School of Transnational Governance

Past Executive Training Seminars

Agents of Change: the Economics and Politics of Reforms

Date: 16-17 September 2019

Place: European University Institute, Florence

Scientific Coordinator: George Papaconstantinou (EUI) 

Deadline: 2 September 2019

Develop a rigourous, evidence-based approach to economic reforms by drawing from the hands-on experience of senior policy practitioners and interacting with a network of people who share a common understanding on the challenges of becoming 'agents of change' in national and international administrations.

Empowering Women In and Through Foreign Policy

Date: 26-28 June 2019

Place: Escuela Diplomatica, Madrid

Scientific Coordinator: Ruth Rubio Marín (EUI)  

Develop your gender awareness in the fields of international politics, global security, political economy and international conflicts and learn about the impact of gender in shaping international relations.   

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

Date: 19-20 June 2019

Place: European University Institute, Florence

Scientific Coordinator: Andreas Gofas (Centre for the Analysis of Terrorism and European Security) 

Upgrade your knowledge with the latest academic findings and gain new skills by attending this training with the most distinguished scholars and practitioners in the field of counter-terrorism.  

Gender and Trade

Date: 8-10 May 2019

Place: European University Institute, Florence

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

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 learned how trade policies can contribute to women's economic empowerment; through lectures, case studies and group work, participants were trained on how to design and implement programmes that effectively promote women's participation in trade.   

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)

How can we finance the transition to a low-carbon economy? This Executive Training Seminar provides participants with a practical overview of the current financial instruments to support projects aimed at achieving sustainability. In particular, the Training analyses 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 learn about the European experience of the EU Emission Trading System. 

The Regional Governance of Migration Mobility: Southeast Asian, African and South American Perspectives

Date: 3-5 April 2019

Place: European University Institute, Florence

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

This Executive Training Seminar explores 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 analyse 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. 

Communicating Europe

Date: 1-2 April 2019

Place: European University Institute, Florence

Scientific Coordinator: Daniel Innerarity (EUI)

Communicating Europe? Just a few months before the European Parliament elections, citizens are deeply puzzled about what ‘Europe’ is and what the benefits and priorities of belonging to the union are.This Executive Training focuses on a variety of communication strategies that different stakeholders are employing to send their political messages about Europe. Four interrelated training labs run: the impact of new technologies on European democracy; fake news from a Policy Perspective; citizens as lobbyists; and the formulation of Europe’s political narratives and the strategies of political parties.

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)

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 will give her 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.

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.

Regional Courts in Regional Integration Organisations

Date: 23-25 January 2019

Place: European University Institute, Florence

Scientific Coordinator: Carlos Closa (EUI)

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) analyse these different aspects and debate the main challenges they are facing. 

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) and Saumitra Jha (Stanford University)

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.

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. 

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.

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.

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.

Welfare Motore di Sviluppo: Città e Periferie di Migrazione

Data: 18-19 Maggio 2018

 Luogo: European University Institute, Firenze

 Coordinatore Scientifico: Anna Triandafyllidou (EUI)

Una delle sfide delle società contemporanee, in particolar modo di chi le amministra, è rappresentata dalla gestione dello spazio pubblico e urbano, intendendo con esso un insieme di luoghi e relazioni. Lo spazio cittadino diviene centrale quando ci si occupa di amministrare i fenomeni migratori, sia in termini di accoglienza che d’integrazione. Durante il training approfondiremo con i partecipanti gli esempi di pratiche virtuose dove si è fatto delle migrazioni un valore aggiunto e riqualificante dello spazio urbano. Parallelamente analizzeremo i bisogni delle città coinvolte con i loro Sindaci, cercando di capire insieme possibili soluzioni ai problemi d’integrazione presentati negli spazi urbani specifici.

Is the EU Democratic Enough? Measuring the Health of EU Democracy

Date: 26-28 April 2018

Place: European University Institute, Florence

Scientific Coordinator: Daniel Innerarity (EUI)

This Executive Training Seminar examines the health of European Democracy: how democratic is the European Union, and how democratic should it be? This will be discussed taking into account the EU’s specific complex context and, from a practical point of view, to what extent the management of the Euro crisis has jeopardized its democratic nature.

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

Date: 16-18 April 2018

Place: European University Institute, Florence

Scientific Coordinators: Kalypso Nicolaïdis (EUI), José Manuel Barroso (Universidade Católica Portuguesa and Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies), Emily Jones (University of Oxford)

The aim of this Executive Training Seminar is to discuss and analyse the tensions and challenges faced by EU politics and policy-making at a time of crisis. By sharing their experiences and analysing the issue, the speakers will provide their insights on Europe’s current predicaments connected to its on-going polycentric crisis.

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

Date: 13-15 December 2017

Place: European University Institute, Florence

Scientific Coordinators: Andrea Ichino (EUI), Luigi Narbone (European External Action Service), Saumitra Jha (Stanford University)

This Executive Training Seminar focuses on approaches to conflict resolution, peace-building and the role that Europe can play in these processes. Participants will learn the knowledge and practice of governance beyond the state by examining three comparative case studies: Syria, Colombia and Ukraine.

The Law, Economics and Practice of EU Banking Resolution

Date: 22-25 November 2017

Place: European University Institute, Florence

Scientific Coordinator: Bart Joosen (VU University, Amsterdam)

This joint course, organised with the Florence School of Banking and Finance, sought to intensify and strengthen knowledge on the part of public authorities, practitioners and academics as well as foster an in-depth dialogue on the merits and challenges in the implementation of the new EU resolution framework.

Protecting Liberal Democracy in Illiberal Times

Date: 15-17 November 2017

Place : European University Institute, Florence

Scientific Coordinator: Carlos Closa (School of Transnational Governance)

This seminar drew upon policy experiences from Europe, Latin America and Africa, with in-depth analysis of how regional organisations have responded to the challenges of authoritarian governments and illiberal democracies in their member states.

Transnational Regulation, Voluntary Standards and Trade

Date: 16-20 October 2017

Place : European University Institute, Florence

Scientific Coordinators: Bernard Hoekman (EUI - RSCAS), Philip Schleifer (University of Amsterdam)

This seminar provided a comprehensive and practical discussion of how business actors and civil society attenuate negative spillovers, address emerging common problems and achieve regulatory objectives in today’s globalised economy.