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European Law Online

Project ID: 991031
Project outline
Course platform:proprietary in-house development based on Apache and PHP

Project Leader

Prof. Samantha Besson
Université de Fribourg
Département de droit international et droit commercial
1700 Fribourg

Prof. Pascal Pichonnaz
Université de Fribourg
Département de droit privé
1700 Fribourg

Project Coordinator

Project Partners

Prof. Th. Cottier
Universität Bern
Prof. W. Kälin
Universität Bern
Prof. Dr. Rieben
Fondation Jean Monnet
Prof. M. Borghi
Università della Svizzera Italiana
Prof. P. Mavroidis
Université de Neuchâtel


The European Law Online project aims at creating a multilingual - French, German, Italian and English - European Law course corresponding to 2 hours/week/year, using the internet.

The European Law Online project uses a modular structure (see õ 6): each field forms a module which may be followed separately; there are also three difficulty levels. Every module includes a video presentation, where the teacher sums up the unit's main topics, an interactive guide and the reading materials . The interactive guide specifies the documents and the exercises which belong to the module (see õ 7). The course is built on a distance learning integrated system such as WebCT (see õ 10).

The European Law Online project is supported by the following partners: the University of Fribourg (leading partner), the University of Bern, the University of Neuchâtel, the Università della Svizzera italiana (Lugano), as well as by the Fondation Jean Monnet pour l'Europe (Lausanne) and the Office for European Integration (Bern) as supportive (« business ») partner. The course will be recognised by the four universities and it will be integrated into their curriculum. the project will be extended to continuing education - through a close co-operation with private partners and professional organizations - and to international mobility - thanks to the Erasmus program and to the network of the Jean Monnet Chairs (hundreds of European Law departments throughout the world).

The project's execution requires three steps (see õ 18): the finalization of the concept (1st year), the production of the modules (2nd and 3rd year) and an evaluation under real conditions (3rd year). The finalization of the concept and the evaluation will be carried out by a project coordination, while the production of the modules will be divided between the four associated universities.

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