What is the course about?
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 represent a consortium consisting of the Global Governance Programme of the European University Institute in Florence, the Leuven Centre for Global Governance Studies and the Chair for European and International Economic Law at the University of Passau. We have joined forces guided by the vision of providing cutting-edge expertise on the many facets of this fast-evolving topic to the greatest number of students.
What will I learn?
At the end of the course you will …
- be able to identify and understand the main challenges of the EU and its Member States in the world today, and how they affect us personally
- understand the means which the EU has at its disposal to tackle these challenges, and learn ways to critically evaluate its performance.
- understand and be able to apply the key legal principles and political realities governing EU external relations, its relationship with its Member States and citizens, and the outside world.
- situate the EU as an international actor into the main theoretical approaches to International Relations, and harness these approaches to analyze current topics in global politics.
What do I have to know?
Basic knowledge in one or more of the following subjects is highly recommended:
- The EU and its institutions / EU politics
- EU / International law
- International relations / politics, foreign policy.
Line-up of contributors
Geert de Baere
Assistant Professor of International Law and EU Law at the Faculty of Law and Senior Member of the Leuven Centre for Global Governance Studies, KU Leuven. From 2007 to 2009, worked as a référendaire at the Court of Justice of the EU. Author of Constitutional Principles of EU External Relations (Oxford University Press 2008).
Professor of European Law at the EUI Law Department. Between 2009 and June 2012 Head of the Law Department and between June 2012 and August 2013 President ad interim of the EUI. Co-Director of the Academy of European Law. Member of the Governing Board of the Istituto Affari Internazionali, Rome; member of the International Advisory Board of the Centre for European Research, University of Göteborg, Sweden; member of the Advisory Board of the European Foreign Affairs Review; member of the Editorial Board of the European Law Review.
Professor of Economics at the University of Florence and Visiting Fellow at the European University Institute. Scientific Director of the European Report on Development in 2009 and 2010 and former Director of the Research Centre of the Italian Trade Institute (2005-2007). Advising the Italian Treasury and Ministry of Foreign Trade since 2002.
Professor of European and International Economic Law at the University of Passau. His research focuses on the relationship between the EU and the international economic legal order, in particular EU trade policy as well as the Eurozone and its relations with the IMF and other international actors. Editor of the European Yearbook of International Economic Law (EYIEL), listed on the indicative list of panelists of the WTO and was the case author of the ELSA EMC2 WTO Law Moot Court (2012/13). Author of several monographs and textbooks on EU law and international trade law.
European External Acrion Service (EEAS), China Division, where she is contributing to the implementation of the EU-China strategic partnership. European Official since 1992. Worked previously in Brussels, New York and Geneva.
Deputy Head of Cabinet in Commissioner De Gucht’s Cabinet (international trade). Formerly member of the External Relation Team at the European Commission’s Legal Service. Part- time Professor at the Vrije Universiteit Brussels for International Economic Law.
Jean Monnet Professor in European Integration and EU Foreign Policy, University of Leuven and Visiting Professor at the College of Europe (Bruges), Belgium. Director of the 'Master in European Studies: Transnational and Global Perspectives' at the University of Leuven. His theoretical research focuses on the analysis of foreign policy in an era of globalisation, with the concept of 'structural foreign policy' being at the heart of his research. Coordinator of the Online Resource Guide Exploring EU Foreign Policy: www.eufp.eu. Co-author of the The Foreign Policy of the European Union (Palgrave Macmillan 2014).
Academic coordinator of the MOOC on The EU in Global Governance and senior researcher at the Leuven Centre for Global Governance Studies, KU Leuven. His research focuses on the law of external relations of the European Union, comparative & multilevel constitutional law and comparative regional integration. Winner of the NATO Manfred Wörner Essay Award 2008.
Jean-Monnet postdoctoral fellow at the Global Governance Programme of the EUI. Currently working on the allocation of embodied emissions in international trade against the backdrop of the controversy over the production or consumption-based emissions inventory in current climate regime. His past research experiences include policy design for local environmental governance in Shenzhen and Yunnan of China, investigation of CO2 emissions embodied in China’s industrial sectors and foreign trade, low-carbon transition of China and the global climate governance strategy.
Member of the Legal Service of the Council of the European Union (external relations directorate) and Affiliated Senior Researcher at the Institute for International Law, KU Leuven. Editor-in-Chief of the Military Law & Law of War Review / Revue de droit militaire et de droit de la guerre and a member of the Board of Directors of the International Society for Military Law & Law of War. Author of International Law Aspects of the EU’s Security and Defence Policy, with a Particular Focus on the Law of Armed Conflict and Human Rights (Intersentia 2009).
Jean Monnet postdoctoral fellow at the Global Governance Programme of the EUI. She is also part of the Climate Policy Research Unit (CPRU), a research group within the EUI’s Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies (RSCAS) under the Loyola de Palacio Chair. She is a political economist working on the governance of global production chains, and on its implications on sustainable economic development in emerging economies.
Jean Monnet Chair in EU Law at the Kyiv-Mohyla Academy since 2010. Lectured the very first Jean Monnet Module in EU law in Ukraine at the Donetsk National University. Former Max Weber Fellow at the EUI. Author of one of the first Ukrainian textbooks on EU Law. Founder and first elected President of the Ukrainian European Studies Association. Frequently provides consultancy to state institutions in Ukraine, including the Constitutional Court of Ukraine and Ministry of Justice.
Senior Researcher, Leuven Centre for Global Governance Studies and Programme Coordinator, Centre for European Studies, KU Leuven. Heads the interdisciplinary research project The Rule of Law – A Strategic Priority of the European Union’s External Action. Author of Die Verfassungsauβenpolitik der Europäischen Union (The constitutional foreign policy of the Europrean Union) (Nomos 2007).
Professor at the Global Governance Programme (GGP) of the Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies (RSCAS), EUI and Director of the Programme Research Strand on “Cultural Pluralism”. Her main areas of research and teaching are cultural diversity, migration, and nationalism from a European and international perspective. For the last 10 years, she has received funding and co-ordinated a number of international research projects in these research areas. Her publications include more than 100 articles in refereed journals and chapters in collective volumes, five authored books and more than ten edited and co-edited volumes, including Irregular Migration in Europe: Myths and Realities (Ashgate 2010) and What is Europe? (with R. Gropas, Palgrave 2014).
Director of the Leuven Centre for Global Governance Studies, Professor of International Law and International Organizations, and Jean Monnet Chair ad personam EU and Global Governance, KU Leuven. Visiting Professor at Sciences Po (Paris) and the College of Europe (Bruges). Inter alia, President of the United Nations Association Flanders Belgium, Of Counsel at Linklaters, Brussels, Member of the Royal Flemish Academy of Belgium for Sciences and Arts. Editor of the International Encyclopedia of Intergovernmental Organizations, Deputy Director of the Revue belge de droit international and an editorial board member in ten international journals. Widely published on international, EU, corporate and financial law (over 500 publications including 46 books and 90 international journal articles).
4 hours per week including readings, watching our videos, discuss with fellow students, complete quizzes.
Do I get a certificate?
Students participating in this course can earn the official Statement of Participation.
Requirements for receiving the Statement of Participation are to watch 80% of the lecture videos as well as complete 80% of the quizzes.
Marise Cremona is President ad interim of the European University Institute (EUI). She joined the EUI as Professor of European Law and was later appointed Head of the Department of Law. She is a member of the Board of Electors to the Professorship of Law, University of Cambridge, General Editor of the Collected Courses of the Academy of European Law (Oxford University Press), and is a member of the Advisory Board of the European Foreign Affairs Review and the Editorial Board of the European Law Review.
Her areas of interest include EU external relations, trade and development policy, common foreign and security policy, European neighbourhood policy and enlargement, the internal market and the institutional and constitutional law of the EU.
Professor Cremona holds a BA honours degree from Somerville College, Oxford, and an LLM in International Law from Darwin College, Cambridge. Previously, she held the professorship of European Commercial Law at Queen Mary University of London.
Joris Larik is Senior Researcher at The Hague Institute for Global Justice and Associate Fellow at the Leuven Centre for Global Governance Studies, KU Leuven. His work focuses on global governance reform, global normative frameworks, the legal and policy aspects of EU external relations, comparative and multilevel constitutional law and comparative regional integration.
Dr. Larik’s work has been acknowledged with several awards, including NATO’s Manfred Wörner Essay Award (2008), the Outstanding Paper Award from the Center for German and European Studies at Georgetown University (2012) and the Mauro Cappelletti Prize for the Best Thesis in Comparative Law (2014) from the European University Institute (EUI).
Dr. Larik has published in peer-reviewed academic journals including European Foreign Affairs Review, European Law Review, Netherlands International Law Review and International & Comparative Law Quarterly. His doctoral dissertation, entitled Foreign policy objectives in European constitutional law, is forthcoming as a monograph with Oxford University Press (2016). In addition, Dr. Larik is co-author of ASEAN’s External Agreements: Law, practice and the quest for collective action (Cambridge University Press 2015).
Dr. Larik initiated the Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) on The EU & Global Governance and served as its Academic Coordinator during the first edition in 2014. He continues to be a contributor and adviser to the second edition.
Christoph Herrmann is Professor of European and International Economic Law at the University of Passau. His research focuses on the relationship between the EU and the international economic legal order, in particular EU trade policy as well as the Eurozone and its relations with the IMF and other international actors.
He studied law (and some economics) at the University of Bayreuth and European and international economic law at the University of London. He holds a doctorate summa cum laude from the University of Bayreuth and completed his practical legal education in Germany in 2005. Subsequently he was a Jean-Monnet-Fellow at the EUI in Florence and finished his Habilitation in 2009 at the University of Munich.
He is editor of the European Yearbook of International Economic Law (EYIEL), listed on the indicative list of panelists of the WTO and was the case author of the ELSA EMC2 WTO Law Moot Court (2012/13).
Anna Triandafyllidou is Director ad Interim of the Global Governance Programme of the Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies and Director of the GGP Research Strand on Cultural Pluralism at the European University Institute (EUI). She is a senior fellow at the Hellenic Foundation for European and Foreign Policy, Visiting Professor at the College of Europe and Editor in Chief of the Journal of Immigrant and Refugee Studies.
She serves as national expert on migration issues for the OECD and the International Organization for Migration, and acts as an evaluator of research projects for, inter alia, the European Research Council and the European Commission. Her main areas of research are migration, nationalism, European integration, media and discourse studies.
She received her PhD from the EUI in 1995. In 2001, she was a Fulbright Scholar at NYU.
She has published over 20 books and authored over 100 articles in refereed journals and chapters in edited volumes.
Jan Wouters is full Professor of International Law and International Organizations, Jean Monnet Chair ad personam EU and Global Governance and Director of the Leuven Centre for Global Governance Studies and Institute for International Law at the KU Leuven.
As President of the Flemish Foreign Affairs Council, he advises the Flemish Government, and practises law as Of Counsel at Linklaters, Brussels. He studied law and philosophy in Antwerp and Yale University, worked as Référendaire at the European Court of Justice, was a Visiting Researcher at Harvard Law School and obtained his PhD at KU Leuven. He is Editor of the International Encyclopedia of Intergovernmental Organizations and Vice-Director of the Revue belge de droit international.
He has published widely (over 500 publications, including 44 books and 85 international journal articles). He advises various international organizations, trains international officials and comments international events in the media.