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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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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


AEL awards three diplomas following the Academy Summer Courses

This year, the Academy of European Law (AEL) has awarded three diplomas to participants of the 2021 Summer Courses on Human Rights Law and The Law of the European Union.

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Antonio Cassese’s legacy in International Law and beyond

On occasion of the tenth anniversary of his passing, the EUI Academy of European Law (AEL) hosted a Public Lecture to honour the legacy of International Law Professor Antonio Cassese.

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Four OUP Publications added to the Academy of European Law 2021 Series

Four new publications have been added to the Collected Courses of the Academy of European Law (AEL) 2021 series.

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CoFoE: EUI chosen to host one of four European Citizens' Panels

The European University Institute has been selected as one of the four host institutions for the "European Citizens’ Panels" in the framework of the Conference on the Future of Europe.

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Latest publication in the Collected Courses of the AEL series

The UK’s Withdrawal from the EU

A Legal Analysis

Michael Dougan

Academy of European Law

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Via Bolognese 156 - 50139 Firenze  

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