The study of the EU as an international actor has become a key element in European and International Law, European Studies and International Relations. The EU represents the world’s largest trade power and aid donor, has a diplomatic service larger than that of most states, and has launched more than 20 civil-military operations. It has presented itself as a normative, global actor, and its emergence as a legal entity that is neither a state nor a classic international organization has both puzzled and fascinated legal scholars and political scientists alike. We invite students to delve into and help solve the most intriguing of these puzzles.
Who we are
We represent a consortium consisting of the Global Governance Programme of the European University Institute in Florence, theLeuven Centre for Global Governance Studies and the Chair for European and International Economic Law at the University of Passau. We have come together guided by the vision of providing cutting-edge expertise on the many facets of this fast-evolving field to the greatest number of students.
The course breaks down the EU’s role in Global Governance into 5 key challenge areas and a “boot camp”-introductory session. The main concepts and issues touched upon in each session will be explained by leading academic authorities and practitioners. The themes combine cultural, legal and political science questions, making this course a truly interdisciplinary experience:
1. Introduction: The EU in the New World Order (“law & IR boot camp”)
2. Sustainable Development (includes climate change & development policy)
3. International Security
4. The EU’s Neighbourhood (includes migration & enlargement)
5. Human Rights and the Global Rule of Law
6. The Global Economic and Financial System in Crisis
Each topic will be introduced by our experts in concise concept lectures using visual aids (e.g. maps, tables, graphs, mindmaps/Euler diagrams), providing the students with an overview of the topic, outline the main points of view and controversies, and highlight its practical relevance. The visual aids help to make complex issues accessible, such as the institutional setup of EU foreign policy, the geographical delimitation of its spheres of external action, or the main legal principles of EU external action. Concept videos and expert interview serve as the rallying point for each session and as a thread running through the course, and will be combined with readings, online discussion and quizzes, as well as position papers. While our team of senior experts will be on standby to answer questions, discussions and evaluations will be P2P, under the guidance of a team of specialist grad students at our institutions.