The purpose of the project on EU Comparative Regionalism Studies is to provide students with a comparative analysis of different sub-regional integration organizations in Latin America and their diverse stage of development, including institutions, legal order and dispute settlement mechanism. Their similarities and distinctions with the EU and their interaction with other sub-regional and regional organizations will also be evaluated, to include the perception of their legitimacy by States and individuals involved.
The project will combine three key activities:
- (i) existing and new teaching activities concerning International Law, the Law of International Organizations, Comparative Regionalism and EU Tax Law;
- (ii) research on a particular topic related to sub-regional dispute settlement mechanism; and also
- (iii) an event on the particular topic of the legitimacy of sub-regional organizations trade tribunals, their impact and existing challenges.
These activities will provide academic added value by promoting teaching and research of European Union Law and of other sub-regional organizations in a country where there is still precious little on offer of such studies. The project responds to an identified need to expand knowledge on the EU and other sub-regional organizations in Latin America. It aims to provide knowledge on multidisciplinary aspects of European and Latin American integration and to contribute to the excellence in teaching and researching sub-regional integration topics. The knowledge acquired in the course will not only prepare students with European integration issues, but also provide them with a better understanding of the basis for Mercosur legal framework, and further research in Comparative Legal Studies.
The proposal will open a channel of dialogue between students/researchers and the EU and foster a network with other higher education institutions in Europe and Latin America. Other departments of the Getulio Vargas Foundation are also involved in the project, such as the Getulio Vargas Foundation Law School in São Paulo and the Getulio Vargas Foundation’s International Relations Centre and International Intelligence Unit. These institutions will contribute to the excellence of the project and will foster an international environment as professors will be invited to participate in the Jean Monnet Chair.
The initiative promotes European Union studies at FGV and ensures greater visibility to this field of study at a national level since the Jean Monnet Chair will be open to students, lawyers and academics of different fields and degrees not only from the four FGV’s schools (Law, Political Science, Economics and Public Administration), but also from other renowned higher education institutions in Brazil.
Most courses (excluding the compulsory ones) will be available to all Brazilian students. The knowledge acquired in the course will not only prepare students with European integration issues, but will provide them with a greater understanding of the basis for the Mercosur legal framework. The target groups include students and researchers in the field of Law, Political Science, Economics and International Relations. The Jean Monnet Chair will also benefit from a large scale of students within the four schools of FGV (Law, Economics, Administration and Political Science).
All activities envisaged for the Jean Monnet Chair demonstrate that FGV will naturally morph into a national and international reference centre for EU studies, generating knowledge and research on the European integration process and beyond.