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Summer Course

33rd Summer Course in EU Law: 22 June - 1 July 2020

We are very sorry but the summer course will not take place in 2020.  Instead we held a series of online lectures. 

This lecture series was an adaptation of the annual summer course in advanced European Law which is usually held on campus. The series was targeted at those with some knowledge of European Law who want to get up to date with recent developments in their subject area including the impact of COVID -19 on EU Law.

 This year we wanted to offer lectures in most of the subject areas usually covered in the programme.  Fifteen lectures were offered in a range of subjects from Human Rights Protection in the EU to EU Tax Law to Supremacy of EU Law. 

 We offered maximum flexibility to participants who could choose to attend as many or as few as required.  A small fee was payable for each lecture and discounts available for full-time students and for those attending five or more lectures.  Just short of seventy law professionals and students took part in the series and it was very well received.   Each lecture featured q & a sessions and time was allowed for discussion.

 This was a great experience for all will pave the way for more online and hybrid events organised by the Centre of European Law in 2020/21.



VISA Advice

Please note that applicants who are resident outside of the EU/EEA  and who wish to enter the UK to undertake study are subject to immigration control and would need to secure the appropriate study-specific visa.  For short courses – less than 6 months in duration – the short-term study visa is required.  Applicants will require a letter from King’s College London to obtain this visa. Please request this letter once your application has been accepted.


Course Content and Structure

The course is an advanced course in European Law and is most suited to those with a prior knowledge of European Union law. It is also suitable for anyone at postgraduate level working in a law-related environment with an interest in European Union law. Though applicants with an academic background in law are ideal, this is not an essential pre-requisite to take part. The course is aimed at deepening and/or updating previous knowledge in EU Law. Each lecture will deal with certain selected issues which the lecturer deems of current relevance. The areas will therefore not be covered comprehensively, but selectively. The course is therefore also not suited to those who seek to further their doctoral studies in a particular area.

This course is not suitable for students at undergraduate level.

Normally all applications are accepted, but the Centre reserves the right to reject applications at the course director's discretion should this be considered necessary either in the individual's or the group's interest.

eye-in-the-summer_MG_8264Course Fee

Tuition only: £1100

Online booking open

If you are interested to book student accommodation then please look at College Hall where  we have limited accommodation available (to be booked via the Centre of European Law).  Please refer to the accommodation section below for further information.

The tuition fee includes a dinner.




Cancellation policy 

Cancellation more than three weeks before the event 100%

Cancellation 1-3 weeks before event 50%

Cancellation within one week before event 0%

Booking Deadline

3 June 2020 or later subject to availability.

Unfortunately this course is not supported by external funds, therefore the Centre of European Law cannot offer any financial assistance. This course is not suitable for undergraduate students.



The course is taught in the English language and applicants should be comfortable with receiving academic lectures in English. Language ability will not be vetted but it is in your own interest that your standard of English is of an adequate level.



After completion of the course a certificate of attendance is awarded if at least 85% of the classes have been attended. An attendance sheet will be filled out for every day of the course.

Course materials

On the first day of the course you will receive a course folder. You will be given hard copies of the course materials which weigh approx. 2 kgs, so please allow enough space and weight in your luggage allowance should you wish to take this home with you.

Should you wish to prepare for the course, we recommend you read the following article by Paul Craig, The Treaty of Lisbon : Process, architecture and substance, European Law Review (2008), volume 33 , issue 2 , p. 137-166

Course programme and lecturers

The course is expected to cover the following subject areas of EU law.

students-in-lecture-hall-224x135Anti-Discrimination Law - EU Competition Law - Citizenship/Free Movement of Workers - EU Environmental LawEU Tax Law - Enforcement of EU Law - State Aid - The European Court of Justice - External Relations and TTIP - Free Movement of Goods - Freedom to Provide Services and EstablishmentThe Lisbon Treaty- Human Rights Protection in the EU - Free Movement of CapitalEU Migration  Law - EU Company LawEU Procurement Law

Teaching time totals 38.5 hours

Course lecturers  

Professor Andrea Biondi, King's College London (Co Director Centre of European Law)

Professor Takis Tridimas, King's College London (Co Director, Centre of European Law)

Leo Flynn, Legal Service, European Commission

Robin Griffith, Clifford Chance, King's College London

Professor Sir Francis Jacobs QC, King's College London, previously Advocate General at the European Court of Justice (President of the Centre of European Law)

Dr Kathrin Hamenstädt, Brunel University

Kelly Stricklin Couthino, 39 Essex Chambers

Dr Dionysia Katelouzou, King's College London

Professor Alexander Türk, King' s College London (Course Director)

Professor Robert Wintemute, King's College London

Professor Alison Jones, King's College London

Dr Oana Stefan, King's College London

Dr Mateja Durovic, King’s College London

Group size and composition

The size of the summer course group is variable, we aim to have a maximum of 35 students. Students come together from the UK and continental Europe with occasional visitors from overseas continents. The student group ranges from recent graduates to experienced practitioners, a variety that is also reflected in the age range. The diversity of the group composition has always proved to be a very fruitful basis for the exchange of ideas and experiences, and everyone will leave the course with new contacts or even new friends.


Accommodation can be arranged through the Centre of European Law in single en-suite rooms in College Hall, Malet Street, London, WC1E 7HZ.   The nearest tubes are Russell Square, Goodge Street and Euston Square.  You can take a bus from the halls to the Strand Campus where the summer course is held or it’s a twenty minute walk. 

If you wish to enquire about the accommodation please contact

Student accommodation is central, basic and affordable, for example rooms do not have airconditioning.  However, it is not to everyone's taste, so if you may want to explore other options. There are numerous websites that offer alternative accommodation. Below are just some you could browse, however we cannot vouch for the accommodation advertised on these sites - it is your responsibility to ensure you are satisfied with the service offered.

London Bed and Breakfast Agency

Studios 92

Imperial London Hotels

Grange Hotels



Social activities

The Summer Course is devised as an intensive course, so integrated social group activities are kept to a minimum in order to leave each individual with choices for their spare time. There are two drinks receptions hosted by the Centre of European Law, one on the first day of the course and the second on the last day. These are very popular and well attended, as it gives everybody the opportunity to meet fellow students, lecturers and organisers for the first time in a social context and to reflect about the course and to say good bye.

The Centre will hold two course dinners one of which is included in your course fee.  This is a semi-formal event so lounge suits and cocktail dresses would be appreciated for the occasion.  The first dinner will be held at The Athenaeum Club. The second dinner is an informal dinner and you will either pay in advance via the college e-store or on the night.

General dress code during the Summer Course is casual.

Following the enthusiastic reception of the previous years' guided walk 'Legal and Illegal London - The Inns of Court' this is planned to be repeated this year. This tour is included in your fee, but feel free to tip the guide if you have enjoyed the walk.

Library & Internet access

You will be asked to enrol online before you attend the summer course. Completing enrolment will enable us to produce your student ID card which is essential to have whilst on Campus and to visit the library. Enrolment will also give you online access to various services at King's.


 8central-london-420x-200somerset-house-east-wing-in-summer-224x135The Dickson Poon School of Law in Somerset House East Wing, King's College London.
The Summer Course in EU Law has run since 1987. It is the only regular course that the Centre runs from the King's College campus and often features as the final annual highlight in the busy academic calendar of the Centre's activities. The sessions will be held on the main King's College campus at the Strand. The Strand is one of the most famous streets in London, linking the City with the West End. If you walk into the Eastern direction you will reach Fleet Street, where you will find some of the UK's most prestigious legal institutions. The Royal Courts of Justice, as well as the Inns of Court are all within walking distance and well worth a visit during your stay. Towards the West The Strand will lead you to Trafalgar Square with Buckingham Palace and the Government Buildings around Downing Street further along. To the South you will find the River Thames lined with galleries and historic attractions along the South Bank whereas to the North the theatres, shops and cafés await your visit in lively Covent Garden.

Some organisations and companies who have booked onto the Summer Course in the past (in alphabetical order)

Allen & Overy - American Express Services Europe Limited - BP Austria - Bucharest University - Coca-Cola Services France - Council of the EU - Daimler, Chrysler Services AG Berlin - Delegation to the European Commission in Slovakia - EFTA Surveillance Authority - European Court of Justice - European Parliament - Federal Chancellery, Austria - Finnish Supreme Court - Foreign and Commonwealth Office - House of Lords - KPMG Bulgaria - Ministry for European Integration, Croatia - Ministry of Finance, The Netherlands - Nationalbank Denmark - Nokia UK - Novartis, Switzerland - Office of Fair Trading - Office of the Attorney General, Ireland - Svea Court of Appeal, Stockholm - Treasury Solicitor's Department - Trinity College Dublin - US Embassy in Bulgaria - Which? Magazine - White & Case Law Firm - YKK Europe Limited.


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