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Liverpool Summer School on the Law of the Council of Europe

The School of Law and Social Justice will host its first Summer School on the Law of the Council of Europe this July 2023.

  • Date: 3rd - 14th July 2023
  • Location: School of Law and Social Justice, University of Liverpool

What will be discussed?

Europe is at the crossroads. Its future, its stability, and prosperity depend on how effectively it will respond to the crucial – old and new – challenges that it is facing. This summer school will bring together key decision-makers from the Council of Europe and leading scholars to discuss the ways in which the Council of Europe system can stand up to these challenges. These include rising illiberal democracies, the Russian aggression against Ukraine, and the consequent expulsion of the Russian Federation from the Council of Europe, but also climate change, public health emergencies, such as the one caused by COVID-19, and economic crises. The outcomes of the Summits of Heads of State and Government of the Council of Europe in Reykjavik, Iceland will also be discussed.

What is the format?

The Summer School will be set as an educational space for interactive, engaging learning, and discussion. The Summer School will last for two weeks, from 3 to 14 July 2023. Seminars and workshops will be led by high profile invited researchers and practitioners. These activities will be complemented by interactive sessions delivered by academic staff members from the School of Law and Social Justice at the University of Liverpool.

The participants of the Summer School are invited to attend a conference on EU accession to the ECHR which will take place in Liverpool on 14 and 15 July 2023.

Who can participate?

This Summer School will be useful for advanced postgraduate taught (Masters) and postgraduate research (PhD) students, post-doctoral researchers, early career scholars, and practitioners interested in the law of the Council of Europe, and in human rights, rule of law, and democracy. It is open to lawyers, but also to individuals specialising in contiguous areas (e.g., political science) who possess the necessary background knowledge that will enable them to attend the courses and participate in the discussions.

What is the language of the Summer School?

All Summer School activities will take place in English. Participants should be proficient in English.

Who is the faculty?

• Mr Tiny Kox (President of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe)
• Professor Michele Nicoletti (Former President of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe)
• Professor Vasilka Sancin (Member of the UN Human Rights Council Advisory Committee and former member of the Human Rights Committee)
• Professor Robert Spano (Former President of the European Court of Human Rights)
• Judge Mykola Gnatovskyy (Judge of the European Court of Human Rights)
• Professor Fiona de Londras (University of Birmingham)
• Professor Lauri Mälksoo (University of Tartu)
• Mr Christos Giakoumopoulos (Director General of Human Rights and Rule of Law of the Council of Europe)
• Professor Paul Stephan (University of Virginia)
• Mr Sandy Moss (UK Permanent Representative to the Council of Europe)

University of Liverpool staff members will also provide interactive master classes, led by:

Dr Antal Berkes
Dr Amanda Cahill-Ripley
Professor Kanstantsin Dzehtsiarou
Professor Amandine Garde
Professor Michael Gordon
Professor Valsamis Mitsilegas
Professor Helen Stalford
Dr Vassilis Tzevelekos

How much does it cost?

Tuition fee: £650


Option 1: B&B – Crown Place £52.50 per person per night for bed and breakfast.
Option 2: Only lodging – Philharmonic Court £26.06 per person per night plus a one off £45 per person for a bedding pack.

Pack includes:

2 x pillows, duvet & cover and 2 x pillow case, towel

*Optional - Participants are free to use their own accommodation


Applications have now closed. Successful applicants will be informed by 28 April 2023.


A number of scholarships will be provided to selected participants. The scholarships will cover the tuition fee and B&B accommodation; they will also partially cover travel expenses.

  • Scholarships are provided by the University of Liverpool and the International Law and Human Rights Unit. The Co-operation Programmes Division of the Council of Europe also makes scholarships available to Ukrainian and Georgian nationals.
  • The full-service international law firm, Gibson Dunn, will provide one scholarship to a Ukrainian national.
  • One scholarship is kindly provided by the Former President of the ECtHR, Professor Robert Spano.


If you have any questions about the Liverpool Summer School, please contact Professor Kanstantsin Dzehtsiarou (dzeh@liverpool.ac.uk) or Dr Vassilis Tzevelekos (tzeve@liverpool.ac.uk). 




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