The seminar will address the specificities and challenges of the leading research methods in the different countries and the forms of presentation of the research results, such as the oral presentation with PowerPoint, the scientific article, the scientific poster, the Master's thesis, the doctoral dissertation. There will also be an introduction to research ethics and documentary research. An important focus will also be on research in comparative law. Bringing together students and professors from four Universities from four different countries with different legal cultures promotes the applied study of comparative law. In each participating University, a professor will be in charge of the seminar's organisation in his/her University, including the selection of participating students and coordination with other universities. The University of Paris Nanterre will carry out overall coordination. The solution of practical cases with the different law systems will be also exercised in the workshops to point out the different solutions from one to another country. Each group will have a reporter to report the results in the plenary meeting. This allows students to gain experience of an international presentation in English in front of professors and other students. This experience is useful if they wish to participate in international colloquia (e.g. organised by the EDUC network) at a later stage.
The seminar will be taught entirely in English. It should include interdisciplinary aspects which are becoming increasingly important today. The presence of law specialists and political scientists guarantees this openness to other disciplines.
The seminar is based on a weekly online meeting (for seven weeks from 1 March to 16 April 22) for one semester on a digital platform such as zoom or Teams, and pedagogical formulas like classical lectures by participating professors, student presentations, teamwork, discussion groups. First, the seminar should be opened by the participating professors' lectures on the methods and organisation of research in their country. At each session, there will be time for discussion with the students. Then mixed groups of students from different countries work together on a topic of their choice and present their work to all participants at a seminar organized in May in Cagliari (12 and 13 May). They should work together on a defined research topic using the methods they have learned. This also allows them to gain experience of an international presentation in English in front of professors and other students. This experience is useful if they wish to participate in international colloquia (e.g. organised by the EDUC network) at a later stage.