Building on the successful 2017 and 2018 programmes, in 2019 the summer school will focus EU legislation and policy whose inherent rationale is to counteract structural inequalities. It will discuss various EU measures aimed to combat discrimination, prejudice and stigmatisation, as well as social disadvantage and material deprivation experienced by certain groups of persons, such as people belonging to minorities, Roma and Travellers, migrants, people with disabilities, LGBTI people.
Building on the current academic debate on the concept of vulnerability itself, the 3rd edition of the Erasmus+ sponsored summer school will reflect on those measures that most effectively can remove structures that sustain or create vulnerability, allowing everybody to enjoy all their human rights to the full.
On the whole, this unique, credit-bearing summer school, invites participants to engage with and learn from European academics and professionals about different strand of EU legislation and various policy measures related to context-based vulnerabilities. Students will foster the skills to critique, analyse and problem-solve through class discussions and debates. A Maynooth University PhD candidate will provide support as class tutor.
The programme allows students to earn 5 ECTS in a supportive, structured and open academic environment.
Lectures take place from 9am until late afternoon, with a break for lunch. Evening activities include round tables and networking events.
We especially welcome students with learning needs, disabilities and non-native English speakers.
On completion of the course, scholars and participants will be able to:
* Understand the evolution of the protection of human rights within the EU legal order, and the role of the EU in combating structural inequalities
* Understand the role of the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) in protecting human rights and in addressing vulnerability
* Critically analyse interrelations between different sources of law in the EU legal system and their role in the protection of human rights
* Demonstrate awareness of and critically evaluate the evolution of human rights promotion as an EU objective
* Understand deeply the role of the EU as a global human rights promoter
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). Dr. Ferri holds a J.D. in Law magna cum laude from the University of Verona, a LL.M. in International and European Business Law from Trinity College Dublin and a PhD in European and Italian Constitutional Law from the University of Verona (Italy). Her PhD thesis was awarded the national prize “Ettore Gallo 2008”. Dr. Ferri has taken part in academic and policy-oriented research projects in the field of EU law, including: “Principles and Rules of Deliberative Democracy” (2008-2010), funded by the Italian Ministry of Education; and “The Implementation of the UNESCO Convention on Cultural Diversity in the EU” (2010) for the European Parliament. Dr. Ferri has authored over 40 publications in the field of European law.
Prof. John O’Brennan
Professor O'Brennan is a Director of the Maynooth Centre for European and Eurasian Studies and of the European Studies Programme at Maynooth University, Prof. O’Brennan holds a Jean Monnet Chair in European Integration and is Vice President of the Irish Association for Contemporary European Studies (IACES). He has published 15 articles in international politics journals including: Cambridge Review of International Affairs, Europe-Asia Studies, the European Foreign Affairs Review, European Political Science, the Journal of European Integration and Parliamentary Affairs. In addition to publishing 3 books, he has written 25 book chapters, accumulated circa 450 google citations and has published more than 100 opinion articles on EU politics & is one of the most frequent contributors to Irish media on EU issues, including regular appearances on leading radio and TV shows. His articles are syndicated regularly by Project Syndicate and translated into multiple languages, reaching a global audience of 300 million.
Guest Speakers for 2019 TBA
In 2018 we are welcoming an impressive calibre and array of guest speakers from across Europe and working within academic, policy making, NGOs and international practice:
Justice John MacMenamin
A member of the Supreme Court of Ireland since 2012, previously serving as a Judge of the High Court from 2004-2012.
The current European Ombudsman (as voted for by the European Parliament). The former Ombudsman of Ireland (the first female to hold the position) and an author, journalist and broadcaster.
Dr. Filippo Fontanelli
Senior Lecturer in International Economic Law at the University of Edinburgh | co-rapporteur of the ILA Committee on the Procedure of International Courts & Tribunals.
Professor Michael O’Flaherty
The current Director of the European Union Fundamental Rights Agency (FRA). From 2004 to 2012 a member of the United National Human Rights Committee (HRC) and from 2011-2013 served as the third Chief Commissioner of the Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission (NIHRC).
Dr. Caterina Sganga
Associate Professor, CEU Business School with research focus on comparative intellectual property (IP) law, IP strategic management, and the interplay between IP law, access to knowledge and fundamental rights.
Professor Georgi Dimitrov
Professor at the Unviersity of Sofia with a sociology focus and past participant in the 4th Wave European Values Study
Professor Marise Cremona
A Professor in Law at EUI, co-Director of the Academy of European Law. Member of the Governing Board of the Istituto Affari Internazionali, Rome; member of the Advisory Board of the European Foreign Affairs Review; and member of the Editorial Board of the European Law Review.
Sits on the "A Panel" of EHRC counsel, dealing with sensitive employment, discrimination, human rights, public & regulatory law | advised the CRE on Code of Practice on Racial Equality in Employment | trains lawyers, judges & civil servants in accession & existing member states
Professor Colm O'Cinneide
A Reader in Law at UCL, specialising in human rights, comparative constitutional and anti-discrimination law. Also Vice-President of the European Committee of Social Rights and a member of the Blackstone Chambers Academic Panel with past experience as a specialist legal adviser to the UK Joint Committee on Human Rights.
Dr. Bob Beatty
Political Science Professor at Washburn University, USA, an analyst and observer for polticial elections in both the USA and UK and a syndicated columnist.
Adjunct Lecturer at the Unviersity of Verona and practising lawyer with specialism in energy and international law.
Accommodation for the duration of the programme is Maynooth University on-campus apartments.
Students will have a private room within a 5 bedroom apartment and share 2 washrooms with housemates. Each apartment has a furnished kitchen and a living room/dining room area. Kitchens come stocked with some key cooking equipment and utensils. Housekeeping is on a daily basis with linen and towels included and changed weekly. WiFi is available in each apartment.
Lunch is provided in our on-campus restaurant (Phoenix Cafe) from Monday to Saturday (most dietary requirements can be catered for with advanced notice). There are also supermarkets within easy walking distance of the campus.
Computer access and Wifi
Computer facilities are widely available throughout campus. Free, open-access WiFi is available throughout most of the campus.
The library contains over 450,000 books and eBooks as well as 42,000 ejournals. There are computers, self service photocopying and also laptops and kindles, which can be found at the main desk.
On-campus sports facilities include a fully equipped gymnasium and an indoor sports hall.
The train journey to Dublin city takes less than 40 minutes and cost about €8 round trip.
On our first Sunday we'll travel into Dublin for an orientation of Ireland's vibrant capital city. Enjoy exploring Dublin with us and orientating yourself to life in Ireland before class begins!
A staff member will be on hand to guide and support students throughout the programme.
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 2,000 words by 31 July 2019. 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 5 ECTS credits. Please inquire about the possible credit transfer at your own institution prior to enrolment.
For Maynooth students, 5 ECTS will be recognised for students enrolling in the LLM programmes and attending the module “EU External Relations Law and Policy”.
The Summer School is open to 15 participants in total.
Application deadline: 13 May 2019
Participants will be notified if their application has been accepted shortly after their application is submitted.
The summer school is open to final-year undergraduate, post-graduate students (including prospective LLM students) and doctoral students. It is also open to researchers and young professionals in law, political science and international and European studies, and in related sectors. Undergraduate students can also participate.
The program is conducted in English. Participants must be proficient in English, and may be asked to produce evidence of such.