Lobbying in the Public Interest is not an oxymoron

We are proud to announce the imminent launch of eLabEurope, a civic start up committed to lobbying in the public interest through an unconventional mix of academic research, advocacy and consultancy to improve people’s life.

I am pleased to inform you about the imminent launch of eLabEurope, a civic start up committed to lobbying in the public interest. eLabEurope intends to promote public engagement in Europe and beyond by experimenting new forms of participatory democracy and evidence-based, nonprofit advocacy in the public interest. I conceived this platform to fill the gap between academic thinking and reality in order to advance not only civic participation but also academic engagement.

Mission | Through an unconventional mixing and matching of academic research and consultancy in the public interest, eLabEurope engages in both research and advocacy. It blends advances in technology and emerging collaborative approaches to re-invent existing institutions and processes of governance to improve people’s lives. It strives to fill the gap between academic thinking and policymaking by creating synergies between scholars and policymakers to engage underrepresented citizens, civil society’s organizations and lobby in the public interest.

What we do | eLabEurope operates as an advisory and research platform. It currently encompasses three major initiatives aimed at educating, experimenting and empowering Europe.

This is is a brief description of our major initiatives:


MOOC Understanding Europe

 Educate Europe

eLabEurope developed – in co-operation with HEC Paris, Coursera and the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs – Understanding Europe – Why it Matters and What it Can Offer You, the first MOOC devoted to Europe and its decision-making process. Given its inherent complexities, this course aims at popularizing the intricacies of the European Union system to promote greater awareness of the opportunities it offers citizens. Ultimately, participants will not only better grasp the applicable framework for any European economic or social activity they engage in, but also be offered the opportunity to participate to the EU. By confronting participants with several current EU policy proposals, they will be able to ‘have a say’ in the EU policymaking process. We want to empower everyone, as a citizen or business operator, to maximize their rights and opportunities in today’s Europe. You can register for free here


logo-clinicExperiment Europe

The EU Regulatory Policy Clinic is the result of a partnership between New York University School of Law and HEC Paris. By building upon the American law clinic model and adapting it to the specificities of the EU institutional system, it is the first clinic devoted to experimenting the various channels of participatory democracy existing in the EU. The Clinic focuses especially on the different avenues enabling citizens not only to gain access to the EU decision-making process but also to analyze, critique and support legislative and regulatory proposals. It does so in various policy areas, ranging from public health, environmental, and consumer protection to transparency, interest representation and open data, by submitting observations in public consultations, filing complaints to EU authorities, intervening in the judicial process, petitioning lawmakers, requesting access to documents or proposing evidence-based innovative solutions to European issues. Selected students from NYU and HEC are able to develop their administrative lawyering skills while lobbying for the European public interest. In doing so, they open and crowdsource their work online through their special contribution to the MOOC Understanding Europe. For more information click here


Empower Europe

Empower Europe

We are developing, in partnership with RegulationRoom at Cornell University, a digital platform aimed at boosting civil society’s participation into the EU decision-making process. Given the current civic empowerment gap existing in Europe, there is an urgent need to address the large inequalities existing among citizens by promoting their participation through innovative and easy-to-use platforms and social media.
Please don’t hesitate to contact us (alemanno@hec.fr) should you be interested in getting involved.