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Service Learning Experiences in the Bachelor's Degree in Law

Practicum - Environmental Law Clinic

  • Coordinators: Aitana de la Varga (aitana.delavarga@urv.cat) i Elisabet Cerrato Guri (elisabet.cerrato@urv.cat)
  • Summary: One of the places where Law students can do their work experience programme is CEDAT, the Tarragona Centre for Environmental Law Studies, which contains the Environmental Law Clinic. In the field of Law, one of the most common types of international service learning programme is Clinical Legal Education, a global movement for social justice that involves students and teachers from all over the world. The services offered by students under the supervision of the institution's teaching staff include: the writing of legal reports and statements, the writing of local legislative proposals, and conciliation and mediation in environmental matters. Between the academic years 2005-2006 and 2012-2013, the Environmental Law Clinic worked on a total of 42 cases for 23 clients, 17 of which are social entities and six public administrations. The Environmental Law Clinic received the 2007 URV Council group award for teaching quality. It is a member of the Network of Environmental Law Clinical Programs and the IUCN Academy of Environmental Law.
  • More information: http://www.cedat.cat/ca/clinica/index.php


  • Coordinator: Susana Borràs Pentinat (susana.borras@urv.cat)
  • Community organization: Platform in defense of Ebro
  • Summary: The student will work with URV's work team in the wording of the second complaint that the platform will present to the European Commission against the Hydrological Plan of the Ebro. The student will apply their knowledge of law to the benefit of the aforementioned entity developing the legal arguments necessary for the protection of the river Ebro and the defense of the interests of this social non-profit entity.

Final project - Legal report on Detention Centers for Foreigners

  • Coordinator: Víctor Merino (victor.merino@urv.cat)
  • Community organization: Platform for closing detention centers for foreigners
  • Summary: The final project is conducted within the framework of an inter-university programme, the aims of which are to prepare a report on the reasons why detainees at Spanish detention centres for foreigners (CIEs) have been held or identified and to evaluate the conditions under which they are detained (possible infringement of rights, ethnic profiling, etc.). This report is prepared at the request of NGOs that are members of the Plataforma pel Tancament dels CIEs (Platform for the Closure of the CIEs). The universities participating in the programme are the University of Valencia, the Complutense University of Madrid, the University of Alcalá, the University of Barcelona, and the Rovira i Virgili University (URV). At the URV, three undergraduate Law students are preparing this report for their final project.

Final project - Socials movements and law

  • Coordinator: Aitana de la Varga (aitana.delavarga@urv.cat)
  • Community organization: Cultural Action Association Despertaferro
  • Summary: This project studies the municipal, regional or state legislation affecting the daily lives of people, and especially social movements. The aim is to write a guide with directions and indications.

Final Project - Civil liability arising from environmental crime

  • Coordinator: Maria Marquès i Banqué (maria.marques@urv.cat)
  • Community organization: FlixNet Platform
  • Summary: The case of Flix contamination has been the subject of different legal actions in the past. The environmental legal clinic of the URV assumes the task of the Flixnet Platform, the 2016-2017 course, to draw up a "legal map" of the situation, analyzing the actions carried out to date, legal arguments and legal channels open. The work is linked to this task and counts on the collaboration of the Ter Defense Group, an environmental entity in charge of executing civil liability aimed at repairing the damage.