Rome, Italy

Parliamentary Democracy in Europe

when 12 July 2021 - 16 July 2021
language English
duration 1 week
credits 4 EC
fee EUR 800

This summer program applies research-based knowledge and professional expertise to the actual contexts where constitutional democracies in Europe and beyond are facing unprecedented challenges to deal with the COVID-19 pandemic. In particular, Parliaments as democratic institutions par excellence have been coping, on the one hand, with the problem of ensuring the continuity of their work in a time when social distancing is imperative by trying to adapt their technological infrastructures to online participation and voting of their members. On the other hand, they have find it difficult, especially where declarations of emergency and the state of exception have been issued, to control massive rule-making by the executives, severely affecting fundamental rights.

Course leader

Cristina Fasone, Assistant Professor of Comparative Public Law at Luiss Guido Carli

Target group

The Summer Program is designed for:

- Graduates, doctoral students and post-docs active in the field of constitutional law, human rights, democratic transitions, parliamentary and legislative studies, electoral studies, European studies, international relations (preferably with a background in social sciences).

- Civil servants from European institutions and bodies, from international organizations, and from national and subnational institutions in the EU Member States and from third countries.

- Professionals working for NGOs, think tanks and interest groups who want to acquire advanced knowledge on how liberal constitutional systems are being eroded from within, by which institutional and political actors and with which consequences for the protection of fundamental rights and of the rule of law principles.

Course aim

The program aims to explore the tension between democratic principles, constitutional values and management of the pandemic, given the problematic development of accountability procedures in such a context; the extent to which the rule of law has been endangered, new forms of technocratic dominance have emerged and the immediate and prospective long-term implications of the constitutional and political reaction to the COVID-19 outbreak on representative institutions. These are the challenges ahead at national level as well as at supranational level, as special attention will be paid to the European response to the pandemic, both in the framework of the European Union and of the Council of Europe.

Credits info

4 EC
Participants willing to obtain credits (4 ECTS) should consult their own institutions in advance about the acceptability of the Summer Program evaluation, which will be based on class participation and the successful evaluation of a written test (a take-home exam).

Credits will be awarded along the following guidelines:

- Attendance of every academic activity scheduled in the framework of the Summer Program
- Successful evaluation (at least satisfactory) of a written test based on two open questions to be answered in 24h (take-home exam).

Participants complying with these standards will receive an official transcript detailing the awarded credits.

Fee info

EUR 800: Course without accommodation
EUR 1200: Course with accommodation