Igalo, Montenegro, Serbia & Montenegro

European Union & Legal Reform

when 7 July 2019 - 13 July 2019
language English
duration 1 week
credits 7 EC
fee EUR 850

Since 2003, more than 400 students and scholars from 28 countries have traveled to Igalo, Montenegro to attend the European Union & Legal Reform Summer School, a weeklong post-graduate course organized by the Center for Constitutional Studies and Democratic Development (CCSDD) in cooperation with the Institute of Social Sciences Belgrade. The CCSDD is a joint research partnership between the School of Law of the University of Bologna and the Johns Hopkins University Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS Europe) in Bologna, Italy.

During the course, students attend an innovative series of lectures and roundtable discussions. The year 2019 marks a special year for the European Union which finds itself facing many new challenges but also looking for ways forward. What direction is the EU heading today? What would the Union look like without UK? What are the membership prospects for the Western Balkans? How has the European Economic Constitution transformed through the financial crisis? Which are the new emerging institutional arrangements for the European governance?

This year's edition of the Summer School will explore some of these issues and bring them in the context of the EU enlargement effort. It will take place in Igalo (Herceg-Novi), Montenegro, from July 7-13, 2019.

Target group

The Summer School brings together students, scholars, young leaders and young legal practitioners from all the European area, including the Balkans, to study the constitutional implications of EU expansion. The course is open to final year students, graduate students and PhD candidates in Law and Political sciences. Applicants must have a good knowledge of English, a solid background knowledge in European Law and an understanding of the mechanisms of EU enlargement, particularly as applied to Central, Eastern and Southeastern Europe.

Course aim

The vision of the EU & Legal Reform Summer School is to create a dynamic network of scholars and practitioners who will work to enact critical reforms as the EU expands. For the past 16 years we have worked towards this goal in three ways:

1. We have brought together a diverse group of young legal scholars who we hope will eventually assist in legal reform and European integration processes in their respective countries and on the EU level.

2. We have initiated a fruitful exchange of experiences and best practices during and after the Summer School that may lead to future transnational projects.

3. We have published Igalo Series, a selection of reviewed student essays inspired by the presentations and discussions that occurred during each Summer School.

Fee info

EUR 850: The fee covers tuition, accommodation and food for the duration of the course.


We do, however, offer a number of partial and full scholarships to students who request the funding during the application process. While selection of applicants will be based on the academic merit of the applications, those willing to bear the participat