Robert Schuman Institute – University of Luxembourg

Country: Luxembourg Luxembourg

Director (ad interim): Dr. Rainer Klump


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The Robert Schuman Institute is an independent public research institution which has been conducting scholarly research in the area of international relations and European integration history since 1990. The seat of the Institute is the birthplace of Robert Schuman, the founding father of the European Coal and Steal Community (ECSC). The Luxembourg Prime Minister himself, with the support of national researchers, initiated the creation of the Institute as an independent research institution. Since 2013 the institute has closely been connected with the Ministry of Higher Education and Research.

The Institute tries to form a link between the academic and the public world and the realm of international political practice. First of all, the Institute tries:

  • To promote knowledge of European integration history and politics;
  • To facilitate the publication of research results in the field of European integration history and European politics;
  • To implement cooperation with different European political research institutes on an international level;
  • To organise colloquia, workshops and training sessions for researchers, students and journalists with experts from politics, justice, economy, administration and the academia:
  • To advise the government on any question related to international relations and European integration.

The main activities of the Robert Schuman Institute are the following. First, the Institute organises lectures, seminars and conferences related to international affairs. Secondly, it cooperates with government institutions to provide up-to-date independent analysis on global political matters. In addition, it organises scholarly events such as national and international conferences, seminars, roundtable discussions and presentations. Finally, it cooperates with many governmental and non-governmental organisations from the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg and abroad.

The Institute’s library has been integrated into the National public library system BibNet. The library provides public library and information services. The Institute develops educational activities and training activities for students, teachers and journalists. A special training programme is devoted to journalists from Turkey and the Balkan region. In cooperation with other European and national institutions the Institute is active in the dissemination of knowledge on European integration.

The history department of the Institute focuses its research efforts on the historical development of the European steel policy. Furthermore, it biennially publishes the Journal of European Integration History, together with the Groupe de Liaison des Historiens auprès de la Commission Européenne. The European policy department concentrates its research on Luxembourg’s role in the European integration process. It cooperates with various research institutions in the field of International Relations, European Studies and Security Studies. Its mission is to contribute to the European and international relations research. Thus, it is involved in various projects with networks like Notre Europe Jacques Delors, Building Bridges of the IFRI or TEPSA.

The Robert Schuman Institute has also contributed regularly to various TEPSA projects such as EU Watch or the organisation of the June 2015 TEPSA Pre-Presidency Conference.

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