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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European Green Deal

15 January 2021. Prof. Dr. Peter-Tobias Stoll, head of the Jean Monnet Chair, gave a presentation on the EU Commission's Green Deal from an environmental law perspective. The presentation was part of the international forum of environmental justice (foro internacional de justicia ambiental) which was hosted in Santiago by the 2nd environmental court of Chile. Prof. Stoll said that, in order to ensure consistent and effective sustainibility policy making, there is a need for institutions which can evaluate and coordinate the Green Deal measures.


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EU Trade and Sustainability

08 January 2021. The Jean Monnet Chair offers a seminar on "EU Trade and Investment for Sustainable Development" in summer semester 2021. The seminar will deal with recent EU international trade and investment agreements and trade policy initiatives. It will focus on how these agreements and initiatives aim at promoting sustainable development in global perspective. Introductory meetings will take place online on 2 February and 7 April at 6 pm. Participants receive the language certificate. Further information can be found here.


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Doctoral Seminar

On 03 December 2020, the Jean Monnet Chair will host a digital Doctoral Seminar. The presenting participants are international Ph.D. researchers under the supervision of Prof. Dr. Stoll, head of the Jean Monnet Chair. The discussion topics are Sustainable Finance and EU Trade Agreements, Paris Agreement and NDC´s, the right to development in the African human rights system, and International Law and Indigenous Peoples' Rights to Land Property. The program can be downloaded here.


United in Diversity - Conference

On 19-20 November 2020, the European conference "United in Diversity. A Europe of Sustainability – Challenges and Perspectives" will be hosted by Göttingen University, the European University Network ENLIGHT and the Jean Monnet Chair. Aim of the conference is to discuss the challenges of sustainable development of our society and possible contributions of science to this. The speakers are renowned experts from science, politics and society. The conference is part of Germany’s Presidency of the Council of the European Union. For details and registration, visit the conference website.


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Forests in Trade Agreements

On 26 June 2020, Yilly Pacheco, research fellow of the Jean Monnet Chair, gave an online speech on her recent paper on forest governance and Sustainable Forest Management in Preferential Trade Agreements. She compared the EU and US trade agreements' approaches and analyzed the latest disputes between US-Peru and EU-Ukraine on the implementation of forest provisions. The event was organized by the Universidad de la Amazonía in Colombia. Download the paper here.


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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 Action" 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


Introductory Meeting
Seminar: EU Trade and Investment for Sustainable Development

Introductory Meeting
Seminar: EU Trade and Investment for Sustainable Development

Conference Speech
The European Green Deal


Erasmus+ Programme
UN Sustainable Development Goals