University of Groningen Summer School 2019 in Tbilisi, Georgia

Deadline:  31 May 2019
Open to: students with an advanced undergraduate or graduate level and practitioners with a background in law, human rights, or international relations
Venue: 7 - 13 July 2019, Tbilisi, Georgia


The summer school will consider the particular situation that Eastern European countries have found themselves in after the end of the Cold War and the dissolution of the Soviet Union. Located strategically between Russia (the main successor of the Soviet Union) and Western and Middle European states (mostly members of the EU), Eastern European countries are caught in a split as to where their political, military, economic and cultural future lies. With Western European states aiming for eastward expansion of the area of freedom, security and justice, many a Middle or Eastern European country has joined, or wishes to join, the NATO military alliance or the European Union. This extension of political, military and economic Western influence has left Russia bereft of its former powerhouse dominance in the region.

Already before the dissolution of the Soviet Union, this created strong tensions with respect to the linguistic and cultural minorities in states asserting their (new-found) independence. The status and protection to be afforded minorities under international law and European human rights law turned out to be contentious. Strong Russian influence in neighbouring regions caused minorities to look beyond potential autonomy towards secession and independence. Putting influence into action, some of the regions concerned govern themselves with Russian political, military and financial support. Our summer school will consider the extent to which international law and European human rights law may help in solving the problems of regional conflict, security and human rights in Eastern Europe.

The summer school is jointly organised by the Faculty of Law of the University of Groningen and the Faculty of Law of Tbilisi State University, and will be held in Tbilisi, Georgia.

The summer school will start on Monday 8 July 9AM and end on Friday 12 July. You can find a preliminary programme here.

Learning outcomes

After this course you will be able to:

  1. Identify and explain the relevant norms and principles of international law that may be applicable to the regional conflicts in Eastern Europe;
  2. Compare and contrast the various legal positions adopted by the actors that are involved in the conflicts in the region;
  3. Appraise and evaluate the factual developments in the region against the applicable international legal standards;
  4. Formulate and develop your own understanding as to how international law and human rights law may help to solve the problems in the region.

Work load

The course load is estimated at 56 hours. Upon successful completion of the program, the summer school offers a Certificate of Attendance that mentions the workload of 56 hours (28 hours corresponds to 1 ECTS). Students can apply for recognition of these credits to the relevant authorities in their home institutions, therefore the final decision on awarding credits is at the discretion of their home institutions. We will be happy to provide any necessary information that might be requested in addition to the certificate of attendance.


This summer school is designed for those with a legal background. It is intended for students with an advanced undergraduate or graduate level and practitioners with a background in law, human rights, or international relations. Participants should have passed at least a Bachelor course in international law. Undergraduate students, graduate students, Postgraduate students (PhD students, Post Docs), researchers and other external stakeholders are welcome to apply.

It is expected that the participants have a sufficient command of the English language to actively participate in the discussions and to present their own work in English.


  • €150 Tbilisi State University students (tbc) and University of Groningen students 
  • €300 Students (non-OECD students: €100 deduction) 
  • €500 practitioners (practitioners from non-OECD countries: €50 deduction)
  • €450 PhD students ( PhD students from non-OECD countries: €100 deduction)

The fee includes lunches, coffee, and 1 dinner. Additional fees for housing will be disclosed soon.


To apply, please fill out the online application form. Please note you will be asked to upload a CV and letter of motivation with your application. Acceptance of applications will take place on a rolling basis, the final deadline is 31 May 2019.

In order to apply, register HERE.

For questions about the summer school, kindly contact the organizers:

The official web-page.