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 the University’s Faculty of Law.

Yet, 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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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.


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.


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)


Writing School: Academic writing

Protection of the Rule of Law in the European Union

04.04. - 05.04.2019
2019 ESIL Research Forum on "The Rule of Law in International and Domestic Contexts"


Erasmus + Programme
UN Sustainable Development Goals