Giant Mountains, Czech Republic

The European Union and its Place in the World

when 11 July 2022 - 24 July 2022
language English
duration 2 weeks
fee EUR 750

The evolution of the European Union (EU) as a distinct legal order is well known, having evolved into an important driver of European economic integration, and helping to ensure peace and prosperity for its 27 member states and their citizens. However, the ever-expanding reach of EU law has necessitated the addition of competences to the Union that go beyond mere market integration, and above all, that bring the EU into contact with the wider world.

This 2 week summer school will address this area from a number of perspectives, including:

The EU and international migration law;

CETA, TTIP and the EU’s global trade relations;

The EU, regulation, and global market capitalism;

EU law as a ‘self-contained regime’ of public international law;

EU law and international human rights;

‘The imitation game’ – similar models of regional integration around the world.

Students are invited to the enchanting Giant Mountains in the Czech Republic, where they join an array of leading academics and practitioners for lively discussions of the topics covered. The intimate and unique environment of the chalet means that academic – and other! – discussions continue into the evening, when a full bar, whirlpool, and sauna are available, as well as table tennis, football, and hikes to the forest (or the local pub). The school aims to go beyond a black-letter approach to the topics covered. Since the EU’s relations with the wider world are inherently a political, as well as a legal question, the school will incorporate a strong element of interdisciplinarity. Equally, since students wishing to pursue a career in such areas will necessarily require an understanding of issues such as negotiation, intercultural communication, diplomatic courtesy, protocol, and debate, the school will incorporate a secondary focus on soft skills pertaining to these areas. The aim is to improve not only students’ knowledge, but also their abilities and potential for engaging with the real-world issues that emerge in the EU’s external relations.

The academic programme of the summer school consists of general and specialisation courses, guest lectures, discussion panels, optional movie nights and a moot court. There is also a non-academic dimension of this summer school: you are invited to participate in various trips and sports, to use the wellness equipment of the chalet (sauna, whirlpool) and to enjoy the free evenings, getting to know your fellow students and the lecturers. The free weekend also gives you a chance to go hiking in the surrounding national park or to explore Prague.

Keynote speaker: Miguel Maduro (European University Institute, former Advocate General at the ECJ), Bernd Hammermann (Judge of the EFTA Court)

Lecturers: Graham Butler (Aarhus University), Jan Exner (Charles University in Prague), Jan Komárek (University of Copenhagen), Ivan Lazarov (Wirtschaftsuniversität Wien), Jacob Öberg (Örebro University), Maria-Liisa Öberg (Lund University), Christopher Rossi (The Arctic University of Norway), Christa Tobler (Leiden University, Universities of Basel), Zuzana Vikarská (Masaryk University in Brno), Wouter Werner (Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam)

Course leader

Ciarán Burke - an academic, a lawyer, a Eurocrat, and a long-time supporter of the CLS Summer School. Ciarán is Professor and Senior Research Fellow at the Jena Center for Reconciliation Studies at the Friedrich Schiller University, Jena, Germany.

Target group

Students with a background in law, European studies, international relations or politology and practitioners.

Fee info

EUR 750: The fee includes accommodation, full board, study materials and some complementary services (snacks, tea,…).

The participants must send the fee to the organisers before 30 May 2022. The participants will find all necessary information regarding the payment in an e-mail following confirmation of their participation in the summer school.

The cancellation fee of 50% will be charged if a participant cancels his participation after 15 June 2022. The cancellation fee of 100% will be charged if a participant cancels his participation after 30 June 2022. The organisers will take into consideration special circumstances.


In some cases, we are able to provide participants with financial aid. If you wish to apply for the financial aid, please send us your reasoned request together with your application to We will take your request into consideration.