Blog Archive

The latest activities of the Jean Monnet Chair are also presented in the News Blog on the Chair's Homepage. This blog archive contains all current and past blog posts of the Jean Monnet Chair.

Summer Semester 2019


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Indigenous and Environment

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.


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Seminar on Economic Law

July 09, 2019. The Jean Monnet Chair offers a seminar on "Current Developments in International Economic Law and the EU WTO - Trade Agreements - Investment Law – Sustainable Development - China". The course will take place in Göttingen and Brussels. It adresses, amongst others, new trends in international investment law and recent EU trade agreements. The first introductory meeting will take place on Thursday, 16 July. Participants can receive a language certificate. Further information can be found here.


Writing School Workshop

On 28 June 2019, the Writing School of the Jean Monnet Chair organised the first workshop on “Basics of Journal Article Writing”, in cooperation with the International Writing Centre (ISZ) of Göttingen University. It was conducted by Dr. Ella Grieshammer, director of the ISZ. In the workshop, students and Ph.D. candidates learnt differences between writing seminar papers and journal articles and trained how to write abstracts, introductions, and conclusions for a research paper.


Environmental Law in Florence

On May 16 and 17, 2019, a Doctoral Seminar on Environmental Law was held in Florence, hosted by the European University Institute (EUI). It was organised by the Jean Monnet Chair in cooperation with the EUI, the University of Groningen, Uppsala University and the University of Maastricht. The seminar was focused on discussing research projects on International and European Environmental Law, such as International Cooperation and Assistance to Developing Countries on Climate Change Adaptation. Full Blog Post


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Start of Jean Monnet Papers

May 16, 2019. The Jean Monnet Chair has launched the submission procedure for its research paper series, the Jean Monnet Papers on European and International Sustainability Law. Students and young academics are now invited to submit manuscripts of their high-level research results. The Jean Monnet Papers focus on international law and sustainable development law issues. All information about the submission and puplication procedure can be found here.


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Rule of Law in the EU

On May 13, 2019, the Jean Monnet Chair, in cooperation with the European Law Students' Association (ELSA), hosted a presentation about the protection of the rule of law in the European Union. It was held by Dr. Jens-Christian Gaedtke, who is vice director of the unit for EU Policy Issues at the German Federal Foreign Office. He discussed the prospects of legal instruments for sanctioning rule of law violations by EU member states, including the procedure of Article 7 TEU.

Winter Semester 2018/2019


Research Forum on Rule of Law

On 4 to 5 April 2019, the 2019 ESIL Research Forum was hosted in Göttingen. 160 legal scholars discussed historic, theoretical and economic aspects of the rule of law. The Forum was organised by the European Society of International Law (ESIL) and the holder of the Jean Monnet Chair, Prof. Peter-Tobias Stoll. The Vice-President at the European Court of Human Rights, Prof. Dr. Angelika Nussberger, gave a keynote speech. The Forum gives opportunities to younger scholars to present their research. Full Report


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Seminar on Sustainability

On Thursday, 31 January, the Jean Monnet Chair has introduced a seminar on Sustainable Development and sustainability reporting. Beyond exploring the evolution, concept and legal relevance of the principle in general terms the seminar will address the role, that sustainable development plays in legislative and administrative assessments and newer forms of reporting of enterprises and public institutions. A second introductory meeting will take place on Monday, 15 April. Details (PDF)


Seminar on Development Banks

The Jean Monnet Chair offers, as a deliverable for interested students, a seminar about legal aspects of Multilateral Development Bank Operations. The course will be conducted by Cheong-Ann Png, Assistant General Counsel of the Asian Development Bank. Cheong-Ann leads the ADB legal team for sovereign lending operations in Southeast Asia, Central Asia, Afghanistan, Pakistan and the Caucasus region. The course starts Monday, December 17, participants can receive a language certificate. Details (PDF)


Call for Papers

The Jean Monnet Chair and the International Economic Law Interest Group of the European Society of International Law (ESIL) invite young researchers to submit papers for a Full-day Workshop on April 3, 2019 at the 2019 ESIL Göttingen Research Forum. The workshop will adress the topics “Preferential Trade Agreements: Progress and Stability for the World Economic Order?” and “The Rule of Law and International Economic Law”. Deadline for submissions is December 16, 2018. Call for Papers (PDF)


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First Jean Monnet Seminar

On October 24, 2018, the Jean Monnet Chair has introduced its first seminar on the World Economy in Unsettled Times and the Role of the European Union. The seminar will be conducted on 23-25 January 2019 in Brussels at the European Parliament. It will address relevant questions of international economic law, including historical perspectives, system stability and the specific perspective of the European Union.


Debate on Genome Editing

On October 23, 2018, the Jean Monnet Chair, in cooperation with the Göttingen University Faculty of Agricultural Sciences, presented a debate about the legal regulations of genome editing technology in the European Union. The speakers discussed a verdict of the European Court of Justice on the Crispr/Cas9 genome editing technology, which concludes that Crispr/Cas9 must be regulated the same as other genetic engineering techniques. The verdict has diverse implications for agriculture and environment.


Kickoff Conference

On September 18, 2018 a kickoff meeting was convened for the team. The team was informed about the welcome news of being granted by the European Union for the implementation of the proposed project. The meeting has also clarified some details of the project’s implementation. Moreover, the team discussed a draft of the Chair’s research agenda. Further research is being conducted in order to finalize the research agenda, which will then be accessible for the public.


Selection Decision

On July 18, 2018 the Department of International Economic and Environmental Law was notified by the Education, Audiovisual and Culture Executive Agency (EACEA) of the European Commission about having been selected to be funded by the European Union in order to establish the proposed Jean Monnet Chair. According to the detailed evaluation report it was not merely but especially the quality of the project team as one of the award criteria that received high evaluation results.