Groningen, Netherlands

The Politics of European Law and the Law of European Politics

when 26 June 2022 - 1 July 2022
language English
duration 1 week
credits 3.5 EC
fee EUR 250

The strategic choice of this summer school is to address, from an interdisciplinary perspective, various ways in which law and politics of the EU and in the EU interact. On the one hand, the programme aims at analysing how political challenges inform and shape the making and implementation of EU law. On the other hand, it seeks to identify how law influences political choices.
The programme is designed for students as well as for practitioners. Through a mix of both, and topic-focused lectures, and case-study seminars, after this one-week programme you will develop a fine understanding of mutual interdependence of Law and Politics in the European integration project.
The special focus of the 2022 Summer School edition is the “The Many Facets of the EU Strategic Autonomy”. The notion of the EU strategic autonomy was initially associated with the development of the defense capacities of the EU. The concept evolved through decision-making and political debate to a broader idea that includes not only security and defense but also economic, investment, and energy dimensions of the strategic autonomy of the EU. The aim of this year's edition is to address the concept of “EU strategic autonomy” not only from legal and political science perspective but also through its different sectorial facets.
The ELP Summer School gives you a unique opportunity not only to gather knowledge, but also to expand your personal and professional network. During the social activities in the programme (sightseeing, dinners and drinks) you will be able to meet participants of different personal and professional backgrounds.

Course leader

Dr. Yuliya Kaspiarovich, Faculty of Law
Prof. Ramses Wessel, Faculty of Law
Dr. Francesco Giumelli, Faculty of Arts
Prof. Jaap de Wilde, Faculty of Arts

Target group

The Summer School is designed for graduate students (MA, PhD, postdoc) in law, international relations, or other related disciplines, researchers, practicing lawyers, specialists and practitioners interested in the topic.

It is expected that the participants have a sufficient command of the English language to actively participate in the discussions and to present their own work in English.

Course aim

After this course you will be able to:

- Critically reflect of the interaction between law and politics in the process of European integration
- 2Acquire interdisciplinary understanding of the notion of the “EU strategic autonomy”
- Reflect in a comprehensive manner on how the EU can face complex challenges of the XXI century
- Present your research and express yourself in a clear and coherent manner, both in oral and in written/typed form, using understandable and correct English

Credits info

3.5 EC
Preparation: mostly reading (approximately 60 hours)
Lectures: 12 hours
Seminars: 8 hours
Workshop: 3 hours
Guest Lecture: 1h30 minutes
Examination: 2 hours
Upon successful completion of the programme, the Summer School offers a Certificate of Attendance that mentions the workload of 90 hours (28 hours is 1 ECTS). Students can apply for recognition of these credits to the relevant authorities in their home institutions, therefore the final decision on awarding credits is at the discretion of their home institutions. We will be happy to provide any necessary information that might be requested in addition to the certificate of attendance.

Fee info

EUR 250: Fee includes catering (lunches, coffee, a dinner), lecture material and certificate of attendance, social activities
EUR 150: Fee for University of Groningen students. Includes catering (lunches, coffee, a dinner), lecture material and certificate of attendance, social activities


5 free places are available for participants from Ukraine

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