2017 International Law Study Trip to The Hague, Netherlands

Students interested in international law at Johns Hopkins University SAIS participated in a study trip to The Hague, Netherlands from March 20-21. The two-day trip was attended by eight students over spring break. They were joined by Dr. Marko Milenkovic, post-doctoral fellow at CCSDD.

Students attended two trial hearings at the International Criminal Court (ICC) and the International Criminal Tribunal for Yugoslavia (ICTY) were they also learned about the Courts’ histories and current developments. Other organizations visited during the trip included the International Development Law Organisation (IDLO), Organization for Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW), EUROJUST- The EU’s Judicial Cooperation Unit and the Hague Institute for the Internationalisation of Law (Hiil).

Throughout the study trip, students met with officials, attended speaker presentations and got an insight into workings of important international institutions. Photos from the study trip can be viewed below.


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Distinguished Guest Professors visit CCSDD to discuss IACL project on Constitutionalism in Illiberal Democracies and to talk about constitutional development and human rights in Asia

Professors Andrew Harding of National University of Singapore and Peter Leyland Professor at London Metropolitan University and at the School of Oriental and African Studies are visiting the CCSDD and Johns Hopkins University- SAIS this week. On Monday February 13, Professor Harding spoke about the Asian Values Debate in Prof. Pennicino and Prof. Frosini’s International Human Rights class, while on Friday 17th Harding and Leyland will talk about constitutional development in Thailand and Myanmar in Prof. Frosini’s Constitutional Development and Democratization class.

Andrew Harding and Peter Leyland are also members of the International Association of Constitutional Law (IACL) research group on “Constitutionalism in Illiberal Democracies” run through the CCSDD and during their stay in Bologna as part of an internal workshop at the CCSDD they will give their expert advice on how to move forward with this project.

Peter Jonathan Leyland is Professor of Public Law at London Metropolitan University and Visiting Professor of Law at the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London. He has published widely in the field of comparative constitutional law, on Thailand’s constitutional and legal system and UK constitutional and administrative law. The subject matter of his research has included approaches to comparative public law; devolution, particularly in comparative perspective; freedom of information; utility regulation; and executive accountability – pursued in both a UK and comparative aspect, the latter relating especially to Italy and Thailand.

Professor Leyland authored the volumes on the Constitution of the United Kingdom (2012) and the Constitutional System of Thailand (with A Harding, 2011) in the Hart series ‘Constitutional Systems of the World’, of which he is a founding editor and co-editor. Other publications include five edited collections in the field of public law and comparative public law. Accountability in the Contemporary Constitution and Sovereignty of the Law were published by Oxford University Press in November 2013. Also, (with Professor Gordon Anthony) Professor Leyland is the writer of OUP’s text on UK Administrative Law, the seventh edition of which was published in September 2012. As well as frequent involvement in conferences, he is or has been a visiting professor at three colleges of the University of London (University College London, Queen Mary, and SOAS); the Notre Dame University; the universities of Bologna, Padua, Ferrara, Trento, Palermo, Bari, Lumsa, Rome, LUISS, Rome and Bocconi, Milan, in Italy; Bordeaux in France, Viena and Innsbruck in Austria; and at the National Institute for Development Administration, the Council of State and the Administrative Courts in Thailand; the University of Melbourne; and the University of Victoria in Canada.

Since 2009, Professor Leyland is an Honorary Fellow of the Honourable Society of the Middle Temple.

Andrew Harding is a leading scholar in the fields of Asian legal studies and comparative constitutional law. He commenced his academic career at NUS before moving to SOAS, University of London, where he became Head of the Law School and Director of the Centre for South East Asian Studies. He joined NUS as Director of the Centre for Asian Legal Studies and Director of the Asian Law Institute, from the University of Victoria, BC Canada, where he was Professor of Asia-Pacific Legal Relations and Director of the Centre for Asia-Pacific Initiatives. Professor Harding has worked extensively on constitutional law in Malaysia and Thailand, and has made extensive contributions to scholarship in comparative law, and law and development, having published nine books as author or editor. He is co-founding-editor of Hart Publishing’s book series ‘Constitutional Systems of the World’, a major resource for constitutional law in context, and has authored the books on Malaysia and Thailand in that series.


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Guest Lectures at the Beijing Jiaotong University

Dr Marko Milenkovic, a visiting post-doctoral fellow at CCSDD, gave a series of seven guest lectures to the undergraduate and postgraduate students at the Beijing Jiaotong University (BJTU), School of Law from 21 November– 2 December. Dr Milenkovic went to Beijing on invitation of prof Yuxia Nan, the dean of BJTU School of Law, and the BJTU lecturer Dr Han Yu who obtained a PhD in EU Law in 2014 at the University of Bologna under the supervision of prof Lucia Serena Rossi. Dr Milenkovic taught BJTU students about the institutions and legal system of the European Union, EU enlargement policy and political and legal challenges brought to the Union by the Brexit vote and the migration crisis.

See the photos of the events below:

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October/November CCSDD Activities Update


CCSDD Director, Prof. Justin O. Frosini, Prof. Sara Pennicino and Researchers Dr. Čarna Pištan and Dr. Marko Milenkovic, were active participants in recent conferences.

Dr. Sara Pennincino was the keynote speaker at the regional conference “Follow-up to the recommendations of international Election Observation Missions in the countries of the Eastern partnership”.  The conference took place from October 24-25, and was organized by the Council of Europe. Dr. Pennincino discussed “Challenges to representative democracy”.

Dr. Sara Pennincino organized and presented in the “Illiberal Elements in Consolidated Democracies”, an International Workshop within the IACL Research Group on Constitutionalism in Illiberal Democracies, of which the CCSDD is a coordinating institution. The workshop took place from October 14-15, and was held at the University of Padua. The event was also attended by CCSDD Director Dr. Justin O. Frosini who chaired one of the sessions and Dr. Čarna Pištan and Dr. Marko Milenkovic who acted as discussants.

See the photos of the event below:



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Dr. Marko Milenkovic was a discussant in panel on the EU agencies, Migration, Asylum and Security within the Young Researchers Master Class on agenification of EU executive governance, held on Wednesday, November 9 at the European University Institute in Florence, Italy. The programme, and conference, held on November 10 and 11 were hosted by The Academic Research Network on Agencification of EU Executive Governance (TARN).

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EU and Legal Reform Summer School 2016

The application process for this year’s CCSDD European Union and Legal Reform Summer School (EULR) is online!

APPLY NOW: http://www.ccsdd.org/eulr.cfm

The 2016 edition of our annual one-week summer school will take place in Igalo, Montenegro from July 10th – July 16th. 

Application is open to final-year undergraduate students and graduate students in Law and Political Science, as well as young professionals and scholars. The Summer school fee is 850,00 EUR. WE DO, HOWEVER, OFFER A NUMBER OF FULL AND PARTIAL SCHOLARSHIPS!
Application deadline: May 31, 2016!

The year of 2016 marks a special year for the European Union which finds itself facing many new challenges and new prospects. What direction is the EU heading today? And what did the big enlargement mean for the Western Balkans? This year’s Summer School will explore these and many other issues and bring them in the context of the EU enlargement effort.

Check out our website for more information:

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Workshop on International Constitutional Law

Join us April 28, 2016 in the Bocconi University Room ASO3 at 9.00 am for a Workshop on International Constitutional Law.

The event is organized in collaboration with the CCSDD and the International Association of Constitutional Law’s research groups on Constitutionalism in Illiberal Democracies and Constitutions in the Age of Internet with the support of the George Lawrence Abernethy Endowment.

The IACL research group on Constitutionalism in Illiberal Democracies addresses in comparative perspective the modern current of illiberal constitutionalism and the challenges it poses on accepted notions of constitutional law.


In the twenty years since the end of the last ‘wave of democratization’ it has become clear that, along with traditional liberal-constitutional democracies, an important number of countries have embraced different forms of ‘illiberal’ democracy, that is, they are regimes in which there are competitive elections of political authorities but that concentrate power around the executive office, to the point that even the courts are under the control of the government. Even though in the past there have been many authoritarian, semi authoritarian and even totalitarian regimes which pretended to cloak their true nature under a constitution, recent examples have showed a current of thought which tries to present these regimes as a new and more efficient type of constitutionalism, putting into question long established notions of constitutional government. This development has examples in different areas of the world, thus becoming a subject of study with great interest for scholars globally, in line with the international nature of the IACL. However, the research group will not be limited to the study of current examples of this type of ‘constitutionalism’, but may also include the analysis of past examples, in order to explore similarities, identify possible patterns of authoritarian ‘constitutionalism’ and draw lessons which may help to better understand this phenomenon. The examination will not focus only on specific examples of this current, but will also undertake to single out common features among those different examples.

The IACL research group on Constitutions in the Age of Internet addresses a range of issues related to Internet law, European law, Constitutional law, Judicial protection of fundamental rights in the (new) digital era.


The Internet has a pervasive and growing worldwide impact on economic, social and political life. In democratic countries the debate on the Internet is focused on the basic question if the net be regulated and how. In this context, on one hand, the first part of the project will answer to the following questions: Which authority should be vested with the power of writing the fundamental Charter of the net? Should it be an international body through an authoritative hard-law regulation, or the community of Internet ‘surfers’ through self-regulation? Or the third way of a mixed body: public and private together, as the previous mix between hard law and soft law suggests? And which basic values such a legislator would have to accept and enforce in drawing up a discipline well suited to the net? On the other hand, the aim of the second part of the project is to answer to the following research questions. 1) How is it possible to reconcile the academic studies on Internet law with the broader debate related, on the one hand, to the multilevel protection of fundamental rights and, on the other hand, to judicial dialogue in Europe? 2) Why is such an attempt expected to have a valuable impact for a better understanding of the process of European integration through (judicial protection of) rights?

Registration required at http://www.unibocconi.it/eventi

More details below:

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When Science Trumps Law – Prof. Alan McHughen

On April 27, 2016 at 6:00 pm Professor Alan McHughen from California University will give a talk entitled “When Science Trumps Law” at the Bocconi University.

From the beginning of human civilization, policymakers – from kings to elected officials to bureaucrats—have created laws and policies contrary to or inconsistent with the laws of nature and science. Rules incorporating scientific principles but lacking a firm scientific foundation are created to satisfy personal vanity, arrogance or political expediency. Such misguided efforts are usually harmless, becoming humorous historical anecdotes, but occasionally they can result in real (but avoidable) damage and human suffering. We’ll discuss some examples of policymakers ignoring or misconstruing science when the science is inconvenient to egos or constituencies, and the real-world consequences of such actions.

The event is organized in collaboration with the CCSDD.

More details below:


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