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. 


Counter-Terrorism and Transnational Security Governance: Actors, Strategies and Modus Operandi 

Date: 20-21 June 2018

Place: European University Institute, Florence

Scientific Coordinator:  Andreas Gofas (Panteion University of Social and Political Sciences and European Law and Governance School)

This Executive Training Seminar offers in-depth exposure to the major characteristics of modern terrorism, its actors, strategies and modus operandi. By bringing together the best of academic research and practical expertise, it constitutes a unique opportunity to come into contact with the latest developments, as well as to meet with some of the most distinguished scholars and practitioners in the field of counter-terrorism.

Summer School: Post-Conflict Stabilisation: The Day after IS Military Defeat

Date: 9-11 July 2018

Place: European University Institute, Florence

Scientific Coordinator:  Agnes Favier (EUI) and Virginie Collombier (EUI)

The Summer School on Post-Conflict Stabilisation will focus on the main challenges facing the post-Islamic State (IS) scenario. It aims to provide policy-makers, practitioners and academics with in-depth analyses on the most relevant factors affecting these areas and the broader region. Three case studies will be central to the programme: Syria, Iraq and Libya.


Summer School: What Is the Problem with Religion? A New Approach for an Inclusive Society

Date: 3-7 September 2018

Place: European University Institute, Florence

Scientific Coordinator: Olivier Roy (EUI-RSCAS)

The one-week school will provide mid-career professionals with a deeper understanding of religion in society through interactive analyses of case studies and encounters with religious leaders and practitioners of the Abrahamic religions living in Europe. The course will enhance participants’ understanding of how to develop and sustain inclusive institutions and expose them to new perspectives on religion and the state.

Gender and Media

Date: 26-28 September 2018

Place: European University Institute, Florence

Scientific Coordinator:  Ruth Rubio Marín (School of Transnational Governance)

This Executive Training Seminar brings together leading academics and practitioners from around the world to provide participants with an accurate analysis of gender-based discrimination in both traditional and digital media, as well as an comprehensive overview of the strategies and best practices to overcome it. Through a combination of theory-based sessions, training sessions and case-studies the seminar will cover a wide range of topics and domains, including journalism, publicity, media regulatory bodies and guidelines, sexism in the use of language and the representation of violence against women, (new) masculinities and LGBTQI communities in the media.

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)

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.

Regional Courts in Regional Integration Organisations

Date: 07-09 November 2018

Place: European University Institute, Florence

Scientific Coordinators: Carlos Closa (School of Transnational Governance)

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.

Working with Heritage and Conflict

Date: 14-16 November 2018

Place: European University Institute, Florence

Scientific Coordinators: Anna Triandafyllidou (EUI) and Jasper Chalcraft (EUI)

This Executive Training Seminar explores the contexts of difficult and contested heritage, and how cultural professionals can best work within them. Recent years have seen heritage ‘weaponised’, with it being both destroyed or actively used to foster social divisions and exclusion. Participants develop the necessary awareness, sensitivity and knowledge to deal with such cases in their own work through analysing specific ongoing cases of contested and traumatic heritage.

Autumn School on The Law, Economics And Practice of EU Banking Resolution

Date: 21-23 November 2018

Place: European University Institute, Florence

Scientific Coordinators: Stefano Cappiello (Single Resolution Board) Bart Joosen (VU University, Amsterdam)

This joint Florence School of Banking and Finance-School of Transnational Governance Autumn School aims to foster a deeper and up-to-date understanding of the new banking resolution rules among public authorities, practitioners and academics.

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)

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)

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.