The European Union in international affairs #EUIA21

Wednesday 26 May 2021, 09:00 to Friday 28 May 2021, 17:00
Online event

In light of the Covid-19 pandemic, the EUIA organising team and the partner institutions have decided, with much regret, to postpone the EUIA20 conference for one year, concretely to May 26-28, 2021. Travelling and gathering are likely to remain banned or not recommended, so we will change the biennial cycle of the conference. Accordingly, the EUIA20 will become EUIA21 and the next two editions will take place in 2023 and 2025.

More than 400 colleagues had already proposed or reviewed papers and panels, so we have decided to maintain the existing paper selection. This means that:

  • Accepted authors who have already registered and paid their participation fee maintain their registration for EUIA21. No other action is required.
  • Registration and payment deadline for authors who have NOT yet registered or NOT paid their participation fee, was extended until 30 September 2020.

If you have registered and paid but for some reason you cannot attend the conference next year or simply wish to cancel your participation, you will of course receive the full refund of the registration fee. In this case, please log in to your conftool account, choose to cancel your registration AND send an email with your bank account details (IBAN/BIC) where the refund can be deposited to The deadline for these cancellations was also 30 September 2020.

Authors will be allowed to bring their papers and panels up to date. In the coming months, we will be also working on some digital innovations for the postponed EUIA conference. More information will be announced on the EUIA website.

We have not taken the decision to postpone EUIA lightly. Yet, given these extraordinary circumstances, we believe that this rescheduling is the most foresighted option for the EUIA conference and the least inconvenient for a majority of participants. We wish that our community members can travel and gather safely soon, and hope to see you all next year, healthy, in Brussels.


The ‘European Union in International Affairs’ (EUIA) Conference provides a major forum for academics and policy-makers to debate the role of the EU in the turbulent realm of international affairs. After a postponement due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the seventh edition of this event will take place from 26 to 28 May 2021 and focus on the theme ‘Assessing the EU’s Capacity to Act’. #EUIA20-21will be the single major stopover of the academic conference circuit in Brussels.

#EUIA20-21 will host high-level keynote addresses and will co-organise a Best Paper Award together with the Journal of European Integration (JEI). The selected #EUIA20-21 paper will be considered for publication in a themed JEI section or special issue.

Keep an eye on this website and our social media channels. We will inform you about all relevant news and updates on the conference!

The EUIA Conference is jointly organized by The Institute for European Studies at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel (IES-VUB), the Institut d’Études Européennes at the Université Libre de Bruxelles (IEE-ULB), the United Nations University Institute on Comparative Regional Integration Studies (UNU-CRIS), Egmont – the Royal Institute for International Relations and the University of Warwick.

EUIA gratefully acknowledges the support of FWO/Research Foundation – Flanders.



EUIA21 Conference: Wed 26- Fri 28 May 2021


Past editions