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Summer Program "Parliamentary Democracy in Europe"

Summer Program "Parliamentary Democracy in Europe"

10th Edition

Parliaments during and after the COVID-19 pandemic

12-16 July 2021



 Luiss School of Government , Rome

Course to be held on campus (the epidemiological situation will be closely monitored and the participants promptly updated of any change)

This summer program applies research-based knowledge and professional expertise to the actual contexts where constitutional democracies in Europe and beyond are facing unprecedented challenges to deal with the COVID-19 pandemic. In particular, Parliaments as democratic institutions par excellence have been coping, on the one hand, with the problem of ensuring the continuity of their work in a time when social distancing is imperative by trying to adapt their technological infrastructures to online participation and voting of their members. On the other hand, they have find it difficult, especially where declarations of emergency and the state of exception have been issued, to control massive rule-making by the executives, severely affecting fundamental rights.

The program aims to explore the tension between democratic principles, constitutional values and management of the pandemic, given the problematic development of accountability procedures in such a context; the extent to which the rule of law has been endangered, new forms of technocratic dominance have emerged and the immediate and prospective long-term implications of the constitutional and political reaction to the COVID-19 outbreak on representative institutions. These are the challenges ahead at national level as well as at supranational level, as special attention will be paid to the European response to the pandemic, both in the framework of the European Union and of the Council of Europe.

This programme has been co-financed by the European Commission through EACEA (the Education, Audiovisual and Culture Executive Agency), as a Jean Monnet Module (2016-2019) on Parliamentary Accountability and Technical Expertise: Budgetary Powers, Information and Communication Technologies and Elections (PATEU) and as a Jean Monnet Module (2012-2015) on Parliamentary Democracy in Europe (PADE).

This intensive summer course is organized in cooperation with Luiss Centre for Parliamentary Studies

Participants who are or have been affiliated to Luiss Guido Carli University will receive a discount of 10% on the fees. 



JM Module 2016-2019 on “Parliamentary accountability and technical expertise: budgetary powers, information and communication technologies and elections (PATEU)” - (project number no. 575392-EPP-1-2016-1-IT-EPPJMO-MODULE). Grant Agreement/Decision Nr 2016-2571