About us

Welcome to ICES

The ICES is a Brussels-based think tank seeking to foster better mutual understanding between China and Europe by supporting academic research in a broad range of fields of potential cooperation including but not limited to business & trade, international law, ocean management and global governance.

To achieve its objectives, the ICES will organize academic events and exhibitions, publish research papers and reports, as well as support academic exchanges, so as to promote the free flow of ideas and people between China and Europe.


  • Improved cross-cultural communication and understanding in a fast-changing world.

  • Intellectually-minded, independent and inclusive.

  • Bound to innovation and creativity.

  • A small team with a big impact.

Meet our team


The ICES is supported by a full-time team in its Brussels office and also seeks to develop relationships with non-resident research fellows. Our research focuses on economic and trade relations, global governance, ocean management as well as other issues central to the China-EU relationship. We welcome scholars from diverse backgrounds to support our work, particularly with professional experience in China-Europe relations and expertise in international relations, business and trade, international law and maritime affairs.


Mrs. ZHANG Honglu



Rond-point Robert Schuman 6

1040 Brussels, Belgium

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Dr. WU Shicun

Wu Shicun has a PhD in history and is president and senior research fellow of China’s National Institute for South China Sea Studies (NISCSS), chairman of board of directors of China-Southeast Asia Research Center on the South China Sea, vice president of China Institute for Free Trade Ports Studies, deputy director of the Collaborative Innovation Center of South China Sea Studies, Nanjing University.

Dr Wu’s research interests cover the history and geography of the South China Sea, maritime delimitation, maritime economy, international relations and regional security strategy. His main single-authored books include What One Needs to Know about the South China Sea (Current Affairs Press, 2016), What One Needs to Know about the Disputes between China and the Philippines (Current Affairs Press,2014), Solving Disputes for Regional Cooperation and Development in the South China Sea: A Chinese perspective (Chandos Publishing, 2013). His main edited books include: The 21st Century Maritime Silk Road: Challenges and Opportunities for Asia and Europe (Routledge, 2019), South China Sea Law fare: Post-Arbitration Policy Options and Future Prospects (South China Sea Think Tank / Taiwan Center for Security Studies, 2017), Arbitration Concerning the South China Sea: Philippines versus China (Ashgate, 2016), UN Convention on the Law of the Sea and the South China Sea (Ashgate, 2015), Non-Traditional Security Issues and the South China Sea-Shaping a New Framework for Cooperation (Ashgate, 2014), Recent Developments in the South China Sea Dispute: The Prospect of a Joint Development Regime (Routledge, 2014), Securing the Safety of Navigation in East Asia—Legal and Political Dimensions (Chandos Publishing, 2013).

Dr Wu has published widely in academic journals and been the subject of frequent media interviews as a senior commentator on South China Sea, regional security issues, the Belt & Road Initiative and the development of Hainan Province.

Mr. YANG li

Research area: International relations, international law and ocean governance.

YANG Li graduated from the Law School of Wuhan University, China, and got his Master’s Degree, majoring in Law in 1996. His major was public international law. Then he became a diplomat in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of China, working in the Dept. of Treaties & Law and the Dept. of Boundary & Ocean Affairs successively. His overseas posts included China’s Embassy in the Republic of Guyana and China’s Permanent Mission to the United Nations, New York. Most of his twenty years’ career as a diplomat was spent on the law of the sea matters and maritime issues. Before he took the current position, he worked with the National Institute for South China Sea Studies, Haikou, China.

Mr. AMER Ramses

Ramses Amer – PhD and Associate Professor in Peace and Conflict Research from Uppsala University in Sweden – is Associated Research Fellow at the Institute for Security and Development Policy (ISDP) in Sweden. His main areas of expertise are a) regional collaboration, security issues and conflict resolution in East- and Southeast Asia and b) the role of the United Nations in the international system. He has published extensively and has considerable experience from fieldwork in East- and Southeast Asia.

Assoc. Prof. Amer has worked at the following universities in Sweden: Stockholm University, Umea University, University of Malmo and Uppsala University. While working as Senior Research Adviser at the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida) (September1998 to July-2004), he was the Programme officer in charge of the collaboration with the following research organizations and Associations in Social Sciences in Asia and Africa: the Asian Political and International Studies Association(APISA), the Southeast Asian Conflict Studies Network (SEACSN), the African Association of Political Science (AAPS), and the Organization for Social Science Research in Eastern and Southern Africa (OSSREA). Assoc. Prof. Amer was a Member of the Reference Group established by the Swedish Ministry of Foreign Affairs as part of the work on formulating a new Swedish strategy towards Asia, 1997-1998.
Assoc. Prof. Amer’s recent books include Conflict Management and Dispute Settlement in East Asia (Ashgate, 2011) (co-edited with Zou Keyuan) and of International Relations in Southeast Asia: Between Bilateralism and Multilateralism (Institute of Southeast Asian Studies, 2010) (co-edited with N. Ganesan). He has contributed to international journals and books and written reports on regional collaboration and conflict management with a focus on ASEAN, on territorial issues including the South China Sea, on conflict resolution including the Cambodian Conflict, on various aspects of the relationship between China and Vietnam, on Asian perspectives of interventionism with a focus on China and ASEAN, on Vietnam with a focus on foreign relations and on human security, and on ethnic minorities and on government policies towards the ethnic Chinese in Vietnam. In addition Assoc. Prof. Amer has also published on issues relating to the United Nations with a focus on interventionism and the use of force.

Mr. Thomas Shirrefs