2008 Summer school on Public and Private in Modern Law, Turku

Summer School on Public and Private in Modern Law

A course for PhD-students in legal sciences in collaboration between the law faculties of Ghent, Groningen, Turku and Uppsala

I. General Information

General Theme: Public and Private in Modern Law Time: 25-29 August 2008 Place: University of Turku, Faculty of Law Teachers: Prof. Boudewijn Bouckaert (Ghent), Ass. Prof. Torbjörn

Ingvarsson (Uppsala), Senior Lecturer Dr. Pekka Länsineva (Turku), Senior Lecturer Dr. Elina Pirjatanniemi (Turku), Ass. Prof. Anna Singer (Uppsala), Prof. Reinhard Steennot (Ghent), Prof. Gijsbert Vonk (Groningen), Dr. Herman Voogsgeerd (Groningen), NN (Turku), NN (Turku)

II. Structure and main topics


The course will be given during five days (Monday-Friday), each of which excluding Friday consists of lectures given by the teachers, and workshops during which the participating PhD-students present their own papers for further discussion. On Friday, only lectures will be take place. For details, please see the annexed preliminary program.

Each of the four morning sessions on Monday, Wednesday and Friday consists of two slots; slots are filled with different subjects and teachers. On Tuesday and Thursday, we have only one slot for teachers. The afternoon sessions on Monday and Wednesday as well as the rest of Tuesday and Thursday are dedicated to PhD presentations, chaired by teachers from different universities. PhD presentations will as much as possible be organized in plenary meetings. If that should not be possible, parallel sessions will be organized, and if desirable thematically arranged.

Main topics

  1. Multidisciplinarity and legal research. The example of law and economics (Prof. Boudewijn Bouckaert, Ghent)
  2. Administrative recommendations, soft law and good practice – On incorporation of external standards in private law (Ass. Prof. Torbjörn Ingvarsson, Uppsala)
  3. Fundamental rights, privatization and private power (Senior Lecturer, Dr. Pekka Länsineva, Turku)
  4. From state responsibility to individual responsibility -the law of nations at the crossroad (Senior Lecturer, Dr. Elina Pirjatanniemi, Turku)
  5. Regulating private life -Family law in a changing society (Ass. Prof. Anna Singer, Uppsala)
  6. Harmonization of payments law within Europe (Prof. Reinhard Steennot, Ghent)
  7. Social fundamental rights and market values: Uneasy bedfellows? Part I: General and substantive framework. UN, WTO, OECD, Council of Europe (Prof. Gijsbert Vonk, Groningen)
  8. Social fundamental rights and market values:Uneasy bedfellows? Part II: EU legislation and the difficult balancing role of the European Court of Justice (Dr. Herman Voogsgeerd, Groningen)

III. Teaching methods

Each teacher will give a short introductory lecture, followed by interactive parts like workshops and discussions, where cases, assignments and prepared questions by students will be dealt with.

Each participating PhD student has to write a paper of approximately 3,000 words with full references and footnoting, as if it were published in a reviewed (law) journal, or presented at a conference, understandable for a divergent audience. The aim of the papers is to present the PhD project including one or more methodological aspects related to European law. During the presentations PhD students are not allowed to read their text, but should only use point by point notes. Furthermore, they have to prepare questions they would like to address at the summer school.

PhD presentations consists of a 10 to 15 minute oral presentation, after which the paper will be refereed by two other PhD students, preferably each of which has been chosen from the other three collaborating universities. Each student will be informed in advance which paper they will have to referee. Each presentation with discussion will at most take 45 minutes.

IV. Literature

In Uppsala, the summer school is a 7,5 ECTS part of the PhD-course (5 points according to the Uppsala Syllabus). In Groningen, PhD’s are also credited 7,5 ECTS for participation in the summer school. This implies on average 800 pages reading material in addition to the paper to be written by the PhD students. The 800 pages will be divided in a compulsory part and background literature. The literature preferably consists of book chapters and articles. The final list of literature will be published at the beginning of June 2008, after which distribution to the participating PhD students will begin. The Finnish PhD’s will also receive their credits from the course.

V. Deadlines for registration and submission of papers and course materials

Each faculty has reserved place for seven PhD students. Students have to apply for the summer school at Friday 28 April 2008 at the latest. Registration by e-mail/fax/post has to be submitted to the contact person in each faculty (see below). In the application the subject of the presentation has to be indicated.

Notice that each faculty may use their own criteria for allowance. This arrangement is due to the limitation of maximum seven PhD students from each faculty. For more information, contact the person in charge at your own faculty (see below).

A definitive list of participants will be provided on Friday 9 May 2008.

The course material is distributed among the participants on Friday 16 May 2008 the latest

Last date for submission of the PhDstudents´ papers is Wednesday 18 June 2008.

The participants will receive the PhD students’ papers on Monday 30 June 2008 the latest.

VI. Venue, accommodation and other practical issues

The summer school takes place at the University of Turku, Faculty of Law and nearby venues of the University of Turku where and wherefrom transport will be arranged from and to the Faculty. For details, see the annexed preliminary program.

For accommodation reservations have been made at Centro Hotel in the city center of Turku (http://www.centrohotel.com/en/index.html). For each teacher from Ghent, Groningen and Uppsala, a single room has been booked. For PhD students from Ghent, Groningen and Uppsala, double rooms have been booked.

Arrival on Sunday afternoon, 24 August 2008 is preferred. The course will begin at 10 am on Monday morning.


The administration of the summer school is covered by Joop Houtman (Groningen), Elina Reinikainen-Vänni (Turku), Reinhard Steennot (Ghent) and Karin Åhman (Uppsala).

PhD’s are asked to send their applications/registrations to the administrator of their own faculty:

Turku: Informal applications with preliminary subject of the paper to be presented during the course, has to be sent by e-mail to address tlj@utu.fi 28 April 2007 the latest.

Additional information

If you need any more information about the course, please contact:

Prof. Jukka Mähönen e-mail: jukka.mahonen@utu.fi

ANNEX: Tentative program of the summer school

Summer School on Public and Private in Modern Law Turku, 25-29 August 2008

organized by the Law Faculties of the Universities of Ghent, Groningen, Turku and Uppsala


Calonia1, Faculty of Law, Vänrikinkatu 2 (Sunday evening) Matthias2, Faculty of Law, Vänrikinkatu 2 (Monday, Thursday and Friday) Restaurant Macciavelli (University restaurant, 100 m from Calonia and Matthias) Rauhala3, Hirvensalo, Turku (Tuesday) Vanhalinna4, Vanha Härkätie 111, Lieto (Wednesday)

2 Annex to the Faculty of Law building.

Sunday 24 August
Arrivals to Turku At the evening Calonia Get together
Monday 25 August
10.00-12.30 12.30-13.30 13.30-17.00 Evening Matthias Macciavelli Matthias TBA Welcome Boudewijn Bouckaert Coffee break Reinhard Steennot Lunch Papers (with coffee breaks at the venue) TBA
Tuesday 26 August
9.30 10.00-12.30 Calonia Rauhala Leaving to Rauhala Anna Singer Coffee break Papers
1 Faculty of Law building.

3 University of Turku summer cottage at the Archipelago.

4 Historical manor owned by the University of Turku Foundation, see:


12.30-13.30 Rauhala Lunch
13.30-17.00 Rauhala Papers (with coffee breaks at the venue)
18.00-20.00 Rauhala Sauna and snack
20.00 Rauhala Leaving to the City
Wednesday 27 August
9.00 Calonia Leaving to Vanhalinna
9.30-10.00 Vanhalinna Morning coffee
10.00-12.30 Vanhalinna Torbjörn Ingvarsson
12.30-13.30 Vanhalinna Lunch
13.30-17.00 Vanhalinna Papers (with coffee breaks at the venue)
17.00-20.00 Vanhalinna Sightseeing at the historical premises
20.00 Vanhalinna Leaving to the City
Thursday 28 August
9.00-12.00 Matthias Gijsbert Vonk
Coffee break
Herman Voogsgeerd
12.00-13.00 Macciavelli Lunch
13.00-17.00 Matthias Papers (with coffee breaks at the venue)
18.00-21.00 Calonia Boat trip to Naantali and back
Friday 29 August
9.00-12.00 Matthias Pekka Länsineva
Coffee break
Elina Pirjatanniemi
12.00-13.00 Macciavelli Lunch
13.00-14.00 Matthias Evaluation
14.00 Closing the seminar