Institute for Economic Studies - Europe Summer Seminar on the Foundations for Liberty

This seminar will be held at the Theodor-Heuss-Akademie in Gummersbach, Germany (near the city of Köln). The Friedrich Neumann Foundation für die Freiheit will host it. 

Note that for the selected students, accommodations and attendance to the conferences are free. Selected students will only need to fund their transportation.

A specific offer for students from the US applying to the Gummersbach seminar is however available:

Thanks to to a specific grant from the Charles Koch Foundation, US students that will be selected will be offered an $800 travel stipend. To be eligible, those US students must be finishing their Bachelor's degree or currently working on their Master's Degree but not yet enrolled in a PHD program. Students need to have serious plans to pursue a PHD for the purpose of pursuing an academic career.  

Faculty will include: Douglas Rasmussen (philosophy), Pierre Garello (economics of law), Diana W. Thomas (economics, public choice), Michael D. Thomas (economics and business ethics), Christian Nasulea (economics).


Rasmussen.png 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 Scholasticism; The Personalist; Public Affairs Quarterly; Social Philosophy & Policy; The 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.
Garello.png 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.
Mingardi.png Alberto Mingardi
Istituto Bruno Leoni
Alberto Mingardi is Assistant Professor in History of Political Thought at IULM University of Milan. He is also the Director General of Istituto Bruno Leoni, Italy’s free-market think tank ( which he helped to establish in 2004. He is also an Adjunct Scholar at the Cato Institute and an Affiliate at the Economic Science Institute at Chapman University. His main scientific interest is the history of political thought. He has written a monograph on Thomas Hodgskin (Thomas Hodgskin, allievo anarchico di Adam Smith, Venezia: Marsilio, 2016) and one on Herbert Spencer (New York & London: Continuum, 2011). He has edited a few books, including critical editions of Hodgskin and Spencer, and he has translated into English, Antonio Rosmini, The Constitution Under Social Justice (Lexington Books, 2003). He is a columnist of the Italian daily La Stampa and contributes to the literary supplement of Il Sole 24 Ore. Internationally, his opinion pieces have frequently appeared on Politico and The Wall Street Journal. He blogs at EconLog. He holds a PhD in Political Science from University of Pavia.
Thomas-D.png Diana W. Thomas
Creighton University
Dr. Diana Thomas is an Associate Professor of Economics and Associate Director of the Creighton Economic Institute at the Heider College of Business at Creighton University. A German native, she earned her Diploma in Business Administration from Fachhochschule Aachen and her BS in Finance from George Mason University. After gaining some experience as a junior portfolio manager at a mutual fund management company in Frankfurt, Germany, Dr. Thomas returned to George Mason University to complete her MA and PhD in Economics. Dr. Thomas teaches Microeconomics and Public Choice. In her research, Dr. Thomas explores the unintended consequences of regulation and the role political entrepreneurs play in changing the rules that govern society. She has published in a number of academic outlets including Public Choice, Kyklos, the Southern Economic Journal, and the Journal of Banking and Finance.
Thomas-M.png Michael D. Thomas
Creighton University
Dr. Michael Thomas is an Assistant Professor of Economics at the Heider College of Business at Creighton University and Director of Student Programs with the Creighton Economic Institute. Dr. Thomas received his undergraduate degree from the University of Alabama and a Masters in Economics from the University of Missouri at Saint Louis. He completed his PhD in Economics at George Mason University in 2009. Dr. Thomas teaches Microeconomics, Public Finance, and History of Political Economy. In his research, Dr. Thomas focuses on local public finance as well as issues such as the regressive effects of tax policy. He has published in a number of academic outlets including Kyklos, the Independent Review, and the Journal of Entrepreneurship and Public Policy.
Nasulea Christian
Christian Nasulea
University of Bucharest
Christian Nasulea teaches economics at the Faculty of History of the University of Bucharest where he is a member of the Department of International Relations and Universal History. His courses cover topics such as Global Economics, Globalisation and History of Economic Thought. In addition to his university work he also develops learning resources for high school students who are interested in economics. His areas of research interest include public policy and stimuli for economic development, political and commercial negotiation in international relations, behavioural economics and decision processes.

Application Deadline: May 15th, 2017


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Gummersbach, Germany
July 23-29, 2017