Current challenges in EU law

Course code
Course fee (excl. housing)
Course Level
Advanced Bachelor
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This course will challenge you to understand and to critically assess the role of EU law in responding to the major challenges the EU is currently facing. It will involve discussing issues ranging from the economic recovery after the COVID-19 pandemic to the difficulties in enforcing the rule of law in the Member States and the EU’s response to climate change. A special focus will be dedicated to the Digitalization of society and to issues of European Criminal Justice. Participants will be exposed to different teaching methods, including a negotiation exercise.

The course is aimed at those interested in the law of the European Union and in understanding its main contemporary issues. It will interest those with a background in law and will also appeal to those with an interest in European politics, public administration, international relations, history and economics. EU responses will be discussed from normative perspectives, such as fundamental rights protection, and from the perspective of their possible future trajectories. This course, furthermore, offers a unique introduction to no less than three LLM programs at Utrecht University: LLM European Law, LLM Law and Tech and LLM European Criminal Justice.

The Utrecht University School of Law has a long and rich tradition in research and education in EU law. It has been one of the first universities to set up a Europa Institute in the Netherlands and today, EU law is firmly embedded in education and in the RENFORCE research center. This offers you the opportunity to engage with distinguished experts in their respective fields.

The course will take place in Utrecht if the COVID-19 situation allows for this. In case it is not possible to have meetings on campus, the course will be offered fully online.


Monday 12 July

  • Introduction to the summer school – prof. Ton van den Brink
  • Economic recovery after COVID-19 – prof. Ton van den Brink
  • Enforcing the Rule of law in and on the EU Member States – dr. Urszula Jaremba

Tuesday 13 July

  • Migration and Asylum: Challenges and prospects – dr. Salvo Nicolosi
  • EU’s Green Deal and Agriculture Policy –  Pauline Phoa LLM
  • The Area of Freedom, Security and Justice. An Introduction – Joske Graat LLM

Wednesday 14 July

  • The European Arrest Warrant and the EU’s fight against crime – Joske Graat LLM
  • Money Laundering and Market abuse – prof. Francois Kristen
  • Making EU criminal law effective in the Member States – prof. Francois Kristen

Thursday 15 July

  • Foundations of the Digital Single Market – Prof. Sybe de Vries
  • Competition in the digital age – prof. Anna Gerbrandy
  • Privacy and data protection – dr. Cristiana Teixeira Santos

Friday 16 July

  • Disinformation and content moderation  - dr. Stefan Kulk
  • EU Negotiations clinic – dr. Hanneke van Eijken
Download the day-to-day programme (PDF)
Course director
Prof. mr. dr. Ton van den Brink


Confirmed speakers include:

  • Prof. Ton van den Brink
  • Dr. Urszula Jaremba
  • Dr. Salvo Nicolosi
  • Pauline Phoa LLM
  • Joske Graat LLM
  • Prof. Francois Kristen
  • Prof. Sybe de Vries
  • Prof. Anna Gerbrandy
  • Dr. Cristiana Teixeira Santos
  • Dr. Stefan Kulk
  • Dr. Hanneke van Eijken

Target audience

Students with a background in law, European studies or international relations and practitioners and policy makers that seek to be updated on contemporary issues of EU law.


Course fee:
Fee covers
Course + course materials
Housing fee:
Housing cost
Housing provider:
Utrecht Summer School
Extra information about the fee

There will be a 50% discount for students who are doing a bachelor in Law or European studies. This means that the course fee for those students will be €295,-. In case you would like to get this discount, please send a proof of registration/enrollment to the following email address:


For this course you are required to upload the following documents when applying:


More information

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Application deadline: 
Registration deadline
15 June 2021