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Europe and the Rule of Law

Learn more about the development of several fields of law connected to business law, civil law, criminal law, international law, financial law and human rights from different points of view in order to find a common perspective

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CIVIS focus area
Society, culture, heritage
Open to
  • Bachelor's
  • Master's
  • PhD
Field of studies
  • Law
  • Social Science and humanities
  • Blended Intensive Programmes (BIP)
Course dates
5 February - 7 June 2024

The course aims to gather together students in several groups, on the base of the topic they have to develop, preparing a final dissertation that they will discuss with all the other students and have to defend from their possible critics.

Main topics addressed

  • Human Rights
  • European citizenship
  • EU fundamental rights
  • Business and Corporate Law
  • Rights of vulnerable groups
  • International transactions and litigation
  • Sustainable development in Europe

Learning outcomes

Following this course, students will be able to:

  • Analyse the different legal systems
  • Deepen their knowledge on current legal issues
  • Work individually and in groups
  • Interact with students from different universities
  • Enhance their knowledge of legal systems other than one's own
  • Present both oral and written expression of various legal issues
Dates: 5 February - 7 June 2024 Language: English (B2)
Location: Rome, Italy ECTS: 3*
Format: Blended Workload: 80 hours

*Recognition of ECTS depends on your home university. 

Physical mobility

The physical mobility part will be running from 3 to 7 June 2024 in Rome.

The focus of the seminar is the legal comparison of several European legal systems with regard to the main topic "Europe and the Rule of Law".  Initially, students should write essays on the sub-topics, which represents the current legal situation in the country of origin. In a second step, the students should compare their elaborations on the legal situation working out similarities and differences, which are then presented in a common presentation. In addition, there are introductory lectures by the lecturers, who are also intended to support the students in their elaborations.

Virtual part

The virtual part will be running from 5 February to 31 May 2024 .

The virtual part of the course is composed of online lectures (introduction to the legal systems of the participating countries), which iclude also preparation of the subjects in groups.


This course is open to Bachelor's, Master's and PhD students at CIVIS member universities enrolled in the following fields of study: Law, or any other fields related.

NB: Visiting Students - Erasmus Funding Eligibility

To be eligible for your selected CIVIS programme, you must be a fully enrolled student at your CIVIS home university at the time you will be undertaking the programme. Click here to learn more about the eligibility criteria.


Students from CIVIS’ strategic partner universities in Africa cannot apply for participation in this course.

Application process

Interested students should apply by filling in the online application form by 7 November 2023. 

Students will be selected based on the following criteria:

  • CV
  • Motivation letter
  • Level of english (according to CEFR)

Knowledge of EU law and national legal system combined with a good knowledge of legal English is also desirable.

Apply here


In order to receive the certificate of attendance and the 3 ECTS credits related to this course, students will be evaluated taking into consideration of:

  • The participation
  • The efforts to reach a common dissertation 
  • The final outcome presented to the stage

Blended Intensive Programme

This CIVIS course is a Blended Intensive Programme (BIP): a new format of Erasmus+ mobility which combines online teaching with a short trip to another campus to learn alongside students and professors across Europe. Click here to learn more about CIVIS BIPs.

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All the Professors, named by each Faculty involved in the project, will bring their own cut to each topic (because of their personal legal system background and knowledge about the field of law involved in this matter) in order to assist any group in the preparation of the dissertation. The goal is always "to create Europe" through a mutual exchange of ideas, experiences and behaviours of students and professionals involved.