Luxembourg Institute for European and International Studies
Institut d'Etudes Européennes et Internationales du Luxembourg

Aims & Focus

The Institute aims to create a forum for global intellectual and academic exchange by engaging researchers and practitioners from all over the world in its activities. The goal is to provide a platform for original and practical discussions on a variety of subjects and challenges the world is facing. The Institute strives to publish works that are academically relevant, but also of interest for political and economic decision-makers. The general approach has been multidisciplinary and multinational:  inviting both theorists and practitioners from different disciplines and different countries, people who are from academic as well as political, economic, and cultural spheres of life.

Fields of Interest:

  • European Union, EU integration, EU neighbours
  • Vitality of nations
  • The European social model
  • Luxembourg, small states
  • Foreign and security policy
  • The future of the international system


The LIEIS is an independent, non-profit organisation based in the City of Luxembourg (a.s.b.l.).
It is made up of the following bodies, as detailed below:

Supervisory Board (Conseil d'Administration)

The Board meets once or twice a year to adopt the Institute's general policy.
It consists of high-level representatives of the political, economic and cultural life of the country.

Chairman: François Colling, former Member of the European Court of Auditors, Luxembourg
Secretary General: Jul Christophory, former Head of the European Commission Representation in Luxembourg
Treasurer: Mario Hirsch, Political Scientist, Luxembourg

Serge Allegrezza, Director, Central Service for Statistics and Economic Studies, Ministry of Economics, Luxembourg
Gerhard Michael Ambrosi, Professor emerit. of European Economic Policy, University of Trier
Armand Clesse, Director, Luxembourg Institute for European and International Studies
Richard Cooper, Maurits C. Boas Professor of International Economics, Harvard University
Leo Faber, Secrétaire géneral adjoint, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Luxembourg
Jean-Claude Felten, Conseiller de direction 1ère classe, Ministry of Family, Integration and the Greater Region, Luxembourg
Jean Feyder, Ambassador; former Permanent Representative of Luxembourg to the United Nations, Luxembourg
Jean-Marie Frentz, Deputy Head of Mission, Embassy of Luxembourg, London
Jean-Jacques Kasel, Ambassador; former Member of the European Court of Justice, Luxembourg
Guy Kirsch, Professor emerit. of Economics, University of Fribourg
Charles S. Maier, Leverett Saltonstall Professor of History, Harvard University
Paul Mertz, Ambassador; former Secretary General of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Luxembourg
Jean-Claude Muller, Cultural Historian, First Government Counsellor, Ministry of State, Luxembourg
André Roelants, Chairman, Clearstream International, Luxembourg
Nicolas Schmit, former Minister of Labour, Employment and Immigration, Luxembourg
Alfred Steinherr, Academic Director, Sacred Heart University, Luxembourg
Raymond Weber, former First Government Counsellor, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Luxembourg


Executive Committee (Comité Exécutif)

The Executive Committee is a small body that meets, on average, every two months to discuss the implementation of the programme approved by the Supervisory Board.

Chairman: Paul Mertz
Members: Serge Allegrezza, Jul Christophory, Armand Clesse, François Colling, Leo Faber, Jean-Claude Felten, Mario Hirsch, Jean-Claude Muller, Raymond Weber


Budgetary Committee

The Budgetary Committee coordinates the preparation, implementation and control of the Institute's budget.

Members: Serge Allegrezza, Armand Clesse, Jean-Claude Felten, Mario Hirsch

Research Staff

The staff consists of a director, some permanent research assistants and fellows, and external researchers.


The Institute is supported by an annual subsidy from the Government of Luxembourg. A minor part of the budget comes from grants, offered for specific projects, by international organisations.