With the support of the Lifelong Learning Programme (LLP) of the European Union.

Monday, 8th June – Sunday, 14th June 2015

University of Dundee, School of Humanities, Baxter Suite 1.36, Tower Building, Dundee, Scotland, DD1 4HN, UK

About

About the Summer School

The Jean Monnet Summer School is organised with the support of the Lifelong Learning Programme (LLP) of the European Union.

It offers an intensive, interactive and interdisciplinary approach to the study of the complex issues of security and justice in Europe, with a specific emphasis on the Area of Freedom, Security and Justice (AFSJ) (formerly 'Justice and Home Affairs') and the Common Foreign and Security Policy (CFSP), as well as the impact of these policies on fundamental rights and liberties. It examines the latest empirical developments and theoretical approaches, in addition to featuring research methods and general doctoral training sessions. In addition, all participants will present their research project and will receive constructive feedback on it. They will also be encouraged to contribute to the two main publications related to the Summer School on the basis of their research project.

The Summer School is intended for students of any discipline writing or planning to write a PhD thesis on any topic related to justice and security in Europe, including any aspect of the European Union’s Area of Freedom, Security and Justice (AFSJ) or the Common Foreign and Security Policy (CFSP).

It is organised by Dr Sarah Léonard and Prof. Christian Kaunert who have both written extensively on various aspects of European Union security, in particular the EU's asylum, migration and borders policies, the role of the European Commission and of the various JHA agencies, such as Europol and Frontex, the EU's counter-terrorism policy, and the external dimension of internal security policies.

Accreditation

Successful participation in the Summer School will be fully accredited (10 ECTS or equivalent).

Successful participants will receive a certificate.

Entry Requirements

Applicants should:

  • be working on a research project related to the issues of security and justice in Europe;
  • be registered on a PhD programme or aspire to be registered on a PhD programme in the near future;
  • be proficient in English.

In addition, all participants will be required to write an 8,000-word research proposal and circulate it to all the other participants ahead of the Summer School.

Course Content

Course content

Aims of the Summer School

The Jean Monnet Summer School on Security and Justice has the following aims:

  • to provide early career researchers with access to a wide range of analytical and theoretical perspectives on the issues of security and justice in Europe, the development of the AFSJ and of the CFSP, as well as the process of European integration more broadly, including the most recent empirical policy developments;
  • to provide early career researchers with in-depth research training on issues such as research design, research methods and research ethics;
  • to establish and develop an international and multidisciplinary forum for both early career researchers and senior researchers to critically discuss research projects on the themes of security and justice in Europe;
  • to enable early career researchers to develop their career opportunities by attending tailored personal development sessions on issues such as research dissemination through publications and the media, bidding for research funding, and academic and non-academic careers;
  • to enable early career researchers to network with peers and senior researchers working in their field of specialisation, with a view to strengthening the quality of their research and establishing lasting collaborations;
  • to encourage early career researchers to produce leading research with a strong potential for future publication.

Curriculum and Teaching Methods

The Jean Monnet Summer School is an intensive and highly interactive course. For this reason, the number of participants is limited to 20.

The Summer School has four main elements:

  • seminar sessions on security and justice in Europe, which will examine both the main institutional and policy developments in the CFSP and the AFSJ (asylum, migration, borders, police cooperation, counter-terrorism, judicial cooperation, fight against organised crime, etc.), as well as the various theoretical approaches to their study;
  • research training sessions on key issues, including research design, interdisciplinarity, research methods, ethical and legal issues, workplans, and thesis writing;
  • seminar sessions devoted to the presentation and discussion of the PhD projects of all participants;
  • personal development sessions on key issues, including networking, conference presentations, publications, research funding, and career planning inside and outside academia.

Language of Instruction

English

Teaching Team

All the lectures, seminars, research training sessions and personal training sessions will be given by Dr Sarah Léonard and Prof. Christian Kaunert, with the assistance of some of their colleagues at the University of Dundee who have complementary expertise, including:

Several sessions will also feature distinguished guest speakers from outside institutions.

Our guest speakers at the 2014 edition of the Summer School notably included:

FAQs

Frequently asked questions

When does the Summer School take place?

Annually. In 2015, the dates are 8 June-14 June.

Where does it take place?

At the University of Dundee, in Scotland (United Kingdom).

Will I receive credits for attending the Summer School?

Yes, successful participation in the Summer School will be fully accredited (10 ECTS or equivalent). Successful participation entails (1) the preparation and circulation ahead of the Summer School of an 8,000-word research proposal and (2) the active participation in all sessions of the Summer School. Successful participants will receive a certificate.

How much does it cost?

The fee for 2015 is £100 (without accommodation) or £275.00 (including accommodation).

There is no application fee.

What does the fee include?

The Summer School fee includes

  • all tuition, (7 days: 8-14 June)
  • lunches (7 days: 8-14 June)
  • tea and coffee at the morning and afternoon breaks (7 days: 8-14 June)
  • internet access on campus
  • accommodation in self-catering student flats on campus (8 nights from 7 June 2015) - if this option is selected

Is there any financial assistance available?

Yes, some bursaries are available to help towards the Summer School fee. If you would like to be considered for one of them, please fill in section V of the application form as fully as possible.

What is the accommodation like?

Students will be accommodated in self-contained and self-catering student flats on campus. Each flat comprises five or six bedrooms and a fully fitted kitchen with dining and sitting area. Bed linen and bath towels will be supplied.

Students are expected to arrive on Sunday 7 June and depart on Monday 15 June 2015.

Why participate in the Summer School?

Attendance in the Summer School will make a critical impact on all participants’ knowledge and research training. In addition to discussing the latest empirical developments and theoretical approaches to the study of justice and security issues in Europe, all participants will present their research project and receive constructive feedback on it. They will also benefit from tailored research training and personal development sessions, as well as fantastic networking opportunities with fellow students and senior researchers in their field of research.

All sessions will be led by researchers who are working at the cutting edge of research and practitioners with a wealth of experience.

Finally, all participants will be invited to take part in the publications related to the Summer School by writing a contribution based on their research project.

Why the University of Dundee?

The University of Dundee boasts a strong concentration of experts in European studies. The recently launched European Institute for Security and Justice (EISJ) has just been designated a Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence by the European Commission. The University of Dundee is the only university in the UK to have received such an accolade in 2014.

Why Dundee?

Participation in the Summer School can be easily combined with a vacation in beautiful Scotland. Dundee is Scotland's sunniest city and is located only one hour away from Edinburgh, making it an ideal base for discovering the region.

Do I need insurance?

Participants are responsible for their own insurance.

Apply

Apply

In order to apply, please download & fill in the application form electronically and email it back to Dr Sarah Léonard (s.l.leonard@dundee.ac.uk) together with your curriculum vitae.

Applications will be processed on a first-come, first-served basis.

The closing date for applications is Thursday 24 April 2015.

Previous editions

Previous editions

The first edition of the Jean Monnet Summer School at the University of Dundee took place in June 2014.

It featured various guest speakers, including some from outside institutions, such as:

  • Dr Javier Argomaniz (University of St Andrews)
  • Mr Tony Bunyan (Statewatch)
  • Dr Sylvie Da Lomba (University of Strathclyde)
  • Mr Emilio De Capitani (Fundamental Rights European Experts (FREE) Group; formerly European Parliament)
  • Dr Ben Farrand (University of Strathclyde)
  • Dr Alex MacKenzie (University of Liverpool)
  • Prof. John D. Occhipinti (Canisius College)
  • Dr Jan Voelkel (Cairo University)

Download the programme from the 2014 Summer School.

Visit the 2014 Summer School webpage.

 

 

Contact

Contact Details

All enquiries should be directed to

Dr Sarah Léonard

School of Humanities
University of Dundee
Dundee  DD1 4HN
UK

Phone: +44 (0)1382 384594

Email: s.l.leonard@dundee.ac.uk

Photographs from last year

Below are some of the photographs from the 2014 event. Click on an image to view in a larger window.