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Centre for European Law

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After more than 50 years of activities, the Centre for European Law has cemented its place as a focal point for scholarly analysis and high level debate on European law.
The Centre started out as a legal department of the Institute for European Studies. The Institute was officially opened on 27 February 1964. It was the result of some precociously intuitive thinking by academic authorities from the Université Libre de Bruxelles (ULB). Just a few years after the Treaties of Rome entered into force, the ULB authorities intended to set up an institute with the mission to “delve in depth into the area of moral and political sciences and economics, into the problems posed by the move towards an ever closer Union”. The aim was in particular to allow the ULB to respond to the imperatives of its geographic location in the capital of Europe, whose ambition was to occupy a major place on the European and international stage. The Institute was conceived as a centre of both teaching and research. Over the years, the Institute has continued to evolve alongside the European Communities, then the European Union. It has adapted its research and teaching to the challenges of European integration. In 2014, the Institute celebrated its 50th anniversary. 

In 2015 the Center for European Law replaced the Legal section of the Institute. It aims to support the developments and challenges of European construction through its research, by providing a critical and contextual analysis based on the expertise and diversity of profiles of its researchers.

The center's team is composed of professors, post-doctoral researchers and doctoral students, but also of associate members and scientific collaborators, whose work can be grouped around major areas of research on the European Union as :
- A constitutional system based on common values and respect for fundamental rights
- An area of freedom, security and justice
- A space for economic and social regulation
- An actor on the international scene


Competition Law - private sector

Competition Law - private sector : articles 81 and f. of the EC Treaty

Human rights protection in the European Union

Protection of Human Rights in the European Union and in its external relations ; relations with others systems of protection (national systems, Council of Europe and European Convention of Human Rights, United Nations...) Fight against discrimination based on race, religion, sexual orientation...

Institutional law

Study of the structure and the institutional evolution of the EU : treaties, constitution, jurisdictional system of the EU, role of the European Parliament and of the European Commission...

European Criminal Area

Building of a European Criminal Area within the European Union : analysis of the different aspects of this area : harmonization and approximation of laws (substantial and procedural criminal law), mutual recognition of criminal judicial decisions, establishment of European actors and organsExternal dimension of the European criminal area : relations between the EU and third States (Norway, Iceland,USA,Switzerland,...) or international organisations (Council of Europe,UN...)in the criminal field.

Competition Law - Public sector : public services, universal services, state aids, etc.

Research on the implication of EC Law on the organization of the Public services. Notion of universal service