Summer School on the ECJ: 22-29 July at the Abbaye de Septfontaines, deadline for registration 15 May

The Septfontaines Summer School of EU Law, organized by Maastricht University, brings together top-level EU law scholars as well as hands-on practitioners for an intense week of lectures and discussions around the work of the Court of Justice of the EU in an exceptional setting. Participants will have the unique opportunity to engage with actors in the daily life of the Court. The summer school is aimed at students enrolled at a university, junior researchers and young practitioners with a background and strong interest in EU law.

This year’s edition of the summer school will be organized around three main themes:

  • The CJEU in action

Our first theme will be dedicated to an insider perspective on the CJEU. We have invited numerous actors of the CJEU’s daily life to share their views, tips and tricks on the Court’s working methods. The core idea of this theme is that the participants will acquire a practical knowledge of how the Court works in action and better grasp its complex institutional structure.

  • Activism at the CJEU

Our second theme focuses on activism at the CJEU. The role of citizens in ‘highjacking’ the judicial agenda at the Court will be investigated. Here questions related to the interaction of the Court with European society will be discussed with well-known EU law activists (Max Schrems and Alberto Alemanno) and the role of the Court in fostering the legitimacy of the EU in the eyes of the European citizens analysed.

  • The CJEU in crises

Finally, our last theme will look at the role of the Court in dealing with the various crises faced recently by the EU. We will review the CJEU’s jurisprudence in the aftermath of the financial crisis and its social and economic consequences. Furthermore, we will also discuss the role of the Court in the migration crisis, as well as its potential involvement in the aftermath of the Brexit referendum.

The summer school takes place in the beautiful and quiet setting of a French abbey lost in the middle of the Champagne and will provide many leisure opportunities (you can check out the photos and videos of last year here).

Here is what the speakers had to say about last year’s edition.]

Deadline for registration: 15 May!

For more information on the speakers and the programme  HERE.


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