PhD Summer School on International Law: Courts and Contexts, 26 - 30 June 2017, Copenhagen, Denmark

Publish Date: Jan 07, 2017

Deadline: Apr 01, 2017

Event Dates: from Jun 26, 2017 12:17 to Jun 30, 2017 12:15

PhD Summer School on International Law: Courts and Contexts

The Centre of Excellence for International Courts (iCourts) and PluriCourts (Centre for the Study of the Legitimate Roles of the Judiciary in the Global Order) are hosting a high-level summer school for PhD students working on international courts in their social and political context. We particularly welcome students who are writing up a PhD thesis that involves a strong focus on methodology.

The iCourts/PluriCourts PhD summer school is based on the principle of participant contributions. This means that students who sign up for the summer school are expected to take an active part in the scholarly discussions and to participate in the exercises that are part of the learning program.

As you learn more through active participation and cooperation, the summer school requires that you are willing to present your work and to share your intellectual curiosity with others by asking questions and giving comments to other participants.

What was the most valuable part of the course?
“I was particularly impressed with the feedback and guidance I received on my thesis development, using interdisciplinary research methods and career guidance”


Time: 26 June - 30 June 2017 at 9:00 - 18:00

Place: iCourts, Karen Blixens Plads 16, DK-2300 Copenhagen S

Participation and expenses: The course is offered free of charge but the participants pay for expenses relating to travel and accommodation.

Deadline for submission
1 April 2017. Please use the registration form.

The participants

The program will admit up to 24 doctoral students, in the early stages of their research. To be admitted to the program, students must be enrolled in a doctoral program. Students must submit a research project as part of the application, since the key focus of the summer program is to help students improve their research projects. Students should expect to significantly refine and change their doctoral project in light of the feedback given during the summer school, thus the optimal time to participate in this program is after a student has an approved project and after they have surveyed the relevant literature.

The students may have begun research, but it is better to participate before any serious writing up of findings has occurred.


The programme structure

Mornings — Faculty teach a session that is related to their own research interests. They present some of their own work and discuss methodological issues related to researching a specified topic.
Students will have assigned readings (approximately 200 pages) that they prepare in advance.

Afternoon sessions — Small groups of students (5- 6) will be grouped based on similarity or complementarity of topics. This group of students will meet every afternoon with a faculty member to work on methodological issues related to their own projects. In order for participants to get diversified input to their work, faculty members will rotate between groups.

Evenings — There will be an informal welcome and closing dinner with faculty, where students will get a chance to talk more informally with faculty members and other students. Most evenings will involve homework — doing readings for the next morning’s session, and preparing assignments for the afternoon session.

A detailed program will be sent to all accepted students


iCourts will offer 5 scholarships to be awarded with regard to the quality of the projects. The grants will cover travel and accommodation during the conference.

If you wish to apply for an iCourts grant, please send an email to indicating your motivation for participation and enclosing a budget.

For more information click "Further official information" below.

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