"This may well be the single most important book on Europe's influence to appear in a decade."

Foreign Affairs, Best Books of 2020

In her important new book, Columbia Law professor Anu Bradford argues the EU remains an influential superpower that shapes the world in its image. By promulgating regulations that shape the international business environment, elevating standards worldwide, and leading to a notable Europeanization of many important aspects of global commerce, the EU has managed to shape policy in areas such as data privacy, consumer health and safety, environmental protection, antitrust, and online hate speech.


The Brussels Effect shows how the EU has acquired such power, why multinational companies use EU standards as global standards, and why the EU’s role as the world’s regulator is likely to outlive its gradual economic decline, extending the EU’s influence long into the future. 

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"Anu Bradford’s The Brussels Effect is essential reading for anyone interested in Europe’s place in the world…A timely and powerful antidote to prevailing euro-pessimism."


Professor of History at Columbia University and the author of "Crashed: How a Decade of Financial Crises Changed the World"

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57th Street Books

Chicago, IL

February 12, 2020 - 6:00-7:00pm

Chicago Council on Global Affairs

Chicago, IL

February 13, 2020 - 5:30-6:30 PM

Columbia University

New York, NY

February 19, 2020 - 6:30-8:30 PM

Oxford University

Oxford, UK

February 26, 2020 - 1:00 PM

Chatham House

London, UK

February 26, 2020 - 6:00-7:00 PM

European Centre for Intl. Political Economy (ECIPE)

Brussels, Belgium

February 27, 2020 - 2:00-4:00 PM

European Council on Foreign Relations (ECFR)

Berlin, Germany

March 2, 2020 - 12:30-2:00 PM


Brussels, Belgium

March 3, 2020 - 12:30-2:30 PM

Katholieke Universiteit Leuven

Leuven, Belgium

March 3, 2020 - 6:00-8:00 PM

Egmont Institute

Brussels, Belgium

March 4, 2020 - 3:00-5:00 PM

CEPS Ideas Lab

Brussels, Belgium

March 5, 2020

Nordic West Office and Hanness Snellman

Helsinki, Finland

March 6, 2020 - 8:30-10:00 AM

Foreign Policy Association

New York, NY

March 11, 2020 - 6:00-7:00 PM

Carnegie Endowment for International Peace

Washington, DC

March 16, 2020 - 3:30-4:30 PM

NYU, The Jean Monnet Center

New York, NY

April 15, 2020

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About the Author

Anu Bradford is Henry L. Moses Professor of Law and International Organization at Columbia Law School. She is also a director for the European Legal Studies Center and Chazen Senior Scholar at Columbia Business School. Her research and teaching focus on European Union law, international trade law, and comparative and international antitrust law. Before joining the Law School faculty in 2012, she was an assistant professor at the University of Chicago Law School. 

Bradford earned her S.J.D. degree in 2007 and LL.M. degree in 2002 from Harvard Law School, and also holds a law degree from the University of Helsinki. After completing her LL.M. studies as a Fulbright Scholar at Harvard Law School, Bradford practiced antitrust law and EU law at Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton in Brussels for two years before returning to Harvard for her doctoral studies. She has also served as an adviser on economic policy in the Parliament of Finland and as an expert assistant to a member of the European Parliament. 


Bradford grew up in Finland, and lives today in New York with her husband and three children. 

Conversation with the Author