Beyond ‘Law in Context’
The case of Clinical Legal Education in EU Law
Does clinical education have a role in teaching and research in EU law? Based on one of the first clinical experiences gained in the teaching of EU law, Prof. Alberto Alemanno will provide an analysis of the major pedagogical qualities and challenges of clinical education in EU law.
At the time in which EU legal scholarship questions itself, by calling into question its lack of reflexivity and 'methodological accountability', this presentation aims at discussing and injecting a new perspective to the study and teaching of EU law. By building upon the experience gained in the first edition of the HEC-NYU Regulatory Policy Clinic – one of the first clinical experiences gained in the teaching of EU law –, the presentation will start a discussion about the potential role of US-style clinical education in the teaching of EU law. After providing a brief description of the rationale, format and teaching methodologies underpinning the HEC-NYU Regulatory Policy Clinic experience, the presentation provides an analysis of the major pedagogical qualities and challenges of clinical education in EU law. While it is no surprise that this initiative found the support of a US law school, the traditional model of clinical education must adapt itself not only to the specificities of the EU legal order but also to those inherent to diverging legal approaches to European Union law teaching across the EU. This presentation perceives clinical education as the natural continuation of the 'law in context' approach, which - although not yet dominant in the teaching of EU across the EU – remains the most successful in the classroom. It is argued that clinical education should not be quickly dismissed as 'non-scholarship' – due to its proximity to the subject matter –, but should become an important component of both teaching and research in EU law.
Alberto Alemanno is a Jean Monnet Professor of Law at HEC Paris and Global Clinical Professor at NYU School of Law. He is a graduate of the College of Europe and Harvard Law School. He also holds a PhD in International Law and Economics from Bocconi University. Prior to entering academia full-time, he clerked at the Court of Justice of the European Union, worked as a Teaching Assistant at the College of Europe in Bruges and qualified as an attorney at law in New York.
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