The International Research Centre on European Law (CIRDE) has been active within the University of Bologna since 1991. Its main aim is to develop and spread knowledge relating to European Union Law. In pursuing its mission, CIRDE asserted itself as a key player in the areas of research, education, European public debate and international relations. Acknowledging this role, CIRDE was awarded in 2007-2010 the Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence. CIRDE provides also professional training and acts as a consultant for many public and private entities. The Centre includes academics from the University of Bologna, together with national and international professionals. CIRDE connects a network of experts from the European Institutions and other personalities worldwide.
CIRDE, together with the Departments of Legal Studies and Sociology and Law & Economics, manages the Ph.D. Programme in EU law. The Ph.D. aims at giving a comprehensive knowledge of EU law and to support the publication of the doctoral thesis or scientific contributions on law journals. Its international character is fostered by the Framework Agreement signed in 2005 with the University of Strasbourg for thesis co-direction: following a single defence of the Ph.D. thesis, both in Italian and French, each of the two Universities will award two distinct Ph.D. degrees.
In the field of education CIRDE plays many different roles. Besides the commitment of CIRDE to offer specialized and advanced academic training (Summer School on the protection of fundamental rights organized each year in co-operation with King’s College London and the University of Strasbourg; Summer School for Chinese students on the EU integration process organized within the framework of the China – EU School of Law), past activities involved the Centre staff in seminars and conferences addressed to school pupils. Furthermore, each year the CIRDE organised together with the Europe Direct Centre of the Emilia-Romagna Region a series of conferences on the European integration (Conversazioni d’Europa), which aims at promoting a public debate on EU issues and challenges and stimulating knowledge and awareness among European citizens.
CEL - Centre of European Law at King's College London
The Centre of European Law at King’s College London has a fine tradition of teaching and research into all areas of European Union Law of more than 30 years. It enjoys a reputation of excellence for offering a distinguished programme of public lectures, seminars and conferences and for its postgraduate education. Over 300 students are currently enrolled on our four Postgraduate Diploma/MA Programmes in European Law, European Union Competition Law, Economics for Competition Law and United Kingdom, European Union and United States Copyright Law. These programmes have an excellent reputation amongst the top UK and EU Law firms who sponsor their employees to take the programmes, recognising their valuable contribution to their professional development. This constant stream of activities is not an end in itself. It is closely connected with research undertaken at King’s, and aims to contribute to the creation of a rich and stimulating research environment. It is also closely connected to our teaching, in a range of programmes, from the first year LLB to the PhD programme. We are most grateful to all those who contribute to making the Centre a true centre of European law, unique and recognized not only in this country, but across Europe, and indeed beyond.
The Dickson Poon School of Law at King's College London is one of the oldest law schools in England and recognised globally as one of the best law schools in the world. The School was established in 1831, and has played an integral role in the life of King's since the university was formed almost 200 years ago. It has one of this country's most distinguished research and teaching reputations – staff are active in research and among the leading international experts. This helps us to continue to push the boundaries of academic thought and to innovate across disciplines.
King's College London is one of the top 20 universities in the world (2015/16 QS World University Rankings) and among the oldest in England. King's has more than 26,500 students (of whom nearly 10,400 are graduate students) from some 150 countries worldwide, and nearly 6,900 staff. The university is in the second phase of a £1 billion redevelopment programme which is transforming its estate. King's has an outstanding reputation for world-class teaching and cutting-edge research. In the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF) King’s was ranked 6th nationally in the ‘power’ ranking, which takes into account both the quality and quantity of research activity, and 7th for quality according to Times Higher Education rankings. Eighty-four per cent of research at King’s was deemed ‘world-leading’ or ‘internationally excellent’ (3* and 4*). The university is in the top seven UK universities for research earnings and has an overall annual income of more than £600 million.
IODE - Institut de l'Ouest: Droit et Europe
IODE is a research laboratory affiliated with the University of Rennes 1 and the CNRS. One of its areas of research is dedicated to European Law and gathers 19 senior researchers (7 Professors – among whom 5 Jean Monnet Chairs –, 9 Lecturers and 3 CNRS researchers) and 27 PhD Students. They all are involved in the activities of the Jean Monnet CoE of Rennes, which is a multidisciplinary platform of scientific expertise on European Integration. Created in the 60’s by Pr. Jean Raux then led by Prof. Catherine Flaesch-Mougin, the team of European Law within IODE is headed by Prof. Isabelle Bosse-Platière since 2011. The research focuses on several legal aspects of European Integration, namely the analysis of Integration process (within the EU and in a comparative perspective), External Action of the EU, Economic Social and Territorial Integration and Digital Society in European Law.
Within the project, IODE will be able to activate the national and international research Networks or Platforms it belongs to: IODE is a member of “Institut des Amériques”, a Scientific Group Interest which gathers researchers in human and social studies in France. It hosted (2011-2014) a UNESCO Chair on integration processes in the world which involves several partners: Brazil (Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul), Mexico (Collegio de Mexico), Caribbean Islands (Université Antilles-Guyane), Burkina Faso (Université Ouaga II), Senegal (Cheikh Anta Diop University), Thaïlande (Chulalongkorm University). It has conducted several researches with Canadian Partners (Université du Quebec à Montreal and University of Ottawa) on the relations between the UE and Canada (last publication: C. Deblock, J. Lebullenger, S. Paquin, Un nouveau pont sur l’Atlantique. L’Accord économique et commercial global entre l’UE et le Canada, Presses de l’Université du Québec, 2015, 351 p.).