The forum

The Institut d’études européennes of the Université libre de Bruxelles (IEE-ULB) and the Organization for Regional and Inter-regional Studies (ORIS) at Waseda University are jointly organizing the 19th annual EU-Japan Forum on March the 11th and 12th 2019.

Hosted at the IEE-ULB, this year’s iteration will also enjoy the further support of both the Belgian Fond National de la Recherche Scientifique (F.R.S-Fnrs) and a Core-to-Core project funded by the Japanese Society for the Promotion of Sciences (JSPS).

The Agenda

The overarching topic of the Forum is: “The European Union and Japan in a Fluid Global Liberal Order”, and within said broader theme, the event will welcome:

  • eight topical panels
  • 2 PhD workshops
  • 1 policy forum
  • and a public key-note.

Download the EU-Japan Forum’s programme here


The forum is set to bring together: 24 EU-based scholars from 7 European universities, on the one hand; and 23 Japanese scholars from 6 Japanese ones, on the other.

Besides building on more than a decade-and-a-half of cooperation, this year’s forum’s timeliness is further enhanced considering the recently launched EU-Japan Economic Partnership and Strategic Partnership Agreements (EPA/SPA).

Overall, the topics to be broached at the event are clustered along three cross-cutting axis:

  • inter-regional actorness
  • comparative regionalism
  • and normative diffusion

Discussions are expected to lead to a series of joint publications over the course of the coming years.