FGV Centre of Excellence on EU-South America Global Governance


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The Centre will focus on the contribution of the EU for fostering a comparative study on Global Governance and related subjects, taking into account the context and specific demands from the Global South. The Centre will endorse a comparative analysis on EU and South American Global Governance mechanisms, ensuring greater visibility to this field of study both within FGV and at the Brazilian and South-American levels.  FGV Centre of Excellence on EU-South America Global Governance in Rio de Janeiro will represent an opportunity to keep advancing in the EU studies, as an extension of FGV’s Jean Monnet Module (2010-2013) and Chair Actions (2015-2018).

The Centre’s activities, staff and guests will be structured around three main clusters in order to contribute to the global governance debate in South America: (1) Global Regulation, (2) Global Litigation, and (3) Human Rights and Democracy. It will comprise six key activities: (i) new and existing teaching activities; (ii) high-level collaborative research projects, with national and international partners; (iii) international conferences and seminars; (iv) one-week training courses; (v)capacity-building courses; (vi) systematic publications.

The interdisciplinary activities provided by the FGV Centre of Excellence on EU-South America Global Governance will help to increase awareness of EU and Brazil common interests and shared values and, in three-year time, will impact and contribute to a systemic change to the global governance debate.


Core dimensions

  1. Global Regulation: multi-level decision-making and policy development in the International and European levels. It covers the principles of good governance, international rule making by non-state actors (international regulation) and its challenges; and includes specialized modules to foster a deeper understanding of particular important policy areas.
  2. Global Litigation: the legal structure of the internal market, the jurisdiction of regional and sub-regional dispute settlement mechanisms; the law-making role of international courts and tribunals and its related challenges, the participation of non-state actors in international proceedings, as well as the input of international courts and tribunals in the global governance scheme.
  3. Human Rights and Democracy: the legitimacy of the international and regional decision-making process; transparency; accountability; participation of individuals to international and regional proceedings; democracy protection; human rights protection and its current challenges.


Key activities 

The FGV Centre of Excellence on EU-South America Global Governance encompasses a wide range of activities with the participation of national and foreign experts from different universities and disciplines.

  1. EU-South American School on Global Governance: new and existing teaching activities, including courses and lectures open to civil society:
    1. Global Regulation: theoretical issues (e.g. international regulation, regulatory networks, transnational private regulation, Regulation reforms) and specific policy areas (such as telecommunications, tax regulation of digital economy, internet governance, environmental and heath regulation).
    2. Global Litigation: international dispute settlement mechanisms, including arbitration; participation of non-state actors in legal proceedings; application of international regulation ‘sources’ by international judges; compliance mechanisms and its challenges.
    3. Human Rights and Democracy: the contemporary role of the EU, democracy protection in the EU and Mercosur, the provision of community interests globally and regionally, global public goods, challenges of legitimacy, transparency and accountability, and judicial dialogue.
  2. 12 High-level collaborative research projects with national and international partners:
    1. Research networks on Global Regulation, Global Litigation, and Human Rights and Democracy, which will be comprised by a group of renowned academics and practitioners specialized in various EU and International Law topics linked to the FGV Global Governance programme.
  3. International conferences and seminars:
    1. International conference on: EU-South America Global Governance: regulation and litigation. The conference will promote the exchange of expertise and competence of high-level experts, as well as round-table debates with the participation of distinguished scholars and practitioners.
    2. “EU Day” in order to promote a variety of activities with the fundamental objective of disseminating the European integration process to a wide-ranging target group.
  4. Training courses on core subjects with renowned international professors:
    1. One-week training courses on Human Rights Litigation.
  5. Capacity-building courses to debate and exchange practices concerning the EU-South American Global Governance:
    1. Capacity-building course on Data Protection and data Security Principles, in partnership with scholars and policy-makers from different institutions and countries.
  6. Publications as the outcome of the research and teaching activities:
    1. Publication of academic articles, book chapters and reports.
    2. Revista do Programa de Direito da União Europeia – Centro de Excelência Jean Monnet): the project will deliver content and tools on specific EU and global governance subjects.
    3. Didactic material will be produced and offered to all students enrolled in the course each semester during the three-year project.