IE Business School is the first business school in Spain to receive the Jean Monnet chair. The Chair forms part of the European Commission’s Jean Monnet Program, a tribute to the memory of the promoter of the European Communities and the first President of the Commission.

The Jean Monnet-IE Chair was inaugurated on January 26 in a ceremony with Marcelino Oreja Aguirre, former EU commissioner from the Royal Academy of Moral and Political Sciences; Jose M. de Areilza Carvajal, the professor holding the Jean Monnet-IE chair and Miguel Poaires Maduro, Advocate General of the Court of Justice of the European Union, who gave the opening address on “Interpreting European Law: Judicial Adjudication in a Context of Legal and Constitutional Pluralism”.

The inauguration of the chair at IE means that the Madrid-based schoolâ??s program portfolio will now include an initiative designed to foster education, research and reflection on European integration, a program currently running in almost eight hundred universities on all five continents, aimed at prestigious educational institutions, professors and researchers specialising in the field and participants in the integration process.

The Chair is held by Professor José María de Areilza Carvajal, Doctor in Law from Harvard University, Vice-Dean of IE Law School, Professor of EU Law at IE and guest professor at various foreign universities. The Jean Monnet chair will enable the teaching of the new courses on all IEâ??s programmes, enriching management studies and promoting European debate and knowledge among students, companies and citizens throughout the world. The new chair will organise seminars and conferences, as well as debates and symposiums on European affairs of interest for citizens and the European business community. The debates will also take place on the blog founded in 2005 by José M. de Areilza,

The Jean Monnet project was founded in 1990 as a tribute to the promoter of the European Communities and the first president of the Commission. Its aim is to strengthen analysis and training in undergraduate and postgraduate studies through the organisation of seminars, conferences and debates on European affairs that capture the interest of European citizens and business corporations.