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. 


Transnational Regulation, Voluntary Standards, and Trade

Date: 24-26 October 2018

Place: European University Institute, Florence

Scientific Coordinators: Bernard Hoekman (EUI) and Philip Schleifer (University of Amsterdam)

Deadline: 5 October 2018

This executive training provides a comprehensive and practical discussion of standard setting in a rapidly changing global regulatory environment. Participants learn about the WTO's rules on product standards, the work of private standard setting bodies such as the International Standardization Organization, as well as the highly dynamic field of voluntary sustainability standards (VSS). While exploring these subjects and considering the associated policy challenges, participants will have the opportunity to interact with practitioners from relevant international organizations, such as the International Standardization Organization and the International Trade Centre.

Cultural Diplomacy 2.0: Transnational Cultural Relations in the Digital Age

Date: 28-30 November 2018

Place: European University Institute, Florence

Scientific Coordinators: Anna Triandafyllidou (EUI) and Jeremie Molho (EUI)

Deadline:  29 October 2018

The digital revolution has radically transformed the daily practice of international cultural relations. The goal of this training is to explore the possibilities that the digital era is opening in the field of transnational cultural relations; it will provide participants with a comprehensive overview of the new digital environment in which cultural organisations operate, and train them to make use of digital tools and face the new vulnerabilities. 

Learning from Conflicts: Approaches to Peace-Building and the Role of Europe

Date: 12-14 December 2018

Place: European University Institute, Florence

Scientific Coordinators:  Luigi Narbone (EUI)

Deadline:  9 November 2018

This Executive Training focuses on approaches to conflict resolution and peace-building and the role that Europe can play in these processes. The training will draw on practitioners’ experience and on the latest academic analysis and field-based research, examining three comparative case studies: Syria, Colombia and Ukraine.

Regional Courts in Regional Integration Organisations

Date: 23-25 January 2019

Place: European University Institute, Florence

Scientific Coordinators: Carlos Closa (School of Transnational Governance)

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.