MUNPlanet: Please introduce yourself and your summer program to our community.
Founded in 1995, the Academy is the oldest and most esteemed educational establishment of the “European Public Law Organization” (EPLO), an International Organization based in Athens, Greece dedicated to the creation and dissemination of knowledge in the area of public law and and the promotion of European values for a better generation of lawyers and democratic institutions worldwide. The Academy offers summer study sessions for those interested in furthering their knowledge on the philosophical backdrop of different European national public law systems, as well as on their commonalities and differences. Students may attend one session to earn a Certificate of Attendance in European Public Law, or, attend two consecutive summer sessions to obtain the Intensive International Master of Laws (I.I.LL.M.) in European Public Law providing their dissertation. The study sessions are conducted during the months of August and September on an annual basis at the premises of the EPLO in Athens, Sounion and at the Anargyrios- Korgialenios School in Spetses Island, Greece, and have a 3-week duration.
MUNPlanet: Why study at the Academy of European Public Law?
• 3 weeks of quality study and at the same time a visit to the Best of Greece: Athens, Sounion & a Greek Island, all-in-one trip!
• Learn from world-class academics from the most prestigious universities of the world.
• Keep up-to-date with the most recent curriculum on European Public Law.
• Interact with internationally renowned jurists, judges & law academics by attending a unique conference in Spetses island.
• Pursue a Master’s level studies (I.I.LL.M) without compromising your personal or professional obligations.
MUNPlanet: For the ones in a hurry, tell us why everyone should attend your program in one sentence?
Learn about the latest developments in European public law and network with top scholars all in international learning environment at beautiful locations.
MUNPlanet: People attend programs such as yours to improve some of their existing skills or acquire new ones altogether. What are some key skills that the participants will be able to improve/acquire by attending your program?
English language skills (presentation, writing, debate), team work and networking.
MUNPlanet: If we imagine that there was a perfect candidate/applicant for your summer studies, what would the qualifications of this person be?
Applicants to both the Certificate and the I.I.LL.M. programs should possess an Undergraduate degree in law, political science, European studies, international affairs, or any other related field. Should also be proficient in English and have working knowledge of French. English proficiency is indicated by a certificate such as TOEFL, University of Cambridge CPE or IELTS (score: 32-40), French proficiency by DALF, while working knowledge of English is indicated by a certificate such as University of CPE or IELTS (score 21-32) and working knowledge of French by DELF B1. Nevertheless this year all courses will be conducted in English. Students should also possess an exceptional academic background and/or maintain promising careers.
MUNPlanet: Can you briefly take us through the program? What can participants expect over the course of three weeks in Greece?
The 2016 Academy study sessions will take place at the premises of EPLO in Athens, Sounion and the island of Spetses in Greece. There is a morning General Lecture from 9.00 to 13.00, a lunch break until 14.30 and a second session from 14.30 to 16.45. Students are then transferred to their hotels. The schedule changes on the last four days of their stay where they are transferred in Spetses island to attend a unique conference for European Public Law, where academics and jurists from all over the world present and discuss their reports on a collectively chosen topic. The Athens campus is located in one of the most prestigious and pristine residential areas of Athens, in Kolonaki, just steps away from the business, shopping, vibrant entertainment and nightlife sites of Athens. The Sounion campus where students spend 11 days of the program is located at the seaside, only steps away from the Aegean Sea with an outdoor open theater and a garden of 30.000 square meters. It is only 4 km away from the ancient Temple of Poseidon in Cape Sounion. Students can spend their free time practicing their favorite sports at the campus’ facilities, by swimming and participating in water sports at the many nearby beaches and coves, engaging in outdoor activities such as bike riding or running, and spending time with friends on nights and weekends at the nearby town of Lavrio.
MUNPlanet: Greece is one of the countries that have the richest history. After the classes, what can it offer to the students in regards of social activities and sightseeing?
One should not leave Athens though without visiting the Acropolis and the Acropolis Museum), the temple of Poseidon in Cape Sounion and without swimming in the beautiful blue seas of the area and tasting the unique Mediterranean cuisine. All these must-do and see activities happen to be integral components of this unique study program.
MUNPlanet: We’ve heard so much about delicious Greek traditional food. What kind of meal should we not miss while in Greece? Most importantly, will you be preparing it for everyone?
During classes light lunch is offered in the form of sandwiches and light snacks. Nevertheless the Accommodation package includes half- board accommodation in the hotels chosen where fine Greek food is offered. Well-cooked Greek food is also offered during the Spetses conference in the Anargyrios- Korgialenios School in Spetses where the students reside. Students can also taste some of the Greek cuisine highlights (such as the famous Souvlaki) in the numerous tavernas/kiosks located near their areas of residence either in the center of Athens or in the Sounion area.
MUNPlanet: Since this is a summer program in Greece, how much sunscreen do the participants need to bring?
The weather in Greece is warm and the sun is particularly shiny. High sunscreen products (+30º) are recommended.
MUNPlanet: It takes a lot to create a memorable program, which is usually the job of the organizing team. Tell us more about yours and share a few tips every organizer must know.
In the Academy we strive for creating enriching educational experiences - provide challenging education with clearly formulated and communicated educational outcomes, opportunities for networking amongst peers and academic leaders, as well as fun and unique opportunities to engage with the local culture.
Taking the opportunity and establishing interaction with leading academics, practitioners and judges from Europe and around the world can only be to the student’s benefit. This is very easy to accomplish through the program. Also of particular value is the chance to have select student written work chosen for publication through the Academy’s Diploma program (I.I.LL.M), or even have their thesis recommended for publication in the EPLO’s European Public Law Series. Publishing one’s work alongside some of the most distinguished names in European Public Law is a given chance of significant value that should not be neglected by the student.
MUNPlanet: Where are your previous participants now? And does your summer academy have an alumni organization?
More than 500 participants from all over the world have been educated in the Academy of European Public Law and these are our ambassadors. Eminent Professors and Personalities with outstanding careers are former Academy Alumni! You can read what they have to say about the Academy here. A formal Alumni club has not been formulated yet. Nevertheless many of the former alumni are either teaching in the Academy or Members of the European Group of Public Law attending the Conference in Spetses every year and students will be able to mingle and network with them throughout their stay.
MUNPlanet: What is the most important lesson that you want your participants to leave with once the program is over?
This program is a unique source of both academic and personal experiences and a wealth of knowledge in a unique setting full of history and beauty. Participants should make the best out of it.Academy of European Public Law team, thank you for devoting your time to MUN Spotlight and telling us more about you and your summer school. MUNPlanet is looking forward to your event and strongly advises all MUNers to check it out. Good luck and we wish you all the best!