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Centre for European Law (CDE)

Faculty of Law and Criminology | Research Centers

Interfaculty institutes | IEE: Institute of European Studies

(Code: ULB056)

Person in charge of the unit : BRIERE Chloé.

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

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

Campus : Campus du Solbosch
Location : Bât. IEE
Address : CP172 - Avenue Franklin Roosevelt, 39 - 1050 Bruxelles
Phone number : +32-2-650.30.93
Fax : +32-2-650.30.68
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