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Course Overview

The Summer Program intends to cope with one of the main challenges constitutionalism and representative institutions are currently facing, notably the management of multiple crises and emergencies (due to the pandemic and the related economic troubles, the crisis of the rule of law, the never-ending migration crisis, the war at the borders and the humanitarian crisis). By bringing together an interdisciplinary group of renown international scholars, in particular in the fields of constitutional and EU law and in political science, as well as professionals, the Summer program will try to untangle the following problematic knots: What are the standards we are to use when assessing the democratic response to a political crisis? How similar these crises are and how is their nature affecting the type of parliamentary reaction expected and pursued? What can Parliaments do to enhance democracy in the present context? 

 Draft Programme

Monday 17 July


10.30-11.00 - Introduction to the course

11.30-13.00 – Opening lecture on “Democracy and the rule of law in the international legal system: Challenges and responses”

Jochen von Bernstorff (University of Tübingen)  


14.00-15.30 Lecture on “Parliaments and war”

Olivier Rozenberg (Sciences Po-Paris)

16.00-17.30 - Lecture on “Constitutional responses to the Covid-19 pandemic: The effects on legislatures”

Jeff King (UCL and Bingham Centre for the Rule of Law)

Tuesday 18 July


9.30-11.00 Lecture on “Which constitutional constraints in the conduct of foreign and defence policy?”

Renato Ibrido (University of Florence)

11.30-13.00 Lecture on “The role of Parliaments in foreign affairs”

Robert Schütze (Durham University and LUISS)


14.00-15.30 Lecture on “Parliamentary powers and control on security threats”

Elena Griglio (LUISS University)

16.00-18.00 Group working and discussion on parliamentary procedures in the aftermath of the COVID-19 pandemic: A comparative analysis

Wednesday 19 July


9.30-11.00 – Legislatures in front the environmental crisis


11.30-13.00 – Lecture on “The role of politics and technical expertise in the implementation of the Next Generation EU”

Nicola Lupo (LUISS University)


14.30-16.00 Lecture on “Trust in Parliaments and corruption scandals”

Julien Navarro (University of Lille)

16.30-18.00 Presentations by the participants

Thursday 20 July


9.30-11.00 - Lecture on “Parliamentary democracy and the challenge of digital transformation”

Cristina Fasone (LUISS University)

11.30-13.00 Lecture on “The rule of law crisis in Europe between law and politics”

Ramona Coman (ULB)


h. 15.00 Visit to the Italian Chamber of Deputies

h. 18.30 Visit to the Senate of the Italian Republic

Friday 21 July


9.30 – 11.00 – Written test

11.30-13.00 - Lecture on “Secessionist claims, referendums and the place of legislatures”

Giuseppe Martinico (Sant’Anna School of Advanced Studies)


14.30-16.00 Closing lecture TBD

16.00- Commencement of diplomas