The Jean Monnet Chair conducts research on sustainable development through law at European and global level. The aim is to assess EU law and policy in the light of sustainable development, to address the accompanying questions as to legitimacy, participation and fundamental rights, and to analyse the interplay between the EU’s internal and external action and multilevel sustainability governance. By conducting research projects such as monographic books or a research handbook, the Chair contributes to existing research and discussions in European studies and international law.


FTA EU Africa


Potential of a fair Free Trade Agreement between EU and Africa

Stoll, Peter-Tobias; Brümmer, Bernhard; Dalheimer, Bernhard; Gutt, Malte

Study (German)

Would it make sense for the EU to conclude a trade agreement with the newly founded African Continental Free Trade Area and its members? What would it look like and what steps would have to be taken? In an interdisciplinary study by the Gesellschaft für internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ), Prof. Stoll and Malte Gutt from the Jean Monnet Chair and Prof. Bernhard Brümmer and Dr. Bernhard Dalheimer from the Department of Agricultural Economics and Rural Development of Göttingen University see a potential for such an agreement.

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European Citizen's Initiative: A Tool for Engagement and Active Citizenship

Universities of Göttingen (Germany), Coimbra (Portugal), Vigo (Spain), and Iasi (Romania)

Project Website

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.

Gött Law of Interactions


The Law of Interactions Between International Organizations

Gött, Henner

Book Link

Examines in detail interactions between the International Labour Organization, the World Bank and the Council of Europe, three highly influential organizations in labour governance. Explores the law applying to inter-organizational interactions in context and provides an in-depth analysis of its structural challenges. Evaluates the potential of international law as a normative framework for inter-organizational interactions.

Holterhus rule of law transfers


The Law Behind Rule of Law Transfers

Holterhus, Till Patrik

Book Link

Transfers of rule of law between legal systems have been discussed extensively in academia. Yet, so far, scholarship has predominantly centered around the issue’s socio-political dimensions. The volume departs from these common scholarly paths and assesses rule of law transfers as a legal phenomenon. Its analytical perspective assumes that the process of transferring the rule of law does not only concern a legal concept but also holds a legal dimension itself. Against this backdrop, the volume features eight distinct contributions, introducing and applying the said perspective. They approach the topic from diverse angles, covering a wide range of legal fields, including EU law, public international law, international human rights law, international criminal law, international humanitarian law and international economic law – with each contribution succeeding in highlighting the relevance of “the law behind rule of law transfers”.



Changing Economic Relations and Competition as a Result of Brexit

Stoll, Peter-Tobias

Study (PDF, German)

After leaving the European Union, 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, head of the Jean Monnet Chair, that was commissioned by the Parliament of the German State of Northrhine-Westfalia. The study now has been derestricted and can be downloaded here (in German only).