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Menu for Justice - Toward a European Curriculum Studiorum on Judicial Studies

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WP3 - Prototype of curriculum studiorum 

WP Leader: University of Bologna
WP Coordinator: Daniela Piana (
Start Date:  July 2010
End Date:  July 2011

This Work Package replicates the structure of the previous one and represents its functional continuation.

The Four Task Forces will work in parallel as in the previous work package on the four tracks of the legal education and judicial training cycle: 1st and 2st cycles; PhD; pre-professional; lifelong training.
In this Work Package participants will address the most challenging and innovative part of the project. They will work on a prototype of curriculum studiorum, which should take into account national differences (in experience and in needs of education) but also the core of knowledge that should be provided to different legal professions in different EU Countries.

This Work Package will be taylored on the basis of the Bologna declaration principles. First, partners involved into it will systematically reflect upon the possibility of a common framework in which modularity and flexibility will be combined together with the need of providing legal scholars with a common “grammar”. The curriculum studiorum will be developed along three axes, which mirror the expertise of the consortium: judicial administration and ICT; European judicial cooperation; judicial governance and constitutional settings. These disciplinary axes will be intertwined at the three levels of the Bologna cycle. Practically speaking, we want to identify and point out in clear terms the minimum denominator of legal scholars that should be European and at the same time sensitive to their own culture of law.

The WP will then attentively unpack what is European and what is domestic in legal education and will try to propose an advanced and innovative solution to keep the local and the supranational faces of the legal education programs together. We are also very much interested in uncovering the complementarities that exist between legal disciplines and other human and social sciences. These last will indeed represent the added value of our new curriculum studiorum.

Meetings of the Task Forces:

TF 1

  • June 2011 (on-line meeting) (D15)
  • 30 September 2011, First Block meeting TF1, Barcelona (D14)     

TF 2

  • June 2011 (on-line meeting) (D17)
  • 16 September 2011, Second Block meeting  TF2, London (D16)

TF 3

  • June 2011 (on-line meeting) (D19)
  • 30 September 2011, Third Block meeting TF3, Madrid (D18)

TF 4

  • June 2011 (on-line meeting) (D21)
  • 4 November 2011, Fourth Block meeting TF4, Lisbon (D20)


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TitleStart Time
Meeting of Task Force 4 Members11/4/2011 10:00 AM
Meeting of Task Force 1 Members9/30/2011 11:00 AM
Meeting of Task Force 3 Members9/30/2011 10:00 AM
Meeting of Task Force 2 Members9/16/2011 10:00 AM