Jean Monnet Center of Excellence begins activities with College of Europe partnership
On November 13 and 27, 2019, the FGV Rio de Janeiro Law School’s Jean Monnet Center of Excellence, in partnership with the European Union Delegation in Brazil and College of Europe, held two international specialized training courses on negotiation and global governance techniques. The objective of the courses, organized by Professor Paula Wojcikiewicz Almeida, was to promote reflection on the workings of the deliberative and decision-making processes of different European Union entities in the area of regional and inter-regional trade.
The first course, held on November 13, was led by Professor Alejandro Ribo Labastida, a visiting professor at the College of Europe and MGIMO Institute in Moscow. The course was split into two complementary parts: a presentation about how the European Union’s institutions and deliberative bodies work; and a simulation of a Council of the European Union thematic committee meeting about the regulation of dental drill bits.
On November 27, Professor Guillaume Van der Loo, a researcher at the Ghent European Law Institute, led a specialized course on the legal aspects of EU free trade agreements. After presenting the entire internal negotiation procedure, he highlighted the special nature of negotiations surrounding the EU-Mercosul trade deal, and especially its legal and environmental repercussions.
The courses were offered to students at the EU-South American School on Global Governance and also to undergraduate and graduate students at other higher education institutions, kicking off the activities of the FGV Centre of Excellence on EU-South America Global Governance.
Between the two courses, Professor Paula Wojcikiewicz Almeida participated in the coordinator’s conference kick-off meeting, held on November 18 in Brussels. The event took place one day before a conference to formally mark the 30th anniversary of the European Commission’s Jean Monnet activities. The conference, called “EU Studies in a Digital Age,” was attended by the coordinators of projects funded by the European Commission and officials from the institution.