Registration is ongoing for Maastricht University’s summer school “The European Union: Peace, Conflict and Human Rights” to be held July 2-18, 2014.
The European Union is the world’s largest experiment in supranational governance. In recent years, the EU has undergone substantial evolution in its foreign relations institutions as well as its human rights mechanisms. That evolution was evident in its enlargement process to admit newly-independent states into the union. In addition, the EU began to emphasize fundamental rights for its citizens in a binding legal instrument (the Charter of Fundamental Rights) enumerating rights that surpass the civil and political rights enshrined in the flagship document of the Council of Europe, the European Convention on Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms.
This course will first examine the politics of EU foreign relations. From the Treaty of Maastricht to the Lisbon Treaty, the EU path has taken dramatic changes to adapt to the needs of its citizens and to the demands of the global community. Today, the newly-formed European External Action Service leads the diplomatic wing of the EU. Foreign policy has been given a more prominent role in the form of a new office for a High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy for the European Union. The second focus of the course is the politics of human rights in the EU. The Lisbon Treaty emphasizes human rights and democracy as guiding principles of EU policies. The advent of the Agency for Fundamental Rights and the accession of the EU, as an institution and supranational body, to the European Convention on Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms will further define the rights protected and enjoyed by citizens of all EU Member States.
One other important element will be the study trip to Brussels. This trip will involve visiting one of the important agencies of the EU and getting a first-hand look at how policy is developed in Brussels.
For more information and to register, visit http://www.maastrichtuniversity.nl/web/Main/ProspectiveStudents/MaastrichtSummerSchool.htm.
The Academy of European Law at the European University Institute (EUI) has announced this year’s summer courses in Human Rights Law and the Law of the European Union:
The Academy’s Summer Courses are renowned for their innovative and cutting-edge topics, combined with the highest standards of academic content presented by leading scholars and thinkers. Each year the courses attract highly qualified participants from all around the world and the mix of participants from different backgrounds makes the experience of attending the summer courses a very rewarding one.
· The 2014 Human Rights Law course (16 June – 27 June) comprises a General Course on ‘21st Century Human Rights’ by Harold Hongju Koh (Sterling Professor of International Law, Yale Law School) and a series of specialized courses on the topic of ‘Freedom of Religion, Secularism and Human Rights’. We are also pleased to have two distinguished lectures by Bruno Simma (Judge at the Iran-United States Claims Tribunal; former Judge at the International Court of Justice) and Joseph H.H. Weiler (President of the European University Institute).
· The 2014 Law of the European Union course (30 June – 11 July) comprises a General Course on ‘The Internal Market as a Legal Concept’ by Stephen Weatherill (Jacques Delors Professor of European Law, Oxford University) and a series of specialized courses on the topic of ‘EU Legal Acts: Challenges and Transformations’. The Summer School will also include a distinguished lecture by Marta Cartabia, an EUI alumna now Judge at the Italian Constitutional Court and Professor of Constitutional Law, Bicocca University in Milan.
The two-week courses are held at the EUI, in the hills above Florence, and participants leave with positive memories of the extremely high intellectual standard of the courses, the EUI facilities including the library, the beautiful venue, and the interaction with other participants from all over the world. Some participants come to study at the EUI in later years, and it is not unusual to see participants returning for a second or third summer course.
The deadline for applications is Thursday 10 April 2014.
For further information, visit the Academy’s website at www.eui.eu/AEL.