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Academic Writing: The EU and Transparency

The aim of this course is threefold. The first aim is to familiarise students with the functioning of the EU’s legal regime for providing access to documents, as well as other legal measures for regulating transparency. The second aim is to enable students to competently seek access to EU information, including the formulation of a legal argument appropriate to an access appeal procedure. The third aim is to enable students to develop practical working skills related to core processes of the EU’s institutions.

In this course we will set out to analyse the main features of the EU’s access to documents legal regime, and its constitutional foundations. In the first session (8 June, via zoom), we will consider the legal regime for providing access to documents, exploring its main features, doctrinal developments, and its functioning in practice. We will also discuss some potential critiques of the legal regime. Based on this, students will choose a legal problem to be addressed in a written assignment. In the following sessions (September), students will present their written assignment, and critically discuss the written assignment of a fellow student.

Please note that the course is fully taught in English.

Enrol
11.5.2020 at 12:00 - 1.6.2020 at 23:59

Timetable

Here is the course’s teaching schedule. Check the description for possible other schedules.

DateTimeLocation
Mon 8.6.2020
10:15 - 13:45

Material

SESSION MONDAY 8 JUNE 2020

PART I (10:15-12:00)

- G. Björkstrand, and J. Mustonen (2006) Introduction: Anders Chydenius’ Legacy Today, in J. Mustonen (ed.) The World’s First Freedom of Information Act: Anders Chydenius’ Legacy Today (Kokkola: Anders Chydenius Foundation), pp. 4-6
- M. Pasquier and J.-P. Villeneuve (2012), Passive communication, access to information or the concept of transparency, excerpt from Marketing Management and Communications in the Public Sector (London: Routledge), pp. 163-170
- M.Z. Hillebrandt, D. Curtin, and A. Meijer (2014) Transparency in the EU Council of Ministers: An Institutional Analysis, European Law Journal 20(1), pp. 1-20
- Regulation (EC) No 1049/2001 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 30 May 2001 regarding public access to European Parliament, Council and Commission documents

PART II (12:15-14:00)

- L. Rossi and P. Vinagre e Silva (2017), Public Access to Documents in the EU (Oxford: Hart), Chapter 1, sections I (‘Introduction’) and II (‘Wide or deep? Horizontal or vertical profiles in legal design’), pp. 1-9
- P. Leino (2017), Secrecy, Efficiency and Transparency in EU Negotiations: Conflicting Paradigms?, Politics and Governance 5(3), pp. 6-15

and at least one of the following texts:

- HEC/NYU EU Clinic (2017), A Complaint to the European Ombudsman Regarding Judicial Transparency
- P. Leino-Sandberg and H. Hoffmann (2019), An agenda for transparency in the EU, European Law Blog, https://europeanlawblog.eu/2019/10/23/an-agenda-for-transparency-in-the-eu/
- ClientEarth (2015), GestDem 2015/5756: Confirmatory application for reconsideration of the European Commission’s partial refusal of access to documents discussed at the trilogue negotiations regarding the Trade Secrets Directive.
- Meijers Committee (2018), CM1813 Note to the Presidency of the Council concerning the General Secretariat draft policy paper on legislative transparency

Note that while the reading list contains relatively many texts, most of these are fairly short.

Video

Introductory seminar of 8 June 2020

Conduct of the course

The method of instruction will combine an interactive seminar (session on 8 June) and student presentations and feedback (sessions on 7, 8, 14, and 15 September).

Work required from the students:

Session 8 June:
• ahead of the meeting: readings for the day
• discussion of the reading for the day

Friday 31 July, end of the day:
Submit a draft proposal (1-2 pages) for your written assignment via email. Written assignments are subject to feedback and approval.

Sessions on 7, 8, 14, and 15 September:
• ahead of the meeting: writing of an assignment (essay, formal complaint, or otherwise) (10-12 pages)
• presentation of a paper within the scope of topics provided in the seminar
• discussion of one peer’s essay

Monday 5 October, end of the day:
Deadline for submission of final assignment (by email).

Evaluation:

The Basics of Academic Writing seminar (10-12 pages) will be graded on a scale of 0 to 5. The grade is based on an overall assessment with particular focus on the presentation of the research problem and definition of the topic, the clarity and systematic approach of the paper structure, the use of references, the argumentation and consistency of the conclusions, the presentation and language as well as on serving as an opponent and participating in the seminar. 80% of the overall grade of the seminar is based on the assessment of the written assignment and 20% on the assessment of the oral presentation in the seminar, serving as an opponent and general participation in the seminar.

Please note that the course is fully taught in English.

Description

Opintojakso kuuluu oikeusnotaarin tutkinnon aineopintoihin ja on pakollinen kaikille oikeusnotaarin tutkintoa suorittaville.

The aim of this course is threefold. The first aim is to familiarise students with the functioning of the EU’s legal regime for providing access to documents, as well as other legal measures for regulating transparency. The second aim is to enable students to competently seek access to EU information, including the formulation of a legal argument appropriate to an access appeal procedure. The third aim is to enable students to develop practical working skills related to core processes of the EU’s institutions

Suositussuoritusajankohta ensimmäisen vuoden ja toisen vuoden välisenä kesänä.

In this course we will set out to analyse the main features of the EU’s access to documents legal regime, and its constitutional foundations. In the first session, we will consider the legal regime for providing access to documents, exploring its main features, doctrinal developments, and its functioning in practice. We will also discuss some potential critiques of the legal regime. Based on this, students will choose a legal problem to be addressed in a written assignment.

The method of instruction will combine an interactive seminar (June session) and student presentations and feedback (September session, date to be announced).

Work required from the students:
• reading for the day
• discussion in common of the reading for the day
• presentation of a paper within the scope of topics provided in the seminar
• writing of an assignment (essay, formal complaint, or otherwise)
• critical comment of one peer’s essay

Authors comprising the content of the course

- Alberto Alemanno, TBA
- Deirdre Curtin, TBA
- Bart Driessen, TBA
- Maarten Hillebrandt et al., TBA
- Herwig Hofmann, Päivi Leino, TBA
- Päivi Leino, TBA
- Leonor Rossi and Patricia Vinagre e Silva, TBA

The students will be graded if they
• have done a presentation of their papers
• have discussed critically one of their peers’ papers
• have completed an assignment on one of the legal problems presented in the course

The Basics of Academic Writing seminar (10-12 pages) will be graded on a scale of 0 to 5. The grade is based on an overall assessment with particular focus on the presentation of the research problem and definition of the topic, the clarity and systematic approach of the thesis structure, the use of references, the argumentation and consistency of the conclusions, the presentation and language as well as on serving as an opponent and participating in the seminar. 80% of the overall grade of the seminar is based on the assessment of the written assignment and 20% on the assessment of the oral presentation in the seminar, serving as an opponent and general participation in the seminar

16 students are selected in the order of registration. Attendance is mandatory. Missing one session with a valid reason will be excused. The students are excluded from the course if they miss more than one lectures, without consideration of the reason.

In this seminar you may complete Academic Writing seminar (5 cr).

https://guide.student.helsinki.fi/en/article/bachelors-theses-and-maturity-tests

Edeltävät opinnot: ON-310 Tieteellisen kirjoittamisen seminaarin alkuopetus: Tieteellisen kirjallisen työn ja tiedonhankinnan perustaidot ja ON-320 Tieteellisen kirjoittamisen seminaarin alkuopetus: Oikeudellinen argumentaatio ja tutkimusetiikka. Molemmat kurssit on suositeltavaa olla suoritettuna tai suoritettavana samaan aikaan seminaarin kanssa.