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The rule of law and mutual trust in global and European governance

année académique
2020-2021

Titulaire(s) du cours

Ramona COMAN (Coordonnateur) et Anne WEYEMBERGH

Crédits ECTS

5

Langue(s) d'enseignement

anglais

Contenu du cours

This course is organised in the framework of the Jean Monnet module “Rule of law and Mutual Trust in EU and global governance” (ROLETTE - 599377-EPP-1-2018-1-BE-EPPJMO-MODULE, coordinated by Prof. Ramona Coman)

This course provides for an interdisciplinary and comparative understanding of the rule of law and mutual trust in global and European governance. It brings together the political, sociological and legal perspectives, being taught by a political scientist (prof. Ramona Coman) and an academic specialized in European Law (prof. Cecilia Rizcallah). The course examines the normative, legal and political dimensions of the rule of law and mutual trust; it seeks to identify the main actors involved in the rule of law and mutual trust promotion and the reasons on their diffusion; it scrutinizes the EU through comparative lenses by considering the rule of law and mutual trust approaches of other international/regional organisation; it sheds light on how these principles are implemented inside and outside the EU, drawing on a selected number of cases.

17/09 - Lecture 1 - The normative foundations of the rule of law (Lecture: R. Coman and C. Rizcallah)

24/09 - Lecture 2 – International/regional actors, tools and approaches (R. Coman and invited guest, TBC)

1/10 - Lecture 3– Rule of law in the EU. Tools and Challenges. The role of the European Commission (R. Coman, invited guest)

9/10 Lecture 4– Rule of law in the EU. Tools and Challenges. The role of the European Parliament (R. Coman)
15/10 - Lecture 5 – Tools and Challenges. The role of the Council/European Council. The silence of ministers (R. Coman & invited guest)

22/10 - Lecture 6 – The social dimension of rule of law. The Conference on the future of Europe (R. Coman and Invited guest)

5/11 - Lecture 7 – The protection of human rights and the rule of law by the Court of Justice (C. Rizcallah)

12/11 – Lecture 8 - The principle of mutual trust in EU law: a new “constitutional principle” of EU law? (C. Rizcallah)

19/11 - Lecture 9 – The principle of mutual trust and EU values (C. Rizcallah)

26/11 - Lecture 10 – The principle of mutual trust vis-à-vis third states and other international organisations (C. Rizcallah)

3/12 - Lecture 11 – The principle of mutual trust and the ECHR (C. Rizcallah)

10/12 - Lecture 12 – Conclusions (R. Coman and C. Rizcallah)

Objectifs (et/ou acquis d'apprentissages spécifiques)

After successfully completing this course participants will:

  • understand and be able to reflect on the broader definition of rule of law and mutual trust;
  • understand the normative, legal and political dimensions of these principles
  • have a comparative understanding on how the EU and other international/regional organizations promote them
  • be able to explain how the rule of law and mutual trust are implemented in different parts of the world
  • be able to explain why the EU integration process is based on mutual trust and the rule of law.
  • and ultimately the politics of the rule of law in the EU.

In addition, students will be able to use this knowledge to interpret key political and legal issues and to engage critically with important political/legal issues that policymakers face both at domestic and European/international level.

Pré-Requis

Connaissances et compétences pré-requises

A good understanding of the EU, its institutions and decision-making procedures. 

Méthodes d'enseignement et activités d'apprentissages

This course is composed of lectures and in-class discussions given by the two coordinator professors and invited guests in the framework of the Jean Monnet Module “Rule of law and mutual trust in global and European governance”. It allows to benefit from the academic and expert knowledge of a variety of international academics and practitioners that will deepen the global perspective and shed light on the comparative dimensions.

Contribution au profil d'enseignement

This course provides for an interdisciplinary and comparative understanding of the rule of law and mutual trust in global and European governance. The course • examines the normative, legal and political dimensions of the rule of law and mutual trust. • seeks to identify the main actors involved in the rule of law and mutual trust promotion and the reasons on their diffusion • scrutinizes the EU through comparative lenses by considering the rule of law and mutual trust approaches of other international organisations such as the Council of Europe, the OECD, the IMF, the World Bank, the USAID, the ASEAN etc. • sheds light on how these principles are implemented inside and outside the EU, drawing on a selected number of cases.

Références, bibliographie et lectures recommandées

See full list on the Université virtuelle 

Support(s) de cours

  • Syllabus
  • Université virtuelle

Autres renseignements

Contacts

Prof. Ramona Coman Ramona.coman@ulb.ac.be; Cecilia Rizcallah Cecillia.rizcalalh@ulb.be 

Campus

Solbosch

Evaluation

Méthode(s) d'évaluation

  • Autre

Assessment: 2 comments on compulsory readings (20%), oral exam (40%) and essay/case study (40%)

Construction de la note (en ce compris, la pondération des notes partielles)

Assessment: 2 comments on compulsory readings (20%), oral exam (40%) and essay/case study (40%)

Langue(s) d'évaluation

  • anglais

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