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Second Model on the European Citizens' Initiative

The University of Göttingen will host the second ECI Model from 11 to 15 October 2022 in the context of the Erasmus+ project ECI from A to Z. Students from the universities of Coimbra, Iasi, Vigo, and Göttingen will participate in a simulation of the submission process of a European Citizens’ Initiative, the public hearing with the European Parliament, and the meeting with the European Commission. The event is part of the Erasmus Days. Members of the academic community in Göttingen are invited to join the public hearing session on Friday, 14 October, at the Pauliner Kirche. You can also join online on our Facebook page.
Download the program here.

The European Citizens’ Initiative is a unique participatory mechanism in place since 2012 that allows Europeans to call on the European Commission to propose new legislation to the European Parliament. Europeans can shape the EU agenda by submitting and supporting initiatives on environment, climate action, energy, employment, social affairs, public health, justice, consumer protection, and many other areas!
Interested? Click here for more information on the current ECIs collecting signatures and how you can get involved!

2022 ICON-S Conference on the Global Problems and Prospects in Public Law

On 5 July 2022, two of our research fellows (Dr. Yilly Pacheco and Agata Daszko) have participated in the 2022 ICON-S Conference on the Global Problems and Prospects in Public Law. On the panel entitled “European Citizens Initiative and Institutional Change” Ms. Daszko presented her research on “ECI and the Question of Participation” while Dr Pacheco presented on the topic of “The Initiative Role of the Commission”. This presentation was part of the continuing work of Erasmus+ project “ECI from A to Z” jointly developed by the universities of Göttingen, Coimbra (Portugal), Vigo (Spain) and Iasi (Romania).
The panel description, together with abstracts can be found here.

European Citizens' Initiative 10 years on: An ECI for the next generation

30.05.2022
In the context of the ECI Day 2022 “The European Citizens’ Initiative 10 years on: ready for the future?”, Dr. Yilly Pacheco, Research Fellow from the Department of International Economic and Environmental Law, will present the results of the Erasmus+ project “ECI from A to Z” jointly developed by the universities of Göttingen, Coimbra (Portugal), Vigo (Spain) and Iasi (Romania). Dr. Pacheco is one of the speakers in the session “An ECI for the next generation”, which aims at exploring and discussing the growing use of the ECI by young activists, how this changed over time and what can be done so that more young people embrace this opportunity for participation in EU policy-making. The event, marking the 10th anniversary of the ECI, is hosted by the European Economic and Social Committee in Brussels, and organized in collaboration with the European Citizen Action Service, the ECI Campaign, Democracy International, and the Bertelsmann Foundation. More information

“From Fossil Fuels to Renewable Energy: Trade and Investment Options - defining the research agenda after COP26, the IPCC Reports and OECD Discussions”

24.05.2022
On 7 June between 11:00 and 15:00 (CEST), we will be hosting a webinar entitled “From Fossil Fuels to Renewable Energy: Trade and Investment Options - defining the research agenda after COP26, the IPCC Reports and OECD Discussions”.
To effectively combat climate change, big and small reforms are necessary to the current trade and investment systems, both of which often take central stage in discussions on environmental protection. Our two panels will present on topics of international trade law and international investment law and discuss how these two legal frameworks can and should facilitate energy transition, and what their roles are in the broader fight against climate change. The panels will also endeavour to address where there are still gaps in research and contribute to the discussion on the future of academic research in these areas.
The webinar is conducted as part of the ENLIGHT network and is supported by the ESIL Interest Group on International Economic Law.
For the programme, to register and submit any prior questions please follow this link.

“European Citizens' Initiative: A Tool for Engagement and Active Citizenship. ECI: From A to Z” - Call for Applications

20.03.2022
We are looking for 20 students interested in a dynamic and collaborative project with other universities across Europe about the European Citizens' Initiative. The project “ECI: From A to Z” aims to develop skills of bachelor, Staatsexamen, and master students to co-construct, create, and launch their own citizens’ initiatives. The selected students will engage in an international experience with tutors, professors, and fellow participants from the universities of Coimbra (Portugal), Vigo (Spain), and Iasi (Romania). Recognition of ECTS credits is possible as Studium generale. Students from the Law Faculty will obtain a foreign language certificate (Fremdsprachennachweis).
To apply, please, send us your CV and a motivation letter (max 2 pages) in PDF format to agata.daszko@jura.uni-goettingen.de and y.pacheco@jura.uni-goettingen.de. Deadline: 31 March 2022. More information can be found in the Call for Applications and Project Leaflet.

Seminar Announcement

17.03.2022
Für die Seminare „Climate Change and the World Economy“ und „Interconnections between investment law and other areas of international law“ wird es einen dritten Termin zur Themenausgabe am Montag, den 02.05., um 9.00 Uhr geben.

Seminar Announcements

27.01.2022
Prof. Stoll offers a seminar on "Climate Change and the World Economy" in the summer semester 2022. Many states and the EU take measures to combat climate change by reducing greenhouse gas emissions in sectors such as energy production, industry, transport and industry. The seminar will discuss relevant proposals and disputes in this area, including, for instance, EU and US initiatives to tax products from other countries in view of the emissions caused during production, Climate-change related provisions in international free trade agreements and others. The mandatory introductory meetings will take place on 11 February, 14 March and 19 April at 6 pm. Further information can be found here.

Prof. Stoll, together with Agata Daszko LL.M. (Leiden), also offers a seminar on "Interconnections between investment law and other areas of international law" in the summer semester 2022. This seminar will address the interactions between international investment law and other areas of international law, aiming to develop students’ knowledge and understanding of current developments in international investment law and arbitration. The mandatory introductory meetings will take place on 11 February, 14 March and 19 April at 6 pm. Further information can be found here.

A Post-WTO International Legal Order - Book Presentation

7.12.2021

Meredith Kolsky Lewis, Junji Nakagawa, Rostam J. Neuwirth, Colin B. Picker, Peter-Tobias Stoll (eds), A Post-WTO International Legal Order - Utopian, Dystopian and Other Scenarios, Springer (Cham), 2020.

The book presentation takes place on 9 December 2021, 12:00 (CET).

Seminar "EU trade policy and sustainable development" - Registration still possible!

15.10.2021
In the seminar "EU trade policy and sustainable development" by Prof. Stoll (see below), a second introductory meeting will take place on 26 October at 6 pm. A prior registration is still possible. The distribution of topics will take place on 2 November. Further information can be found here.

Seminar Announcement

22.09.2021
Prof. Stoll offers a seminar on "EU trade policy and sustainable development: climate, environment and human rights" in the winter semester 2021/22. The seminar examines different options how to bring the "common commercial policy“ of the EU (Art. 207 TFEU) in line with the EU Green Deal. The Introductory meeting will take place on 11 October at 6 pm. Participants receive the language certificate. Further information can be found here.

Call for Applications

14.02.2021
The Call for Applications to the new project "ECI from A to Z" is open now! The Jean Monnet Chair is looking for 20 students who are interested in engaging in this dynamic and collaborative project about the European Citizens' Initiative, which is conducted together with other EU universities. The selected students will participate in online training activities and a transnational simulation of the European Citizens' Initiative. Deadline for applications is 15 April 2020. Download the Call for Applications here. More information can be found on the project website.

New Project: ECI from A to Z

14.02.2021
The Jean Monnet Chair has joined the universities of Coimbra (Portugal), Vigo (Spain), and Iasi (Romania) to conduct the new interactive project "European Citizen's Initiative: A tool for engagement and active citizenship". The project with the short title "ECI from A to Z" aims to promote civic engagement and voluntary participation and to model a European Citizens' Initiative's procedure before the European Commission. The project is co-funded by the Erasmus+ Programme of the EU. More information can be found here and on the project website.

Seminar on EU Trade and Investment for Sustainable Development

08.01.2021
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.

Brexit - environmental, consumer and labour standards: Report for the Parliament of Northrhine-Westfalia

January 2021
After leaving the EU, international agreements will hardly prevent the UK from considerably changing its policies in view of the protection of the environment, consumers and labour standards. This is the result of a study of Prof. Stoll commissioned by the Parliament of the State of Northrhine-Westfalia, which now has been derestricted: "Die veränderten Wettbewerbsbedingungen von Nordrhein-Westfalen durch ein verändertes Level Playing Field in den Wirtschaftsbeziehungen zum Vereinigten Königreich und Nordirland. Einordnung der möglichen Veränderungen des Level Playing Field durch den Brexit auf Nordrhein-Westfalen" (in German only).

Seminar on christian seefaring

28.10.2020
Im Wintersemester 2020/21 bietet der Lehrstuhl für internationales Wirtschafts- und Umweltrecht ein Seminar zum Thema "Die christliche Seefahrt - theologische und juristische Perspektiven" an. Aktuell sind noch Seminarplätze zu vergeben. Die nächste Vorbesprechung findet am 4. November um 18:15 Uhr statt. Einen Teilnahmelink hierzu erhalten Sie auf Anfrage. Weitere Informationen zum Seminar und zur Bewerbung finden Sie hier.

Seminar on EU Sustainable Development

22.07.2020
The Jean Monnet Chair offers a seminar on "European Union Sustainable Development: from Concept to Acion" 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. Further information can be found here.

Seminar on christian seefaring

22.07.2020
In Wintersemester 2020/21, a seminar about "Christian Seefaring- theological und legal perspektives" will be offered to advanced students. The seminar is offered in cooperation with Prof. Kaufmann, chair for christian history at the theological faculty. It examnies the surprisingly diverse relationship between theology und law in the field of seefaring. The seminar will be held in German language. Further information can be found here.

Paper on the future of the WTO

10.05.2020
Prof. Dr. Peter-Tobias Stoll, holder of the Jean Monnet chair "European Union and Global Sustainable Development Through Law", 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.

Seminar on the current developments of Brexit

08.03.2020
The Jean Monnet Chair offers a seminar on the Brexit and its current developments to advanced students in summer semester 2020. 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 is supposed to take place on 14 April at 6 pm in the Library of the Institute for International Law and European Law. Participants of the introductory meeting of Wednesday 29 January are admitted automatically. Participants can receive a language certificate. Further information can be found here.

Guest Lecture about Nord Stream 2

15.01.2020
On 21.01.2020, Bernd Westphal will deliver a guest lecture on Nord Stream 2 in German and European foreign policy. Bernd Westphal is a member of the Bundestag and the spokesperson on economic and energy policy of the SPD parliamentary group. The underwater gas pipeline Nord Stream 2 is designed to transport 55 billion cubic meters of natural gas from Russia directly into the European Union. However, the project is politically highly controversial. In nearly no other field of the energy and foreign economy, geostrategical interests of important global players (EU, USA, Russia, Poland, Ukraine) are more conflicting. The lecture starts at 4:15 pm in hall ZHG 001. It is part of the lecture European Law I by Dr. Till Patrik Holterhus, MLE., LL.M. (Yale) and is hosted by the Jean Monnet Chair. Event Poster

Seminar on the European Green Deal

06.01.2020
The Jean Monnet Chair offers a seminar on the new "European Green Deal" to advanced students. The Green Deal was recently announced by the new European Commission. It aims at making the EU climate-neutral by 2050, protecting natural habitats, unlocking economic growth and promoting employment by way of an inclusive transition. 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 at 6 pm in the Library of the Institute for International Law and European Law. Participants can receive a language certificate. Further information can be found here.

Seminar on current developments in International Economic Law

08.07.2019
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" to advanced students. The course will adress, 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.

"The Rule of Law in international and Domestic Contexts" – The Research Forum of the European Society of International Law, Göttingen, 4th and 5th April 2019

22.04.2019
Does rule of law exist in the spheres of international law and European law? An if so, how can it be maintained in times of contestation? Such questions were the issue at this year's Research Forum of the European Society of International Law in Göttingen on the 4th and 5th April 2019. 160 legal scholars travelled to Göttingen in order to discuss the imminent questions with respect to the rule of law. The Research Forum was organised by the European Society of International Law (ESIL) together with holder of the Jean Monnet Chair for 'European Union and Global Sustainable Development Through Law', Prof. Peter-Tobias Stoll. The Forum offered a number of panels on historic, theoretical and economic aspects of the rule of law. Full report