on Transversal Competences in Legal studies

The Survey is the first Intellectual Output of MELE. With the survey, the consortium wants to get an overview of the legal education so far and, if necessary, adapt the other planned Intellectual Outputs to the results.

MPE 1 on 24th March 2022 (online)

The MPE 1 to present the results of the surveys will be hosted by our partner the University of Belgrade, Faculty of Law and  will be held once again online due to the pandemic.
The event will take place on 24th March 2022 from 16:00pm to 19:00pm. Participation is free of charge and all those who are interested are invited to attend. Below you will find the program and the link to the event:

Meeting Link: Link to the MPE 1

Program Download: MELE_MPE1_Invitation_Belgrade_final


The preliminary project results can be found here: IO1 report

The final version is expected to be published here in March 2022 and presented at MPE 1.
Further information will follow.


The Intellectual Output “Survey on Transversal competences in Legal studies” will be developed and supervised by the South East European Law School Network (SEELS). The survey is intended to investigate the consideration of transversal competences in legal studies. It is supposed to help preparing the Intellectual Output 3 “Method tool box” and the results will be incorporated into its design. In order to be able to work in a well-founded way and to be able to respond to the actual needs of the teaching staff, this detailed survey of the young academic staff and professors will be carried out in advance. The need to modernise the teaching of law has already been described above and the needs assessment has shown that there is either little and old (Germany, UK, Spain, Netherlands) or none (South Eastern Europe, Serbia, North Macedonia and Croatia) data available concerning transversal competences in legal education. Without these data it is almost impossible to develop successfully the method tool box, especially when it comes to the possibilities of integrating transversal competences into teaching and which support should be available to ensure that such integration actually takes place.

Therefore, the questionnaire will be structured in such a way that it will provide these usable results. It will ask for the consideration of the various competences (problem-solving skills, profound communication skills, the ability to work independently on new topics and to continue and discuss current problems and social issues of the present as well as critical thinking) in legal education, the teaching methods used, the age range of teaching staff, the level of students and the general field of law (criminal, public or private law). The survey is conducted anonymously and electronically.

This survey is innovative in two respects: 1) On the one hand, because academic staff, distinguished by level of experience, in particular are to be surveyed, i.e. the focus is on young academics that usually do not have a large say in new developments in teaching and research and is less listened to than established professors. 2) On the other hand, such large, supra-regional and international surveys on ways of innovating legal education are hardly ever carried out and, if so, then only at the national level. This circumstances, however, stands in the way of the Bologna Process, which aims to achieve the highest possible comparability of European higher education. In addition to the survey itself, the consortium partners will also be provided with a methodological introduction to the survey. This will also be prepared by SEELS, which has expertise in this field and has already conducted several surveys among its member faculties on teaching and research in legal studies. SEELS will also be responsible for the evaluation and preparation of the feedback and results. Subsequently, only the analysis of the results will be made available to the public. For reasons of data protection and in order to reduce obstacles to participation, the individual responses will remain internal and anonymous. It is expected that the results of the survey enables the consortium to work on the different handouts and samples for the method tool box. Moreover, the results should also serve as a discussion basis for each consortium partner to rethink their own way of teaching and training in a broader context. 

Note: The two partners, University of Groningen and Regent´s University will not be part of the Survey, since they do not offer traditional legal studies which would cause problems in the conducting of the survey and distort the results.