Jean Monnet “Legal Approximation Laboratory (LegAL)” Module’s Opening Ceremony

On 15 October 2019 Opening Ceremony organised within the newly funded Jean Monnet Module “Legal Approximation Laboratory (LegAL)” took place at Yerevan Brusov State University of Languages and Social Sciences. 

The aim of the ceremony was to highlight the importance of legal approximation processes  in the context of EU-Armenia Comprehensive and Enhanced Partnership Agreement (CEPA) agreement, to present the new Jean Monnet Module to potential stakeholders and welcome the first cohort of students. The programme of the event included invited speakers from the EU Delegation, the Ministry of Justice of RA, National Erasmus+ Office in Armenia.

Among the keynote speakers was the President of the Association of European Studies for the Caucasus and editor of the book series “European Studies in the Caucasus” Prof. Thomas Kruessmann who spoke about his research interests in Caucasus extended to the issues of comparative, European and international criminal law, as well as corruption and compliance.

“Legal Approximation Laboratory (LegAL)” (2019-2022) is an innovative teaching programme aiming to equip participants with (1) deep understanding and comprehensive knowledge of EU Law and the mechanisms of transposition of the EU acquis into domestic legal orders, including Armenian legal order, and (2) professional and ‘soft’ skills in the areas of law- and policy-making. The course will be taught by Dr. Anna Khvorostiankina, Associate Professor of Law, UNESCO Chair on Human Rights, Democracy and Political Science (Yerevan Brusov State University of Languages and Social Sciences), in cooperation with established international scholars and experts in the areas of EU Law and legal approximation.

The Module consists of several components:

Legal Approximation Laboratory (LegAL) course offered to students of Law, Political Science, Public Administration, European Studies and other related disciplines and based on the model of a legal clinic. The Course includes theoretical part (sub-courses Issues in EU Law and Theory and Methodology of Legal Approximation) and practicum aiming to develop participants’ skills in the areas of law- and policy making;

Annual Summer School addressing specific issues of theory and methodology of approximation to the EU acquis relevant in Armenian context;

Annual Workshops on methodology of legal approximation for practitioners involved in the processes of law- and policy-making and implementation;

Research project “Europeanization of Armenian Legal Order: Challenges and Perspectives”; 

Annual International Round tables on the issues of legal approximation involving leading scholars and practitioners in the field and open to the public.

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