Economic freedoms and human rights focus of summer school at Maynooth University

A summer school exploring the interplay between economic freedoms and human rights within the European Union was held at Maynooth University last month.

From 23-30 June, the Department of Law, in cooperation with the Maynooth Centre for European and Eurasian Studies, held the second international Jean Monnet Summer School on “The EU and Human Rights in a Time of Crisis”, part of the JM Module financed under the Erasmus+ programme.

The summer school focused on “Balancing Economic Freedoms and Human Rights in the European Union” and was coordinated by Dr Delia Ferri, in conjunction with Professor John O’Brennan.

Professor Michael O’Flaherty, Director of the EU Fundamental Rights Agency, delivered the keynote speech at the summer school, which was concluded by a lectio magistralis of Emily O’Reilly, European Ombudsman. Both of them discussed the role of the EU as a key promoter of human rights, within its own boundaries and beyond, offering an insightful perspective.

Guest lectures included: Dr Filippo Fontanelli (University of Edinburgh), Professor Caterina Sganga (CEU-Budapest), Professor Marise Cremona (EUI), Professor Com O’Cinneide (UCL), Professor Georgi Dimitrov (University of Sofia).

Students had the opportunity to talk to practicioners from different fields, including Declan O’Dempsey, BL (Cloisters and Chambers), Avv. Sondra Faccio (Santosuosso Avvocati), Angel Bello Cortes (Fragomen).

More information is available here.

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