Ireland, Maynooth

Jean Monnet Summer School “The EU and Human Rights in a Time of Crisis . Vulnerability and Human Rights in the European Union”

when 22 June 2019 - 29 June 2019
language English
duration 1 week
credits 5 EC
fee EUR 900

Maynooth University Department of Law, in cooperation with the Maynooth Centre for European and Eurasian Studies, is pleased to announce the 3rd international Jean Monnet Summer School “The EU and Human Rights in a Time of Crisis ” which, this year, focuses on “Vulnerability and Human Rights in the European Union” .

The summer school is part of the Jean Monnet Module "EU External Relations in Time of Crisis" (574714-EPP-1-2016-1-IE-EPPJMO-MODULE) co-funded under the Erasmus+ programme.

The 3rd edition of the Summer school, coordinated by Dr. Delia Ferri & Prof. John O’Brennan, will focus EU legislation and policy whose inherent rationale is to counteract structural inequalities. It will discuss different EU measures aimed to combat the discrimination, prejudice and stigmatisation, as well as social disadvantage and material deprivation experienced by certain groups of persons such as people belonging to minorities, Roma and Travellers, migrants, people with disabilities, LGBTI people. Building on the current academic debate on the concept of vulnerability itself, the summer school will reflect on how the EU can best act to remove structures that sustain or create vulnerability, allowing everybody to enjoy all their human rights to the full.

The Summer School is characterized by a combination of different teaching strategies and activities to accommodate different kinds of learning styles and personalities, with attention to students with disabilities and non-native English speakers. Transversal skills, including the ability to critique, analyse and problem-solve, will be fostered through class discussions and debates, within the context of a structured and supportive learning environment.

Course leader

Dr. Delia Ferri and Prof. John O'Brennan

Target group

Final year undergraduates, post-graduate students, legal professionals, and researchers would find the course most suitable.

Course aim

On completion of the course, scholars and participants will be able to:

* Understand the evolution of the protection of human rights within the EU legal order, and the role of the EU in combating structural inequalities


* Understand the role of the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) in protecting human rights and in addressing vulnerability


* Critically analyse interrelations between different sources of law in the EU legal system and their role in the protection of human rights


* Demonstrate awareness of and critically evaluate the evolution of human rights promotion as an EU objective


* Understand deeply the role of the EU as a global human rights promoter

Fee info

EUR 900: Cost includes: Accomodation (on-campus single-room), Tuition and transcript, Networking events, Lunches Monday-Saturday,
Dublin orientation day, airport transfers (at fixed times)