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The European Union, the United Nations and Global Governance

Structure and Programme

The overall structure of the Summer School comprises a variety of learning activities and teaching methods, including lectures, seminar discussions, a panel and a workshop, group activities and a presentation, a simulation game (practical implementation of a ‘real world’ scenario by participants) and institutional visits (EU institutions and UN Regional Information Center). All of the activities will be led by teaching staff that are leading academic experts in their respective fields. Their input will be complemented by policymakers and practitioners from both the EU and the UN. 

The pedagogical approach is geared to the level of Master and PhD students and involves interactive teaching, stimulating the Summer School participants to actively engage in the materials. Given the disciplinary expertise of the academics involved in the teaching, there will be multidisciplinary synergies in the ways the various topics related to the EU in global governance will be addressed. 

The structure of the program will be as follows:

Please note that this is a provisional program. In any case the Summer School will take place. If a program on location is not possible, we will offer the Summer School in part or in full in an online format where possible. Leiden University follows the general measures of the Dutch government.

If you have any questions about this, you can reach us at EUGOV@fgga.leidenuniv.nl.

Week 1 

   Monday – Day 1

  • Registration
  • Welcome and introduction to the Summer School (Prof. Madeleine O. Hosli)
  • Opening Panel: Challenges to the European Union in Global Governance
  • Panelists: Prof. David Howarth, Prof. Spyros Blavoukos, Dr. Joris Larik, Prof. Madeleine O. Hosli, representative of the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Sandwich lunch provided (circumstances allowing for this)

  • Seminar: ‘The European Union and the United Nations’ (Prof. Madeleine O. Hosli)
  • City tour The Hague


Tuesday – Day 2

  • Seminar: ‘The European Union and Global Security Governance’ (Prof. Spyros Blavoukos)
  • Lecture: ‘'International Capital Liberalization, Financial Systems and Banking Regulation’ (Prof. David Howarth)

Sandwich lunch provided (circumstances allowing for this)

  • Lecture: ‘The European Union and Multilateralism’ (Prof. Dimitris Bourantonis)
  • Lecture: ‘Eastern Enlargement and Global Governance’ (Prof. Antoaneta Dimitrova)


Wednesday – Day 3

  • Seminar ‘Climate and Energy Governance: the Role of the EU’ (Susann Handke, LLM, MA)
  • Seminar  ‘Climate Governance in the Regional and Global Context’ (Prof.  Simon Schunz)

Sandwich lunch provided (circumstances allowing for this)

  • Panel Discussion (open to the public):  ‘’The European Union and Climate Change: Regional and Global Targets’
    Panelists: Prof. Simon Schunz (UNU-CRIS and College of Europe), Representative of the UN Environment Brussels Office, Dr. Susann Handke (Erasmus University Rotterdam)
  • Visit of the Peace Palace in The Hague (TBC)


Thursday – Day 4

  • Seminar ‘EU’s Global Strategy, Brexit and ‘America First’’ (Dr. Joris Larik) 
  • Seminar  ‘The European Parliament Elections of May 2019: Results and Potential Effects’ (Prof. Madeleine O. Hosli)

Sandwich lunch provided (circumstances allowing for this)

  • Preparations for the Simulation Game on EU Migration Governance: Role Allocation and Discussion of the Rules
  • Summer School participants prepare their opening statements for the simulation game (each participant represents an EU member state)


Friday – Day 5

  • Simulation game – opening statements 
  • Statements on agenda item 1 followed by moderated caucus
  • Statements on agenda item 2 followed by moderated caucus
  • Statements on agenda item 3 followed by moderated caucus
  • Statements on agenda item 4 followed by moderated caucus
  • Negotiations to derive a common position for agenda items 1-4
  • Draft Treaty Text Prepared
  • Final Round of Negotiations
  • Collective Statement

Week 2

Monday – Day 8

  • Seminar ‘Challenges to European Monetary Integration: Experiences from the Perspective of the European Central Bank’ (Dr. Ad van Riet) 
  • Seminar ‘The European Economic and Monetary Union: An Introduction’ (Prof. Madeleine O. Hosli)

Sandwich lunch provided (circumstances allowing for this)

  • Workshop ‘The European Union in Global Monetary Governance’ (Dr. Ad van Riet)
  • Workshop: Presentations by Summer School Participants

Tuesday – Day 9

  • Seminar  ‘The European Union in the G-20’ (Dr. Jaroslaw Kantorowicz, Leiden University)
  • Seminar  ‘The European Union in the United Nations General Assembly: A Coherent Actor’? (Prof. Madeleine Hosli, Leiden University)

Sandwich lunch provided (circumstances allowing for this)

  • Seminar ‘The European Union and the World Trade Organization’ (Prof. Sieglinde Gstöhl)
  • Seminar ‘The European Union and International Tax Law: BEPS and Beyond’ (Dr. Irma Mosquera Valderrama)

Wednesday – Day 10

  • The Future of Multilateralism (Presentations by graduates of the MSc International Relations and Diplomacy Program)

Sandwich lunch provided (circumstances allowing for this)

Thursday - Day 11 (live if possible, else virtual)

  • Visit to the European Commission 
  • Visit to the European Council / Council of the EU

Sandwich lunch provided (circumstances allowing for this)

  • Workshop on Relations between the EU and the United Nations, with speakers from the EEAS and UN agencies in Brussels

Friday – Day 12

  • Visit to the European External Action Service (EEAS); lectures 
  • Visit to the European Parliament

Sandwich lunch provided (circumstances allowing for this)

End of Summer School

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