Faculty, Timetable and Venue of the Course

The Kalliopi Koufa Foundation for the Promotion of International Law and the Protection of Human Rights is pleased to announce the 4th Session of the Thessaloniki Summer Courses to take place from June 27 to July 7, 2018. The title of this year’s session is

“Human Rights Protection and Regional Integration: Can the European Union be an Example?” 

It is our intention to offer an intensive 10-days course, where various aspects of human rights protection at the regional level –with a special focus on Europe– will be covered. These include the protection of human rights in the European Union, the system of human rights protection of the Council of Europe, the ways specific human rights and freedoms protection in Europe (such as freedom of religion, or the rights of persons belonging to ethnic minorities, etc) are protected in Europe and whether these ways could be “exported” in other parts of the world, as well as the compliance of European Union’s external action with human rights.

The Faculty of the 2018 Thessaloniki Summer Course includes:

Dimitrios Doukas, Reader in European Union Law, University of Manchester

“Freedom of expression”  

Iosif Ktenidis, Associate professor of European Union Law, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki

“Human rights and EU external relations”

Paul Mahoney, former Judge, European Court of Human Rights, and former President, European Union Civil Service Tribunal

“The universality of human rights and local democracy – the European experience”

“The changing face of the European Court of Human Rights: A broad-brush picture tracing the trajectory of the Strasbourg Court from the 1960s until today”

Anna Marcoulli, Judge,  General Court of the European Union

“The protection of fundamental economic rights in times of financial crisis”

Luis Jimena Quesada, Professor of Constitutional Law, University of  Valencia, and Secretary General, International Institute of Human Rights-René Cassin Foundation

“The protection of social rights in Europe”

Christos Rozakis, Emeritus Professor  of International Law, Universtity of Athens, President of the Administrative Tribunal of the Council of Europe, Vice-President of the European Court of Human Rights [keynote speaker]

Ioannis Stefanidis, Professor of Diplomatic History, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki

“European precedents to the protection of human rights: “European precedents to the protection of human rights: From humanitarian intervention in the Levant to the League of Nations framework”

Eleanor Sharpston, Advocate General, Court of Justice of the European Union

“Freedom of religion and belief in the European Union”

Haris Tagaras, Professor of European and Private International Law, Panteion University of Athens, and former Judge, European Union Civil Service Tribunal

“Human rights protection in the European Union: An introduction to the Charter of Fundamental Rights”

Fausto Pocar, Emeritus Professor of International Law, University of Milan, Judge, International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) (TBC)


The provisional programme and analytical timetable of the course will be coming up soon.

For the map of the two venues, click here.

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