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Robert Schuman Institute of European Affairs


The Robert Schuman Institute of European Affairs is a one of a kind interfaculty cooperation between the Faculty of Law, Economics and Finance and the Faculty of Language and Literature, Humanities, Arts and Education.

The institute inaugurated on Monday, 11 April 2016 focuses on the interdisciplinary study of European affairs and the European Union.

Its founding members are:


Herwig Hofmann

Eleftheria Neframi

Andreas Irmen







René Leboutte

David Howarth

Robert Harmsen






 © Michel Brumat / University of Luxembourg


Jean Monnet Centres of Excellence are funded across the European Union under the auspices of the Erasmus+ programme. They aim at gathering the expertise and competences of high-level experts for interdisciplinary and international synergies for the study of EU-related topics.

The focus is on issues such as economic integration, its national and international dimensions, as well as constitutional and institutional evolution. First research projects include matters such as;

  • the economic governance of the Union;
  • the future of societies with an aging population;
  • research on the Court of Justice as institution of the Union.


 Mr Koen Lenaerts, © Eric Chenal/ University of Luxembourg/



Fellows Programme

The core members of the Institute are academics of the University of Luxembourg from various disciplines with a potential contribution to the objectives of the Institute.

Academically oriented experts will be invited to join the institute as ‘fellows’. It will allow a strong Cooperation with other Luxembourg-based research institutes with thematic links to European Union studies, and with others institutes and universities in the ‘Greater Region’ as well as beyond in Europe and the world will be sought.

Funding & Objective Partner Institutions

The Robert Schuman Institute for European Affairs has been awarded funding as an Erasmus+ Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence for a period of three years until the end of 2018. A Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence is a focal point of competence and knowledge on European Union subjects. Centres of Excellence have a project duration of three years.

Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence:

  • gather the expertise and competences of high-level experts and aims at developing synergies between the various disciplines and resources in European studies, as well as at creating joint transnational activities and structural links with academic institutions in other countries. It also ensures openness to civil society.
  • have a major role in reaching out to students from faculties not normally dealing with European Union issues as well as to policy makers, civil servants, organised civil society and the general public at large.

The objective of the Robert Schuman Institute of European Affairs at the University of Luxembourg is to encourage creative thinking: asking questions, collecting ideas, identifying issues but also developing proposals for further research and development of solutions to pressing societal problems. Through publications, conferences and round-tables, the institute will work to increase visibility on matters of integration and the European Union, to foster informed debate and help develop ideas for the future of Europe.

Partner Institutions

  • Centre d'études et de recherches européennes Robert Schuman

The Robert Schuman Center for European Studies and Research was founded in 1990. It is based in Robert Schuman's birthplace in Clausen,in the City of Luxembourg.
Founded in 1990 by Professor Gilbert Trausch, the Robert Schuman Center for European Studies and Research (CERE) emanates from      the government of Jacques Santer to valorise the birthplace of the founding father of the first European Coal and Steel Community.


  • Digital Research in European Studies / Centre Virtuelle de la Connaissance sur l'Europe

Since the CVCE was set up, it has successfully risen to the challenge of developing an innovative approach to European integration studies. By combining digital technologies with research in social sciences and humanities, the CVCE has created the first digital research infrastructure on European integration (, which has gained a strong international following, with two million documents consulted each year. Its collections of thematic publications and its oral history programme — which includes nearly 100 interviews with eminent European figures — represent an innovative approach to European integration.









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   University of Luxembourg
   Robert Schuman Institute of European Affairs
   Faculty of Law, Economics and Finance 
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