Summer School “The Protection of Fundamental Rights in Europe”

Director: Prof.ssa Lucia Serena Rossi



C.I.R.D.E., in cooperation with the Law School of the Strasbourg University, the Centre for European Law of King's College London and the Centro Residenziale Universitario di Bertinoro (Ce.U.B.), and with the financial support of the Fondazione Cassa dei Risparmi di Forlì, organises every year a Summer School on "The Protection of Fundamental Rights in Europe".

The course is held in French and English. Students must be fluent in both languages.

Previous editions 



The Summer School aims to provide graduates, practictioners and young researchers (Ph.D. candidates) with an in depth background of the protection of fundamental rights at European level. The general courses are about the European Convention on Human Rights, and the Charter of Fundamental Rights of the European Union. The single modules tackle topics alike asylum and migration, EU citizenship, relationship between the CJEU and the ECHR, the margin of appreciation doctrine, constitutional transitions and religious freedom.

The course is composed by 30 hours of frontal lectures from Monday to Friday 9:00-13:00 and 15:00-17:00. The teaching method encourages students to have a proactive dialogue with lecturers.




The Summer School is hosted in the magnificient Rocca of Bertinoro, the ancient seat of the Bishop of the diocesis of Romagna, from 24 to 29 June 2018. The castle has been completely refurbished in 2000 thanks to a joint venture between the University of Bologna and the Provincia of Forlì Cesena. During the Summer School a number of leisure activities (wine tasting, aperitif on the beach and much more) is organized by the tutor, who, under his discretion, may organize also nights out.


Admission requirements

Participants should fill in the form which is usually available on this website on the first week of May with:

  • Name and Surname;
  • CV;
  • email;
  • certificate or self certifications of adequate linguistic knowledge in English and French. 





Presentation of the Rocca (in Italian only).

For any other question please contact dott. Giovanni Zaccaroni.




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