Summer University 2019

For forty two years Aix-en-Provence, with the Summer University, 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.

2019 is a special year for IES-Europe as we celebrate 30 years of existence, 30 years of spreading the ideas of liberty to youngsters all over the world! We want this year’s Summer University to bring together liberty lovers from all over the world, especially IES alumni and friends, but also people who want to become a part of this amazing network.

Distinguished speakers from the fields of economics, philosophy, history, and law will join us in the sunny and informal atmosphere of the south of France


Since 1978, the University of Aix-Marseille hosts a Summer University open to a wide audience of students and indeed to anyone interested in political economy, law and political philosophy, particularly seen from a classical liberal angle.

This meeting was first annual
and, since 2010, has become biennial. The last Summer University took place in
July 2016.

This meeting was also
essentially francophone when it started and, thanks to IES-Europe, it became
throughout the years the place where “freedom lovers” and “freedom scholars”
would meet and debate old and contemporary issues regardless of their country
or continent of residence. The place to be in August!

An audience of approximately 150 people is planned for this 2019 edition.

Theme of the 2019 Edition

Thirty years ago, the Berlin Wall was finally erased from our cards. An era of freedom was opening up for Europe, which seemed to follow in the footsteps of a more global movement, since Asia also seemed ready to turn the page of a time when freedom was repressed in many ways. Thirty years later, where are we? What were the successes and what were the failures? What did we learn? Why do some countries have better benefited from these new opportunities? Finding answers to these questions is essential to invent the road that will allow us to meet the new challenges – something we will also discuss during these days of work. To answer these questions, economists, lawyers, philosophers from around the world will share their analyzes.

East German students climbing the Berlin Wall in 1989


This summer
university is an opportunity to meet and share in an atmosphere of openness and
relaxation. Sessions are built on a “TED” format: a speaker presents
his analysis for about twenty minutes and the presentation is followed by a
discussion with the audience. There are also thematic workshops to promote

If the
working language for the mornings is mainly English and a simultaneous
translation from English to French (or the reverse when necessary) will be
available. In the afternoon there is no simultaneous translation but parallel
sessions in English or in French. Lunches and dinners are taken together so
that the discussion can continue in a relaxed way in these moments of

are offered access to accommodation on university campus at very affordable
rates. A large selection of hotels is also available in Aix-en-Provence.

The festive character of this Summer University is reflected in evening concerts offered to the participants.


The Faculty of Law and Political Science from the Aix -Marseille University is going to be the host of our event.

The Summer University will be organized by the Institute for Economic Studies-Europe whose President, Pierre Garello, is a Professor at the Aix-Marseille University.

Aix-Marseille Universite

Dates & Location

Participants will be arriving in Aix-en-Provence on August 18th and will attend the Opening Dinner at the Aquabella Hotel.

The sessions will start on Monday morning (August 19th) and will end on Wednesday evening (August 21st).

The sessions and the breakfast meals will take place at the Faculty of Law on 3 Avenue Robert Schuman.

Stefano Adamo
Boudwijn Bouckaert
Carlo Lottieri
Stephen Davies
Jacques Garello
Daniil Gorbatenko
Mamadou Koulibal
Edita Maslauskait
Thomas Palermo
Tanja Porčnik
Krassen Stanchev

Ferghane Azihar
Nicolas Bouzo
Jean-Pierre Centi
François Facchini
Pierre Garello
Kerry Halferty-Hardy
Ronny Ktorza
Alberto Mingardi
Tom Palmer
Doug Rasmussen
Mohamed Tamaldou

Randy Barnett
Gérard Bramoullé
Jean-Pierre Chamou
Max Falque
Antoine Gentier
Terry Kibbe
Jean-Baptiste Jaussaud
Guillaume Labbe
Christian Nasulea
Daniela Piana
Greg Rehmke
Nouh El Harmouzi

Pierre Bentata
Gaël Campan
Martin Cox
Jean-Philippe Feldman
Hannes Gissurarso
Robin Koerner
Henri Lepage
Radu Nechita
Eric Ng Ping Cheun
Pierre Schweitze
Emmanuel Martin