Governance in Small States

"Enhancing Governance in Small States: Migration Crisis and Contemporary Challenges"

20 - 27 August 2017 in LJUBLJANA, SLOVENIA

  • Free participation (travel and accommodation is co-financed by the Erasmus+ project grant*)
  • 5-day study programme held in English plus study visit, excursion and exciting social activities
  • 4 ECTS awarded, when programme completed

The summer school is part of Erasmus+ project „Small States in Europe: Towards a cross-disciplinary approach“ and is organised together with partner universities:

Each partner university nominates up to two students to participate based on a competitive selection process. Priority access to the programme will have master‘s and PhD students (advanced undergraduates are encouraged to apply as well).

Deadline for Application: 1 April 2017 - only students from partner universities can apply. Please apply here: on-line application

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 *The travel costs for students from partner universities will be covered up to 275 EUR/student (for students from Iceland: 360 EUR), directly from the coordinator (University of Iceland).

Draft of the Daily Programme (version 16.08.2017)



1st Day

Arrival to Ljubljana 
18.00-20.00 Info desk, Get to know each other and Taste Slovenia (dormitory), Photo contest

2nd Day 

09.15-09.30 Info desk, Faculty and Library tour (Faculty of Administration, lecture room P08)
09.30-10.15 (1 hour) Opening ceremony 
10.30-12.00 (2 hours) Module 1:  How do Small States Survive and Prosper? The Relationship between Small States and Their Larger Neighbours (Baldur Thorhallsson, University of Iceland)
12.00-13.00 Lunch in dormitory
13.00-14.30 (2 hours) Module 2:  Introduction to small state theory (Külli Sarapuu, Tallinn University of Technology)
14.30-16.00 (2 hours) Module 1: Interactive dialogue: Current challenges facing small states in Europe today (Pia  Hansson and Baldur Thorhallsson, University of Iceland)
18.00 Social programme - International village  (dormitory)

3rd Day 

09.00-10.30 (2 hours) Module 2:  Capabilities of small administrations to address complex policy problems (Külli Sarapuu, Tallinn University of Technology)
10.45-12.00 (2 hours): Module 3:  Contemporary challenges of PA in Slovenia (Nejc Brezovar, Ministry of Public Administration) & Comparison of administrative systems in smaller and larger countries (Iztok Rakar, University of Ljubljana)
12.00-13.00 Lunch in city centre (Meeting point: 12.00 from the faculty)
13.30-16.00 Study visit to the Municipality of Ljubljana and Ljubljana's City tour (Meeting point:13.25 in front of the Ljubljana Town Hall

4th Day

09.45-12.00 (3 hours) Module 4:  Small States Coping with EU framework (Caroline Howard Grøn, University of Copenhagen)
12.00-13.00 Lunch in dormitory
13.00-15.15 (3 hours) Module 5:  Lecture & group work: Protective Capacity of States and Responsiblity-Sharing in EU Migration Policy  (Petra Bishtawi, University of Malta) 

5th Day 

09.45-12.00 (3 hours) Module 6:  Legal Protection of Migrants - Gaps in the Refugee Convention 1951 (Kumari Lane, Queen Mary University of London) 
12.00-13.00 Lunch in dormitory
13.00-15.15 (3 hours)  Module 7:  Managing the External Schengen Border: Towards Joint Administrative and Fiscal Responsibility (Primož Pevcin& Bruno Nikolić, University of Ljubljana)

6th Day

09.00-10.00 Presentations of Group Assignments
11.00-11.30 Break
11.30-12.30 Written Exam
12.30-14.00 Lunch (Šumi restaurant)
14.00-15.00 Closing ceremony 
19.00 Social programme - Pub Quiz

7th Day

9.00 – 19.00 Excursion to Postojna Cave and Piran, the dream city on the Adriatic Sea (Meeting point: 8.45 in front of the dormitory)

8th Day


The programme consists of two main topics, that is small states/governance and migrations. Students need to listen to all modules/lectures, yet they will be evaluated differently. For the Modules/lectures 1-4, students will need to pass the written exam on Friday 25/8/2017, and for the Modules/lectures 5-7, students will prepare and present a seminar paper, according to the received instructions.
All students need to do the preparatory work prior to the beginning of the summer school: (1) carefully check and read study materials provided by the teachers - study materials and handouts are published in separate sections for each module; (2) prepare the draft versions of the seminar paper according to the instructions.

All study materials are available in Moodle e-classroom.

Lecturers and partners


Getting here

By Plane: Ljubljana International Airport Jože Pučnik (Brnik) is situated 23 km northwest of the city. It is connected with all major European cities and airports. If you are travelling by the low-fare carriers (Ryanair, Wizzair, Myair, Easy Jet), please note that the closest airports to Ljubljana are 

  • Klagenfurt: 85km
  • Trieste: 130km
  • Zagreb: 140km
  • Graz: 187km
  • Venice: 230km
  • Treviso: 238km

Several airports within reasonable distance to Ljubljana are served by low-fare carriers. Favourably priced scheduled transfers from these airports and Ljubljana Jože Pučnik Airport can be booked through the website at GoOpti. The company GoOpti operates daily transfers between Ljubljana and the airports in Venice, Treviso, Trieste, Bergamo, Graz, Zagreb and several other cities at very reasonable prices.


Airport shuttle Markun: Airport shuttle is a very convenient way of getting from/to airport as it can drive you directly to any address in Ljubljana for fixed price 9 €/person to/from any given address in Ljubljana. The journey time is about 25 minutes and  tickets are bought on the shuttle. Shuttles are parked directly in front of the terminal at number 12. Departures are adapted to plane landings and are approx. every 15-20 min. You can book here

Taxi: The taxi rank is right in front of the terminal.  Taxis are available according to the actual arrivals of flights. A fare from the Airport to Ljubljana City costs  approximately 40 EUR€. We recommend to call Taxi usluge (0038631/350-746; for fixed price 20 €/car (up to 3 persons) or company INTERTOURS TAXI (telephone number: 00 386 31 311 311) for the price from app. 20 to 25 €.

Bus: The most common connection with Ljubljana is by bus. The journey time is approximately 45 minutes and tickets (about 4€) are purchased on the bus. Tell the driver you would like to get off at the ťStadionŤ stop in Ljubljana, which is about 500 meters from Dijaski dom Bezigrad (see map).
Click here for bus and shuttle schedule (Ljubljana Airport webpage).


City Bus:  Take the bus number 6 (direction Črnuče), 8 or 11 (direction Ježica) to Mercator stop (if you enter at station Bavarski dvor go off at the fourth scheduled stop). Accommodation and venue are about 250 meters from the bus stop.
You need electronic ticket (card) Urbana to travel by city bus. Urbana can be bought at kiosks and vending machines, one fare is 1,20€. Urbana card can also be used for BicikeLJ – bike rental service (requires prior registration>>)

Taxi: Taxis in Ljubljana operate by meter with a starting fee of about 1,5€. It is however advisable to ask for the price estimation in advance. It is also advisable to call a taxi rather than hail it on the street. Among the advisable ones are:
Taxi usluge 00386(0)31 350 746;
Metro 00386(0)41 240 200; 00386 (0)80 11 90     
Taxi from bus/train station to Dijaski Dom Bezigrad should not be more than 8€.

Bicycle: Easiest way to travel around Ljubljana with free-of-charge bicycle rental Bicikelj, it requires prior registration>>

Venue and Accomodation


The Summer School will take place at Faculty of Administration (FU), which is located about 2,5 km to the north of Ljubljana city centre:

Faculty of Administration (Fakulteta za upravo), Gosarjeva ulica 5, 1000 Ljubljana



Dormitory Bežigrad (Dijaski dom Bezigrad)

This dormitory is located next to the Faculty of Administration on the address: 

Kardeljeva ploščad 28, SI-1000 Ljubljana 

phone (reception): +386 (0)1 53 42 867 Amenities: wireless internet, clothes washing facilities, outdoor car park, fitness, luggage storage.
For more pictures and info click here 


For map preview click here

1 - Venue (Faculty of Administration)
2 - Accommodation (Dijaski dom Bezigrad)
3 - Lunch (Dijaski dom Bezigrad)
4 - Bus stop "Mercator" (city bus line 6, 8, 11, Urbana top-up station, BicikeLJ station) 
- Bakery (Dunajska pekarna, open 5.00-23.00; fast food across the street open 0-24)
6 - Grocery store (Mercator, MON-FRI 7.00-20:00; SAT 7.00-15.00, SUN closed)
7 - Restaurant (Favola – Italian restaurant and pizza, 10.00-22.00)
8 - Cafe (Badovinac and Barbado cafe, MON-FRI 8:00-16:00)


Useful information

  • Currency: The official currency in Slovenia is Euro. Banks and exchange offices don't charge special commissions. Major credit cards and debit cards (e.g. Maestro) are widely accepted and ATM's are easily found.
  • Time: CEST (GMT+1)
  • Country phone code: +386
  • Weather: You can check some basic weather prognosis for Slovenia (link>>).
  • Climate: The climate in Ljubljana is Central European, but is also subject to the influences of warm air from the Adriatic and cold air from the Alps. The average temperature is around 4°C in the winter and around 22°C in the summer. The daytime temperature in the summer is usually 30°C.
  • Language: The official language in Slovenia is Slovenian. A large number of inhabitants also speak English, German or Italian.
  • People: Slovenia has a population of 2 million, of which 83.1% (2002 census) are Slovenes. In Slovenia there are also two national minority communities of Italians and Hungarians.
  • Religion: The majority of Slovenes (almost 60%) are Roman Catholics, although there are around 38 other religious communities, spiritual groups, societies and associations registered in Slovenia.
  • General tourist information on Slovenia link>>
  • Ljubljana - places to eat:
  • Events in Ljubljanalink>>
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