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Reconciling Europe with its Citizens through Democracy and the Rule of Law

The Bingham Centre within BIICL, is one of 18 partner organisations participating in a Horizon 2020 EU-funded project, 'Reconciling Europe with its Citizens through Democracy and the Rule of Law' (RECONNECT). This four-year multidisciplinary project focuses on strengthening the EU's legitimacy throughout Europe and seeks to assist the EU in becoming more attuned to the expectations of its citizens.

The Bingham Centre has a multifaceted role in RECONNECT. Along with the University of Leuven, we are co-leading the Communication, Dissemination and Exploitation strategy, including the project blog which published 60 posts in the first two years. At the substantive level, Bingham Centre researchers have contributed to working papers, which are part of project deliverables.



Educational materials

As part of the RECONNECT research project on 'Reconciling Europe with its Citizens through Democracy and the Rule of Law' (, the Bingham Centre for the Rule of Law, together with the University of Leuven, has created a set of educational materials for young people living in the EU.

Our primary aim with this series of educational materials is to enable young people and educators to engage in class discussions about the EU and the rights of EU citizens, and about the meaning and importance of core concepts such as the Rule of Law, democracy and human rights. Topics also include thematic issues that will appeal to a younger audience such as children's rights, migration, climate change, social media and education.

For each topic, there is an info sheet for younger children (approx. 9-11 years old) and an info sheet for older students (approx. 12-16 years old). There are also short guidance notes for educators to accompany each topic.

The educational materials are the result of collaborative work by Lucy Moxham, Julinda Beqiraj and Daniela Nadj at the Bingham Centre for the Rule of Law. We are grateful to our colleague Daniela Nadj for providing valuable research support and assistance with earlier drafts. We also thank our RECONNECT colleagues, in particular, Kari Otteburn at the University of Leuven, for their helpful feedback on earlier drafts of the educational materials.

Graphic design by Dan Gould Design 


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