April 16, 2010

IES Liberty Summer Seminars 2010

In close partnership with Atlas Global Initiative for Free Trade, Peace and Prosperity, Institute of Economic Studies - Europe is back again this year to offer you an opportunity to learn about classical liberal ideas, and explore them with insights from our faculty into the study of history, economics and philosphy. Join us this summer and benefit from intercultural and intellectual exchanges! Spend a week of great experiences, intercultural exchanges, discussing and thinking about freedom, learning from top professors and make new friends from all over the world.

This year IES Europe is offering three seminars:
• Gummersbach, Germany
July 11-17, 2010 (English speaking seminar)
• Marrakech, Morocco
August 01-07, 2010 (French speaking seminar)
• Bakuriani, Georgia
May 17-22, 2010 (English speaking seminar)

The seminars offer interdisciplinary introduction to the tradition of classical liberal thought scholarship. Subjects covered include economics, history, moral and political philosophy, law, jurisprudence.The main aim is to approach these fields from a liberal point of view. The seminars are a unique opportunity to boost your understanding of the classical liberal principles of individual rights, private property, and free markets and their applications to today's issues.

Hundreds of students have already been involved with the Institute's programs. The participants are junior, senior, or graduate students and recent graduates but they are also young scholars or entrepreneurs. They usually describe it as a week which had a tremendous impact in their intellectual life and which has proved helpful for careers in academia, law, journalism, and other idea-oriented fields. It is also a great experience from a personal point of view, since for a week, students and faculty members, coming from everywhere in the world, get to live together, to speak and to debate. They get to learn from each other and are in contact with different cultures, education and ways of life.

A traditional Europe and Liberty seminar lasts 6 days from. The day is divided into 3 sessions of lecture, discussion groups and discussions with the speaker. Every session lasts 2 hours and is followed by a coffee break, lunch or dinner. The week is an intensive week of lectures and discussions. After each lecture the participants break into small groups to probe and debate ideas they have just heard. A highlight of the seminar are the evening discussion groups; guided by faculty members, participants continue their exploration of the day's themes. During the week, participants will have to interact constantly with each other and with the faculty members who not only lecture but join the participants for meals and evening discussion groups and socializing.

There is no participation fee. IES covers all costs, including accomodation and board. Travel expenses have to be borne by the participants.

In order to apply, fill in the online application form at: http://www.ies-europe.org/index.php.

NB: In order to apply for the seminar in Georgia please send an email to : youcef.maouchi@ies-europe.org.

The deadline for application is April 30.


  1. cover all costs excludin accomodation, meals and transport :)

  2. Hello! You are mistaken, it is said that IES covers all costs INCLUDING accomodation and board, and they do cover them. Your transport costs are not included, as in most cases, but you can apply for some travel grant.