The CRDE sets up advanced training courses, both for scientific and professional purposes, addressed to legal professionals as well as European and International Law scholars. These courses and seminars are led by professors and researchers from Italian and foreign Universities, by officials from European and national public administrations, as well as by professionals with specific expertise.
The idea to convene in Rome on a yearly basis to discuss key issues of contemporary international law is naturally connected with the glorious Institute of International Law of “Sapienza” University of Rome. The story of this institution has accompanied the development of international law in the XX Century, which the members of the Institute have considerably contributed to. Naming the Lectures after Gaetano Morelli is thus more than an individual tribute; it is a collective acknowledgement to a legal tradition, which we intend to renew and to innovate every year, brick after brick.
The Gaetano Morelli Lectures are mainly addressed to young scholars from all over the world. They aim at offering conceptual tools for appraising controversial knots of international law in its continuing development. There is a lot of sense, in our view, for doing this. International law is one of the branches of legal science where the pressing need for change goes hand in hand with the persistence of its basic legal paradigms. It is this unique blend of theory and practice, of tradition and innovation, which makes international law so challenging and ultimately explains its on-going intellectual fascination.
It is our hope that this series of Lectures will promote a model of learning international law: offering diverse, if not even antithetical, perspectives among which everyone can find its way; a dialectical approach to legal studies which will hopefully become the distinctive feature of this initiative.
The European Union as a Global Actor: Legal Perspectives
The Course has covered the different aspects of the legal personality of the European Union, both from the lenses of the International and European Union Law. Among others subjects, the Course deals with the framing of the European Union into the international legal system; the relationship between International and European Union Law; the international relations of the European Union; the role of the European Union with respect to the other international organisations; the European Union within the International Law concerning the diplomatic relations; the Union activities in the context of the Common Foreign and Security Policy.
The Lectures have been held by Prof Ramses A. Wessel (University of Twente, The Netherlands), visiting Professor at the “Sapienza” University of Rome in 2016.
Advanced Training Course on “Fundamental Rights in Europe”
This Advanced Training Course on "Fundamental rights in Europe" is addressed to lawyers, judges, notaries and other legal professionals, as well as students willing to specialize in this field during the study for the bar exam, or competitions for the careers into the public administration or international organizations committed to protect and promote human rights.
The Course is directed by Prof Enzo Cannizzaro ("Sapienza" University of Rome); the learning activities are coordinated by Dr Nicola Napoletano ("Unitelma Sapienza" University of Rome). Other professors and researchers from Italian and foreign Universities are involved, as well as high level experts in the field like officials from national and European administrations and professionals.