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PROTEUS is a multinational and interdisciplinary course in the law and politics of the European Union, using a simulation exercise carried out by way of a cooperation of different partner institutions. The objective of the course is on the one hand to enable students to acquire an additional qualification in the law and politics of the European Union. On the other hand, it is a chance to experience new methods of teaching and to promote the students' ability to work and communicate in multi-national teams.

The additional qualification will be confirmed by a graded Certificate of European Studies issued by the Jean Monnet Professors Stephan Hobe and Wolfgang Wessels after the successful completion of the necessary exams and seminar papers. This certificate aims to promote the participants' chances for future EU-related applications or the choice of a career within European or international organisations.

PROTEUS runs over one semester. The students from Cologne have to attend certain lectures and seminars in European Law and European Politics before participating in the key part of the programme: a joint seminar with students from other international partner institutions.

This joint seminar will be held in English either as a simulation of an international conference such as of the European Council or as a moot court simulating a trial before the European Court of Justice. Each participant will assume a specific role, representing member States, European institutions or other parties. Thus, students will be able to simulate real-life political/legal issues in English while working in a mixed team.


The current joint seminar

In the year 2017 PROTEUS will be a simulation of a moot court before the European Court of Justice. The programme of the project encompasses a preparatory phase and a Summer-School, which is divided into two subsequent training elements taking place in Brussels in the summer semester of 2017.

At the start of the summer semester, the students of the University of Cologne will hold an opening session in order to discuss their course of action. International teams will be formed so as to start the preparation for the simulation. In the preparatory phase, the participants will draw their conclusion via e-mail, Skype etc.

All participants from the different partner institutions will then come together for an intensive workshop in the form of a Summer-School in Brussels on the topic of the upcoming moot court. During this workshop the students will gain deeper insights into the functioning of European Law and the field of mooting by benefiting from expert talks, round table discussions, visits to the European institutions etc. Subsequent to this preparatory phase the participants will carry out the two-day simulation.

Contact Information

For more information please visit or contact Justin Gräfer on 00492114702988 or via proteus(at)