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Education University of Groningen Summer Schools

The Politics of European Law and the Law of European Politics

The Many Facets of the EU Strategic Autonomy
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The strategic choice of this summer school is to address, from an interdisciplinary perspective, various ways in which law and politics of the EU and in the EU interact. On the one hand, the programme aims at analysing how political challenges inform and shape the making and implementation of EU law. On the other hand, it seeks to identify how law influences political choices.

The programme is designed for students as well as for practitioners. Through a mix of both, topic-focused lectures and case-study seminars, after this one-week programme you will develop a fine understanding of mutual interdependence of Law and Politics in the European integration project.

The special focus of the 2022 Summer School edition is the “The Many Facets of the EU Strategic Autonomy”. The notion of the EU strategic autonomy was initially associated with the development of the defense capacities of the EU. The concept evolved through decision-making and political debate to a broader idea that includes not only security and defense but also economic, investment, and energy dimensions of the strategic autonomy of the EU. The aim of this year's edition is to address the concept of “EU strategic autonomy” not only from legal and political science perspective but also through its different sectorial facets.

The ELP Summer School gives you a unique opportunity not only to gather knowledge, but also to expand your personal and professional network. During the social activities in the programme (sightseeing, dinners and drinks) you will be able to meet participants of different personal and professional backgrounds.

Practical information

Dates & location 26 June - 1 July 2022, Groningen, the Netherlands

MA, PhD, Postdoc, Practitioners
(*Good applications from undergraduate students will also be considered)


Fee includes catering (lunches, coffee, a dinner), lecture material and certificate of attendance, social activities

€ 150 UG students and participants
€ 250 non-UG students and participants

5 free places are available for participants from Ukraine

Academic coordinators

Dr. Yuliya Kaspiarovich, Faculty of Law
Prof. Ramses Wessel, Faculty of Law
Dr. Francesco Giumelli, Faculty of Arts
Prof. Jaap de Wilde, Faculty of Arts


Guiomar Bugedo: ELP.SummerSchool


The Summer School is designed for graduate students (MA, PhD, postdoc) in law, international relations, or other related disciplines, researchers, practicing lawyers, specialists and practitioners interested in the topic. Good applications from undergraduate students will also be considered.”

It is expected that the participants have a sufficient command of the English language to actively participate in the discussions and to present their own work in English.

Learning outcomes

After this course you will be able to:

  1. Critically reflect of the interaction between law and politics in the process of European integration.
  2. Acquire interdisciplinary understanding of the notion of the “EU strategic autonomy”.
  3. Reflect in a comprehensive manner on how the EU can face complex challenges of the XXI century.
  4. Present your research and express yourself in a clear and coherent manner, both in oral and in written /typed form, using understandable and correct English.

  • Preparation: mostly reading (approximately 60 hours)
  • Lectures: 12 hours
  • Seminars: 8 hours
  • Workshop: 3 hours
  • Guest Lecture: 1h30 minutes
  • Examination: 2 hours

Upon successful completion of the programme, the Summer School offers a Certificate of Attendance that mentions the workload of 90 hours (28 hours is 1 ECTS). Students can apply for recognition of these credits to the relevant authorities in their home institutions, therefore the final decision on awarding credits is at the discretion of their home institutions. We will be happy to provide any necessary information that might be requested in addition to the certificate of attendance.

Course schedule

General courses, case-study seminars, special focus courses, Lectio Magistralis, presentation of selected papers, voluntary examination. The programme is designed as follows:

  • 8 lectures (2 per day) will address the sectorial facets of the "EU strategic autonomy" from legal and political science perspective.
  • 4 seminars based on chosen case studies will accompany the main lectures in order to reflect on practical implications of the EU strategic autonomy.
  • 1 workshop with all participants will be organised on the last day of the Summer School to discuss selected papers.
  • 1 guest lecture by a renowned academic or practitioner.
  • Voluntary examination.

If you wish to go further and use the full potential of the programme, participate in the voluntary examination at the end of the week and get a distinguished diploma and of the Groningen Summer School on “The Politics of European Law and the Law of European Politics”.

Lecturers Application procedure

Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis – the results of the selection process will be communicated via email, within 5 working days following receipt of the application, and no later than the 13th of June 2022.

Deadline for application: 13 June 2022.

Payment deadline: full payment has to be finalised within 2 weeks following confirmation of acceptance, or no later than 13 June 2022.

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