Dr. Finn Laursen, is a Danish political scientist. He is Honorary Professor at the University of Southern Denmark, where he was a professor of International Politics, 1999-2006. He held the Canada Research Chair in European Union (EU) Studies at the Dalhousie University, Halifax, NS, Canada, 2006-2013. At Dalhousie University, he also directed the EU Centre of Excellence (EUCE). Since 2007, he holds a Jean Monnet Chair ad personam. He received his university education at Aarhus University, Denmark (MA in political science) and the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, USA (PhD in Political Science). Earlier positions include being a lecturer at the London School of Economics, 1985-88, Professor at the European Institute of Public Administration (EIPA), Maastricht, The Netherlands, 1988-95, Professor and Director at the South Jutland University Centre, Esbjerg, Denmark, 1995-98, and Foreign Professor at Tsukuba University, Japan 1998-99. In July 2014, he was a visiting professor at Sichuan University, Chengdu, China, and in July 2015, he was a visiting professor at Renmin University, Beijing, China. In recent years, his research has focused upon European integration, especially the making and reforms of the EU’s constitutive and reform treaties as well as successive enlargements of the EU and the role played by the EU in the global system. He has also done comparative research on regional integration, including, NAFTA, MERCOSUR and ASEAN. His current research is focused on the EU’s trade policy, including the negotiations with the United States of the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP). Currently he is also teaching at Aarhus University and working as a Senior Editor of the Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Politics (OREP), being responsible for EU Politics and Comparative Regional Integration.
Finn Laursen has published extensively. He has authored and edited or co-edited about 25 books and published about 100 journal articles or book chapters. His articles have appeared in various journals, including World Politics, Journal of Common Market Studies, International Review of Administrative Sciences, Cooperation and Conflict, Journal of Legislative Studies, and l’Europe en formation. His latest edited volumes are: The Treaty of Nice: Actor Preferences, Bargaining and Institutional Choice (Martinus Nijhoff, 2006).The Rise and Fall of the Constitutional Treaty (Nijhoff, 2008), The EU in the Global Political Economy (PIE Peter Lang, 2009), The EU as a Foreign and Security Policy Actor (Republic of Letters Publishing, 2009), Comparative Regional Integration: Europe and Beyond (Ashgate, 2010), The EU and Federalism: Polities and Policies Compared (Ashgate, 2011), The Making of the EU’s Lisbon Treaty: the Role of the Member States (PIE Peter Lang, 2012), The Lisbon Treaty: Institutional Choices and Implementation (Ashgate, 2012), The EU, Security and Transatlantic Relations (P.I.E. Peter Lang, 2012), The EU and the Political Economy of Transatlantic Relations (P.I.E. Peter Lang, 2012), Designing the European Union: From Paris to Lisbon (Palgrave Macmillan, 2012), The EU and the Eurozone Crisis: Policy Challenges and Strategic Choices (Ashgate 2013), EU Enlargement: Current Challenges and Strategic Choices (P.I.E. Peter Lang, 2013). His latest fully-authored book is Historical Dictionary of the European Union (Rowman & Littlefield, 2016).