Karel De Gucht


Karel De Gucht has been the President of the Institute for European Studies (now: Brussels School of Governance) at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB) since 2015. Mr. De Gucht was the European Commissioner for Trade during President Barroso’s second Commission (2010- 2014). From 2009 until 2010 he was also European Commissioner for Development and Humanitarian Aid. Prior to this, Mr. De Gucht held numerous senior political positions in the European, Flemish, and Belgian Parliaments. He was a member of the Belgian House of Representatives from 2003 until 2009, during which time he held the portfolios of Minister for Foreign Affairs and European Affairs (2004-2009) and Minister for International Trade (2007-2009). From 2008 until 2009 he was Deputy Prime Minister of Belgium.

Mr. De Gucht is also a Professor in the LLM in International and European Law programme of the Brussels School of Governance, in which he teaches the course of EU External Relations. He holds a master’s degree in Law from the VUB.

List of publications (on VUB publications platform)


Jean Monnet Module: Sustainability and Trade: A European Narrative - SUSTAEN

Period March 2022 - February 2025
Funded By

European Commission - Jean Monnet Module


The Future of Competition Enforcement

Event on 30.11.2022


Event on 18.11.2021

In the media

Het conflict tussen Rusland en Oekraïne

Posted on 23.02.2022
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EUIA21 Podcast 4

Posted on 21.06.2021
Videos & podcasts

Al twintig maanden is er geen vicevoorzitter

Posted on 13.08.2019
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La Belgique laisse un siège vide à la BEI

Posted on 12.08.2019
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