Welcome to the Jean Monnet Chair

The Jean Monnet Chair, headed by Prof. Dr. Peter-Tobias Stoll conducts teaching and research on sustainable development at European and global level as a visible key reference area for European studies on European integration.

It is located at the Department of International Economic and Environmental Law within the Institute of International and European Law as part of Göttingen University's Faculty of Law.

The Chair’s activities are designed not only to serve students and academics with a background in law, but also those of other programs which address sustainability-related topics from a disciplinary point of view.

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Seminar on EU Sustainability

22 July 2020. The Jean Monnet Chair offers a seminar on "European Union Sustainable Development: from Concept to Acion" to advanced students. The European Union is a strong supporter of the principle of sustainable development – internationally as well as internally. The seminar will explore the legal foundations of the principle and means to implement it both globally and within the EU, including EU trade agreements, law of climate change, emission control and nature protection. Details


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Digital Semester

20 July 2020. The Jean Monnet Chair has successfully carried out its first online semester. Several lectures, seminars and examinations were offered in a fully digitzed version to adapt to the special situation of a worldwide pandemic. A range of new technologies was used, including video lectures, live online conferences and interactive e-learning modules. The Chair was able to build on existing e-learning experience, since video lectures were already produced in 2019 as part of the Jean Monnet Chair's activities.


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Doctoral Seminar

On 9 June 2020, the Jean Monnet Chair hosted its first virtual Doctoral Seminar. The Participants are Ph.D. researchers from Colombia, Ecuador, Indonesia, Italy, Germany, and Russia. Under the supervision of Prof. Dr. Stoll, head of the Jean Monnet Chair, they discussed diverse research areas such as EU Sustainable Finance and International Trade Law, Sustainable Forest Management in Multilateral Environmental Agreements and Regional Co-operation in the Arctic.


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The Future of the WTO

10 May 2020. Prof. Dr. Peter-Tobias Stoll, holder of the Jean Monnet chair, has published a research paper about the World Trade Organization (WTO) and its ability to withstand profound political challenges. The paper with the title "A Washington wake-up call and hybrid governance for world trade" has been published in the journal "Questions of International Law". The WTO is currently affected by multiple actions of the US administration, that challenge its core principles. The paper can be read here.


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Third Jean Monnet Paper

25 March 2020. The third Jean Monnet Paper has been published by the Jean Monnet Chair. The paper by Samuel Matthias Hartwig adresses the topic "Sustainability and Future Generations: How can their interests be preserved?". It describes the philosophical and legal foundations of Intergenerational Equity and proposes measures that could strenghten Intergenerational Equity in international law. The paper is available for download here.


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Second Jean Monnet Paper

24 March 2020. The Jean Monnet Chair has published its second Jean Monnet Paper. The paper on "Sustainable Development and EU External Action" ist written by Sven Pauls. It provides a historical overview of how the EU incorporated sustainable development into its external action. Pauls concludes that the recognition of sustainable development is closely linked to the European integration process. The paper is available for download here.


Introductory Meeting
Seminar: The European Green Deal

Introductory Meeting
Seminar: Brexit – current developments

Doctoral Seminar
International Economic Law


Erasmus+ Programme
UN Sustainable Development Goals