EFTA's 60th anniversary in 2020: Call for papers

Published 12-07-2019
Gottlieb Gut, Swiss Ambassador, signing the EFTA Convention on 4 January 1960

In 2020, EFTA will celebrate its 60th anniversary. EFTA will provide up to three grants for the purpose of researching EFTA’s history, economic impact and politics from 1960 to 2020 and beyond.

EFTA specifically seeks to support young researchers interested in EFTA’s history, economic impact and politics. Successful applicants will receive a grant to conduct and write studies on EFTA and to cover travel and research expenses. The applications and papers will be reviewed by a scientific committee, presented at EFTA’s 60th anniversary Conference and included in the respective publication.

This conference is a unique setting and opportunity for PhD students, post-docs and early career researchers to present their research related to the history and politics of the European Free Trade Association to an international audience.



Scientific Committee

Youssef Cassis, European University Institute

Dieter Schlenker, Historical Archives of the European Union

Henri Gétaz, European Free Trade Association


Eligibility and How to Apply

PhD students and early career researchers are invited to submit proposals covering the following areas within the timeframe of 1960 to 2020 and beyond:

  • EFTA as a global player in trade, economics and international relations
  • EFTA’s role in European Construction and Integration
  • EFTA’s relations with other international organisations: e.g. OECD, OSCE, WTO

Papers may take a political science perspective, a legal perspective, a historical perspective, an economics perspective or a combination of all these and ideally include lessons learned for the future.

Applicants should submit an abstract of no more than 500 words and a short CV and a list of publications. The deadline for submissions was extended. The new deadline now is 20 September 2019.

For complete details, please consult the full call for papers.

Secretary-General's Office

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