Dr. Finn Laursen, is a Danish political scientist, now retired.
He received his university education at Aarhus University, Denmark (MA in political science) and the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, USA (PhD in Political Science).
He was a professor of International Politics, at the University of Southern Denmark, Odense, Denmark,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). Earlier positions include being a lecturer at the London School of Economics (LSE), 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. In recent years, his research has focused upon European integration, especially the making and reforms of the EU’s 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. He has been a Senior Editor of the Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Politics (OREP), with responsibility for EU Politics.
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 Journal of European Integration. His latest edited volumes include: 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), 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 books include Historical Dictionary of the European Union (Rowman & Littlefield, 2016) and The Development of the EU as a Sea-Policy Actor (Edward Elgar, 2020).