• 24 October 2016 87 days ago

    Meeting with CLS members

    A part of our team met with active members of Common Law Society on Friday 14 October. Our academic director Jan Komárek introduced himself alongside with his vision for future cooperation. Over a delicious dinner, we had also an opportunity to discuss some new organisational developments. It seems that you can look forward to meeting some new faces in our team next year. more

  • 20 July 2016 183 days ago

    Day 10: Migration and cyber security

    Ana Beduschi addressed one of the most difficult challenges the EU has ever faced - the migration crisis. The class tried to identify its roots and possible ways through it with respect to all related social, economic and security issues. In the afternoon, our other guest from the University of Exeter Kubo Mačák talked about cyber security in Europe and in the world. Although there were not many international lawyers among the participants, Kubo got everyone participating and engaged as only he can. more

  • 19 July 2016 184 days ago

    Day 9: Fundamental values, monetary union and austerity

    Tuesday was all dedicated to the general course. Jan talked about EU’s fundamental values, the core of the European integration - the market and competition and after the lunch, issues of monetary union, austerity policies and wealth redistribution in the EU were addressed. Given the fact that among the participants there were students from all parts of Europe, the discussion on this topic was particularly enriching. more

  • 18 July 2016 185 days ago

    Day 8: Brexit and moot case

    The morning sessions were dedicated to the topic of Brexit, which was again presented by Ciarán Burke. The goal of the discussion was to analyse the cause and grounds for the recent vote of the British people, to draw some conclusions and to look into possible solutions of the current tricky EU-UK relationship. After the lunch, the moot court case was distributed amongst the participants and immediately they dived into it with all their mental and physical powers. more

  • 17 July 2016 186 days ago

    Days 6&7: Hiking, Prague and relaxation

    On the weekend, the academic programme was put on hold and while some of the participants went to visit the most beautiful among all cities - Prague - a bigger part of the group stayed in the mountains and were discovering the gorgeous Krkonoše national park, which surrounds us for the two weeks. To those who climbed the highest peak Sněžka (1603 m), a tribute should be paid. Sunday was aptly a day of rest and preparations for the second week of the course. more

  • 15 July 2016 188 days ago

    Day 5: European democracy, The EU’s judicial system and fundamental rights

    Friday was dedicated entirely to Jan Komarek and the general course. Students discussed the challenges posed by current developments in the world to the European democracy, judicial system and fundamental rights. more

  • 14 July 2016 189 days ago

    Day 4: National parliaments, European identity and citizenship in Europe

    Jan continued with his general course, this time on the topic of national parliaments and citizens initiative. Jan contrasted the domestic processes and the processes on the EU level to show how powers are conferred and divided on both levels and to pinpoint certain neuralgic points of democracy in the EU. more

  • 13 July 2016 190 days ago

    Day 3: The EU as a post-national project, the balance of powers in the EU and an afternoon discussion #1

    Paul Linden-Retek talked in the morning about the EU as a post-national project and about constitutions in this post-national context. This topic was a great transition from Jan Komarek’s earlier lecture about Chris Bickerton’s book From Nation-State to Member State. Jonathan White’s focus was then on the ballance of political powers within the EU and his main claim was that the EU lacks a classical opposition. more

  • 12 July 2016 191 days ago

    Day 2: Informal governance in the EU and the EU as a model

    First guest lecturer Mareike Kleine from the LSE was talking about the informal governance in the EU. She elaborated on the political and diplomatic processes which go beyond the legal rules and since the vast majority of the participants are lawyers, this was a great departing point for a really heated debate. more

  • 11 July 2016 192 days ago

    Day 1: Start of the general course and the crisis #1 - Brexit

    Day one, as well as the whole programme of the course, started with two morning lectures of Jan Komárek about the nature of the EU legal order and about the role of the Member States in the integration process and the current crises. Students were deeply engaged in the discussion and Jan was sweating under the pressure of all the challenging questions. more

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