September 2014 - August 2016

YES! - Young Europeans at School!

Project coordinator: Prof. Lucia Serena Rossi, C.I.R.D.E.'s Director



Young Europeans at School (YES!) aims to develop a joint initiative between secondary schools and the International Research Centre on European Law (C.I.R.D.E.) of the University of Bologna. Heart of the project is to spread and diffuse facts and ideas on EU citizen rights among the younger generations. The need is justified by the enduring lack of dissemination of the awareness of EU citizen rights in secondary schools. 

The project is addressed to pupils of the last years (17 to 19 years old), who are in train to be enrolled in undergraduate courses or about to face the job market. Another target of the project are secondary schools teachers. They will take an active part in the selection of the appropriate pedagogical method for pupils through a series of bilateral meetings. And they will be object of a specific training aiming at giving more space to the EU in secondary schools teaching programmes. Also C.I.R.D.E. researchers will benefit from the YES! activities. Indeed, the thematic areas of the pedagogical programme and their practical implications in the implementation of the Project activities will stimulate new epistemological and methodological reflections on EU legal studies.

The working languages are Italian, English and French. This is done in order to foster the international character of Italian secondary school and to make pupils aware of the linguistic skills required to be competitive during the undergraduate.

The YES! Project stems from a pilot project (pursued on a voluntary basis with the the support of the European Commission Representation in Italy) launched in 2013/14.


September 2010 - August 2013


The Impact of the Lisbon Treaty on European Integration 

(ref. 176251-LLP-1-2010-1-IT-AJM-CL)

LLP - Action Jean Monnet - Jean Monnet Chair ad personam

Chair Holder: Prof. Lucia Serena Rossi, C.I.R.D.E.'s Director 



The project aims at assessing the main innovations introduced by the Lisbon Treaty and their impact on the functioning of the EU legal order. Particular attention will be paid to the institutional aspects, the general principles of EU law, the respect of fundamental rights, and to the Area of Freedom, Security and Justice. The analysis will also deal with some sectoral policies, which will be monitored to assess the added value led by the Reform Treaty.

The research outcomes will be presented during lectures, seminars, and conferences addressed to students, lawyers, researchers, and, more generally, to the general public. Scientific studies will also be published in legal journals with national and international circulation.


  • L.S. Rossi, M. Mellone (eds.), Il diritto internazionale privato e processuale dell'Unione Europea: materiali normativi e giurisprudenziali, Editoriale Scientifica, Napoli, 2011, ISBN 9788863422627, 404 pp.;
  • L.S. Rossi, Does the Lisbon Treaty provide a clearer Separation of Competences between EU and Member States?, in A. Biondi, P. Eeckhout (eds.), The EU Law after Lisbon, Oxford University Press, Oxford, 2012, ISBN 9780199644322, pp. 85-106;
  • L.S. Rossi, C. Bottari (eds.), Sanità e diritti fondamentali in ambito europeo e italiano, Quaderni di sanità pubblica, Maggioli Editore, Santarcangelo di Romagna, 2013, ISBN 9788838777349, 274 pp. (table of contents).


Fundamental Rights between National Identity and Universalism 

(ref. EuropeAid/125527/L/ACT/CN, Budget Line(s) 19.100101)

Consortium Agreement relating to the China-EU School of Law (CESL)



This project aims at analysing the human rights' standard of protection from two different perspectives: on the one hand, the perspective based on the protection mechanisms elaborated by both the European Union and the Council of Europe; and, on the other hand, the Chinese one. The desire is to foster a dialogue among academics in order to facilitate the mutual understanding of the respective fundamental values, allowing thus a strenghtening of the relationshipb between Europe and China.


  • L.S. Rossi, G. Di Federico (eds.), Fundamental Rights in Europe and China - Regional Identities and Universalism, Editoriale Scientifica, Napoli, 2013, ISBN9788863424980, 202 pp. (table of contents)

October 2010 - September 2013


LISBOAN - Linking Interdisciplinary Integration Studies by Broadening the European Network

(ref. 177316-LLP-1-2010-1-DE-ERASMUS-ENWA)

LLP - Erasmus Academic Network




The LISBOAN academic network reacted to the main challenge posed by the Lisbon Treaty, that is, to equip the EU for the foreseeable future with a new fundamental legal framework, by exploiting input from the relevant scientific disciplines with wide geographical coverage. LISBOAN successfully promoted synergies between research and teaching, highlighted innovative approaches and established best prctices in teaching the Lisbon Treaty as a key topic to present and future generations of students. Prof. L.S. Rossi (C.I.R.D.E.) acted as team leader of the Working Package VII - The quasi-constitutional nature of the Lisbon Treaty, which assessed the effective nature of the Lisbon Treaty and the possible revision of the legal framework amended by that Treaty.


September 2010 - August 2012

Le Volet Externe de l’Espace de Liberté Sécurité et Justice 

(ref. 176626-LLP-1-2010-1-IT-AJM-RE)

LLP - Action Jean Monnet - Multilateral Research Group




The project was finalized at highlighting, from a multidisciplinary perspective, the external dimension of the Area of Freedom, Security and Justice (AFSJ), and its possible developments in the light of the Lisbon Treaty. The research topics have been dealt with according to shared criteria. C.I.R.D.E. addressed issues related to international private law and judicial cooperation in civil matters, C.E.D.R.E. conducted the research on asylum and immigration, while I.E.E. reviewed the judicial cooperation in criminal matters. The three research Units also worked on horizontal topics in order to ensure a strong coherence of the research project as a whole. Such an horizontal approach has led to the organisation of three International Conferences, the proceddings of which have been collected and published. Apart from the Conferences, each Unit organised training activities and research programmes addressed to: (a) Ph.D. candidates and junior researchers, (b) lawyers and judges, (c) the general public. This in order to: (i) ensure a broader dissemination of the knowledge on the AFSJ, (ii) improve lawyers activity, (iii) make the general public aware of AFSJ's topics; (iv) enhance an existing European university network.


July 2010 - August 2012

Building Interoperability for European Civil Proceedings on-line 

(ref. JLS/2008/JCIV/AG/0035)

Project funded by the European Commission - Directorate General Justice, Freedom and Security 

Coordinator: Prof. Lucia Serena Rossi, C.I.R.D.E.'s Director 




The research project aims to contribute to e-justice development in trans-border cases with research findings coming from in depth case studies of national and European e-justice applications. The pursuit of this goal requires the development of a pan-European technical, legal and organisational infrastructure that supports the performativeness of judicial proceedings and the circulation of judicial agency across national borders and media. For further information on the project click here.

November 2009 - May 2011

Protecting Fundamental Rights in Europe

(ref. JLS/2008/FRC-1/4000000453) 

European Commission - Specific Programme "Fundamental Rights and Citizenship 2007-2013"




The project aims at assessing the existing human rights' protection standards at the European level. In particular, it is focused on two intertwinned actions: (a) the creation of a European Observer on Fundamental Rights allowing to monitor the level of compliance of human rights in Europe; and (b) the study of fundamental rights with particular regard to their protection under the European Union Charter.


September 2007 - August 2010

Rule of Law and Fundamental Rights: the EU Model 

(ref. 2007 147/001)

LLP - Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence

Coordinator: Prof. Lucia Serena Rossi, C.I.R.D.E.'s Director



The Centre of Excellence aims at promoting the study of the European integration process in the light of the possible entry into force of the Lisbon Treaty. Partcular attention will be paid to the protection of fundamental rights in some sectoral policies of the Union (namely, internal market, area of freedom, security and justice, and common foreign security policy).

The project is addressed to: (a) university students, (b) Ph.D. candidates, (c) academics, (d) public officials, (e) and the general public. A number of didactic and teaching activities will be organised by the Centre of Excellence, in cooperation with other universities and local entities. The outcomes will be presented on the occasion of seminars, conferences, and will be published in books and legal journals.


  • M. Borraccetti, L'avvocato generale nella giurisdizione dell'Unione europea, Editoriale Scientifica, Napoli, 2011, ISBN 9788863422665, 250 pp. (table of contents);
  • L.S. Rossi, G. Di Federico (eds.), L’incidenza del diritto dell’Unione europea sullo studio delle discipline giuridiche, Editoriale Scientifica, Napoli, 2008, ISBN 9788895152936, 386 pp. (table of contents);
  • G. Di Federico, La riforma del procedimento comunitario antitrust e i diritti di difesa, Editoriale Scientifica, Napoli, 2008, ISBN 9788863420555, 506 pp. (table of contents);
  • E. Baroncini, Il treaty-making power della Commissione europea, Editoriale Scientifica, Napoli, 2008, ISBN 9788863420708, 506 pp. (table of contents).

September 2005 - July 2007

Les principes innovateurs de la Constitution européenne

(ref. 2005 - 2881/001 - 011)

LLP - Action Jean Monnet - Multilateral Research Group




The project aims at highlighting the innovative principles arising out from the Constitutional Treaty (2004) and their mutual interaction. In particular, the analysis will be focused on three general principles, which played a pivotal role in the Laeken Declaration (2001): democracy, transparency, and coherence of the EU action, with particular regard to its external dimension.


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