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Academy of European Law

Fostering research in European and international law


Academy of European Law

The Academy of European Law (AEL) was founded in 1990 by the late Professor Antonio Cassese and Professor Joseph H.H. Weiler to promote teaching and scholarship in the fields of European Union Law and Human Rights Law.

The Academy offers advanced-level summer courses in Human Rights Law and The Law of the European Union, manages several important research projects, and runs a publications programme.

Current directors of the Academy: Neha Jain, Claire Kilpatrick, Sarah Nouwen, Joanne Scott.

The coordinator of the Academy is Joyce Davies.


Academy Summer Courses

2-week advanced-level courses offering a challenging and stimulating learning experience. The 2022 courses will be on 20 June - 1 July (Human Rights Law) and 4-15 July (The Law of the European Union).

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The publications programme includes the Collected Courses of the Academy of European Law series, based on the Academy summer courses, published by Oxford University Press.

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The Academy hosts the Secretariat of the European Society of International Law/ Société européenne de droit international. Staff members at the Secretariat are Hélène Debuire Franchini & Maria Grazia Dusina.

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Research Projects

The Academy coordinates several research projects, and organizes conferences, workshops and symposia linked to the projects. Most recent project: the Court of Justice in the Archives.

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Legal Mobilization for Human Rights

The Academy of European Law (AEL) published a new volume in its Collected Courses series, based on the specialised courses of the 2019 AEL summer course on Human Rights Law.

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The Human Rights Challenge in Europe: Antonio Cassese

This episode of the podcast "Antonio Cassese: The Stubborn Sparrow" discusses the work and legacy of the late Antonio Cassese, international lawyer and former EUI Professor, highlighting the role of the EUI in promoting the protection of human rights in the European legal space.

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Academy of European Law - Videos

Public Lecture to commemorate the tenth anniversary of the passing of Antonio Cassese

Academy of European Law (EUI): Summer Courses in Florence

Distinguished Lecture 2019: Christine Chinkin, Human Rights and the Women, Peace and Security Agenda

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