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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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.


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Second Doctoral Seminar

On 22 January 2020, the Jean Monnet Chair will host a second Doctoral Seminar on international economic law. The five participants are Ph.D. researchers from Göttingen University and other Universities. They will present legal research regarding trade and investment agreements, WTO law, human rights and others. The Seminar will take place in the Blue Tower Seminar Room 13 Floor. Download the full program here.


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Seminar on Green Deal

08 January 2020. The Jean Monnet Chair offers a seminar on the new "European Green Deal" to advanced students. The Green Deal was recently announced by the European Commission. It aims at making the EU climate-neutral by 2050, protecting natural habitats and unlocking economic growth. The seminar will address the legal aspects of this ambitious project, including EU and international dimensions. Introductory meetings will take place on 29 January and 16 April. Details (PDF)


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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.


Introductory Meeting
Seminar: The European Green Deal

Doctoral Seminar
International Economic Law

Guest Lecture
Nord Stream 2 in European Foreign Policy


Erasmus+ Programme
UN Sustainable Development Goals