The Jean Monnet European Centre of Excellence at the University of Essex is a focal point of expertise and knowledge on the European Union. Formed in 1999, the centre is chaired by Professor Emil Kirchner and was set up to promote research and teaching on issues related to the European Union.
We bring together leading experts in European Union politics, law, languages and other disciplines, to create links between the various disciplines and resources in European studies, and to form working relationships with academic institutions in other countries. Through the work of the centre, we promote and share our specialist knowledge with students, policy makers, civil servants, organised civil society and the general public.
The work of the Centre can be organised into three broad categories; research, education and publications. We regularly contribute to Erasmus+ and other EU funded research projects and Jean Monnet networks. We frequently work with EU policy makers in Brussels and other European capitals in an advisory capacity.
"The promotion of teaching, research and debate on EU developments is the core vocation of the Jean Monnet European Centre of Excellence."
"Part of our mission is to provide historical and contemporary analysis, to engage in transnational teaching and research networks, and to disseminate relevant information to national and international academic and policy-making communities as well as the wider public via publications, conferences and other debating activities."
Our research and our international connections allow us to offer insightful and topical courses and to expertly support both undergraduate studies postgraduate research in European Studies. Below is a list of courses, modules, opportunities and programmes which are directly influenced by the work of the centre: