Renaud Dehousse

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Renaud Dehousse is a Belgian lawyer and professor, born on the 2 June 1960 in Liège, Belgium. He is currently President of the European University Institute (EUI) in Florence, Italy.[1][2]


Renaud Dehousse was born in Liège in 1960, the second son of Agnes Denis and Jean-Maurice Dehousse. He became a student of law at the University of Liège (Belgium) and then obtained a doctorate from the European University Institute in Florence. He later took up various positions at the EUI, including professor and head of the Department of Law, before being appointed ordinary professor at the University of Pisa.[3]

In 1999, Dehousse joined Sciences Po. There, he held the Jean Monnet Chair of European Law and Political Science at Sciences Po, Paris and also directed the Centre for European Studies.[4] He was a scientific advisor to the centre for study and research founded by Jacques Delors, Notre Europe.[5] He was also a visiting professor at the University of Michigan, the University of Lausanne and the University of Florence.[3]

Dehousse has been President of the European University Institute (EUI) in Florence, Italy, since September 2016.[1] Dehousse follows Joseph H. H. Weiler in a role which has also been held by Marise Cremona, Josep Borrell Fontelles, Yves Mény, Patrick Masterson, Émile Noël, Werner Maihofer and Max Kohnstamm.[6]


Dehousse's research interests revolve around comparative federalism and the institutional evolution of the European Union. During the 1990s, his research focussed on topics such as federalism and international relations,[7] the eastern expansion of Europe[8] and the results of the Maastricht Treaty.[9] Whilst at Notre Europe, Dehousse worked on a critical evaluation of the Lisbon Strategy.[10]

More recently, his research has come to focus on the transformation of governance at European level, particularly at the level of bureaucratic structures and the role of the Court of Justice in the European political system.[11] He has published on topics relating to the European Union,[12] European Commission,[13] crisis,[14] and hard and soft power in European governance.[15] His recent publications include The European Commission of the Twenty-First Century[16] (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2013) and Delegation of Powers in the European Union: The need for a multi-principals model (West European Politics, 2008).[17]

His academic research has been widely published[18] in international academic journals including the Journal of Common Market Studies,[19][20] American Journal of Comparative Law,[21] West European Politics,[22][23][24] European Journal of International Law[25][26][27] and European Union Politics.[28]

Dehousse has spoken publicly about the future of Europe[29] with regard to issues such as populism,[30] trade,[31] European culture,[32] intellectual pluralism,[33][34] the future of Europe after Brexit,[35][36] and the 60th anniversary of the Treaty of Rome.[37]


  1. ^ a b "The President and the Secretary General". European University Institute. Retrieved 2017-06-22.
  2. ^ Barnier, Michel. "Speech by Michel Barnier at the 7th State of the Union Conference, European University Institute, Florence". European Commission.
  3. ^ a b "The President and the Secretary General". European University Institute. Retrieved 2017-07-31.
  4. ^ "Renaud Dehousse | Sciences Po Centre d'études européennes". (in French). 2016-09-02. Retrieved 2017-06-22.
  5. ^ "Renaud Dehousse". Retrieved 2017-06-22.
  6. ^ "Past Presidents and Secretaries General". European University Institute. Retrieved 2017-07-31.
  7. ^ Fédéralisme et relations internationales : une réflexion comparative. CADMUS, The EUI Research Repository. Bruylant. 1991. ISBN 9782802705215.
  8. ^ Dehousse, Renaud. "An Ever Larger Union? The Eastern Enlargement in Perspective". Sciences Po.
  9. ^ Dehousse, Renaud (1994). Europe after Maastricht : an ever closer union?. CADMUS, The EUI Research Repository. ISBN 9783406383427.
  10. ^ "The Lisbon strategy and the open method of co-ordination: 12 recommendations for an effective multi-level strategy" (PDF). Notre Europe.
  11. ^ Dehousse, Renaud (1998). The European Court of Justice - Springer. doi:10.1007/978-1-349-26954-9. ISBN 978-0-333-69317-9.
  12. ^ Po, Sciences. "Sciences Po Spire - L'Union européenne". (in French). Retrieved 2017-07-31.
  13. ^ Po, Sciences. "Sciences Po Spire - Managing the house: the Presidency, agenda control and policy activism in the European Commission". (in French). Retrieved 2017-07-31.
  14. ^ Po, Sciences. "Sciences Po Spire - Vive la crise !". (in French). Retrieved 2017-07-31.
  15. ^ Po, Sciences. "Sciences Po Spire - Has the European Union moved towards soft governance?". (in French). Retrieved 2017-07-31.
  16. ^ Kassim, Hussein; Peterson, John; Bauer, Michael W.; Connolly, Sara; Dehousse, Renaud; Hooghe, Liesbet; Thompson, Andrew (2013). The European Commission of the twenty-first century. OUP Oxford. ISBN 9780191612022.
  17. ^ Dehousse, Renaud (2008). "Delegation of powers in the European Union: The need for a multi-principals model". West European Politics. 31 (4): 789–805. doi:10.1080/01402380801906072.
  18. ^ "CV Renaud Dehousse" (PDF). Sciences Po.
  19. ^ Dehousse, Renaud (1992). "Integration v. Regulation? On the Dynamics of Regulation in the European Community". Journal of Common Market Law Studies. 30, 4 (4): 383–402. doi:10.1111/j.1468-5965.1992.tb00438.x. hdl:1814/16729.
  20. ^ Dehousse, Renaud (2009). "The French Presidency". Journal of Common Market Law Studies. 47 (Special Issue: The JCMS Annual Review of the European Union in 2008): 99–111. doi:10.1111/j.1468-5965.2009.02016.x.
  21. ^ Dehousse, Renaud (1994). "Comparing National and EC Law: The Problem of the Level of Analysis". The American Journal of Comparative Law. 42 (4): 761–781. doi:10.2307/840632. hdl:1814/107. JSTOR 840632.
  22. ^ Dehousse, Renaud (2003-01-01). "Comitology: who watches the watchmen?". Journal of European Public Policy. 10 (5): 798–813. doi:10.1080/1350176032000124096. ISSN 1350-1763.
  23. ^ Dehousse, Renaud (1995-07-01). "Constitutional reform in the European community: Are there alternatives to the Majoritarian avenue?". West European Politics. 18 (3): 118–136. doi:10.1080/01402389508425094. ISSN 0140-2382.
  24. ^ Dehousse, Renaud; Thompson, Andrew (2012-02-01). "Intergovernmentalists in the Commission: Foxes in the Henhouse?" (PDF). Journal of European Integration. 34 (2): 113–132. doi:10.1080/07036337.2012.641089. hdl:20.500.11820/b87e6898-be30-43da-a290-d4aedc61d48d. ISSN 0703-6337.
  25. ^ "European Political Cooperation 1 July 1987 - 31 December 1988" (PDF). European Journal of International Law.
  26. ^ "European Political Cooperation in 1989-1990" (PDF). European Journal of International Law.
  27. ^ "European Political Cooperation in 1991" (PDF). European Journal of International Law.
  28. ^ Alter, Karen J.; Dehousse, Renaud; Vanberg, Georg (2002). "Law, Political Science and EU Legal Studies: An Interdisciplinary Project?". European Union Politics. 3: 113–136. doi:10.1177/1465116502003001006.
  29. ^ "Quelle union politique en Europe?" (PDF). Jean Monnet Foundation.
  30. ^ "Le problème ? On ne fait l'Europe qu'à moitié !" (in French). Retrieved 2017-07-31.
  31. ^ "Renaud Dehousse: " L'erreur a été de ne pas laisser à la Commission l'exclusivité des négociations du Ceta "". 2016-10-24. Retrieved 2017-07-31.
  32. ^ "Renaud Dehousse : "Accoglienza e integrazione per un mondo sempre più aperto"". (in Italian). 2017-02-28. Retrieved 2017-07-31.
  33. ^ "The State of the Union 2017 Conference Report" (PDF).
  34. ^ "The EUI Times Online An interview with the President - The EUI Times Online". February 2017. Retrieved 2017-07-31.
  35. ^ "Interview with Renaud Dehousse". Times Higher Education (THE). 2016-12-08. Retrieved 2017-07-31.
  36. ^ Met, Redazione. "Met - Notizie dagli Enti della Toscana centrale - quotidiano di informazione della città metropolitana di Firenze". Retrieved 2017-07-31.
  37. ^ "I 60 anni Ue, 'occasione per affrontare sfide' - Europa". (in Italian). 2017-03-27. Retrieved 2017-07-31.