Summer Seminar
The challenges for the European Societies
30.6 — 3.7.2019

The Jean Monnet Project “Enhancing the Debate about Intercultural Dialogue, EU Values and Diversity” of the University of Macedonia in collaboration with the Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence “European Constitutionalism and Religion(s)” of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki organized a Summer Seminar from the 30th of June until the 3rd of July entitled “Challenges for the European Societies”. The summer seminar lasted 27 hours and awarded, after a multiple choice examination, 3 extracurricular ECTs.

The seminar was addressed to a broad audience, including legal practitioners, researchers in EU studies, academics, students of economic, legal and political disciplines, local, regional and national authorities, opinion leaders and the civil society. The speakers of the seminar were distinguished university professors, academics, researchers, and lawyers.

More specifically, the speakers were:

  • Associate Professor D. Anagnostopoulou, Department of International and European Studies, University of Macedonia, Academic Coordinator of the Jean Monnet Project EUVaDis, Director of the UNESCO Chair “Intercultural Policy active citizenship and solidarity”
  • Professor D. Skiadas, Department of International and European Studies, University of Macedonia, Jean Monnet Chair “EU Budgetary Governance and Audit” 
  • Associate Professor I. Papadopoulos, Department of International and European Studies, University of Macedonia, Head of the Research Unit “European Policies and Democracy” 
  • Dr. N. Gaitenidis, Department of International and European Studies, University of Macedonia 
  • Associate Professor L. Papadopoulou, Law School, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Academic Coordinator of the Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence “European Constitutionalism and Religion(s)” 
  • Associate Professor I. Papageorgiou, School of Political Sciences, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki 
  • Assistant Professor N. Panagiotou, Department of Journalism and Mass Media Communication, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki 
  • Professor A.S. Lind, Department of Law, University of Uppsala 
  • Professor R. Harding, Law School, University of Birmingham 
  • Lecturer N. Vavoula, School of Law, Queen Mary University of London 
  • Dr. D. Rajska, University of Utrecht 
  • Dr. E. Koutsouraki, Hellenic Council for Refugees

The seminar addressed several of the most contemporary challenges of the social, economic and political landscape of Europe. It aimed at providing learners with a critical overview of the societal challenges of human trafficking, migration and asylum on different perspectives as well as the economic ideologies that prevail in the European societies. Participants also had the chance to exchange views and experiences regarding citizen participation, human rights, justice and the rule of law, diversity including ideas on best practices.

The topics discussed were the following:

  • Challenges of migration and asylum in Europe 
  • Legal and humanitarian aspects of borders: Irregular entry and refugee protection and administrative detention in view of return 
  • Human trafficking, smuggling and criminalization of humanitarian assistance 
  • De-integration, Brexit and referenda 
  • Religious minorities 
  • Religion and access to social rights: recent developments and current trends from a Nordic perspective 
  • Respecting Choices, Beliefs and Values at the End of Life: Dementia, Relationality and Care 
  • Challenges of fundamental Rights in Europe: Right to education of refugee and migrant children 
  • Budgetary Challenges for the EU in view of the 2021-2027 programming period 
  • Diversity at the Workplace 
  • Fake news, propaganda and incitement to hatred 
  • Combatting child smuggling and trafficking in the European Migration Context 
  • Social exclusion 
  • The ways for social inclusion 
  • Contemporary challenges of freedom of expression 
  • Democracy, rule of law and the radicalization of the public sphere

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Graduation Ceremony

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