CRoLEV Newsletter

Launch of CRoLEV
The School of Law of the University of Central Lancashire, Cyprus is delighted to announce the launch of CRoLEV, a new Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence funded by the European Union under the Erasmus+ programme 2021-27, Jean Monnet Actions for the years 2022-2025. CRoLEV intends to (i) explore the state of the rule using empirical research; (ii) investigate the deterioration of the rule of law and EU values in times of crisis; (iii) evaluate the mechanisms available at the EU level to secure European values and rule of law protections; and (iv) deliver research-informed teaching designed to reach academics, students, and professionals, but also young people and the civil society in Cyprus and across Europe.
CRoLEV intends to raise awareness about the fragility of the rule of law and values in times of crisis, thus inspiring action to safeguard them.
For more information about CRoLEV visit On our website, you will find a record of our various activities, a collection of relevant sources on our Digital Library, and material from our Intensive Courses. You can also follow us on our social media on Twitter at @CRoLEV_Centre and on Facebook at Centre for the Rule of Law and European Values – CRoLEV

LLM teaching – EU Constitutional Law and Governance in Turbulent Times
The School of Law of UCLan Cyprus held an LLM module within the framework of CRoLEV, entitled EU Constitutional Law and Governance in Turbulent Times. The module took place on the 14th, 15th, 21st, and 22nd of October 2022. The module was open to external participation and drew a range of students at different levels, from LLB and advanced students, and several professionals interested in the topic. The module carefully investigated various threats to European values across the EU. It analysed the constitutional structure of the EU and the ways in which it is designed to safeguard key values such as the rule of law, democracy, and fundamental rights, but also critically looked at the rule of law and democracy backsliding currently taking place in various member states. Students and external participants were able to delve into the various activities governments in several countries take to undermine European values.

Other co- and extra-curricular teaching activities
Within the framework of CRoLEV, teaching activities took place in modules both at the undergraduate and postgraduate level. Students of the compulsory LLB module ‘EU Law’ examined threats to the rule of law and European values across the EU, investigating the effect of such eroding activity on the European project overall. Similarly, postgraduate students of the compulsory LLM module ‘Advanced Legal Studies’ evaluated the ways in which the European Union has used various mechanism to seek to stifle rule of law and democratic backsliding within the EU, critically discussing the effect of such efforts.
Furthermore, a series of intensive courses have been designed and delivered to recipient institutions and participants across Europe and beyond. For material from those intensive courses, you may click here. For forthcoming intensive courses and instructions on how to register, please click here.

Post-Doctoral Position Opening
UCLan Cyprus accepts applications for the position of a Post-Doctoral Researcher within CRoLEV. Please send your application to by Friday 25th November 2022. Any enquires regarding the position may be addressed to Prof. Stéphanie Laulhé Shaelou ( and Dr Andreas Marcou (
For a detailed job description and person specification, please click here

Expression of Interest: CRoLEV Editorial Board
CRoLEV has a series of Deliverables and Outputs, including (i) a peer-reviewed edited volume entitled ‘EU Rule of Law and European Values in Turbulent Times’; and (ii) a peer-reviewed online Yearbook entitled ‘ROLEV Interdisciplinary Yearbook’. We are therefore seeking to appoint a high-quality editorial board from experts in the field, with concrete answers and proposals to the problematics of the project, in relation to the above deliverables. The deadline for applications is the 21st of December 2022.
For more information, click here.

Launch of CRoLEV NET
On 2 November 2022, the School of Law of UCLan Cyprus launched the CRoLEV NET. This event gathered various stakeholders and experts in the field of the rule of law. The event took place in hybrid format, with several participants on campus and other online via MS Teams. Student, advanced students, academics, legal professionals, and other civil society stakeholders participated in the event. Following presentations from the CRoLEV team, three guests, experts on various aspects of the rule of law, delivered presentations. Dr Aleksandra Gliszczynska-Grabias, Assistant Professor at the Institute of Law Studies, Polish Academy of Sciences, joining CRoLEV NET via MS Teams, delivered a talk on the ‘Challenges of the rule of law crisis in Poland in the context of respecting human rights protection standards’. Dr Yulia Razmetaeva, Head of the Center for Law, Ethics and Digital Technologies at Yaroslav Mudryi National Law University (Ukraine) and Visiting researcher at Uppsala University (Sweden) prepared a video on ‘AI in the courts: what is wrong with the rule of law?’. Last, Dr Balázs Fekete, a research team member of the project CITIZENS-LAW, discussed ‘The CITIZENS-LAW project: studying the social foundations of Rule of Law’. The video of the full event will be made publicly available on the CRoLEV website. Stay tuned!

CRoLEV forthcoming events
CRoLEV will be holding a one-day CRoLEV Research Day on 8th December 2022 in blended/online mode with speakers from a range of interdisciplinary expertise across Europe. Look out for the poster and call for expression of interest here!
We have also prepared a Social Mediation upholding the Rule of Law/ Citizen Empowerment training for Civil Society Organisations, academics and professionals in blended mode. This will take place on the 2nd and 3rd of December 2022. For more information and to register, click here.
A few places are available for external participants on the CRoLEV blended intensive course on ‘Rule of Law, Due Diligence and Sustainable Justice’ on 28th November and 2nd December 2022. For more information and to register, click here.

News from CRoLEV friends
Our friends at Justitia organise “The Future of Free Speech”: Copenhagen Conference on the 15th of December. For more information and to register, click here.

Disclaimer: Co-funded by the European Union. Views and opinions expressed are however those of the author(s) only and do not necessarily reflect those of the European Union or the European Commission. Neither the European Union nor the granting authority can be held responsible for them.
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