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IES Europe Summer University 2016

E_LInterested in exploring the ideas of Liberty? Spending a week of great experiences, intercultural exchanges, discussing and thinking about freedom, learning from top professors and making new friends from all over the world ?

IES Europe offers 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 July and deepen your understanding of ideas that allow humans to flourish and prosper. 

Summer Seminar on Political Economy

July 05 - 10, 2016

Aix-Marseille Université (Montperrin Campus 6 Avenue du Pigonnet • Aix-en-Provence, France

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For thirty two years Aix-en-Provence, with the Summer University of the New Economics, has been the "rendez-vous" of outstanding faculty and participants coming from around the globe - all sharing a strong interest for classical liberal ideas. Since 1989 IES-Europe has been part of this gathering, supporting students and young scholars in their intellectual journey.

In 2016, IES-Europe will bring back the spirit of these meetings to life and invite people from all over Europe and beyond to join distinguished speakers from the fields of economics, philosophy, history, and law, for what will be IES-Europe first edition of an open summer seminar that will mix intellectual stimulation with friendship in a sunny and convivial atmosphere.

In a time of political turbulence and the rise of extreme ideologies in the world, this event is a perfect place to discuss in detail the visions for the future of Europe that are being proposed by Brussels and national governments; and to better articulate an alternative vision based on limited government and liberty. Within this event a full day will be reserved for the ICREI's 10th International Conference on the topic of Environmental Entrepreneurship (see program bellow)

Join us and enjoy an exciting line-up of speakers in Aix-en-Provence, a lovely city located 20 miles from the French Riviera. The place to be, especially at that time of the year! We hope to see many of you here.

(Please note that Aix-en-Provence will be welcoming the Lyric Art Festival: some hotels are already full for that period)


Our Speakers


Tom G. Palmer
Atlas Network - Cato Institute

Tom G. Palmer is the executive vice president for international programs at the Atlas Network and is responsible for establishing operating programs in 14 languages and managing programs for a worldwide network of think tanks. He is also a senior fellow at the Cato Institute and director of Cato University. He was an H. B. Earhart Fellow at Hertford College, Oxford University, and a vice president of the Institute for Humane Studies at George Mason University. He is the author of Realizing Freedom: Libertarian Theory, History, and Practice (expanded edition 2014), and the editor of The Morality of Capitalism (2011), After the Welfare State (2012), Why Liberty (2013), and Peace, Love, & Liberty (2014).


Douglas B. Rasmussen
St John's University

Douglas B. Rasmussen is Professor of Philosophy at St. John’s University in NYC.  Among the books he has co-authored (with Douglas J. Den Uyl) are: Liberty and Nature: An Aristotelian Defense of Liberal Order (1991); Norms of Liberty: A Perfectionist Basis for Non-Perfectionist Politics (2006); and The Perfectionist Turn: From Metanorms to Metaethics (2016). He has authored numerous articles in many scholarly anthologies and in such journals as:  the American Catholic Philosophical Quarterly; American Philosophical Quarterly;  International Philosophical Quarterly; The New ScholasticismThe Personalist; Public Affairs QuarterlySocial Philosophy & PolicyThe Review of Metaphysics; and The Thomist. He has served on the Steering Committee of the Ayn Rand Society and as a member of Executive Council of the American Catholic Philosophical Association.  He is co-editor (with Den Uyl) of The Philosophic Thought of Ayn Rand (1984). His areas of research interest are epistemology, ontology, ethics, and political philosophy as well as the moral foundations of capitalism.


John Baden
Foundation for Research on Economics and the Environment

John A. Baden founded​ the Foundation for Research on Economics and the Environment (FREE) in 1985​. FREE employs environmental economics and policy analysis to foster responsible liberty, sustainable ecology, and modest prosperity. FREE focuses on the "romance" sector of environmental policy; agriculture, parks, range, water, wildlands, and wildlife.  ​

Dr. Baden received his Ph.D. in economic anthropology ​from Indiana University in 1969, completed​ a National Science Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowship in environmental policy in 1970​, and then returned to Montana. His Montana State University institute create​d the New Resource Economics (NRE)​. The NRE is ​an incentive-based, entrepreneurial​ approach to environmental and natural resource management. 

Baden​ has held endowed professorships, received teaching awards, and is the author or contributing editor of ​a dozen books and numerous articles on energy and natural resources. Dr. Baden is a member of the Mont Pelerin Society and the Philadelphia Society, served two terms on the National Petroleum Council, and ​was President of the Association of Private Enterprise Education. He co-founded​ the Environmental Management M.B.A. program at the University of Washington.


Jacques Garello
Emeritus Professor, Aix-Marseille Université

Jacques Garello is Emeritus professor of Economics at Aix-Marseille Universté. He is the founder of the ‘Nouveaux Economistes’ a group of free market economists in 1977, and also launched the famous Summer University of New Economics in Aix-en-Provence which has been running for 32 years. It is an annual international meeting attended by several well-known economists in the tradition of classical liberal thought. 

Professor Garello is the honorary president of the ALEPS (Economic Freedom and Social Progress Association), the oldest free market think tank in France, which was created in 1965 by Jacques Rueff and other members of the Mont Pèlerin Society. Ha served as the president from 1980 to 2014.  ALEPS publishes a quarterly review (Liberté Economiqueet Progrès Social), and La Nouvelle Lettre, a weekly letter which comments on political, scientific and social events, mainly in France.

Professor Garello is the founder of IES-Europe and has been its president from 1989 to 2013. Professor Garello is also a board member of the IREF ( Institute for Research in Economic and Fiscal Issues) and has been associated with it since 2004.

Professor Garello has written several books on French economic policies and the history of economic thought, mainly devoted to Frederic Bastiat and Jean Baptiste Say. 

He was awarded the Grand Prix de l’Académie Française in 1994, and has received many distinctions, as a doctor honoris causa of the Francisco Marroquin Uny and the ‘Legionary of Liberty’.


Mario Rizzo
New York University

Mario J. Rizzo is the co-director of the Classical Liberal Institute and an Associate Professor of Economics at NYU. He is also the Director of the Program on the Foundations of the market Economy in the Department of Economics and the chairman of the Colloquium on Market Institutions and Economic Processes. He has been a law and economics fellow at Yale Law School and the University of Chicago Law School. He teaches a yearly seminar at the NYU Law School called “Classical Liberalism.” He is the author of many articles in economics and in law journals. Rizzo is co-author (with Gerald O’Driscoll) of Austrian Economics Re-Examined: The Economics of Time and Ignorance which is an expanded version of the second edition of The Economics of Time and Ignorance (Routledge, 1996). 


Alberto Mingardi
Istituto Bruno Leoni

Aberto Mingardi is Director General of Istituto Bruno Leoni, Italy’s free-market think tank ( which he helped to establish in 2004. He has specialized in the study of antitrust and of healthcare systems. He also studies the history of political thought and is now writing a monograph on English libertarian Thomas Hodgskin after having written mainly on Herbert Spencer and Antonio Rosmini.

He authored or edited several books, including Herbert Spencer (New York & London: Continuum, 2011), Eppur si muove: Come cambia la sanità in Europa, tra pubblico e privato [And yet it moves: how Europe healthcare is changing, in between government and the private sector] (Torino: IBL Libri, editor w/Gabriele Pelissero, 2010) and translated into English, Antonio Rosmini, The Constitution Under Social Justice (Lexington Books, 2003).

His commentaries have appeared in major Italian newspapers, and he frequently appears on Italian radio and tv. Internationally, his opinion pieces have also been published by the The Wall Street Journal, the Washington Post, and the Financial TimesHe holds a PhD in Political Science from University of Pavia.



Pierre Garello
IES-Europe - Aix-Marseille Université

President of IES-Europe and Editor-in-Chief of the Journal des Économistes et des Études Humaines, Pierre Garello is Professor of Economics at the Faculté d’Economie et Gestion of Aix Marseille University in France. He has published various articles on Austrian economics, law and economics (especially competition law and contract law). He is the editor-in-chief of the Journal des Économistes et des Études Humaines, a scholarly review dealing with economic, legal, philosophical and political issues, in the tradition of the French Classical Liberal School. He is also at the center of a liberal network in Europe and is the coordinator of the European liberal think tanks Resource Bank. He is directing research for IREF, a think tank that promotes tax competition and sound public finances.


Iain Murray
Competitive Entreprise Institute

Iain Murray is the Competitive Enterprise Institute's vice president of strategy. For the past decade with the Institute, he has concentrated on financial regulation, employment and immigration regulation and free market environmentalism.

Murray has published several acclaimed books, including Stealing You Blind: How Government Fatcats Are Getting Rich Off of You and The Really Inconvenient Truths: Seven Environmental Catastrophes Liberals Won’t Tell You About – Because They Helped Cause Them. His op-eds have appeared in The National ReviewThe Providence Journal and Fox News. He has appeared on Fox News, CNN Headline News, the BBC and Al-Jazeera, among other broadcast networks.


Pascal Salin
Emeritus Professor, Université Paris Dauphine

Pascal Salin is Emeritus Professor of Economics at Université Paris Dauphine, and former president of the Mont Pelerin Society. He is the author of several books including : Libéralisme; Français, n’ayez pas peur du libéralismRevenir au capitalisme, pour éviter les crises or L'arbitraire fiscal ou comment sortir de la criseProfessor Salin is a specialist in public finance and monetary economics. 

He co-founded the Jean-Baptiste Say research center in economics at the Université Paris Dauphine. He has been a consultant for the International Monetary Fund, the United Nations, the Food and Agriculture Organization, and the Harvard Institute for International Development. He is a frequent contributor to the French newspapers Le Figaro and Les Echos. He has published several articles in many other French media outlets such as Le Monde. He also publishes in the Wall Street Journal Europe.


François Facchini
Université Paris Sud

François Facchini is a professor of Economics at Université Paris Sud and an associate member at the Sorbonne Economics Center, Panthéon-Sorbonne University.  He has written numerous academic papers published in reviews such as the European Journal of Political Economy, and the Quarterly Journal of Austrian Economics. He is a member of the Society for development of Austien Economic. 


Marian Eabrasu
ESC Troyes

Marian Eabrasu is Professor at Group ESC Troyes (France) where he teaches Ethics and Economics. He has previously been Assistant Professor at the Paris VIII University (France), and research fellow at the International Centre for Economic Research (Italy). His research interests are at the crossroads of three main areas: Corporate Social Responsibility (good practices in CSR, ISO 26000, tax evasion), moral philosophy (theories of justice), as well as economic theory and policy (subjective theory of value, normative economics). The results of his research are available in several international peer-reviewed journals such as Journal of Business Ethics, Politics, Philosophy and Economics, Business and Society Review etc. 


Pierre Bentata
ESC Troyes

Pierre Bentata is Professor of Economics at ESC Troyes. He is a contributor to many French newspaper such as La Tribune and Les Echos. In 2015, he cofounded the Belem Circle, a group of young European thinkers, to promote European reforms. He is the author of "Des Jeunes sans Histoire", an essay on the current Western social and political situation. His areas of research are Law & Economics, Economic Analysis of Torts and Economic Analysis of Courts' Decisions.  

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Registration Type   
IES Alumni  60 € 
Regular  170 €

The IES-Europe Summer University Registration fee includes all lectures and discussions, and meals (breakfasts, luncheons, receptions, and dinner.). The registration fees do not cover for your room or travel cost. 

Accomodations : We have a limited number of guest room accommodations at the Students Dorms (recently renovated room with private bathrooms) at 130 € for 5 nights (July 05 to July 10). Rooms will be assigned on a first-come, first-served basis while available. No booking possibility after Junes 25th. 


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