Session 2018

Session 2018

The Academy of European Public Law has been at the forefront of European public law teaching for over twenty years.
As the educational flagship of the European Public Law Organization (EPLO), the Academy enjoys a reputation as the primary destination for scholarship in public law within Europe’s dynamic setting.

The 2018 Curriculum

This summer’s study session will take place from August 20 to September 8, 2018.



please note that this schedule may be subject to change


Prof. Patricia Jonason (Södertörn University), course on “The right to privacy from a European perspective
Dates: Week I, August 20 – August 24

Prof. Oswald Jansen (Maastricht University), course on “Developments in law enforcement strategies and powers: the influence of anti-terrorism policies on administrative law
Dates: Week II-III, August 28 – September 3


Prof. Sabino Cassese (Justice Emeritus of the Italian Constitutional Court and Emeritus professor at the Scuola Normale Superiore of Pisa), lecture on “Limits of Democracy”
Date: T.B.D.


Participation in the Annual Reunion of the European Group of Public Law
Dates: Week III (September 7 – 8)


Monday, August 27 (17:00) is the deadline to submit the essay for the course of Prof. Jonason. no class will be held on that day and students may use the free time to complete the assignment

Tuesday, September 4 (17:00) is the deadline for the delivery of the essay for the course of Prof. Jansen. On that day there will be no class so that students can finalise their work.




Professor Patricia Jonason

Topic: The right to privacy from a European perspective
Language: English
Dates: Week I

Patricia Jonason is professor of Administrative and Constitutional Law as well as European Law and Human Rights at the Södertörn University, Sweden.

Her main research interests are on Privacy and the Right of Access to Information as well their relationship to Democracy and the Rule of Law.
She is currently heading a research project financed by Vetenskapsrådet under the title “Privacy – the hidden aspect of Swedish Democracy – a legal and historical investigation about balancing Openness and Privacy in Sweden”. (Privatlivet – den undanskymda aspekten i svensk demokrati – En juridisk och historisk undersökning om avvägningen mellan öppenhet och privatliv i Sverige).
Through the years her research has touched upon other parts of public law, including the constitutional role of the Parliamentary ombudsman, Environmental Participatory Governance and the legal concept of silencio positivo.
A part of her research has a comparative approach and/or contains analysis of the europeanisation process that imbues Public Law.
She have been a reoccurring guest lecturer in France (Université de Perpignan and Université Paris I-Sorbonne), Algeria (Université Oran II), Morrocco (University of Kénitra) and South Africa (University of Cape Town).

Course description

The right to privacy is plainly a topical one: a right that is subject to increasing threats but also a right that receive great attention from the European actors. The threats are caused inter alia by technological developments as well as by counter-criminal and anti-terrorism legislation and practices. Societal changes which especially consist of use of social media may also contribute to undermine the right to privacy. European law in the field (CEDH art 8, CFR art 7 and 8, the GDPR etc.), and consequently both European Courts, are dealing with this right.

One of the interesting aspects – but also an intricate one – of the study of the right to privacy from a European perspective is therefore that this right is at the intersection of the scope of application of the two branches of European law (see P. Jonason La transparence dans tous ses états). Another issue worth exploring is the differences that may exist between the EU Member States concerning the place this right has in the national hierarchy of norms and how these differences impact the Europeanisation of the protection of the right to privacy (see my research on the implementation of the Data Protection Directive as well as P. Jonason, The Digital Right to Be Forgotten in Sweden). This course will focus upon such matters from a critical and comparative perspective.

The course, which central issue is the protection of the right to privacy, has two goals. Firstly, it aims to give rise to reflection about the increasing threats surrounding the right, and the implications the threats and/or the infringements of the right may have at an individual level as well as on democracy and on the Rule of Law. Secondly, the course aims to, with the illustration of the above mentioned right, get a concrete understanding of the impact of European Law (the Law of the European Union and the European Convention on Human Rights) on the national legal systems and consequently to better perceive/apprehend the phenomenon of Europeanisation of law.


Professor Oswald Jansen

Topic: Developments in law enforcement strategies and powers: the influence of anti-terrorism policies on administrative law
Language: English
Dates: Week II-III

Oswald Jansen is professor of European Administrative Law and Public Administration at the Maastricht University.

His main research areas are European and Comparative Administrative Law, Administrative Sanctions and Financial and Economic Administrative Law.
He is founder of Resolución, a law firm in The Hague specialized in administrative law. He is member of the committee on Europeanisation of general administrative law of the Dutch Administrative Law Association (VAR). He is member of the board of editors of the journal on Real Estate Law (Tijdschrift voor Vastgoedrecht). He also holds a teaching position in the field of financial law at the Grotius Academy of the Dutch Authority for the Financial Markets (AFM).
Prof. dr. Oswald Jansen has experience as supplementary judge at the regional courts of Arnhem and Hertogenbosch and at the Dutch Administrative High Court (Centrale Raad van Beroep) as well. He has also been member of the PhD-Thesis Prize committee of the European Group of Public Law for several years, as well as member of NWO review boards. He was guest professor at the Sorbonne Law School (Paris) in 2014. In 2013 and in 2015 he was guest professor at the Law school of the Beijing Normal University (China).
Prof. dr. Oswald Jansen has authored several commentaries on Competition, Telecommunications, and Privacy, and administrative law, as well as several books on administrative sanctions.
Prof. dr. Oswald Jansen is proficient in Dutch, English, French, German, and Spanish.


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