On 27 June – 4 July, Vilnius University hosted the European Law Summer School. This year, the unique international initiative, organised by three universities, brought together academics to discuss topical legal issues of migration in the European Union.
“Mass migration processes in Europe are a relevant subject of contemporary legal discourse. In order to find an international and European Union-wide consensus and a common legal regulation that would help to overcome the constantly increasing problems, it is necessary to evaluate and compare different countries’ attitudes and positions. We are pleased that Vilnius University is the space where, this year, the academic community of lawyers will focus on a constructive discussion in the context of the migration crisis in the European Union,” Dean of Faculty of Law prof. dr. Tomas Davulis says.
The European Law Summer School is implemented by Vilnius University Faculty of Law (Lithuania), Goethe University Frankfurt (Germany) and the University of Paris Ouest Nanterre La Défense (France). Lithuanian, French, German law students, PhD students and professors gathered at Vilnius University, which is considered to be the oldest university in the Eastern Europe. They discussed the historical origins of migration in Europe, the free movement of workers, and related labour market. The participants also evaluated the migration from the perspectives of international and European public and private law, as well as, fundamental Human Rights, criminal law, social security law, etc. The programme included a number of lectures and practical seminars, based on the practice of legal regulation at international, European Union and national level. Participants also had the opportunity to learn about the Lithuanian cultural and natural heritage.
On 27 June, in the Small Hall of Vilnius University, the Summer School was ceremoniously opened by Rector of Vilnius University Prof. habil. dr. Artūras Žukauskas, a representative of the French Embassy in Lithuania – Director of French Institute in Lithuania and Counsellor for Cooperation and Cultural Affairs in the French Embassy Mr. Frédéric Bellido, Permanent Representative of the Embassy of Germany in Lithuania Mr. Michael Morgenstern, and the European Law Summer School Directors, namely, Paris Ouest Nanterre La Défense University prof. dr. Soazick Kernein, Goethe University Frankfurt prof. dr. Klaus Günther, Vilnius University Faculty of Law Dean Prof. dr. Tomas Davulis.
The European Law Summer School, established in 2004, is the annual international project, based on voluntary initiative. Every summer, it brings together students from Germany, France and Lithuania. All the Law Summer School participants receive joint certificates issued by three universities, which are considered a recommendation for employment.
For more information about the 13th European Law Summer School and its programme:
Contact information: Gintare Tamašauskaitė-Janicke / Vilnius University, Faculty of Law, French Law Center / room 714 , Sauletekis av. 9 – 1st block, 10222 Vilnius / E-mail. Gintare.Tamasauskaite@tf.vu.lt / Telephone: 8 682 82728.