Special features of the programme
(Image: The European Commission's headquarters at the Berlaymont Building, Brussels)
The European Economic Law programme covers all aspects of European market law and is overseen by lecturers who embrace a very personal approach towards mentoring the students. The Director of the programme, Professor Laurence Gormley, is a legal authority on the internal market with specialised interest in the free movement of goods, public procurement law, customs law, tax, trade law, and judicial practition.
Jean Monnet Chairs and Centre of Excellence
The Jean Monnet Project is an initiative by the European Commission to provide funding to assist in the development of specialized teaching, at a university level, in European Union affairs. Assistance is provided by the creation and maintenance of professorial chairs, permanent and short courses, and by designation of Centres of Excellence.
The Faculty of Law of the University of Groningen hosts one of the Jean Monnet Centres of Excellence, designated as such by the European Commission in 1999. This has provided a framework for enhancing and stimulating cooperation, teaching, and research in the field of European Studies broadly defined and embracing in particular the disciplines of law, economics, history and political science.
From time to time the Centre of Excellence organizes lectures by distinguished figures in the field of European affairs. These have included The Rt. Hon. The Lord Slynn of Hadley (Late Advocate General, then Judge at the Court of Justice of the European Communities, Later a Lord of Appeal in Ordinary); Walter, Baron van Gerven (Former Advocate General, Court of Justice of the European Communities; Emeritus Professor at Leuven & Maastricht); John Usher (Late Professor of European Law, University of Exeter); Flip de Kam (Emeritus Professor, Faculty of Economics, Groningen), and Laurens-Jan Brinkhorst (Sometime Professor of European Law, Groningen; Former Director General, European Commission; Former MEP; Former Dutch Minister; Emeritus Professor, Leiden). The Centre also organizes conferences on various European issues.
The Jean Monnet Chair holder at Groningen in the Faculty of Law is Prof. Dr L.W. Gormley, Professor of European Law and Jean Monnet Professor of EU Law (Department of European & Economic Law), pictured below (left) with Sir Francis Jacobs (right), on the occasion of the award to Sir Francis of a Honorary Doctorate , during the University's 400th birthday celebration in 2014. On 26th February 2016, Advocate General Eleanor Sharpston (from the Court of Justice of the European Union) will give a guest lecture in the context of the 25th anniversary of Professor Gormley's tenure of the Chair of European law at Groningen.
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