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Education University of Groningen Summer Schools

The Politics of European Law and the Law of European Politics

The EU’s Response to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine
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The ELP Summer School aims 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 proposes to analyse 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 rationales and actors.

The programme is designed for graduate students as well as for practitioners. Through a mix of both general and 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 2023 Summer School edition is the “The EU’s Response to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine”. Since Russia’s invasion of Ukraine in February 2022, the EU and its Member States have adopted wide-ranging legal and political measures to support Ukraine. These have included political support, financial, military and humanitarian assistance in solidarity with Ukraine and its people. Beyond their impact on the war, these measures also raise important questions for the EU’s role in international politics.

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
2 - 7 July 2023, Groningen, the Netherlands
MA, PhD, Postdoc, Practitioners
(*Outstanding applications from undergraduate students will also be considered)

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

€ 100 UG participants
€ 150 non-UG participants

Academic coordinators

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


Yuliya Kaspiarovich – y.kaspiarovich
Ramses Wessel - r.a.wessel
Francesco Giumeli - f.giumelli
Jaap de Wilde -
Guiomar Bugedo – b.bugedo.montero

ELP summer school – ELPsummerschool


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.

It is expected that the participants have a sufficient command of the English language to actively participate in the discussions.

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 impact of different measures adopted by international actors to face Russia’s invasion of Ukraine
3. Reflect in a comprehensive manner on how the EU can face complex challenges of the XXI century


Preparation: mostly reading (approximately 30 hours)

  • Lectures: 12 hours

  • Seminars: 12 hours

  • Workshop: 4 hours

  • Guest Lecture: 2 hours

Upon successful completion of the programme, the Summer School offers a Certificate of Attendance that mentions the workload of 60 hours. 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, special focus courses, Lectio Magistralis, workshops.
Selected topics:

  • EU’s CFSP

  • Restrictive measures

  • Food security

  • Historical perspective

  • Criminal Justice

Lecturers Application procedure

To apply, kindly fill out the online application form below. Please note that you will be asked to upload the following documents:

  • CV
  • Letter of Motivation

Deadline for application: 16 June 2023

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 12 June 2023.

Payment deadline: full payment has to be finalised within 1 week following confirmation of acceptance, or no later than 23 June 2023.

Cancellation policy
- Participants who cancel more than 2 weeks before the start of the course are liable to pay 15% of the full course fee, unless the Summer School in question decides otherwise. 

- Participants who cancel within 2 weeks before the start of the course are liable to pay the full course fee, unless the Summer School in question decides otherwise.

- Participants who withdraw during the course are liable to pay the full course fee, unless the Summer School in question decides otherwise.

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