“Europe & Liberty” Summer Seminar in Bansko, Bulgaria

More information soon!

When? July 28th – August 3rd 2019

Organized together with the Institute for Market Economics, the seminar in Bansko is a great opportunity for students to acquire knowledge on the foundations of liberty.

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

Faculty will include: Krassen Stanchev (economics), Douglas Rasmussen (philosophy), Pierre Garello (economics of law), Christian Nasulea (economics). More lecturers to be announced.

Thanks to to a specific grant from the Charles Koch Foundation, a number 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.  

The application process starts on 15th of March

Program Bulgaria 2019


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.

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.

Carlo Lottieri
University of Verona
Carlo Lottieri is currently Professor of Philosophy of Law at the University of Verona (Italy) and Professor of Philosophy of Social Sciences at Facoltà di Teologia in Lugano (Switzerland). Fellow of many institutions, he is the Director of Political Theory department of the Istituto Bruno Leoni. His writings develop a radical libertarianism combining a strong emphasis on the inviolability of other people and a realistic approach to the modern State. His interests cover Federalism, Libertarianism, Political Theology, Elitism, Evolutionary Theory of Law, Commons and Private Property. He edited many works by Bruno Leoni in English, French, Italian, Spanish, Czech and Georgian. His last book (Un’idea elvetica di libertà, 2017) emphasizes the contrast between Swiss federation and European Union, rejecting any project of super-State and supporting a better appreciation of localism and self-government.

Krassen Stanchev
The Institute for Market Economics
Dr Krassen Stanchev is a Board Chairman, Founder and former Executive Director of Institute for Market Economics (www.ime.bg) – the first Bulgaria’s free market think thank (1993), former member and a committee chairman of the Constitutional Assembly (1990-1991), one of the most quoted Bulgarian observers, best country analyst award for 1996 by Euromoney and a nominee for Bulgaria’s Mr. Ekonomika 2004 as well as laureate of Bulgaria Government Prize – 2002, Templeton – 2006 – as IME Director, and GV Fund for Contribution to the Spirit of Liberty – 2006. He was a principle drafter of a number of reforms from central planning to market economy and is one of the leaders of those reforms. He leads, led or was involved in initiatives related to market oriented and democratic reforms in other countries, Balkans and Former Soviet Union.

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. He is a fellow of the Institut de Recherches Economiques et Fiscales. 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.

Petar Ganev
Institute for Market Economics
After graduating from the University of National and World Economy, Bulgaria, he joined the Institute for Market Economics (IME) as a senior economist. Petar is an IES-Europe Alumnus as he took part to an IES-Europe Summer Seminar in Varna, Bulgaria in 2005. In 2011, thanks his help, IES-Europe was able to go back to Bulgaria after 5 years of absence. Petar was the link between IES-Europe and IME as a local organizer. After the success of the last editions of summer seminars and thanks to Petar’s involvement, we will make it again to Bulgaria in 2016.