Director: Prof Dr Marc Maresceau
EuroMeSCo "liaison officer": Prof Dr.. Erwan Lannon
The European Institute (EI), created in 1988, is primarily a University department assuming classical academic functions, such as teaching at the graduate and post-graduate level as well as scientific research on the law and policies of the EU.
Areas of work
The European Institute focus its activities on recent developments in the law and policies of the European Union. This includes the internal as well as the external dimension of EU Law and policy. With regard to the EU’s external relations, issues such as the Enlargement of the EU, Mediterranean and Middle-East strategies, WTO and other external agreements receive special attention.
The EI has a specialised library and is a documentation centre recognised by institutions such as the European Commission, the Council of Europe, the WTO and the Economic Commission for Europe.
Objective of the Euromed / Middle East programme
The research activities conducted in Ghent in the field of Mediterranean Middle East affairs have both a legal and (geo-) political dimensions this is certainly one of the most important added values for the Euromesco Network as very few members have this legal dimension. Moreover, the European Institute concentrates on EU affairs and is located near the EU capital.
Membership to other networks
Since 2003 the European Institute is incorporated in the activities of Ghent University Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence.The EI cooperates in a systematic way with other academic institutions in Belgium and abroad, often in the framework of joint research projects. Special ties exist, for example, with the University of Liège, the Université Libre de Bruxelles and l'Institut d'études politiques de Paris – Sciences-PO, or the University of Rennes.
The EI has also special relationships notably with the College of Europe (Bruges and Natolin), the Centre for European Legal Studies University of Cambridge and the University College London.
Universiteitstraat 4, B-9000 Gent, Belgium
Phone: (+32) 9 264 69 01
Fax: (+32) 9 264 69 98
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