Estoril Political Forum

Ever since 1993, the Annual International Political Studies Meetings (Estoril Political Forum) have brought together academics, students, politicians, business leaders, opinion makers and journalists in an open debate on the issues surrounding politics and international relations.

This international forum is recognised as a program of excellence endowing students and other participants the opportunity to learn and engage with some of the most renowned specialists in the field while simultaneously building up a broad reaching network of international contacts. 

The Estoril Political Forum is considered unique within the Portuguese scenario and has already established its position as a landmark in international terms, especially in Anglo-American circles. The Forum is associated with the summer program run by the Boston College, University of Colorado at Boulder, the College of Europe (Natolin/ Warsaw), EUROPAEUM (a consortium of the ten longest established European universities, headquartered in Oxford), Jagiellonian University (Krakow), King’s College (London) and the Royal Institute of Philosophy (London).

This international debating forum is designed for all IEP undergraduate, master and doctoral degree students (under the credit regime) and all other entities and individuals interested in the themes key to Political Science and International Relations.

Throughout the intervening years, the IEP summer courses have attracted over a 1,000 participants and speakers.

"These International Meetings, as well as the Institute for Political Studies of the Catholic University of Portugal which has hosted them, have been the product of a gradual evolution. They were not made, they have grown, as F.A. Hayek would certainly say. They are the product of an interaction, or a conversation, as Michael Oakeshott would have put it, through which we have been able to build an institution that is larger and more complex than any single mind could have conceived, not to mention, designed.

It all started back in 1993, at the lovely Monastery of Arrabida, and we were then no more than 20 people. From there we have grown gradually. Throughout these last 20 years, a group of international friends has gradually joined our Annual Meetings in Political Studies, while also teaching intensive courses at our Institute."

Prof. João Carlos Espada
Opening Address of XX Estoril Political Forum (June 2012)

Estoril Political Forum 2019

27th International Meeting in Political Studies [Est. 1993]
Hotel Palácio, Estoril - June 24-26

"The Atlantic Alliance: 70 Years After the Foundation of NATO, 30 Years After the Fall of the Berlin Wall”

Estoril Political Forum 2018

26th International Meeting in Political Studies [Est. 1993]
Hotel Palácio, Estoril - June 25-27

"Patriotism, Cosmopolitanism and Democracy"
The 26th annual edition of the Estoril Political Forum, on 25-27 June 2008, will focus on the relationship between the national sentiment and cosmopolitan views — a crucial question that has recently returned to the centre of political and academic debates. Refusing the unfortunate dichotomy between nationalism and internationalism, we will encourage a civilised conversation between different views on patriotism and cosmopolitanism, as well as on the the contribution of both to modern democracies.