation of 18 Japanese academics, the forum will bring together some 50 contributors from a dozen different nationalities.

Practical information

Date: March 12th and 13th, 2020

Time: 9am-6pm

Place: Institute for European Studies, Avenue Franklin Roosevelt 39, 1050 Ixelles