University of Granada 

The University of Granada (UGR), founded in 1531, is a public comprehensive research university with approx. 56,000 students, 3,600 academics, 1,900 administrative and support staff. Its 27 Faculties and Schools and 124 Departments offer 62 undergraduate degrees, 106 Master’s degrees and 28 doctoral programmes organized in 3 overarching doctoral schools. It has 15 research institutes and over 400 research teams working in all disciplinary fields. The UGR is currently ranked 3rd in Spain according to the Shanghai ranking (2019) and is the leading regional university in the south of Spain, with 34 disciplines appearing in the top 500. As a public higher education institution it is committed not only to quality and excellence in education, learning and research but also to activities targeting the transfer of scientific, technical and artistic knowledge to society, the betterment of society and a sustainable environment. 

The UGR has played a leading role in the longest-standing of European university networks, the Coimbra Group, which it chaired from 2010 to 2017. It is also a member of other networks such as UNIMED, EUA, IAU or the AUF. Key partner institutions are to be found in Latin America, China, Morocco, Togo, and the United States, where the UGR has a strategic partnership with the Ivy League Consortium for Advanced Study Abroad (CASA) led by Brown University.

The UGR regards internationalization as a policy priority. It is a leading participant in the Erasmus mobility scheme from its outset, in recognition of which it received the Erasmus Gold Star Award in 2007. It also has a large worldwide mobility programme for students and staff financed by the UGR’s own Internationalization Fund. Furthermore, it is also very active in E+ KA2 and predecessor programmes (currently >50 EU active projects). One of its latest achievement is the coordination of the Arqus European Alliance, one of the first 17 European Universities funded under the Erasmus+ programme.  

The UGR has coordinated different Jean Monnet actions since 2004: JM Chair and JM Chair Ad Personam in Constitutional Law & Globalization, Centre of Excellence on European Integration & Globalization, JM Chair in Economic Integration in the EU, JM Chair in Asylum & Refugee Law, JM module in Environmental Framework for a Sustainable Europe and JM module in The Economy of the EU.

University of Murcia

The University of Murcia (UM) is the most important teaching and research organization of the Region of Murcia. It is a public institution devoted to provide higher education in different programs. The university has more than 29.000 students; with a teaching staff of 2.612 professors spread over 5 campuses. Research is one of the pillars of our University, covering 8 scientific areas: Economy, Health, Experimental, Law, Social, Technical, Humanities, and Mathematics. In some disciplines, it is currently positioned at the top of the world rankings such as in the CWTS Leiden ranking of excellence (e.g., second place in Mathematical and IT). Examples of this level of excellence are also the achievement of numerous competitive projects at national and international level (such as the Campus Mare Nostrum of International Excellence 37/38 –created by UM, together with its neighbouring Polytechnic University of Cartagena), as well as the clear social commitment acknowledged in 2014 with the Telefónica Ability Award received for being the best public entity regarding the inclusion of people with disabilities. At international level, the UM has extensive experience in hosting collaborative projects and promoting research excellence. The UM has signed agreements with over 900 universities around the world. More than 120 European projects belonging to different Frames RTD Programmes have been managed in the past, 12 of them within the 7th FP. At the national level, 198 RTD projects were funded during the past year. It is a reference Centre for the European Commission and the large amount of projects coordinated by our institution is proof of this. The UM, through the International Relation Office, took part as a partner/coordinator in numerous European Union programmes and other actions sponsored by different national and international financial entities. It should be noted that in 2011 the UM was coordinator of the Jean Monnet Chair “European Cultures under Transformation” and since 2015 it carries out the Jean Monnet Module “Cultures of Security. New challenges for Europe”. The Law Faculty of the UM is one of the oldest in Spain, with more than 3,000 students and studies on Law, Political Sciences and Criminology. In 2013, the University creates the “Centre of European Studies” (CEEUM) with the objective of meeting researchers from several areas (philosophy, sociology, law scholars…) interested on European issues. The activities of the Centre for European Studies conform to four lines of action: teaching, research, transfer of research outcomes, and publications. The centre is supported by the Jean Monnet Chair of the University of Murcia and the director is prof. Klaus Schriewer (chairholder). Dr. Germán Teruel, assistant professor in the Faculty of Law, is member of the Centre and will be the manager of the project.

Università degli Studi di Milano

The University of Milan (UNIMI) is a public university, characterized by its wide variety of disciplinary fields. It is a leading institute in Italy and Europe for scientific productivity and it is the largest university in the region, with approximately 64,000 students. Eight UNIMI Departments (e.g. the Department of Italian and Supranational Public Law) have been awarded, as “Dipartimenti di eccellenza”, with 56 milions euros for years 2018-2022. The implementation of the project will benefit from an established network of research centers, operating at the national and European level, that deal with topics covered by the new course and with study on the principle of non-discrimination.
Among these, DIRECT (The Discrimination and Inequalities Research Strategic Team); “GENDERS - Gender & Equality in Research and Science”, the first national academic research center dedicated to gender equality with a specific focus on the interaction among the concept of gender, scientific careers, contents and methods of academic research; the interdepartmental Center “Culture di genere”, joined by the University of Milan. Moreover, there are several associations operating in the field of gender studies that might contribute to study their concrete applications (such as the Italian association “Donne in quota”; the ONG International Planned Parenthood Federation European Network; the Italian observatory on rights -Vox).

The University of Milan also benefits from the activities promoted by the Milan City Council and, more specifically, by the “Casa dei diritti”, created within the context of the Direction of Social Policies as an operative branch whose aim is gathering in one location services and initiatives related to the protection of fundamental rights and actions to tackle discriminations on the city territory.

University of Bologna

The University of Bologna (UNIBO) was founded in 1088. It is one of the most renowned and prestigious universities across Europe. It is the most populated university community in Italy, with 86.000 enrolled students, 2800 teaching professors (full, associate and assistant) and 3000 technical-administrative staff. UNIBO is a comprehensive higher education institution with 32 departments and 219 Degree Programmes: 92 first cycle programmes (BA), 114 second cycle programmes (MA) and 13 single cycle programmes. UNIBO also offers 45 PhD programmes, 52 specialisation schools, 74 professional courses, 16 of which are international.

UNIBO is a multi-campus university with 5 campuses in the Emilia-Romagna region: the main and oldest campus in Bologna, plus 4 additional campuses in Cesena, Forlì, Ravenna and Rimini. Each campus has its own distinct scientific and educational identity and maintains active and strong collaboration ties with local authorities, organisations and communities with a view to enhancing the cultural, economic and social development of these territories.

Strongly rooted in its territory, UNIBO is the most internationalised of all Italian universities. It has a very internationalised educational offer: out of 219 degree programmes activated at UNIBO, 69 are international, of which 36 leading to a dual/multiple/joint title issued with other universities. It recruits international students, as it counts with 6.300 international students regularly enrolled in its degree courses.

UNIBO participates in several international networks of E&T and of research among which: Utrecht Network, Coimbra Group, The Guild, UNIMED, UNA Europa and Climate KIC, EIT Digital and EIT Raw Material. It participates as well in EU funded projects: during 2014-2019, it has participated in 147 Erasmus+ projects and in 244 Horizon2020 projects, plus 27 other EU-funded research projects (Interreg, Life, Creative Europe, COST).

University of Lisbon

Universidade de Lisboa (ULisboa) is the largest and most prestigious university in Portugal and is one of Europe’s leading universities. Heir to a university tradition that spans over seven centuries, ULisboa acquired its current status in July 2013, following the merger of the former Universidade Técnica de Lisboa and Universidade de Lisboa.

ULisboa brings together various areas of knowledge and has a privileged position for facilitating the contemporary evolution of science, technology, arts and humanities. The quality of teaching, research, innovation and culture of ULisboa is attracting an ever increasing amount of talent from around the world.Notwithstanding assessment methods or criteria, ULisboa leads the main international rankings and is amongst the 200 best universities worldwide.

By establishing new partnerships, ULisboa seeks to attract an increasing number of international students and to promote international cooperation by establishing agreements for scientific and academic cooperation with higher education institutions in different countries outside the EU, particularly in Brazil, China, the Middle East and African Countries of Official Portuguese Language (PALOP). Agreements and existing partnerships contemplate the different study cycles and result mostly in mobility (student, professors and staff) and in joint degrees. ULisboa’s network of strategic partnerships includes not only countries from Europe but also North America (United States and Canada), Latin America (Brazil, Peru, Chile, Uruguay, Mexico e Argentina), Africa (Angola, Mozambique, Cape Verde, São Tomé, Algeria and Gana), Asia (East Timor, India, Macau, China , Japan, Russia, Georgia, South Korea, Indonesia and Thailand) and Oceania (Australia) countries.

The Italian-Spanish Seminar on constitutional studies

The Italian-Spanish Seminar on Constitutional Studies was created in 2011 by a group of Italian and Spanish junior researchers as an academic thinking society or forum alongside with the Faculty of Law of the University of Bologna and the Royal College of Spain in Bologna. The aim of his Seminar is to be a meeting point to generate a European intergenerational academic discussion. It is orientated to junior scholars and PhD. students in order to give them the opportunity to dialogue with well-known professors and experts, sharing their academic views on constitutional issues which affect Europe as well as Italy and Spain in a comparative perspective. Among the activities already organized by the Seminar, we should remark three international conferences in which more than fifty young researchers, as well as prestigious scholars and experts have participated in each of them. The first conference was celebrated in Bologna in 2012 about “Challenges for individual rights in the XXI century”; the second, in Madrid in 2014 about “Constitutional challenges regarding European integration”; and the last one in Catania in 2016 about “Sovereignty and representation: constitutionalism in the age of globalization”. As a result, different books have been published: 1) Challenges of individual rights in the XXI century, Thomson-Reuters, 2013, with three volumes: Life and Science (444 pp.), Family and Religion (384 pp.), and The Internet and new technologies (388 pp.). 2) Constitutional challenges regarding European integration (Editum [on line], 2015, 1029 pp.). 3) Constitución e integración europea [Constitution and European integration] (Dykinson, 2017), with two volumes: Forma política, gobernanza económica y organización territorial [Political system, governance and regional organisation] (325 pp.); and Derechos fundamentales y sus garantías jurisdiccionales [Fundamental rights and its judicial protection] (285 pp.). Currently, the Seminar maintains a network with more than fifty young researchers, mainly from Italian and Spanish universities (but not only from there), supported by a scientific committee formed by prestigious scholars and judges. Its aim is to keep promoting activities about European constitutional issues and to expand it with researches from other European countries. The Seminar is a non-formal organization (without legal personality).