Common Commercial Policy; FDI; investment policy; investment screening mechanisms; trade policy


Sophie Meunier is Senior Research Scholar at the Princeton School of Public and International Affairs, Princeton University, and Co-Director of the EU Program at Princeton. She is the author of Trading Voices: The European Union in International Commercial Negotiations (Princeton University Press, 2005) and The French Challenge: Adapting to Globalization (Brookings Institution Press, 2001), winner of the 2002 France-Ameriques book award. She is also co-editor of several books on Europe and globalization, most recently Developments in French Politics 6 (Palgrave MacMillan 2020) and Speaking with a Single Voice: The EU as an Effective Actor in Global Governance? (Routledge, 2015). Meunier is Vice-Chair of the European Union Studies Association (2021-2023). Her current work deals with the politics and regulation of investment screening mechanisms (PRISM project with Sarah Bauerle Danzman) and the political challenges posed by Chinese direct investment in the European Union. She was made Chevalier des Palmes Academiques by the French Government. Meunier’s work focuses on the development of European investment screening in a comparative perspective analyzing causes, patterns, and consequences of investment screening mechanisms in the OECD area. Meunier also focuses on how investment screening fits within a broader panoply of new trade defense instruments designed to create the means for the EU’s new goal of strategic autonomy.


Within the project, Meunier is involved in Work Packages 2 and 3, focusing on 1) the role of EU institutions in the development of the EU investment screening mechanism (with a particular focus on the European Commission and the transatlantic dimension); and on 2) the role of investors and other societal stakeholders in policy formulation and implementation at this level.