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Short Course: European Rule of Law Toolbox

Date: TBC

Time: TBC

Venue: Online

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Course Details

The course offers an in-depth and practical approach to the mechanisms established by the European Union and the Council of Europe to promote and defend the Rule of Law as a foundational value. Bringing together leading Rule of Law scholars, the course is designed to provide participants with a working knowledge of the relevant legal and regulatory frameworks, and the practical application of the tools at the disposal of the EU and the CoE. This will allow the course participants to enhance their literacy and achieve their own Rule of Law-oriented goals more successfully. The course builds upon the Bingham Centre's participation as a partner in the Horizon 2020 funded project 'Reconciling Europe with its Citizens through Democracy and Law (RECONNECT)' following its conclusion.

By the end of this course, participants will be able to:

  • Explain the meaning and scope of the Rule of Law in the European Union and the Council of Europe
  • Describe the EU and CoE Rule of Law tools, including their objectives and procedures as well as their strengths and weaknesses
  • Choose and apply relevant EU and CoE Rule of Law tools in light of the current problems in Europe
  • Identify ways in which public and private stakeholders can engage in application of the EU and CoE Rule of Law tools

Course topics:

  • Introduction: The Rule of Law in the European Union and the Council of Europe
  • Political tools, including the Rule of Law framework and Article 7 TEU procedure (EU), and PACE monitoring procedure (CoE)
  • Administrative and economic tools, including Rule of Law conditionality, the Cooperation and Verification Mechanism, the annual Rule of Law Reports (EU), and the activities of the Venice Commission and GRECO (CoE)
  • Judicial tools, including infringement proceedings and requests for preliminary rulings before the Court of Justice (EU), and individual and inter-state actions before the European Court of Human Rights (CoE)

Download the course timetable

Course trainers

  • Prof Antonia Baraggia, Associate Professor, University of Milan
  • Dr. Barbara Grabowska-Moroz, Research Fellow, CEU Democracy Institute
  • Prof Laurent Pech, Professor of European Law and Head of the Law and Politics Department, Middlesex University London
  • Prof Dimitry Kochenov, Professor at Department of Legal Studies, Central European University and Lead Researcher in Rule of Law Workgroup, CEU Democracy Institute
  • Dr. Oliver Garner, Maurice Wohl Research Fellow in European Rule of Law, Bingham Centre for the Rule of Law  (co-convenor)
  • Patryk Wachowiec, Research Fellow and Training Co-ordinator in European Rule of Law, Bingham Centre for the Rule of Law  (co-convenor)

Who is the course for?

The course is for a wide range of professionals and non-lawyers interested in the Rule of Law in Europe and its recent developments, including legal practitioners, NGO representatives, government representatives, academics, PhD students and other professionals.

Course format

The virtual course format will consist of a series of 4 double sessions - each including a lecture and a workshop - in which live (synchronous) teaching is offered via Zoom and additional online tools. Participants will be able to interact with the tutors and amongst themselves on screen and via virtual interactive tools.

Pricing and registration

This course will now be held in Autumn 2022. To register your interest, please contact the Events Team and we will notify you when registration is open.

Course discounts

Member discount: 15% discount for individual members of BIICL
Details of individual memberships at BIICL 

Group discounts:

  • 15% discount for groups of 3 or more attendees from Governmental Entities and Non-Governmental Organisations
  • 15% discount for groups of 5 or more attendees from commercial organisations

To apply for any of the group discounts please Contact Us  

Training scholarships

The British Institute of International and Comparative Law is committed to equality and opportunity in the legal profession and to support greater engagement of under-represented groups in the legal profession.

In our efforts in this regard we are delighted to offer 3 scholarships for each of our short courses to participants from communities and backgrounds currently under-represented in the legal community.

Applications for training scholarships must be received at least two weeks ahead of the course start date (27 April 2022).

Find out more about training scholarships 

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CPD Information

This event offers the equivalent of 16 CPD hours. 

A certificate of attendance will be issued to participants attending a minimum of 80% of all sessions.


If you have any queries, please contact the Events team

Event Recording

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Event Cancellation Policy

When you register for an event you will be asked to confirm that you have read and understood our cancellation policy.

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