iCourts / Pluricourts PhD Summer School 2020
Building on the success and achievements of eight years of innovative and ground-breaking research of international courts, iCourts (University of Copenhagen) in cooperation with PluriCourts (University of Oslo) hosts the 8th high-level summer school for PhD students working on international law and courts 22-26 June 2020. We particularly welcome students who take an interest in the social and political context of international courts and are writing up a PhD thesis that involves an interdisciplinary approach to the study of one or more international courts and a strong focus on methodology.
The iCourts/PluriCourts PhD summer school is based on the principle of active participation.
This means that students who sign up for the summer school are expected to contribute to discussions and to participate in the exercises that are part of the learning program.
As you learn more through interaction and discussion with fellow researchers, the summer school requires of you that you will be willing to share your work through presentations and to offer your intellectual curiosity to others by asking questions and giving comments to your peers.
What was the most valuable part of the course?
“To exchange opinions with brilliant academics was extremely valuable, enriching and motivating”
Time: 22 June – 26 June 2020 at 9:00 – 16:00
Place: iCourts, Faculty of Law, Conference/flex room, ground floor, room 8A-0-57, Njalsgade 76, DK-2300 Copenhagen S
Registration fee: The course is offered at the rate of 275 EURO, covering refreshments and lunch every day, dinners on Monday and Thursday evening, and a farewell reception on Friday afternoon. Lectures, research facilitation, and social programme are offered free of charge. Participants must cover travel and accommodation costs themselves.
Deadline for submission
5 February 2020 12:00. Please use this form to apply for acceptance at iCourts / Pluricourts Summer School 2020.
After the deadline, our committee will select 24 PhD students for the Summer School. The accepted Summer School students will receive a written confirmation on acceptance no later than 5 March 2020, along with practical information and a guide on how to pay the registration fee.
The summer school will admit up to 24 PhD students and is designed for 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 description of their 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 projects in light of the feedback given during the summer school; thus, the optimal time to participate in the summer school is after students have 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.
“Great week, great people, great environment”
Lectures — 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.
Working group sessions — Small groups of 5-7 students will be formed based on similarity or complementarity of topics and methods. These groups of students will meet every day with a professor and a post-doctoral researcher from iCourts or Pluricourts to work on methodological issues related to their own projects. In order for participants to get diversified input to their work, professors will rotate between groups, whereas the postdocs will function as directors throughout the week.
Social programme — As an integrated part of the Summer School, iCourts’ PhD students and Postdocs will arrange sightseeing tours in the city of Copenhagen.
Evenings — There will be an informal welcome and closing dinner, where students will get a chance to talk more informally with faculty and other students. Most evenings will involve homework — doing readings for the next morning’s session and preparing assignments for the working group session.
A detailed program as well as a list and description of the assignments to be prepared and the literature to be read will be made available to all accepted PhD students by 25 May 2020.
iCourts, the Danish National Research Foundation's Centre of Excellence for International Courts, is based at the Faculty of Law of the University of Copenhagen. It is committed to providing a creative research community which studies the role and function of international courts in a changing global society.
iCourts is a research centre dedicated to the study of international courts, their role in a globalising legal order and their impact on politics and society. iCourts opened in March 2012 as a centre of excellence funded by a large grant from the Danish National Research Foundation. It was extended in 2016 after a successful midterm evaluation. The centre is extended until 2022.
Since its beginning, iCourts has contributed to transforming the scholarly and practical understanding of international courts (ICs) at both the global and regional level. By developing and applying novel theoretical and methodological tools and providing the first systematic, comparative, and empirical analysis of the creation and evolution of a growing number of ICs throughout the world, iCourts has generated new ways to investigate and explain the operation and authority of ICs across the globe. The new iCourts will propel this research forward by focusing on the practical impact of international judicialisation. What remains underexplored, and to some extent effectively unknown, is the actual power of ICs; that is, the extent to which these courts do or do not impact, alter or transform law, politics and society within and beyond their spheres of operation.
PluriCourts is a Centre of Excellence at the Department of Public and International Law, The Faculty of Law, the University of Oslo. The Centre is funded by the Research Council of Norway.
PluriCourts studies the legitimacy of international courts and tribunals (ICs) from legal, political science and philosophical perspectives. The centre explores the normative, legal and empirical soundness of charges of illegitimacy, to understand and assess how ICs do, could and should respond.
PluriCourts explores the multidimensional legitimacy standards which include multilevel separation of authority, independence and accountability, performance, and comparative advantages. PluriCourts also aims to identify best practices and models to establish, improve or abolish ICs.
All faculty of the iCourts/PluriCourts summer school are experienced and leading researchers from Europe and the United States, specialized in interdisciplinary studies of international courts.
The researchers you will meet at the 2020 PhD Summer School include:
- Professor Mikael Rask Madsen, Director of iCourts, University of Copenhagen, DK
- Professor Karen Alter, Political Science and Law, Northwestern University, US
- Professor Urska Sadl, European University Institute, Italy
- Professor Jan Komarek, iCourts, University of Copenhagen, DK
- Professor Marlene Wind, Centre for European Politics, and iCourts, University of Copenhagen, DK
- Associate Professor, Juan A. Mayoral, iCourts, University of Copenhagen, DK
- Associate Professor, Jakob v.H. Holtermann, iCourts, University of Copenhagen, DK
- Associate Professor, Anne Lise Kjær, Director of the Summer School, iCourts, University of Copenhagen, DK
The keynote speech will be held by José E. Alvarez, New York University Law School. Professor Alvarez is a former president of the American Society of International Law, the previous co-editor-in-chief of the American Journal of International Law, and a member of the Institut de Droit International and Council on Foreign Relations.
iCourts will offer 3 scholarships to be awarded to students who qualify in the following respects: (1) Innovative projects of high quality and with special relevance to the interdisciplinary and methodological research agenda of the Summer School; (2) Motivation and need; (3) Detailed budget. The grants will cover travel costs to and from Copenhagen and accommodation during the Summer School week (5-6 days), as well as the registration fee.
If you wish to apply for an iCourts grant, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org indicating your motivation for participation and enclosing a budget. It is important for us to know whether your participation is contingent on obtaining an iCourts scholarship.
Applications for scholarships must be submitted before the registration deadline.