Winter School – Programme and Structure

The Winter School’s main theme in 2021 will be Analysing digital rights in today’s EU.

The first week (1 to 7 February) provides an introduction to the various decision-making actors and key policy areas. Lectures, discussions and exercises will be facilitated by academics and practitioners. The lectures include the following topics:

  • Introduction to the European Union
  • Functioning of the European institutions
  • EU decision-making procedures
  • Governance, participation and legitimacy
  • Overview of select EU policy areas with a focus on digital rights: freedom of expression, data protection, disinformation resilience, platform responsibility.

The second week (8 to 12 February) builds on the first week and offers in-depth knowledge on EU policy making, with a focus on external affairs. Lectures and interactive exchanges with experts address the following topics:

  • EU constitutional and legal issues
  • European foreign and security policy
  • Human rights protection
  • The EU and international organisations
  • Overview of select EU policy areas with a focus on digital rights

Throughout the two weeks, we organise exclusive insight sessions with high-level practitioners from the EU institutions, the UN and the OSCE, providing students with firsthand opportunities to learn and interact with policy-makers. The Winter School participants will work in small groups to negotiate a policy solution to a digital rights-related problem in the EU. They are assigned a role and asked to broker political and legislative agreements among EU member states. Upon attendance and active participation in the two-week programme, the participants receive a 5 ECTS certificate for participation in the Winter School.


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Summer School – Programme and Structure

The Summer School’s main theme in 2021 will be Analysing civil rights in today’s EU.

The first week in BRUSSELS (5 to 11 July) provides an introduction to the various decision-making actors and key policy areas. Lectures, discussions and exercises facilitated by academics and practitioners are complemented with study visits to EU institutions. The lectures include the following topics:

  • Introduction to the European Union
  • Functioning of the European institutions
  • EU decision-making procedures
  • Governance, participation and legitimacy
  • Overview of select EU policy areas with a focus on civl rights: human security, migration, anti-discrimination, diversity.

The second week in VIENNA (12 to 16 July) builds on the first week and offers in-depth knowledge on EU policy making, with a focus on external affairs. Lectures and interactive exchanges with experts are complemented with visits to the UN, the OSCE and the EU Delegation in Vienna. The lectures address the following topics:

  • EU constitutional and legal issues
  • European foreign and security policy
  • Human rights protection
  • The EU and international organisations
  • Overview of select EU policy areas with a focus on civil rights

Throughout the two weeks, the summer school participants will work in small groups to negotiate a policy solution to a human security-related problem in the EU. They are assigned a role and asked to broker political and legislative agreements among EU member states. Upon attendance and active participation in the two-week programme, the participants receive a 5 ECTS certificate for participation in the Summer School.


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I have participated in the Summer School on EU Policy making 2020. Despite the fact the course had to be held online for the first time, due to the COVID context, the organizators managed to keep it interesting, challenging and interactive! We did workshops, brainstorming, case studies and a simulation game which enabled us to put the theory in practice with direct feedback from experts in the field. I would highly recommend the short but intensive programme for anyone with a political, societal or general European interest (so anyone actually)!Charlotte Vanstallen
2020 participant