Belgium, Brussels

EU Business Law & WTO Trade Practice (Brussels, Strasbourg, Luxembourg & Geneva)

when 3 July 2017 - 7 July 2017
language English
duration 1 week
credits 5 ECTS
fee EUR 750

We offer a multimodal programme.

Participants may enrol for the three-week programme or decide to drop out week 1 or 3 :

- 1st week - Brussels - Introduction to the Legal System of the European Union: In this course participants will learn about the governance of the European Union and the common principles that bind together the member states. This introduction to EU law will explain how the main institutions and bodies of the European Union cooperate with each other in the drafting and adoption process related to legally binding acts, with a particular emphasis on the European Court of Justice and the judicial remedies available in the EU legal order. The course also includes a presentation of the various techniques whereby the EU authorities seek to harmonize national legislations and ensure the functioning of the EU’s internal market.

- 2nd week– Brussels, Luxembourg, Strasbourg & Geneva – International Trade Law Practice under WTO: Participants will have the opportunity to travel from Brussels through Luxembourg and Strasbourg to Geneva, getting acquainted with the functioning of European and International organisations. Participants will visit the European Court of Justice, the European Parliament, the European Court of Human Rights and the World Trade organisation (WTO). During their journey, they will have the opportunity to meet key figures in the field of EU law and WTO litigation, including judges, practitioners and officials.

- 3rd week – Brussels – Aspects of EU Business Law: This course provides an introduction to some selected aspects of EU business law that are representative of the typical practice of an international law firm, such as competition (including antitrust and state aid), trade, intellectual property, data protection and mergers & acquisition. Participants will also gain an overview of banking and tax law related to the day-to-day practice of lawyers based in the European Union.

Target group

This Summer School is open to up to 40 participants: advanced students (who have completed at least the 2nd year of their degree), young graduates and professionals with a background in law, political science, economics, or any other field which bears a connection with EU and international business law.

All courses are taught in English. Even though applicants are not required to present an official certificate of language proficiency, they have to be fluent in English in order to follow the courses, actively participate in classroom discussions and interact with other participants.

Course aim

Each year students from all over the world come to Brussels for a unforgettable experience from an academic, social and cultural point of view. The first and third weeks of the programme provide an introduction to the EU legal system and to EU business law. They take place in Brussels, the capital of Belgium and political epicenter of the EU. A and multicultural European city, Brussels offers students a plethora of opportunities for social activities as well as an ideal launching point for travel within Europe.

The second week consists of a travel from Brussels through Luxembourg and Strasbourg to Geneva, a stunning city full of history and the home of numerous international organisations on the shores of lake Léman. During this week-trip, participants will visit several European and international organisations and get to meet leading figures in EU and WTO law.

Credits info

Each of the three weeks will end with an in-class written exam. Upon succesful completion of the course and following a written examination, participants will be issued a certificate of attendance and an academic transcript (courses attended, marks and grades).

The participation certificate will be awarded jointly by the Institute for European Studies at Université Saint-Louis – Bruxelles and the law firm Van Bael & Bellis.

The participation certificate can give right to the award of 5 ECTS credits that can be transfered to other European universities using the ECTS system. We do, however, recommend that you check with your home institution before applying to our Summer School to be sure that the credits are transferable.

Fee info

EUR 750: Participants can either participate either in the whole Summer School or decide to drop week 1 or week 3. The registration fee depends on the option taken:

3-week programme

- 950 EUR (for students and Alumni Saint-Louis)
- 1450 EUR (other participants)

2-week programme (weeks 1st and 2nd) OR (weeks 2nd and 3rd)

- 750 EUR (for students and Saint-Louis Alumni)
- 1150 EUR (other participants)

The cost includes:

- the award of the participation certificate;

- courses materials;

- visits to the Court of Justice of the European Union (Luxembourg), the European Parliament (Brussels) and World Trade Organization (Geneva);

- transportation and accommodation costs in Luxembourg, Strasbourg and Geneva;

- internet in Campus;

- university card to have access to the campus and the library;

- welcome breakfast and farewell cocktail lunch in Brussels and Geneva;