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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Doctoral Seminar

On 28 November 2019, the Jean Monnet Chair has hosted a Doctoral Seminar on International Environmental Law and Indigenous Peoples. The six participants are Ph.D. researchers from Göttingen University and the Goethe University Frankfurt. They presented legal research regarding environment and forest protection, climate change, the arctic, indigenous peoples and others. The Seminar took place in the Blue Tower Seminar Room 13 Floor. Download the full program here.


Brexit and the EU

On 29 October 2019, Prof. Dr. Stoll, head of the Jean Monnet Chair, gave a speech about the Brexit process at a public event of the Young European Federalists (JEF) in Göttingen. He described the legal framework and outlined possible scenarios of how the United Kingdom could leave the EU. He then identified a political pivot point: how much EU legislation will the UK retain to enable trade at the Irish border? Ultimately, Brexit might challenge the unity of the UK.


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International Law in Athens

From 12 - 14 September 2019, the Jean Monnet Chair participated in the annual conference of the European Society of International Law (ESIL). The conference took place in Athens and focused on the legal concept of sovereignty. Prof. Dr. Stoll, Head of the Jean Monnet Chair, gave the opening speech for the workshop of the Interest Group on International Economic Law. Earlier this year, the Jean Monnet Chair had hosted the ESIL Research Forum 2019 in Göttingen.


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Indigenous Peoples

16 September 2019. If you are unfamiliar with the concept of indigenous peoples, you have probably checked out the Wikipedia entry of this word before starting to read this article. (Moreover, in case you are familiar with this concept, you have already read the Wikipedia’s entry on indigenous peoples). Accordingly, on Wikipedia’s page on indigenous peoples, you looked at persons standing in beautiful landscapes and read the following paragraph ... Full Blog Post.


Upcoming Lectures

16 September 2019. In the upcoming winter semester, the Jean Monnet Chair team members will offer a variety of lectures and seminars. A seminar on "Current Developments in International Economic Law and the EU" and lectures on "International and European Environmental Law and Sustainable Development", "International and European Economic Law", "European Law I" and "European Administrative Law" impart in-depth knowledge of European and Sustainability Law. Details.


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US-Peru PTA: Forest Protection

29 August 2019. A recent dispute on environmental matters under a Preferential Trade Agreement, involving forest issues for the very first time, indicates that further developments might be expected in terms of sustainable development and environmental protection. A new paper offers an overall assessment on the enforcement of the environmental chapter of the US-Peru PTA in force since 2009, which contains strong provisions to tackle trade associated with illegal logging. Full Blog Post.


Doctoral Seminar
Environmental Law and Indigenous Peoples

JEF Göttingen: Brexit and the EU

Introductory Meeting
Seminar: International Economic Law and the EU


Erasmus+ Programme
UN Sustainable Development Goals