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 Göttingen University's Faculty of Law.

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.

News Blog


Book Launch

7 December 2021. Prof. Stoll, head of the Jean Monnet Chair, is co-editor of the book 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. In sixteen chapters, the authors of „A Post-WTO Legal Order - Utopian, Dystopian and Other Scenarios" sketch the future of the world trade order with a view to the current crisis of the World Trade Organization (WTO). The book launch will take place on 9 December 2021, 12:00 (CET). Please register here for participation.


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Challenges for Forest Protection

22 November 2021. Dr. Yilly Pacheco, research fellow of the Jean Monnet Chair, gave a presentation on 15 October 2021 about the legal and political challenges for conservation and sustainable use of forests from the global perspective. In her talk, she mainly addresses the absence of a global forest convention, the problems regarding implementing International Forest Law, and the political responses to deforestation and forest degradation. The conference was organized by the Cusanuswerk for its doctoral scholars.


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PTAs and Forest Protection

20 October 2021. Dr. Yilly Pacheco published a new paper about the potential of Preferential Trade Agreements (PTAs) to contribute to forest governance and sustainable forest management. By analyzing several disputes, the author shows how forest issues may play a key role in negotiating and implementing PTAs, promoting compliance of Multilateral Environmental Agreements, and promoting public participation in environmental matters. She concludes that PTAs provide further options to develop and implement International Forest Law beyond the Multilateral Environmental Agreements.


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Seminar on EU Trade Policy

18 October 2021. Prof. Dr. Peter-Tobias Stoll invites all interested students to participate in the "EU Trade Policy and Sustainable Development: climate, environment and human rights " seminar to register until 26th October 2021. The seminar will explore whether the recent measures and initiatives to bring trade policy in line with the EU Green Deal effectively promote environmental protection and human rights. For more information, contact Dr. Yilly Pacheco (y.pacheco@jura.uni-goettingen.de). The seminar notice can be downloaded here.


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Forests in Secondary Law

4 August 2021. Yilly Pacheco, research fellow of the Jean Monnet Chair, successfully defended her doctoral thesis "Forests in Multilateral Environmental Agreements: conservation and sustainable use of forests thorough secondary law". The thesis analyses more than 60 Decisions and Resolutions adopted by the Conferences of the Parties of several Multilateral Environmental Agreements applicable to sustainable forest management and conservation. The author concludes that secondary law may help create bridges to reduce fragmentation and promote regime interaction among the MEAs.


Model Labour Chapter

26 July 2021. Prof. Peter-Tobias Stoll, Dr. Henner Gött, and Dr. Patrick Abel, in cooperation with Bernd Lange, MEP and Chair of the Committee on International Trade at the European Parliament, present a model labour chapter for future EU trade agreements. The model presents an ambitious approach to secure and enhance the protection of workers. It contains substantive labour protection standards, an institutional and procedural framework, and provisions to empower participation of civil society. Download as PDF here.


Book Launch
A Post-WTO International Legal Order

Legal Implications of a Carbon Border Adjustment Mechanism

Introductory Meeting
Seminar: EU Trade and Investment for Sustainable Development


Erasmus+ Programme
UN Sustainable Development Goals