Since the early 2000s, the research carried out in the Centre for European Law has revolved around four central areas of European law whilst systematically ensuring a connection with the practice of European law. This is facilitated thanks to the location of Brussels as the capital of the European Union. These axes of research concern the European criminal area, the protection of rights and freedoms in Europe and in the world, asylum and immigration as well as institutional law, economic law and foreign relations law. In this context, the Centre is taking part in a number of projects and international research networks and is a beneficiary of numerous sources of Belgian and European funding.
The research carried out at the Centre for European Law also makes it possible to ensure a broad and high quality PhD training on European law issues. The Centre also organises several series of conferences targeted at the university community, European law professionals and, more broadly, civil society.