History

The Graduate School of International Studies is the proud successor to the Institute for Advanced International Studies (HEI), created in 1994 on the foundations of Centre québécois de relations internationales (CQRI), founded in 1970.

However, our expertise dates back to the 1960s

The Graduate School of International Studies (ESEI) is the proud successor to the Institute for Advanced International Studies (HEI), created in 1994. HEI was founded as a result of initiatives that date back to the late 1960s. 

At that time, Professor Paul Painchaud from Université Laval’s Department of Political Science obtained approval from the Toronto-based Canadian Institute of International Affairs (CIIA) to establish a francophone secretariat of CIIA based at Université Laval. 

In 1970, a group of political science, economics, and law professors founded Centre québécois de relations internationales (CQRI). In addition to serving as the CIIA’s general secretariat in Québec, CQRI soon started publishing its own research, creating the journal Études internationales in the same year.

In 1987, a dedicated master’s program was introduced in 1987 at the Faculty of Social Sciences. The Master’s in International Relations (its original name), grew out of the collaborative work of political science, economics, and law professors. This first multidisciplinary program grew into the Master’s Degree in International Studies, expanding to address international development issues. A doctoral program in International Studies was added in 2006. 

The Institute for Advanced International Studies (IQHEI) was created to bring together within a single entity at the University the activities conducted under the aegis of CQRI—specifically in research and teaching—so that the dynamic fostered by the two organizations could be leveraged for maximum effect. Today, research and teaching activities have increased dramatically, each fueling the development of the other. 

Chairs and directors over the years

Board chairs

Honorable Pierre S. Pettigrew 

2013-

Très honorable Michaëlle Jean 

2010-2011 

Honorable Marcel Massé 

2007-2009 

Honorable Paule Gauthier 

2002-2006

Directors of ESEI

Philippe Bourbeau 

Professeur, Département de science politique 

16 mai 2019 -  

Louis Bélanger, par intérim 

Professeur, Département de science politique 

27 mars 2019 - 15 mai 2019 

Directors of HEI

Louis Bélanger 

Professeur, Département de science politique 

23 mars 2016 - 26 mars 2019 

Louis Bélanger 

Professeur, Département de science politique 

1er mars 2013 - 22 mars 2016 

Pierre Lemieux 

Professeur, Faculté de droit (intérim) 

24 septembre 2012 - 28 février 2013 

Michel Audet 

Professeur, Département de relations industrielles 

20 août 2012 - 21 septembre 2012 

Pierre Lemieux 

Professeur, Faculté de droit 

1er juillet 2009 - 17 août 2012 

Paule Gauthier 

Associée senior, Stein, Monast S.E.N.C.R.L. Avocats 

1er juillet 2006 - 30 juin 2009 

Alain Prujiner 

Professeur, Faculté de droit (intérim) 

1er juillet 2005 - 30 juin 2006 

Louis Bélanger 

Professeur, Département de science politique 

15 juin 2000 - 30 juin 2005 

Albert Legault 

Professeur, Département de science politique 

15 juin 1997 - 14 juin 2000 

Alain Prujiner 

Professeur, Faculté de droit 

31 mai 1994 - 14 juin 1997