Strasbourg Summer School

Strasbourg Summer School

Group stood outside Council of Europe

Nestled along the French-German border and housing key European and International Institutions makes Strasbourg the idyllic location to attend a Human Rights Summer School.

The Summer School consisted of a carefully thought-out program. It started with visits to the European Parliament, Council of Europe and the European Court of Human Rights, which provided a sound basis for the lectures we would be given later that week. At each of these institutions, we received presentations from staff on the functioning of the institution, their achievements and their role in the international realm.

Even though “Brexit” is underway, understanding how the European Parliament functions is essential in understanding the relationship between the European Union and the United Kingdom. It is worth mentioning that “Brexit” only affects the membership of the United Kingdom from the European Union and not the Council of Europe or the European Court of Human Rights.

It was a great privilege to have the opportunity to hear a case in the European Court of Human Rights. Seeing first hand court etiquette, at what is arguably one of the most influential courts in the international realm, was truly an unforgettable experience. It undoubtedly, reinforced my desire to want to practise law. Despite “Brexit”, familiarity with the jurisprudence of the European Court of Human Rights is essential for all lawyers. Human Rights law has an impact in not only all areas of the law but knowledge of such rights is fundamental for our everyday lives.

The lectures delivered later during the week consisted of Human Rights law; Bioethics; and European Union law. The lectures were delivered by academics from Nottingham Law School and by Katrin Eurpmann from the Council of Europe. Being taught in such a light-hearted and engaging way made the lectures more enjoyable. On the last day, we had a group quiz which was a consolidation on our learnings from the entire week which was a fantastic way to bring out the competitive side to all the students in a friendly way.

Social activities

The program also encompassed social activities. A boat trip on the River Ill was included which begins near the ‘Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Strasbourg’ and passes through the colourful La Petite France district. The tour also passed by the European Institutions. A group meal was organised which brought everyone together. The Summer School was mixed with students from Nottingham Trent University and also international students from India. This brought together different cultural and academic backgrounds, which contributed to the overall ambience of the group, making it all the more enjoyable.

The accommodation is located very close to the quaint district of La Petite France. During our free time, we were able to appreciate its half-timbered houses and picturesque views. I am glad that I attended the Strasbourg Summer School and highly recommend it to other students.

Hannah Lopez

Final year International Law student


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