EU Governance

9-11 February 2017

EU governance refers to the ‘rules, processes, and behaviours that affect the way in which powers are exercised at the European level, particularly with regard to openness, participation, accountability, effectiveness, and coherence’. In this sense, EU governance is an attempt to make sense of the intricate web of institutions, rules and mechanisms that frame EU policymaking.

The seminar introduces participants to governance structures, processes and players and to the ways in which decisions and rules in the EU are made in varous institutional configurations. The course further illustrates the operation of EU governance through 3 key policy areas that are analysed in greater depth: EU economic governance, EU foreign and external policy, and EU human rights and citizenship.

Participants will acquire the knowledge and competencies to engage in a critical discussion of the EU's future direction and legitimacy, both analysing ist famed "democraric deficit" and questioning its institutional evolution in light of recent policy challenges. Participants thereby gain a solid foundation for positions in which EU competence is required.

This course can also be completed as part of the Certificate in Intersectoral Management, or the Certificate in European Governance.

Seminar Director

Prof. Mark  Dawson, PhD
Professor of European Law and Governance

Target group

Professionals from all sectors (public, private, and from NGOs)


  • Higher education degree
  • At least two years of relevant professional experience (average is ten years)
  • Good knowledge of English


  • 2.5 days in Berlin, as well as additional time for the preparation of the seminar
  • No follow-up assignment is required

Seminar times European Union Governance 2015/16:

  • Day 1: 11:00 - 20:00
  • Day 2:   9:00 - 20:00
  • Day 3:   9:00 - 13:00

Seminar fee

€ 1,690

Seminar fee includes: attendance, online access to course documents, materials during the seminar, beverages in the Hertie School cafeteria (open on weekdays), certificate of attendance. Terms and Conditions

Registration is possible throughout the year, on a first-come, first-serve basis via our online application module. Admission is subject to availability.

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Contact the Executive Education Team

Phone: +49 (0)30 259 219 -117

E-Mail: executive(at)

Participants' Feedback to the Seminar

"Very good overview of EU Governance; I particularly liked the variety of the topics."

"I appreciated the diversity of guest speakers and their perspectives."

"The seminar director was very positive and used helpful teaching methods."