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European Union and Legal Reform (EULR) Summer School

Venues: Igalo (Herceg-Novi), Montenegro
Period: July 10-16, 2016
Application deadline: May 15th, 2016
Summer School Fee: 850,00 EUR

Brief description
: Since 2003, more than 180 students and scholars from 26 countries have traveled to Igalo, Montenegro to attend the European Union & Legal Reform Summer School, a weeklong post-graduate course organized by the CCSDD and the Faculty of Law of the University of Belgrade.

During the course, students attend an innovative series of lectures and roundtable discussions in order to deepen their understanding of the EU's expansion eastward and all of the subsequent legal and constitutional implications. Balkan countries and former Soviet satellites represent key areas for future enlargement, but the regions' recent histories of conflict have brought a number of issues to the fore. Past Summer Schools have tackled topics like minority rights protection, constitutional courts and constitutional justice, the implications of EU enlargement on democratic transitions and consolidation, reforms still needed by 'consolidated democracies', and lessons to be learned from the founding members of the European Economic Community (EEC). 

How to apply to the Summer School



The year of 2016 marks a special year for the European Union which finds itself facing many new challenges and new prospects. What direction is the EU heading today? And what did the big enlargement mean for the Western Balkans?

Other issues that particularly intrigue us jurists include movements toward independence, such as the Scottish referendum, the EU's relationship with its eastern neighbors, the economic crisis, and how constitutional courts have impacted the transition toward democracy. Is there a viable solution for EU integration of Serbia and relations with Kosovo? How has the European Economic Constitution transformed through the financial crisis? Have we observed positive improvements in minority protection in the Western Balkans?

This year's edition of the Summer School will explore some of these issues and bring them in the context of the EU enlargement effort. It will take place in Igalo (Herceg-Novi), Montenegro, from July 10-16, 2016 and is open to final-year undergraduate students and graduate students in Law and Political Science, as well as young professionals and scholars.


Application Procedure

The full cost of tuition, accommodation and food during the time of the conference is approximatively 850,00 EUR. We do, however, offer a number of partial and full scholarships available for students from Italy and countries of Central and Eastern Europe. While selection of applicants will be based on the academic merit of the applications, those willing to bear the participation costs fully or partially will be preferred in case of equally strong applications.

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Primary Activities

Roundtable discussions
Student presentations
Trips to cultural sites
Boat trip on the Adriatic Sea
Publication of selected student essays


Information & contacts

Mr Robert J. Abernethy

Sonja Valtasaari McHugh Seminar and Scholarship Program

Johns Hopkins University
via Belmeloro 11, 40126 Bologna, Italy

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