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.

News Blog


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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.


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Seminar on Brexit

8 March 2020. The Jean Monnet Chair offers a seminar on the Brexit and its current developments to advanced students. On 31 January, the United Kingdom has left the European Union. The seminar will address the legal consequences, analyze the so-called Withdrawal Agreement and discuss current developments, particularly the negotiations on an agreement on the future relations. The introductory meeting should take place on 14 April. Details


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First Jean Monnet Paper

12 February 2020. The Jean Monnet Chair has started the publication of its research paper series "Jean Monnet Papers". The first Jean Monnet Paper is now available for download here. The paper by Nazli Aghazadeh-Wegener examines how the EU incorporates sustainable development into its legislation and policy. She concludes that the EU governance approach acknowledges the three dimensions of sustainable development in an imbalanced manner.


European Foreign Policy

On 21 October 2019, Bernd Westphal gave a guest lecture and debate on European and German foreign policy in the case of Nord Stream 2. Bernd Westphal is a member of the German Bundestag and the spokesperson on economic and energy policy of the SPD parliamentary group. The gas pipeline Nord Steam 2 is politically highly controversial, because it affects geostrategical interests of important global players as the EU, USA, Russia and others.


Introductory Meeting
Seminar: The European Green Deal

Introductory Meeting
Seminar: Brexit – current developments

Doctoral Seminar
International Economic Law


Erasmus+ Programme
UN Sustainable Development Goals