COMAN R. - Rule of Law in the EU : Tools and Challenges (8h)

Professor Ramona COMAN

Academic assistant: Aurélien MORNON AFONSO

Respect for the rule of law has become a major concern of the European Union. As a number of Member States have challenged this common value, the EU institutions have adopted a large number of instruments, not without major conflicts and tensions. These instruments have been widely criticised both in their adoption and implementation, with observers, academics and political actors alike lamenting that "too little too late" has been done to halt the gradual or rapid dismantling of the rule of law. The objective of this course is to examine the instruments available to the EU to address the lack of respect for the rule of law. After briefly discussing the context of the emergence of these instruments (European Semester, Rule of Law Framework, Rule of law dialogue, Article 7, infringements, Rule of law Annual Report, rule of law conditionalities), the objective is to look at their strengths and weaknesses. The workshop is based on a public policy approach with a focus on evaluation and implementation. The workshop will discuss both the political elements of the emergence of a rule of law policy at the EU level and its technical aspects.

Academic year
2023 - 2024
Course type
ECTS Points