If your submission for #EUIA20 was accepted, please register here 

If you do not have an accepted submission, you can only register as non-presenting participant. We will provide more information on this in due time on our website. You will have access to all panels, keynote speeches and other events, but we are unable to accept any further submissions for EUIA2021.

Taking place from May 26th-28th, 2021, the next edition of the EUIA conference will be held virtually and be organised primarily through a high-quality online conferencing tool

This will ensure no disruption by the Covid-19 pandemic, independent of how the public health situation will evolve in different countries by May 2021. If possible, we may maintain some physical events (notably keynote speeches and policy-link panels) in Brussels, which will then be live-streamed to all participants. 

In detail the next steps are:

  • If you have an accepted submission and have not registered yet, please register as soon as possible via the conference tool to confirm your participation or withdraw your submission.  
  • Given that we will not be able to welcome you at the historic Academy Palace in Brussels or to our conference dinner, we are able to reduce the participation fees by EUR 100 for participants. The adapted fees for senior academics are now EUR 195, and for junior academics EUR 65.  
  • If you have registered and paid and would like to get a full (in case you will no longer be able to participate) or a partial refund, please fill in this online form. If you have not requested a refund, please do so as soon as possbile.
  • If you want to make (modest) updates/adjustments to your proposed contributions due to the postponement of the conference, you can do so through your individual Conftool account  under ‘Your Submissions’ > ‘Edit Contribution Details’ (also by October 30th, 2020). Please specify these changes in the field ‘Remarks on this Contribution’. 



Call for Papers – Closed

Please note that the Call for Papers has been closed.


#EUIA20 – The European Union in International Affairs: 

Assessing the EU’s Capacity to Act

Brussels, 26-28 May 2021


The ‘European Union in International Affairs’ (#EUIA21) conference invites paper abstracts and panel proposals. It will be the seventh edition of the EUIA conference, focusing on the theme ‘Assessing the EU’s Capacity to Act’.

The EU is starting to grapple with a shifting international context. Europe’s role in the world is called into question by factors such as China’s economic rise, the ‘America First’ doctrine of the Trump administration and more assertive foreign policies of Russia and Turkey. Within and beyond Europe, political forces are parading authoritarianism as an alternative to liberal democracy. Brexit is yet another test to the EU’s internal cohesion and external capabilities. Internal challenges and a more hostile international environment may limit the EU’s capacity to act as a global power. Yet, they could also result in an opposite outcome – a wake-up call for the Union to engage more and strive for ‘strategic autonomy’ or ‘European sovereignty’ in areas such as defence or energy security. More than ever, the EU is aware of the urgency to mitigate climate change and to find a more coordinated response to international migration and forced displacement. The question therefore arises: what is the EU’s capacity to act in international affairs?

The EUIA biennial conference provides a major forum for discussion and exchange of ideas amongst academics and policy-makers who engage with these issues. We encourage the submission of paper abstracts and panel proposals that focus on the EU’s capacity to act internationally. Topics may include, but are not limited to:

Creating Capacities to Act

  • Creating or reforming EU capabilities and instruments (e.g. defence, artificial intelligence, development aid, migration management)
  • The rise of nationalism and EU decision-making on policies with an external dimension (e.g. foreign policy, migration, environment, trade)
  • Relations between EU and Brexit-Britain on foreign and security policies
  • The EU and international organisations: Reacting to a (less) multilateral world?

Assessing Capacities to Act

  • The EU’s reaction to a changing transatlantic partnership and the geopolitical dynamics in the Indo-Pacific region (notably China but also other countries such as Japan, the Republic of Korea or Australia)
  • Is inter-regional cooperation (e.g. with the African Union and Latin America) gaining or losing importance?
  • Managing interdependence with nearby third countries (e.g. on environment, financial stability, trade, security and migration)
  • Assessing the EU’s leadership (e.g. on human rights, climate change, tax evasion or conflict resolution)

#EUIA20 will host a high-level keynote address and a series of policy-link panels featuring senior officials and policy-makers. The Journal of European Integration (JEI) will co-organise the EUIA Best Paper Award competition. The conference will also welcome the editors of leading journals in European Studies (Journal of Common Market Studies, Journal of European Integration, European Security, and Global Affairs), who will share their views on the EU in international affairs and provide insights into current trends in journal publishing.

Please submit your paper abstract (300 words max.) or panel proposal (title of panel + short introduction to the panel of max. 300 words + 4 paper abstracts of max. 300 words + name of chair and discussant) by clicking on this link.

#EUIA21 encourages a collaborative approach to research so panel proposals are particularly welcome. The selection will take place in a blind peer review process.

Deadline for registrations and payments: Fri 30 October 2020

Deadline for update of submissions: Fri 30 October 2020

Extended deadline for submissions: Thu 14 November 2019

Notification of acceptance: Wed 22 January 2020

EUIA Conference: Wed 26- Fri 28 May 2021


We look forward to welcoming you to the seventh EUIA conference!


The EU in International Affairs conference secretariat

Institute for European Studies at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel

Pleinlaan 2, B-1050 Brussels (mailing address)

T: +32-2-6148040



Florian Trauner (Conference Chair) and Antonios Nestoras (Academic Coordinator) on behalf of the EUIA conference organisers: 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), and Egmont – the Royal Institute for International Relations. The Department of Politics and International Studies (PAIS) of the University of Warwick has become the EUIA’s new organisational partner.