Maynooth, Ireland

The EU and Human Rights in a Time of Crisis

when 17 June 2017 - 1 July 2017
language English
duration 2 weeks
credits 5 EC
fee EUR 800

The summer school is designed to provide students with a critical understanding of the role of the European Union (EU) as a global promoter of human rights. In the aftermath of “Brexit” and further to the election of Donald Trump as US President, the summer school will offer participants the unique opportunity to discuss emerging challenges faced by the EU in the new international politics domain, including migration, humanitarian crises and human rights, neighbourhood policy, and enlargement.

The summer school will explore the development of the protection of human rights in the EU. Participants will analyse relevant CJEU case law, as well as EU legislative and policy measures, and will critically examine the role of human rights’ promotion in EU external relations. All in all, the summer school will interrogate the relationship between the ongoing process of European integration and the development of EU external action to promote international justice.
The Summer School is characterized by a combination teaching strategies to accommodate different kinds of learning styles and personalities, with specific attention to students with disabilities and non-native English speakers, and to promote flexible self-directed learning. 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 supportive environment.

Course leader

Dr Delia Ferri - Dr Ferri is a Lecturer in Law at Maynooth University. She is member of the Maynooth Centre for European and Eurasian Studies, and affiliated researcher of Dirpolis Institute (Italy).

Target group

Students from European Studies, Law, Politics, Sociology will be the primary participants, but the courses will be open to all other students of humanities and social science. The pedagogical approach here is predicated on the view that the multi-vectored nature of the European integration process is best internalized within a multi-disciplinary academic environment.

Course aim

The summer school aims to:
•Provide students with critical insights into the evolution of the protection of human rights within the EU and in its external action.
•Allow students to critically assess the role of human rights in EU law and policy
•Encourage the development of critical skills and creative analysis of the EU role on the global scene
•Facilitate a greater understanding how the European legal system interacts with international/regional systems in the protection of human rights

Credits info

5 EC
Participants who attend a minimum of 80% of activities will receive a Certificate of Attendance.

Students can earn 5 ECTS through attendance and submission of a paper of maximum 2,500 words by 9 August 2017. Form and requirements for this written assignment will be detailed at the beginning of the summer school. The pass standard will be 40%.

International students, please note that Maynooth University can only recommend that home institutions award participants with 5 credits. Please inquire about the possible transfer at your own institution prior to enrolment.
For Maynooth students, 5 ECTs will be recognised to students enrolling in the LLM programmes and attending the module “EU External Relations Law and Policy”.

Fee info

EUR 800: Option 1: €800


-Tuition and transcript

-Networking events

-Guest speaker workshops and seminars
EUR 1500: Option 2: €1500


-Tuition and transcript

-Networking events


-Guest speaker workshops and seminars

-On-campus single-room accommodation

-Lunches Monday-Saturday

-3 field trips around Ireland

-Airport transfers (at fixed times)