The Four Freedoms had been for a long time the cornerstone of European integration – understood as a common market project. The free movement of goods, persons, services and capital was gradually translated into a fundamental freedom of any economic operator and indeed, market participant, to engage in economic activity without unjustified restrictions – even if imposed by democratic politics of individual Member States.
In 1992, the year when the Commission envisaged the completion of its ambitious 1985 strategy on the creation of the Single European Market however marked the point when the Four Freedoms lost their exclusivity. With the introduction of explicit provisions concerning domains previously thought to be the exclusive competence of the Member States (such as labour law, public health or education, and above all, the monetary union) by the Treaty of Maastricht, the whole project of European integration became far more contested.
Today, the Union faces what many people see as the most serious crisis in its history. The question of the Union’s purpose, postponed after the failure of the Constitutional Treaty in 2005, has to be answered – and the Four Freedoms, or more broadly, the place of the internal market in the integration project, are again at the centre.
This year’s summer school takes up many issues recently (re-)opened by the Euro-crisis. It seeks to combine a thorough understanding of the core legal provisions concerning the internal market with an introduction to disciplinary views that are indispensible for a proper analysis of the present European condition.
There is therefore the General Course, which explores the legal doctrine of the four freedoms. We will dig deep into the ECJ’s case law, since the very beginning until present. The Specialisation Course will look at the institution of market from the point of view of constitutional and political theory, political science and economy.
These two courses are complemented by two distinguished lectures, one opening the summer school by Professor Catherine Barnard from the University of Cambridge, the other by Professor Marko Ilišič, Judge of the ECJ since 2004, which will close the summer school.
We will also have a number of guest speakers, including (all confirmed) Alberto Alemanno (Jean Monnet Professor in EU Law & Risk Regulation at HEC Paris, Global Clinical Professor of Law at New York University School of Law and Founder and CEO of eLabEurope), Michal Bobek (Professor of European Law at the College of Europe, Brugges and research fellow at the Institute of European and Comparative Law, University of Oxford Faculty of Law), Maja Brkan (former référendaire at the ECJ, currently an Assistant Professor at the Department of International and European Law, University of Maastricht), Daniel Sarmiento (référendaire at the ECJ and Professor of EU and administrative law at the University Complutense of Madrid) and Stefaan Van den Bogaert (Professor in European law and Director of the Europa Institute at Leiden Law School, the Netherlands).
Finally, at the end of the summer school, there is going to be a moot court competition for interested participants.
This summer school takes place in the heart of the Czech oldest National Park Krkonoše, which is isolated from the every-day attraction of cities, but close enough to one of the most beautiful of them: Prague, where you can make a visit during the break at the weekend.
All in all, our summer school promises to offer you two weeks of fun in the company of similarly minded peers, taught by some leading experts in the field.
We invite application from students around the globe. Students of law programmes at all levels are particularly welcome, but we will consider applications from students of related disciplines too.