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Summer School - Law, Literature and Human Rights, 13-20 July 2019, Netherlands

Publish Date: Jan 29, 2019

Deadline: Apr 01, 2019

Event Dates: from Jul 13, 2019 12:00 to Jul 20, 2019 12:00

Law, Literature and Human Rights

Contemporary constant circulation and reshaping of human rights in the social imagination make it more and more difficult to grasp all their manifestations and all the echoes they leave in both law and literature.

This summer school aims to engage with law and literature not only to consider how these fields treat human rights and engage in human rights discourse, but also to explore how human rights alter the face of both literature and law, particularly through modifying their aesthetic forms. In this sense, the school strives to shift the accent from a sentimental kind of discourse about human rights within Law and Literature to the comprehension of how we talk about human rights and how this manner of talking strengthens or weakens them.

The programme combines Law in Literature and Law as Literature discussions, showing their inevitable interlacement. The format of the summer school is based on the intense interaction between students and teachers. This interaction will be achieved by virtue of linking of all themes to particular legal or literary texts and their thorough discussion.

The programme will combine lectures and discussions in small groups. Starting with the introductory presentation on current Law and Literature tendencies in human rights domain, we will move on towards more specific themes, such as censorship and freedom of expression, precarization of labour, gender and human rights, etc., which will be considered through specific literary and legal texts. These thematic anchors will not only serve as subjects of a particular text to be discussed but will also be examined as driving forces for the formation of new forms of expression both in law and literature. Thus, we will examine how a rhetoric, narrative and genres are being changed within a human rights discourse in both law and literature.

The school seeks for scientific cooperation and also offers master students the opportunity to explore the possibilities of Law and Literature research in Groningen.

Course information

Target group

This summer school is designed for graduate and undergraduate students, as well as postgraduate students (PhD, Post Docs), researchers and other external parties, including practitioners. We expect our participants to be interested in exploring the intersections between law and literature in representing and promoting human rights.

Participants should have a Bachelor degree, or close to finish, in Law or in Literary Studies. 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.

Course schedule

The summer school will start on Sunday 14 July with a city tour and welcoming drinks. The course programme will start on Monday 15 July 9AM and ends at Friday 19 July 5PM. A detailed programme will follow soon.

Learning outcome

After this course you will be able to:

  • differentiate and apply legal and literary approaches to human rights’ representation
  • employ the technics of the literary criticism of human rights law
  • explain and justify the main ideas of Law and Literature movement


Upon successful completion of the program, the Summer School offers a Certificate of Attendance.


  • Practitioners: €655 (non-OECD countries: €505)
  • PhD Students: €555 (non-OECD countries: €405)
  • BA/LL.B, MA/LL.M students: €455 (non-OECD countries: €355)
  • University of Groningen students: €305

The fees include:

  • 5 lunches
  • coffee/tea
  • welcoming drinks
  • city tour
  • opening dinner
  • closing drinks
  • one excursion
  • printed hand-outs


Housing for 7 nights, from Saturday 13 July 2019 to Saturday 20 July 2019, in an international student house is available upon request for €245. You will have a private room, and share the bathroom, kitchen and common room with your fellow summer school participants.


To apply, kindly fill out the online application form. Please include the following documents with your application:

  • CV (max. 2 pages)
  • Letter of motivation (max. 1 page)

The deadline for application is 1 April 2019.

For more information click "LINK TO ORIGINAL" below.

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