The IES specifically explores EU institutions, policies and law within the context of globalization and global governance, including a focus on the EU in international affairs and institutions. The disciplines applied at the IES include law, social/political sciences, economics and communication sciences, and the Institute’s activities focus on the various ways in which institutions, law and politics intersect with each other in the EU, its member states and at the international level.
Based on its research, the IES constitutes the focal point for teaching European Studies at the VUB. It coordinates relevant study programmes, including the renowned Master in International and European Law (LLM) and the Master in European Integration and Development. The IES also co-organises an annual Summer School on European Policy-Making. A training programme including a diverse portfolio of general and focused training sessions as well as e-learning modules (www.emodules.be) and a postgraduate programme on European Policy-Making completes the educational portfolio of the IES.
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