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Summer School 'The European Union, the United Nations and Global Governance'

Monday 12 June 2023 - Friday 23 June 2023
Course fee: €1200,- (IN-PERSON) OR €350,- (ONLINE)
Turfmarkt 99
2511 DP The Hague

General Course Information

The Summer School ‘The European Union, the United Nations and Global Governance’ focuses on a range of topics relevant to the work of the European Union (EU) and of the United Nations (UN), interactions between the two institutions and the role of the EU within current patterns of global governance.

The Summer School on the European Union and the United Nations in Global Governance offers a series of lectures and seminars familiarizing students with the inner workings of these two institutions and interactions between them. It allows for an interactive format with lecturers and includes several visits to institutions relevant to the Summer School’s overarching theme, in The Hague and Brussels. The Summer School focuses on Master-level and PhD students, to allow for advanced exchanges and engaged interaction between students and teachers. In exceptional cases, it accepts Bachelor-level students, based on excellent academic track records. The Summer School offers lectures by a range of academic experts in the field from Leiden University and other well-known universities and institutions, a simulation game on the migrant crisis and a three-day visit to EU institutions in Brussels.

Learning Goals and Experiences

The Summer School is supported by the European Union’s Erasmus+ programme and allows for various extra activities within the two-week time span. It starts with engaging lectures on salient topics related to European Integration and the work of the United Nations, including international economic cooperation and stability, the role of the G20 in global affairs, global security governance, migration, relations between the EU and the United States, European fiscal and monetary policies, climate protection and energy. Students visit core institutions in The Hague, such as the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW), the International Court of Justice (ICJ) and the International Criminal Court (ICC). The last three days of the Summer School are held in Brussels, where students visit institutions such as the European Parliament, the European Council and the European External Action Service (EEAS) and receive lectures by practitioners and experts on salient topics related to the EU and its interactions with the UN. As this is an advanced Summer School targeted at graduate-level students, there will be active exchanges between participants and lecturers as well as among the participants themselves. Upon successful completion of the Summer School, you receive a certificate acknowledging your participation.

All activities will take place in Leiden University’s building ‘Wijnhaven’ (Turfmarkt 99, The Hague). The programme (versionDecember 2022) is as follows:


Monday 12 June                
Day 1    

09:30 - 09:45 Welcome
  Prof. Madeleine Hosli
09:45 - 11:15 The European Union and the United Nations: Introduction  
  Prof. Madeleine Hosli
11:15 - 11:30   Coffee break  
11:30 - 13:00 Eastern Enlargement and Global Governance
  Prof. Antoaneta Dimitrova
13:00 - 14:00 Lunch break (with sandwiches)
15:00 - 17:00  Visit to the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW)
  The Hague 

Tuesday 13 June    
Day 2    

09:45 – 12:00 The European Union and Global Security Governance
  Prof. Spyros Blavoukos
12:00 – 13:30 Lunch break (with sandwiches)
13:30 –  15:00 The European Union and the World Trade Organization (WTO) 
  Prof. Sieglinde Gstöhl
15:30 - 17:00 Walking Tour The Hague (voluntary)

Wednesday 14 June                            
Day 3    

9:30 - 11:00 The European Union and Covid-19, Lecture 1
  Prof. Amy Verdun
11:00 – 11:30 Coffee break
11:30 - 13:00 The European Union and Covid-19, Lecture 2  
  Prof. Amy Verdun
13:00 – 14:15 Lunch break (with sandwiches)
14:15 – 16:00 Solidarity and Cleavages in EMU
  Prof. Paul Schure

Thursday 15 June                        
Day 4    

09:30 - 10:45 International Capital Liberalization, Financial Systems and Banking Regulation  
  Prof. David Howarth
10:45 – 11:15 Coffee break
11:15 - 12:45 The EU Global Strategy, Brexit and 'America is Back' 
  Dr. Joris Larik
12:45 - 13:30 Lunch break (with sandwiches)
13:30 -  14:45 The European Union in the G-20
  Dr. Jaroslaw Kantorowicz
14:45 - 16:00 Preparations for the simulation game (European Council meeting) on how to deal with migration 


Friday 16 June                            
Day 5    

9:30 – 14:00 Simulation Game on EU Migration Governance and the UN
  Simulation game – opening statements 
  Statements on agenda items followed by moderated caucus
  Lunch break (with sandwiches)
  Negotiations to derive a common position for agenda items 
  Draft Treaty Text Prepared
  Final Round of Negotiations
  Collective Statement
14:00 - 16:00 Visit to the International Criminal Court (ICC), The Hague 
  14:00     Participants assemble in front of the ICC
14:30     Presentation on the Court and its current developments
14:45     Q&A
15:15     Attendance of a hearing (open session, if available)
16:00     End of the visit to the ICC

Monday 19 June                                
Day 8    

9:30 – 10:45 European Economic and Monetary Integration
  Prof. Madeleine O. Hosli
10:45 – 11:00 Coffee break
11:00 – 12:45 The European Union in Global Monetary Governance (part 1): Currency Unions in Theory and Practice: Challenges for European Monetary Integration
  Dr. Ad van Riet
12:45 – 14:00 Lunch break (with sandwiches)
14.00 – 15:30 he European Union in Global Monetary Governance (part 2): Europe's Strategic Autonomy - The International Role of the Euro
  Dr. Ad van Riet


Tuesday 20 June                                
Day 9    

9:30 - 11:15 Climate Governance in a Global and Regional Context  
  Prof. Simon Schunz
11:15 - 11:30 Coffee break 
11:30 - 13:15 Climate and Energy Governance: The Role of the European Union
  Dr. Susann Handke
13:15 – 14:30 Lunch break (with sandwiches)
14:30 – 16:15 EU-Russia Energy Relations: Lessons for the Low-Carbon Transition  
  Dr. Susann Handke

Wednesday 21 June                                
Day 10    

9:30 – 11:00 Legislative Decision-making in the European Union
  Arash Pourebrahimi
11:00 – 11:15 Coffee Break
11:15 – 12:45 The European Union in the United Nations: A Coherent Actor?
  Prof. Madeleine Hosli  
12:45 - 13:15   Lunch break (with sandwiches)
13:15 – 15:00 The EU and International Tax Law: Base Erosion and Profit Shifting (BEPS) and Beyond
  Prof. Irma Mosquera Valderrama
From 15:00 onwards

Summer School participants travel individually or with the group to Brussels; costs of the train ticket are covered 

Check in at Hotel Ibis Brussels City Center, group dinner in the hotel (stay at the hotel in two-person rooms and dinner are covered by the Summer School)

Thursday 22 June                                
Day 11

10:15 – 12:30 Visit to the European Council/Council of the EU
12:30 – 14:00 Lunch break
14:00 – 16:00 Visit to the European Commission

Friday 23 June                                
Day 12    

9:30 - 12:00 Visit to the European External Action Service (EEAS)

10.00 Arrival and security check
10.30 Role of the EEAS, EU's Diplomatic Service
11.30 EU-UN Partnership on Peace and Security
12.30 End of the visit
12:00-13:00 Break
13.00-15:00 Lunch at the Ibis City Center hotel, Summer School diplomas handed out(hotel meeting room)
  Prof. Madeleine Hosli

-  End of the Summer School - participants either travel back to The Hague (train fare covered) or else continue to their destinations directly from Brussels. -

Tuition fees

Costs for the two-week Summer School are Euro 1200 (this includes all lectures and activities, including the visits to various institutions in The Hague, the daily sandwich lunches and the costs of the hotel in Brussels). Students are responsible for their own housing arrangements in The Hague, but the Summer School will have recommendations available for those interested.

The two-week Summer School can also be attended online. The fee for this is Euro 350. This includes all lectures, seminars and the simulation game, but excludes visits to institutions in The Hague and in Brussels, as these will be conducted in-person.

Location and programme

The Summer School will take place in Leiden University's Wijnhaven Building, Turfmarkt 99 in The Hague (at 8-10 minutes walking distance from The Hague Central Station). The full programme for the 2023 version of the Summer School is available on this site (with lecturers and visits confirmed); there may be some last small adaptations to the programme before it starts.



At the end of the course, participants receive a certificate of participation. An additional statement regarding the amount of ECTS credits can be issued. Please note that the document is not an official transcript and that it is the student’s responsibility to validate the course for credit at their home university. Keeping in mind that 1 ECTS equals 28 study hours, we value the summer school on The European Union, The United Nations and Global Governance to be representing 5 ECTS.

The Summer School ‘The European Union, the United Nations and Global Governance’ is open to Master-level and PhD students. In exceptional cases, highly motivated (advanced) undergraduate students, with a very good academic record, may be admitted.
Participants are selected based on academic performance and motivation to attend the Summer School.

The deadline for application is Friday 22 April 2023.

Apply by submitting the following documents to EUGOV@fgga.leidenuniv.nl:

  • A letter of motivation (1-2 pages)
  • A transcript of undergraduate (or graduate) level course grades
  • A Bachelor or Master Diploma
  • A Curriculum Vitae
  • Their passport or identity card number and date of birth (for the registration with institutions we will visit)
  • Good proficiency in the English language is a requirement for participation.

The deadline for application is Friday 22 April 2023.

If you have any questions, please contact us via: EUGOV@fgga.leidenuniv.nl.

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