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Welcome to the website of the Center for European Renewal.  Founded in 2007, the Center for European Renewal is an independent, non-profit, non-partisan, educational, and cultural organisation dedicated to the Western ideal of a civilised, humane, and free society.

Board of Trustees

The Board of Trustees of the Center for European Renewal is composed as follows:


A. Lánczi (chairman)

D. Boomsma (treasurer)

J. Price (secretary)

H. Bergbauer

A. Fantini

M. Henrie

R. Joch

A. Pesey

M. Respinti

J. Soley


International Advisory Board

The International Advisory Board of the Center for European Renewal is composed as follows:

Bart Jan Spruyt is co-founder and chairman of the Edmund Burke Stichting of the Netherlands and a prominent Dutch journalist. Holds an undergraduate degree in history from the University of Utrecht and received his Ph.D. in theology from the University of Leiden. Author of several books in Dutch, including In Praise of Conservatism (2003).


Chantal Delsol is professor of philosophy at the University of Marne-La-Vallée near Paris, where she has been dean of the department for 12 years and now heads the research division. She has written many books on political philosophy as well as several novels. Her books have been translated in 12 languages, and include Icarus Fallen: The Search for Meaning in a Uncertain World and The Unlearned Lessons Of the Twentieth Century: An Essay On Late Modernity, both available in English translation from ISI Books.


Milowit Kuninski is professor at the Institute of Philosophy of the Jagiellonian University, Krakow, Poland. Published books on Max Weber and F.A. von Hayek and recently an anthology of essays on virtues, democracy and sceptical liberalism (all in Polish). Since 1992 Vice-President of the Centre for Political Thought in Krakow. Professor Kunisnki studied philosophy and sociology at the Jagiellonian University, Krakow, Poland.


Roger Scruton, one of Europe’s foremost philosophers, is currently Visiting Professor at Blackfriars Hall, Oxford. Graduated from Jesus College, Cambridge, and has held teaching positions at Christ's College, Cambridge, in Aesthetics, at Birkbeck College London and as Professor of Philosophy at Boston University. He founded the Conservative Philosophy Group and the Town and Country Forum, and from 1982-2000 was the editor of the Salisbury Review. He is also the founder of Horsell's Farm Enterprises, Britain's fastest-growing post-modern rural consultancy. He has written many books on philosophy, conservative thought, aesthetics, hunting, novels and two operas.


Matthias Storme is the co-founder and editor of the European Review of Private Law, the editor of the Tijdschrift voor Privaatrecht, and a partner in the law firm "Storme Leroy VanParys" in Gent (B). He is also a professor at the Catholic University of Leuven and the University of Antwerp, and has written extensively on legal, cultural and political matters.


Ryszard Legutko is professor of philosophy at the Jagellonian institute of philosophy at the University of Krakow and a member of the European Parliament. Professor Legutko was an elected member of the Polish Senate and served as education minister of Poland. He is the author of a several books and has lectured as a visiting professor at European and American universities. Professor Legutko graduated in English philology from the Philology Faculty of the Jagiellonian University in 1973 and in philosophy from the Faculty of Philosophy and History in 1976.


João Carlos Espada is the director of the Institute for Political Studies of the Portuguese Catholic University. He earned his D.Phil in Politics at the University of Oxford. His books include, among others, Social Citizenship Rights: A Critique of F.A. Hayek and Raymond Plant (1995) and with Marc Plattner, The Democratic Invention (2000). He was President of the Portuguese Political Science Association (2002-2006). He is political adviser to the President of the Portuguese Republic, Prof. Aníbal Cavaco Silva (since March 2006), having held a similar position during the first term of the former President Mr. Mário Soares (1986-1990).

Compliant to Dutch law

The CER is registered in the Netherlands. More information about its status as a charitable foundation under Dutch law can be read here.


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