Challenges in Business Law in Europe Today

Aix-Marseille University is offering a summer school on Challenges in Business Law in Europe Today. This pre-doctoral program will take place from July 2nd to July 22nd 2018.

Challenges in Business Law in Europe Today

General information


Aix-Marseille University is located in the South of France and ranked 115th in the ARWU ranking. Its School of Law and Political Science enjoys more than 600 years of history; its excellence in the different fields of teaching and research, and in particular in Economic Law, make it a highly respected school not just in France, but also throughout Europe and around the world.

The summer school is located in Aix-en-Provence, a city of about 150,000 inhabitants, between the Mediterranean Sea and the French Alps. The city of Aix-en-Provence is famous for its music festivals, fountains and a pleasant sunny climate. Cezanne's paintings immortalize the beautiful countryside of this region.  

Aix-en-Provence's campus is located near the city center, just a short walk from the students’ residence halls. 

This three-week course is intended to provide students with an insight into Business Law in Europe. We will consider the basic structures and principles of the European Union before focusing on various specialized areas of law and the challenges they face. Reading documents will be provided, and a PowerPoint Presentation will illustrate the lectures.

We will also focus on the academic approach of doing research in Europe and will train students to be more familiar with this approach.

Special attention will be given to legal terminology in Chinese, English and French, enriching this Summer School with a comparative dimension.

This Summer School also offers the possibility of complete immersion in the economic and legal life of the region, including a visit to a business incubator and the court of appeals.

Come to the Center of Economic law in Aix-en-Provence and enjoy high-level teaching and the opportunity to undertake research in a world-class University, having the chance to explore the beautiful and culturally rich center of Aix-en-Provence and its surroundings.

Welcome services


Monday 2nd July 2018: Arrival in Aix-en-Provence. Students will be welcomed at Marseille-Provence airport on Monday 2nd of July from 9 am to 5 pm.        
Pick-up and transfer from the Airport to Student’s Residence Halls will be organized by taxi (Marseille Provence Airport is located 32 kms from Aix-en-Provence).

For students who plan to arrive late at night or outside the pick-up schedule (July 2nd), they should notify Aix-Marseille University in advance, so that we can inform the residence, and provide bus itineraries from the airport to the residence.


Tuesday 3rd July 2018: Welcome at the Faculty of Law and welcome coffee. Start of class


Student’s Residence Hall (Les Gazelles or Cuques). The halls are situated within a short walking distance from campus, which is located 10 minutes walk from the city center.


Students will be accommodated in individual comfort room (10m2), with their own washbasin, shower and private toilet. Sheets for single bed size (90x190 cm), blankets and towels will be provided. All rooms have Internet access. In the common areas of the Hall of residence, TV room, study room, laundry and telephone boxes are also available.


Continental breakfast will be served each morning at the university restaurant (Les Gazelles).


Lunch will be provided on campus at the student restaurant “Les Fenouillères” or at the Cafeteria, from Monday to Friday.

In the evening and during weekends, students will be free to prepare their own meals in the residences’ shared kitchens. Kitchenware and dishes will be provided at the beginning of the session to each student.

On weekends, students will also be free to discover some of the many restaurants located in the city center.


Local transport:

The city of Aix has an efficient bus service “Aix en Bus”. Maps, timetables and a bus-pass (10 trip-tickets) will be given to each student at the beginning of the summer school.


During the summer program, students are not entitled to the French student health insurance. However, we highly recommend that students subscribe an insurance covering medical expenses and repatriation.



Last day of class: Friday 20th July


Departure for China: Sunday 22nd July

Transfer from the Student’s Residence Halls to Marseille-Provence Airport may be organized by taxi, on demand (3 students per taxi).




For more information about the scientific programme, please download the list of courses.



French language course

During the summer school (July 3rd to 20th, 2018), students will attend 16 hours of French as a Foreign Language (FFL). This volume of French lessons will give students the opportunity to discover the language (basic words and constructions) and French culture (through songs, poems, etc.). The courses will take place in the afternoon, according to the following schedule: 2 days x 2 hours the first week, 3 days x 2 hours the other two weeks.

The courses will be given at the SUFLE, a university service for FFL at Aix-Marseille University in Aix-en-Provence by an experienced teacher. The SUFLE welcomes every year more than 800 international students from all around the world.

A certificate of attendance/level will be provided by SUFLE.


Cultural visits:  


Students will enjoy:

* A half-day guided tour of Aix-en-Provence, city center

* a one-day excursion in Aix surroundings: sightseeing trip to Moustier Sainte-Marie village and Sainte Croix lake, discovering of Valensole fields of lavender

* a one-day guided tour in Marseille: the “old-Port”; the “corniche”; Notre Dame de la Garde Church; the famous “Vélodrome” football stadium, and the old parts of the City such as “le Panier”, “Saint-Victor”, “le Fort Saint Jean”…

* A French Cocktail evening

* A Provencal Garden Party