EUPADRA represents the first learning mobility project which allows the study of parliamentary procedures and legislative drafting in three different European capitals, seats of National Parliaments and meeting points of private actors and NGOs working in the sector of parliamentary affairs.
The mobility offers participants to benefit from the direct contact with parliamentary officials involved in the Master activities, creating a fundamental “bridge” between theory and practice. Inter alia, study visits to these Chambers will be included in the programme.
The benefits of this strategy are self-evident: students are put in condition to observe at first hand the real dynamics of the democratic process which usually are not described in academic handbooks. Furthermore, students learn to apply the theoretical background assimilated through the courses within real working situations. In particular, the main aspects of excellence, innovation and internationalisation are the following:
- an international Master alumni community aimed at maintaining the personal relationships among participants and valorising their networking skills;
- the possibility, during internships, to analyze and propose solutions to real problems as part of a Project Study;
- the involvement in the governance of the Master of eminent professional figures who support students also in terms of mentorship;
- the synergies with a wide international network of Associated Partners;
- the strong visibility of the scientific outcomes of the Master through their publication in journals that specialise in the field of Parliamentary Law and other editorial initiatives organised by the Scientific Committee.
While other Masters in legislative studies adopt either a national or a European focus, EUPADRA is based on an understanding of the parliamentary decision-making process as a “compound” and “euro-national” process, made of national and European elements interacting among each other. In other words, exploring the interconnections between the national and supranational context, EUPADRA offers an overview of the combination between the trend to “Europeanise” National Parliaments and the parliamentary dynamics of the European Union (as well as other regional supranational organisations).