2016 Summer school Batumi

Batumi summer school

Summer School Batumi 2016

“Unpacking Europeanisation in the South Caucasus and the Black Sea Region: Economic, Legal and Social Contexts”
15-24 July 2016

Batumi Shota Rustaveli State University (Georgia) as a partner of the Jean Monnet Network “Developing the European Studies in the Caucasus” has organized the fourth annual Summer School, which stemmed from the annual seasonal schools on EU Law in the South Caucasus (EULISC). Following the annual meeting of Georgia’s European Way 2016, held in Batumi on 14-15 July, the summer school entitled “Unpacking Europeanisation in the South Caucasus and the Black Sea Region: Economic, Legal and Social Contexts” was consequently dedicated to European integration, policy and law.

The summer school hosted 30 students from countries of the wider Caucasus region and Europe. During the course of the summer school, students were engaged in the study sessions, seminars and discussions, mastered by the teaching staff of the University of Tartu, University of Graz and partner universities of the DESCnet consortium. The main emphasis was put onto the open lectures and meetings with high representatives who came along to Batumi for the annual meeting of Georgia’s European Way. The main focus of the school was enlargement of the EU and pre-accession development in the region followed by the geopolitical discussion.

The summer school targeted undergraduate and graduate students with various backgrounds (political science, law, economics etc.), who wishes to obtain knowledge on ENP and to have a chance to join the discussions with decision-makers. By the end of the school, students were expected to be able to generalise and theorise on the process of EU enlargement and policy making, assess the need for reforms in the region and analyse the resources available, and strive to start or continue their academic career in the field of European studies.

The teaching provided concise yet fundamental knowledge of the history and processes of European integration from legal, socio-economic and political perspective. In addition, a special focus was put on the development of the EU as an international actor, specific external policies and the EU’s relations with strategic partners and international organizations on the global and regional level, especially the countries of the Southern Caucasus. The academic workload of the school was 6 ECTS and working language of the school was  English.

Detailed programme of the school, teaching materials and feedback can be found below. 

Brochure of the summer school - Download

The summer school was held as a part of the Erasmus+ Jean Monnet Teaching Module “European Law in the Southern Caucasus – EULISC”  (542911-LLP-1-2013-1-G-AJM-MO) and Jean Monnet Network “Developing European Studies in the Caucasus” (565086-EPP-1-2015-1-EE-EPPJMO-NETWORK)