Annual Meeting of the Ibero-American Network of Service-Learning

On March 13, Professor​ Aitziber Mugarra, as the national representative, has participated in the annual meeting of the Ibero-American Network of Service-Learning (, that was celebrated during the Justice in Action, 29th Annual National Service-Learning Conference organizaded by the National Youth Leadership Council (NYLC) in the USA ( She has explained the changes in the experiences of both the Spanish Network of Service-Learnig REDAPS (, with the Service-Learning awards (, as well as the experiences of the Basque Country.

Markel Redondo, alumni sharing experience

On March 5, the EUCLIPE Jean Monnet Chair was visited by the School of Law alumnus Markel Redondo as a guest professor. Markel Redondo studied the Bachelor of Law with Economic specialisation and, currently, is responsible for projects at the International Centre for Migration Policy Development. At this insitution, Markel works on projects related to refugees, asylum and integration of migration.

During his stay, Markel participated as guest professor for the Public International Law course taught by professor Joana Abrisketa. In the class, he explained the key concepts of  Asylum Law and its application in practice to the first-year students of the Bachelor of Law with Economic specialisation. At the end of the session, the students answered his questions about specific cases on asylum requests.

Likewise, Markel Redondo participated in a formation session under title of Policy Action in the EU from the perspective of an Intergovernmental International Organization. During the session, he talked to the students of the Loiola Legal Clinic about his job experience at different international organizations and it ended with dialogue with the participants.

Integrating the EU perspective into the research activity

On March 6, the Jean Monnet Chair has held the PhD Workshop for The inclusion of the EU perspective in the research activity which resulted from the proposal of the School of Law. It was integrated into the programme of the PhD in Business and Economic Law and offered to all the post-doctoral researchers by means of the Deusto International Resarch School (DIRS).

The professors Laura Gómez and Aitziber Mugarra worked with researchers from several disciplines (Law, Psychology, Education…) who attended during the course. The professors aimed to work on the following competences with the attendants: 1) Relating the ongoing research with the EU research priorities evaluating their lineup; 2) Using the sources and resources offered by the EU for research; 3) Incrementing the European research projection.

To that purpose, the professors have firstly introduced an example of internationalisation that was used in the EDISPe (Development, Economy and Social Innovation for People) research temas and the keys to the competences to be worked on. Subsequently, the researches intervened in a world café format applying the europeanisation keys to their investigations and receiving feedback from the rest. The world café started with people from the same discipline switching to other multidisciplinary groups with purpose of enriching the methodological suggestions received by the each researcher. The key words and resources detected by the researcher for integrating the European in ther research were shared in the session in the format of answer garden.

Cooperativism and Social Economy: Business and Legal model of governance

The EUCLIPE Jean Monnet Chair has participated in the Cooperativism and Social Economy: Business and Legal model of governance organised by the Institute of Cooperative Studies of the School of Law and in collaboration with the Basque Government. The objetive of the course is to promote the social business model and economy alternatives among the students of the diferrent Law titulations.

The professors Marta Enciso and Laura Gómez focused on Public polcies and and social economy emphasising the UE experience. By these means, they visibilised the actions performed by the EU since the beginning of the crisis to reinforce an ecosystem which allows the development of Social Economy. Likewise, special mention was put forward about the Initiave for social entrepreneurship or the Package for Social Investment. Also, the students have worked on the Council conclusions on ‘The promotion of the social economy as a key driver of economic and social development in Europe’.

As a specific case study, the students were proposed to work on the experiences of the third sector in providing social services in Biscay. Concretely, they were introduced to the main drivers and obstacles for the co-creation with the public sector, extracting recomendations for the formulation of public policies that promote the colaboration between the Administration and Social Economy. These experiences derive from the work performed inside the  SOLIDUS project funded by the EU Commission in the Horizon 2020 Programme.

The Odysseus Network’s III Annual Conference

Professor Joana Abrisketa attended the Odysseus Conference “Conflict and Compromise in the EU Migration and Asylum Policies” held in Brussels on February 1, 2018. The Annual Conference is organised by the Odysseus Academic Network, a leading network of legal experts in immigration and asylum in Europe, in the framework of the OMNIA project and with the support of the Jean Monnet activities of the Erasmus +Programme of the European Union.

The overarching themes of the Conference were the several rulings of the Court of Justice of the European Union taken in 2017. The content of sensitive cases such as the one of the visas for asylum seekers, or the one on relocation and solidarity, as well as the EU/Turkey Declaration were discussed by the participants. The European Agenda on Migration was also analysed, in relation with the Commission Communications of 27 September and 7 December 2017.

Professor Philippe De Bruycker, Coordinator of the Odysseus Academic Network in the ULB, Brussels, gave the welcome speech. During this session, François Crépeau, Professor in Mc Gill University, Canada, and Former UN Special Rapporteur on the Human Rights of Migrants, took part. Elspeth Guild, Jean Monnet Professor ad personam, Queen Mary University London, took part as a convener in the workshop related to the human right to leave a country. The Libyan Coastguards implications and the international responsibility for the cooperation of the EU and its member states was dealt by Professor Achilles Skordas, from the University of Copenhagen, Denmark. The question concerning visas for asylum was presented by professor Violeta Moreno-Lax, Associate Professor in Law in Queen Mary University of London.

The final plenary session was presented, among other participants, by Eleanor Sharpston, Advocate General of the Court of Justice of the European Union and Henri Labayle, Professeur de droit européen of tthe Université de Pau and the Pay de l’Adour, France, who explained the limits and the technical and political choices made by the Union institutions as regards the judment of the CJUE in Slovaquia and Hungary v. Council, of 6th September 2017.