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Governing in times of crisis

Explore and understand the implications of crises as regards the political system and rulemaking procedures

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CIVIS focus area
Society, culture, heritage
Open to
  • Master's
  • PhD
  • PhD candidates/students
Field of studies
  • Law
  • Social Science and humanities
Type
  • Blended Intensive Programmes (BIP)
Course dates
1 May - 5 July 2024

The program is a summer school that aims at discussing, from a legal and public policy perspective, how the lessons from previous crises can help to anticipate and respond to future emergencies and shocks at the national, European, and international levels. More specifically, the summer school will be built around a mix of lectures, seminars, and presentations of case studies (by the students).

The core teaching team for the proposed summer school is composed of Professors and researchers from the three organizing Universities. Additionally, stakeholders (such as Members of the Greek Parliament or the Government; judges; lawyers, and NGO representatives) as well as Civis Professors will also be included in the program of the summer school on an ad hoc basis, to give lectures or take part in seminars and discussion panels. Within the core team, Professors Ekaterini Iliadou, Ariane Vidal - Naquet, and Emmanuel Slautsky will be responsible for the preparation, implementation, and follow-up of the planned summer school. They will ensure coherency and consistency through regular preparatory meetings and a follow-up session at the end of the proposed summer school.

It is also envisaged that the contributions of Professors, researchers from the three organizing Universities, and stakeholders, will be collected at the end of the summer school in order to publish an electronic flipbook, similar to the flipbook of the summer school that took place in Aix-Marseille in 2022 (see here).
 

Main topics addressed

  • The concept of crisis and its impact on policy and law-making
  • The tools and measures applied in the past to deal with different situations of crisis at the national and European level
  • The legal issues and controversies that have emerged in times of crisis in the past, taking into account related case-law
  • The basic parameters for ensuring respect for the requirements of the rule of law and the limits of the possibilities for limiting fundamental rights in times of crisis Strategies for crisis management planning and prevention as well as for mitigating the negative impact and consequences of crisis with regards to social coexistence and the economy
  • The role of different national/European/international stakeholders to effectively deal with crises

Learning outcomes

After the summer school, the participating students should be able to critically discuss among others the experience of crisis management in the past; how case law has dealt with the imposition of measures restricting freedom for the sake of dealing with crises; the mechanisms for preventing and the tools for dealing with crises that eventually apply in different legal orders.

Dates:  1 May - 5 July 2024  Total workload: 76 hours
Format: Blended ECTS: 3*
Location: Athens, Greece Language: English (B2)
Contact: iliadouk@law.uoa.gr  

*Recognition of ECTS depends on your home university.

Physical mobility

The physical mobility part will be running from 1 to 5 July 2024 in Athens, Greece. 

The summer school will be built around a mix of lectures, seminars, and presentations of case studies. The core teaching team for the proposed summer school is composed of Professors and researchers from the three organizing Universities. Additionally, stakeholders (such as Members of the Greek Parliament or the Government, judges, lawyers, and NGO representatives) as well as CIVIS Professors will also be included in the program of the summer school on an ad hoc basis, to give lectures or take part in seminars and discussion panels.

Virtual part

The virtual part will be running from 1 May to 15 June 2024. More specifically, the program of the virtual part consists of 7 online meetings, as follows:

  • 02/05/24: Introductory session - organization of the virtual component - presentation of case studies to the participating students
  • 09/05/24: Guest lecture on the concept of crisis and its impact on policy making and legislation
  • 16/05/24: Guest lecture on the tools and measures available for tackling crises at the national and European level
  • 23/05/24: Guest lecture on case law related to crises from different legal orders
  • 30/05/24: Case study presentation and discussion
  • 06/06/24: Case study presentation and discussion
  • 13/06/24: Case study presentation and discussion

Requirements

This course is open to Master's and PhD students at CIVIS member universities with a background either in Law or in Political Sciences or in Sociology and a B2 level in English.

The candidates are also expected to have critical thinking, teamwork and research skills and problem solving experience.

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

Send your application by filling in the online application form by 25 February 2024, including:

  • CV (with reference also to research activities related to the project)
  • Motivation letter argumentation

Moreover, applicants should also include the following:

  • Certified Level of English B2 (either through official certificate or by self-assessment)
  • Bachelor Degree
  • A Diploma Supplement / Transcript of Records (to prove obtaining average grades in at least three (3) undergraduate courses related to the course subject matter)
     

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Assessment

Students will be assessed by the organizing team based on the presentation of the case studies that they will have prepared in advance of the on-site summer school. Students will have time to finalize the preparation of their case study during the on-site summer school at National and Kapodistrian University. The assessment will seek to evaluate whether the students can critically discuss the mechanisms for preventing and the tools for dealing with crises that eventually apply in different legal orders.

The main expected impact of the projected summer school is to improve the participating students' understanding of how crisis response policy is formulated and what methods of crisis prevention and early response can be applied. Improving such understanding is important as the world is facing connected risks that threaten a so-called “poly-crisis”, leading to a situation where crisis management is the new normality. To be able to critically analyze such evolution and understand the tools and mechanisms for crisis mitigation and the risks associated with the basic requirement of the rule of law principle is of crucial importance for future citizens, law professionals, and political scientists as it is highly predicted that they will be called upon to deal with similar situations.

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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  • Ariane Vidal-Naquet, Professor of Public Law at Aix-Marseille Université
  • Emmanuel Schlautsky, Professor of Public Law and Comparative Law at Université libre de Bruxelles
  • Ekaterini Iliadou, Associate Professor of Public and mainly Administrative Law at National and Kapodistrian University of Athens
  • Ioannis Angelou, Post-doctoral fellow at National and Kapodistrian University of Athens
  • Maria Andronopoulou, PhD, Legal services of the Hellenic Parliament
  • Chara Kafka, PhD, Post-doctoral fellow at National and Kapodistrian University of Athens
  • Priscilla Jensel-Monge, Lecturer at Aix-Marseille Université
  • Audrey Bachert-Peretti, Lecturer at Aix-Marseille Université
  • Natasa Colodrovschi, Lecturer at Aix-Marseille Université
  • Julien Padovani, Ph-D, Lecturer at Aix-Marseille Université
  • Julien Pieret, Professor of public law at Université libre de Bruxelles
  • Thibault Gaudin, Postdoctoral researcher at Université libre de Bruxelles
  • Camille Lanssens, PhD student at Université libre de Bruxelles