Jean Monnet Chair
European Union and Global Sustainable Development Through Law
European and International Law of Sustainable Development (EILS)

The Project

Sustainable development has become a challenging and inspiring key dimension of European integration. It is a particular concern for future generations and its continued implementation counts on qualified academics as professionals and active members of society. To that end, the Chair shall equip students and young researchers with the indispensable in-depth and up-to-date knowledge in European studies.

European studies have to respond to these needs by assessing EU law and policy in the light of sustainable development, to address the accompanying “constitutional” questions as to legitimacy, participation and fundamental rights, and to analyze the interplay between the EU’s internal and external action and multilevel sustainability governance.

In response, existing lectures and seminars of the Department of International Economic and Environmental Law will be substantially refurbished. The Chair will also introduce innovative new methodologies, tools and technologies. It will develop and use e-learning courses, engage students in debate by help of mock dispute settlement and negotiations and promote to “European exposure” by taking them to European Universities and institutions for joint seminars.

A writing school will make seminar students, PhD candidates and researchers experts in electronic publishing and academic writing and enable them to publish lessons learned in teaching activities. summer schools will bring together students, professionals and representatives of civil society. As an integral concluding part of such schools, public conferences will stimulate discussion among decision-makers and representatives of the civil society, the private sector and the media. New academic activities will include an annual conference, book publications and a Jean Monnet Papers series.

The aforesaid elements are designed as concerted activities that appropriately integrate teaching, research, deliverables and events in order to benefit from synergies and maximize the educational and academic output.