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Council of Europe at 75:

Protecting Human Rights, Democracy, and the Rule of Law in a Rapidly Changing World.

The Second Liverpool Summer School in the Law of the Council of Europe.

Dates: 8 - 19 July 2024

Location: School of Law and Social Justice 

What will be discussed?

On 5 May 1949, the Statute of the Council of Europe was signed in London establishing the organisation. For the last 75 years, Europe has been united in the protection of human rights, democracy, and the rule of law. Today, humankind faces new challenges that differ from the ones that were prevailing in Europe in the spring of 1949. Our Summer School will explore two key strands of themes. First, the Summer School will reflect on certain key modern-day challenges, discussing what role the Council of Europe can play in the era of digital revolution and new technologies. These new technologies, such as artificial intelligence and neurotechnology, offer opportunities and may even impact positively human rights. But they can also endanger the enjoyment of fundamental human rights. How well-equipped is the Council of Europe and human rights law more generally to offer protection from these emerging threats? Second, the Summer School will assess the Council of Europe as a sophisticated and multipart system for the protection of human rights, democracy, and the rule of law. To that end, the Summer School will consider how different bodies of the Council of Europe contribute to the fundamental aims of the organisation, but also the history and the effectiveness of the Council of Europe as a whole and of some of its mechanisms, treaties and bodies, such as the Committee for the Prevention of Torture, the Social Rights Committee, the Venice Commission, the European Court of Human Rights and many others.

What is the format?

The Summer School will be set as an educational space for interactive and engaging learning, and discussion. The Summer School will last for two weeks. 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 of the School of Law and Social Justice of the University of Liverpool.

Who can participate?

This Summer School will be useful for advanced postgraduate taught (Master) and 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 shall be proficient in English.

Is there any visa support?

Unfortunately, you will have to apply for visa yourself. However, the School of Law and Social Justice will issue an official invitation when the registration is confirmed. It is suggested that successful participants start their visa application as early as possible.

Who is the faculty (in alphabetical order)?

University of Liverpool staff members will also provide interactive master classes. They will be led by (in alphabetical order):

How much does it cost?

Participation fee: £800 (UK pounds)


Option 1: B&B for 13 night – £728 (UK pounds)
Option 2: only lodging 13 night – £611 (UK pounds)

Scholarships: a number of scholarships will be provided to selected participants covering the participation fee and B&B accommodation. The scholarships are provided by the Council of Europe, Friedrich Naumann Foundation for Freedom, and by the University of Liverpool’s International Law and Human Rights Unit.

Thanks to the generous support of the Permanent Representation of Ireland to the Council of Europe, we also have a full scholarship available to a student or young professional living in the Republic of Ireland to attend the Summer School on the Law of the Council of Europe, which will cover travel, accommodation, and fees for the school. If you are eligible, please mention the Irish DFA scholarship when applying. 

How to Apply

Applications should be submitted via JotForm available here. 

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Applications will be accepted until 14 April 2024, 23:59 UK time. Successful applicants will be informed soon thereafter.


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