11.-12. June 2015

Colloquium of the Peter Häberle Foundation on “Concepts of Statehood”

3. May 2014

Membership of the Council For European Studies (CES)

4. April 2014

Relaunch of the web site www.europa-kolleg-hamburg.de

14.-15. November 2013

“Six Decades of European Integration‘– a Symposium on the occasion of the 60th anniversary of the Europa-Kolleg Hamburg.

10.-11. October 2013

The Budapest discussion rounds in the Lodz Lecture Hall of the Budapest Business School: “Sustainability Strategies for Europe”

4. November 2011

On the occasion of the 70th Birthday of the President of the Europa-Kolleg Hamburg foundation, the Mayor of the Free and Hanseatic City of Hamburg, Mr.Olaf Scholz, held a speech on November 4, 2011 to the subject of “Europe and the Debt Crisis- a Challenge for Hamburg.”

21. October 2011

Announcement of Thomas Bruha’s Resignation and the initiation of Markus Kotzur, who takes over the leadership of the study program.

14. January 2011

Launching event of the Cultural Series of Lectures on “US and the Ancient Greeks” as in honor of Bruno Snell.

23. November 2010

Accreditation of the new and modernized study program “European and European Legal Studies” with a seal from the Accreditation Council.

29. October 2010

The Europa-Kolleg Hamburg honors the long tenure of President Hans- Joachim Seeler with a special 80th birthday present. The lecture halls of the Europa-Kolleg Institute for European Integration would be named after him, “Hans Joachim Seeler Lecture Halls”. This honorary gesture of the Board of Directors to the Europa-Kolleg recognizes the voluntary efforts of Professor Seeler towards the Europa-Kolleg from the years 1987 to 2006.

17.-23. August 2009

30 of the best students from the China-EU School of Law in Peking participate in the first CESL- Summer School at the Europa-Kolleg Hamburg.

2. April 2009

New examination rules for the postgraduate study programme “Master of European and European Legal Studies” are approved by the Presidential Board at the University of Hamburg. Depending on the main focus of the program, students are awarded either an academic degree in “Master of Arts in European Studies’ of “Master in Law L.L.M”


Foundation of the China-EU School of Law (CESL), a joint project of the Chinese government and the European Union. The CESL falls under the leadership of the Law Faculty of the University of Hamburg and a Consortium of 13 European and 4 Chinese Universities. The Europa-Kolleg of Hamburg belongs to this CESL-Consortium of Associates.

4. February 2008

Start of the ten month Fast-track Training for 13 law students from Kosovo within the scope of the “Support to EU Integration” project, led by the European Agency for Reconstruction. The declaration of Serbia’s Independence on February 17, 2008 occurs during the students’ stay in Hamburg.

13. October 2006

Festive farewell bidding to Hans-Joachim Seeler. The New President of the Europa-Kolleg, Jürgen Lüthje, assumes the Post after his resignation as President of the University of Hamburg.

20. May 2005

The students of the 11th postgraduate Study program “Master of European Studies “organize a conference on the “Future Perspectives to an enlarged European Union”

10. October 2003

The Europa-Kolleg Hamburg celebrates its’ 50th honorary speaker at the Hamburg City Hall is Joschka Fischer, whose speech manages to capture the tension between national interests and the strengths of an integrated Europe.

24.January 2003

The Series “Hamburg’s Competition Law Symposium‘ kicks off with an exhibition on “Transition of European Commercial Law’ in cooperation with the law firm Allen & Overy.


The Evaluation Committee of the Donors’ Association for the Promotion of the Humanities and Sciences in Germany certifies the courses involved in the aforementioned Associations’ European Studies programs and strongly recommends their further development and continuation.

Wintersemester 1998/1999

Pilot phase of the Study programme “Master of European Studies“ in cooperation with the Universities in Berlin, Bonn and Saarbrücken.


Successful participation at a competition of the Donors’ Association for the Promotion of Humanities and Sciences in Germany, for the purpose of conducting a dual semester model programme “European Studies”, one intended to be combined with a three year start-up financing program.


Opening of the one-semester complementary Study programme „European Integration and International Economic Affairs, “with 29 students from 11 different countries in the summer semester of 1994. The official opening of the Lecture halls, which by means of the support from the Free and Hanseatic City of Hamburg would be built near the Initial Institute Building.


The appointment of Thomas Bruha as Head of the new Graduate program at the College.


Begin publication of the new literature series of the Europa Kolleg- Hamburg on matters of Integration research in the Nomos–Series, which are ultimately published by the Directors at the Institute for Integration Research.


The interdisciplinary Graduate College on “Integration Research” opens with five students. It will be in the future expanded until 1999 to fully incorporate the Europa-Kolleg Hamburg.


The interdisciplinary Graduate College on “Integration Research” opens with five students. It will be in the future expanded until 1999 to fully incorporate the Europa-Kolleg Hamburg.


Professor Behrens begins a new series of seminars on different subject matters related to European Integration, and conducts his seminars as a practitioner in different disciplines primarily oriented towards the European Single Market.

June 1987

Hans-Joachim Seeler, former Senator of the FHH and standing member of the European Parliament becomes the new President of the Europa Kolleg

October 1986

Dr. Isenhagen (1923-2013), the Head of the Foundation, goes into Retirement (is since 1955 a Retiree)


Eberhard Grabitz takes over the position from the former Director of the Institute, the deceased Christoph Sasse.

August 1978

At the request of the Academic Senate of the University of Hamburg, the authorities for Science and Research granted the Europa Kolleg- Institute the designation as ‘scientific establishment of the University of Hamburg’

March 1978

Establishment of the Institute for Integration Research by Christoph Sasse (1930-1979) and Eberhard Grabitz (1934- 1992)


At the request of the Academic Senate of the University of Hamburg, the authorities for Science and Research granted the Europa Kolleg- Institute the designation as ‘scientific establishment of the University of Hamburg’


Publication of the second series „Publications of the Europa Kolleg, “where all student Dissertations since 1974 are first published.


Opening of the new building at Windmühlenweg


Foundation erected for the new building of the Europa Kolleg Institute at Windmühlenweg, under the guidance of Pierre Pflimlin, the President of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe.


Establishment of the „New Europa Kolleg, “which would provide additional educational training for students. The Chairman of the Board was Bruno Snell, and the Board of Trustees was led by Rudolf Sieverts, the former Rector at the University of Hamburg.


The first published issue of the student newspaper “Studio Europe” by the program‘s participants


Hans Isenhagen, tutor at the Europa Kolleg since 1955 and Bruno Snell’s “Right-Hand man,” presented the Europa Kolleg at the World Conference on International Houses and Centers in Paris.


Publication of a Series of literature on European Integration for the publishing house Dr. Sasse and Co. Hamburg. The series would be continued until 1975.

30. Juli 1954

Bruno Snell laid down the first foundation for the building at Kalkreuthweg in Groß Flottbek, Hamburg.

3. June 1954

Opening of the Europa-Kolleg as an extension to the Christophorus Student Dorm.

10. October 1953

The Hamburg Senate Chancellery approved a proposal from Bruno
Snell (1895-1986), at the time Rector of the University of Hamburg,
for establishing the Europa-Kolleg Foundation. The first Chairman of
the Board was the Romanist literary scholar Hellmuth Petriconi (1895-1965). Siegfried Landshut (1898-1968), who taught Political Science and Sociology at the University of Hamburg, took over the position of Chairman of the Board of Trustees.