School of Transnational Governance

Executive Training

Our Executive Training Seminars are collaborative courses which combine scientific expertise with hands-on learning. The seminars are aimed at high-level professionals in policy, diplomacy, NGOs, international organisations, media and the private sector.

We invite the most prominent experts from around the world to deliver courses tailored to specific policy-fields. Each seminar lasts between two and five days and combines knowledge transfer with practical case-study sessions and skills sharing. The interactive experience cultivates debate and partnerships between participants of different but complementary backgrounds. 


Regional Courts in Regional Integration Organisations

Date: 23-25 January 2019

Place: European University Institute, Florence

Scientific Coordinator: Carlos Closa (STG)

Deadline: 22 December 2018

Courts have become a recurrent feature in several regional integration organisations as mechanisms to adjudicate on the interpretation of the treaty and/or as a mechanism for dispute settlement among the parties. The transparency of the work of international courts and tribunals, their effectiveness and the promotion of international justice and the rule of law are some of the issues at the center of the debate on Regional Courts and Regional Integration Organisations. Whilst some commonalities are shared by some Regional Courts, their design, internal functioning and procedures may vary widely. During the Executive Training Seminar some of the key actors of these institutions; i.e. judges, magistrates, justices from four different courts (the Permanent Revision Tribunal of the MERCOSUR; the Court of the Andean Community; the East African Community Court and the Court of Justice of the Economic Community of West African States) will analyse these different aspects and debate the main challenges they are facing. Additionally, the seminar will offer several dynamic training exercises that will bring insights on the working of the Courts and put into practice the knowledge and skills acquired.

Economy in War-torn Countries: Pathways to Recovery and Reconstruction

Date: 30 January - 1 February 2019

Place: European University Institute, Florence

Scientific Coordinator: Luigi Narbone (EUI)

This Executive Training explores the dynamics of the war economy: how do they shape the pathways to recovery and reconstruction? What role can international mediators, aid agencies and development banks play in the process? And how do the dynamics change among different national contexts? To answer these questions, the training examines cases from the MENA region (Iraq, Syria and Libya) and historical cases such as Angola, Sri Lanka and Lebanon, providing insights from political economy, political science, economic sociology and international relations, complemented by empirical evidence from the field.

Leadership Challenged: Politics and Policy-Making in the European Union at a Time of Crisis

Date: 5-7 March 2019

Place: European University Institute, Florence

Scientific Coordinator: Kalypso Nicolaïdis (University of Oxford)

Deadline: 4 February 2019

This Executive Training Seminar analyses the tensions and challenges facing EU politics and policy-making at a time of crisis. The participants will be trained to master advanced negotiations techniques. During the training, Kalypso Nicolaïdis and Emily Jones will give their critical perspective drawing on their research and experience as advisors to policy makers, while José Manuel Barroso will share insights on his experience at the helm of the EU Commission and on his prior experience as a European politician and head of state.

Communicating Europe

Date: 1-2 April 2019

Place: European University Institute, Florence

Scientific Coordinator: Daniel Innerarity (EUI)

Deadline: TBD

2019 will be a crucial year for the European Parliament. The probability that a considerable group of eurosceptics and defenders of 'illiberal' democracies will break into the new EP is high, and communicating about Europe has never been so crucial to ensure that European citizens will vote with full knowledge of the functioning of the Union and of what is at stake. This Executive Training Seminar will focus on the latest developments and the main challenges at stake in the communication domain, such as eDemocracy, misinformation, and the role of lobbies.

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The Regional Governance of Migration and Mobility: South-east Asian, African and South American Experiences

Date: 3-5 April 2019

Place: European University Institute, Florence

Scientific Coordinators: Andrew Geddes (EUI) and Carlos Closa (EUI)

Deadline: 28 February 2019

This Executive Training Seminar will explore the policies, politics, ideas and practices that shape the varied experiences of regional governance of migration and mobility in South East Asia, East and West Africa and South America. Participants will understand the dynamics of regional migration governance, enhancing their ability to explore key migration issues with case-based analysis and adopting a global perspective on the transnational governance of migration and mobility. 

Brexit, Finance and Trade

Date: 4-5 April 2019

Place: Dublin, Ireland

Scientific Coordinator: Federico Fabbrini (DCU Brexit Institute)

This Executive Training Seminar will will focus upon the consequences of the United Kingdom leaving the European Union for finance and trade, analysing how rules governing free movement of goods and services have changed and looking closely at how Brexit affects free movement of goods and services between the EU and the UK. The Seminar is organised in partnership with the DCU Brexit Institute.

Global Quest for Investment Finance for the Low-Carbon Economy

Date: 11-12 April 2019

Place: European University Institute, Florence

Scientific Coordinators: Simone Borghesi (EUI and University of Siena) and Jos Delbeke (EUI and European Commission)

Deadline: 8 March 2019

How can we finance the transition to a low-carbon economy? This Executive Training Seminar will provide participants with a practical overview of the current financial instruments to support projects aimed to achieve sustainability. In particular, the Training will analyse the role of Central Banks, of the public sector and of State investment banks in the transition; the possible ways to scaling up climate finance in developing countries, and the different national paths to contribute to the Paris Agreements. Finally, participants will learn about the European experience of the EU Emission Trading System. 

Gender and Trade

Date: 8-10 May 2019

Place: European University Institute, Florence

Scientific Coordinators: Ruth Rubio Marín (EUI) and Simonetta Zarrilli (UNCTAD)

Deadline: 1 April 2019

Trade policy is not gender neutral: the distributional outcomes of trade vary between women and men, since they play different roles in society and in the economy and enjoy different opportunities. During this Executive Training Seminar, participants will learn how trade policies can contribute to women's economic empowerment; through lectures, case studies and group work, participants will learn how to design and implement programmes that effectively women's participation in trade.