The International Research Centre on European Law (C.I.R.D.E.) has been active within the University of Bologna since 1991. Before the entry into force of the Lisbon Treaty (2009) the Centre was operating under the acronym C.I.R.D.C.E. (Interdepartmental Research Centre on EC Law). Its main aim is to deepen and disseminate knowledge on European Law.
C.I.R.D.E. promotes research in collaboration with other Italian and foreign universities, offers graduate courses and organises MA programmes. Moreover, it provides professional training, refresher courses and acts as a consultant for numerous public and private entities.
The Centre brings together academics from the University of Bologna, together with national and international professionals. In addition, it works in close contact with experts from the European Union Institutions.