Urbino European Law Seminar

The Urbino European Law Seminar  has been organized every year since 1959 by the Center for European Legal Studies of Urbino. The readings are held in French, Italian and English at the Law Faculty of Urbino University , by visiting lecturers from many European countries and focus on current issues of European law , private international law , comparative law and Italian law.

Following the seminar, participants are given a certificate of proof of their attendance. Depending on the specialty selected  [1]  and if successful in examination, participants are also awarded a diploma from the Law Faculty of Urbino University in comparative law, European Studies, advanced studies in European Law, or advanced European studies.


The Urbino European Law Seminar was inaugurated on the 24th of August 1959  [2]  by Henri Batiffol, Phocion Francescakis, Francesco Capotorti, Alessandro Migliazza, Enrico Paleari and Germain Bruillard. Until 2004, Cino and Simone Del Duca were the seminar’s main benefactors. Since 2009,  [3]  the teachers and researchers of the Center for European Legal Studies of Urbino, members of the  Galileo Group  , receive funding from the scientific cooperation initiative between France and Italy named Galileo.  [4]

Teaching staff

Since the creation of the seminar, a significant proportion of the lectures have been given by professors  [5]  who have also been guest lecturers at the Hague Academy of International Law : Riccardo Monaco (The Hague 1949, 1960, 1968, 1977), Piero Ziccardi (1958, 1976), Henri Batiffol (1959, 1967, 1973), Yvon Loussouarn (1959, 1973), Mario Giuliano (1960, 1968, 1977) , Phocion Francescakis (1964), Fritz Schwind (1966, 1984), Ignaz Seidl-Hohenveldern (1968, 1986), Edoardo Vitta (1969, 1979), Alessandro Migliazza (1972), Rene Rodiere (1972), Georges Droz (1974, 1991, 1999), Pierre Gothot (1981), Erik Jayme (1982, 1995, 2000), Bernard Audit (1984, 2003), Michel Pélichet (1987), Pierre Bourel (1989), Pierre Mayer (1989, 2007), Tito Ballarino (1990), Hélène Gaudemet-Tallon (1991, 2005), Alegría Borrás (1994, 2005), Francesco Capotorti (1995), Bertrand Ancel (1995), Giorgio Sacerdoti (1997), José Carlos Fernández Rozas (2001), Horatia Muir Watt (2004), Andrea Bonomi (2007), Dario Moura Vicente (2008), Mathias Audit (2012),Christian Kohler (2012), Étienne Pataut (2013).


  1. Jump up^  Regulation of the Center for European Legal Studies of Urbino.
  2. Jump up^  Report of the inaugural session : [SN], “” Corsi estivi “of the Faculty of Law of the University of Urbino”, International Journal of Comparative Law , 1959, pp. 550-751.
  3. Jump up^  Response of the Center for European Legal Studies and the Galileo Initiative to the European Commission’s Green Paper on the Revision of the “Brussels I” Regulation, on the “Justice, Freedom and Security” General Division of the European Commission’s website .
  4. Jump up^  Presentation of the Galileo Initiativeon the website of the Franco-Italian University.
  5. Jump up^  List of professors of the Urbino seminar since 1959.

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