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EU, Regionalism and Multilateral EU Governance

Comparing regional organization and understanding interregional dynamics

Course description

The course will, on the one hand, offer a comparative analysis of regional cooperation in the world and on the other deepen the multidimensional interregional arrangements.

The EU will be focused as both reference case study for regional cooperation and as an international policy actor strengthening multilayered multilateral cooperation. The challenges of fragmentation, power politics and competitive regionalism will also be part of the course.

Pedagogical Approach

The first part of the course (on the specificities of the EU and comparative regionalism) is given as a series of lectures covering a total of 8 hours. Each of these sessions will involve a lecture given by one of the two course coordinators.

The sessions will cover: general theories of Regionalism, Comparative Regionalism and Interregionalism; the position of the EU within the global system; and the distinctive nature of the EU’s interregional foreign policy initiatives.

The course’s second part is articulated around student group presentations on a regional grouping of their choosing.

Each presentation will be dedicated to a given regional grouping other than the EU. Each regional grouping will be the object of: a group presentation and a set of assigned readings to be prepared before coming to class.

Each presentation will be given by a group of 3-5 students analyzing the regional grouping of their choosing in a comparative perspective. The groups and their topics will be set at the start of the second course.

Academic Integrity

Participants are expected to abide by all MEUS academic rules. In particular, any evidence of plagiarism or cheating will be sanctioned by a 0/20 on the final evaluation.

Mario Telò is the Jean Monnet Chair of International Relations at the Université Libre de Bruxelles, where he coordinates the Global Europe Multilateralism (GEM) international doctoral program and was past president of the Institute for European Studies.

He also teaches at the LUISS University and School of Government in Rome, and has been a visiting professor at numerous universities worldwide.

Professor Telò has served as a consultant to the European Council, European Parliament, and European Commission.

He is the author of 32 books and over 100 scientific articles, published in seven languages. His recent works include Europe: A civilian power? (Palgrave, 2006), European Union and New Regionalism (Routledge, 2014), International Relations: A European perspective (Routledge, 2016), and Regionalism in Hard Times (Routledge, 2016).

He actively participates in public debates concerning international relations and the future of the European Union.

Frederik Ponjaert is a Researcher and Lecturer at the IEE-ULB and an Associate Lecturer in Comparative Regionalism at SciencesPo, Paris.

He also serves as scientific coordinator of the Erasmus Mundus GEM PhD School on ‘Globalisation, European and Multilateralism’.

His research focuses on comparative regionalism, with a focus on European and Asian realities, the foreign policies of Germany and Japan, and interregionalism.

Past publications include: ‘Inter-Regionalism as a Coherent and Intelligible Instrument in the EU’s Foreign Policy Toolbox: A Comparative Assessment’ in The EU’s Foreign Policy: What Kind of Power and Diplomatic Action? (2013).

More recent work on interregional trade negotiations include: ‘The Political and Institutional Significance of an EU–Japan Trade and Partnership Agreement’ in The EU and Japan: A New Chapter in Civilian Power Cooperation? (2015); ‘From Noodle Bowls to Alphabet Soup’ in The Politics of Transatlantic Trade Negotiations (2015).

More recently, he was one of the editors of (2017) ‘Developing EU–Japan Relations in a Changing Regional Context: A Focus on Security, Law and Policies’ and co-authored a chapter (2017) on “The EU, China and the WTO: Squaring the Irresistible Force Paradox of the MES Issue”


Evaluation Methods

The evaluation is based on:


Individual Student Paper to be submitted by the end of term


Students’ active participation

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Class time

12 Total hours of lectures

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