South Caucasus Summer School 2013



From 22 July 2013 until 29 July 2013

Location: Batumi, Georgia

Application Deadline: 30 June 2013



The University of Graz (Austria) together with the Shota Rustaveli University of Batumi (Georgia) is organizing the first annual Summer School on EU Law in the South Caucasus (EULISC).

This summer school will host 25 students from all countries of the wider Caucasus region as well as from Europe and will offer a platform to discuss and elaborate on current topics in the field of EU law with legal and political relevance for the states of the South Caucasus. Academic experts from both Europe and the Caucasus will combine to teach EU law with the specific environment of the region in mind. The EU strives to define an overall strategy that combines the support for democracy in the countries of the region and a peaceful resolution to its protracted conflicts. Hence, a specific emphasis will be placed on the legal instruments of the EU at work in its Eastern Neighbourhood policy.

In this way, this summer school will deal with those contemporary legal challenges which are both actual and relevant to the EU-South Caucasus context. The summer school is targeted towards young lawyers of the South Caucasus as future practitioners and decision-makers dealing with the region.



Detailed Programme:


The teaching will provide concise, yet fundamental knowledge of the history and the legal aspects of European integration. In addition, a special focus will be given to the development of the EU as an international actor, specific external policies and the EU’s relations with strategic partners and international organisations on the global and regional level, especially the countries of the Southern Caucasus. The following lectures will therefore be held:


  • Introduction to European Integration
  • Foundations of EU Law
  • External Relations of the EU, with special focus on the South Caucasus




The total participation fee is GEL 200 / EURO 95 covering course costs, tuition and accommodation for eight days. Travel arrangements have to be made and paid for individually.



About Batumi/Why Batumi:


Batumi is the optimal location for hosting this summer school. As a port and resort, Batumi has had a long history of connecting Europe with the Caucasus and serves as a model and inspiration for European values in which the recognition of difference and cultural heterogeneity is not seen as a weakness, but as the indispensable guiding idea of “Unity in Diversity”.



 How to apply:


Application is open to students of law and political sciences, International relations and related fields. Please, send your CV and letter of motivation to: reees(at)