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Education University of Groningen Summer Schools

Law, Literature, and Human Rights

Dates & location 12 - 17 July 2020, Groningen, the Netherlands
Level LL.B/BA/LL.M/MA/PhD/Postdoc/Practitioners
Fees (to be confirmed) €305 - University of Groningen students
€455 - BA/LL.B, MA/LL.M students (non-OECD countries: €355)
€555 - PhD Students (non-OECD countries: €405)
€655 - Practitioners (non-OECD countries: €505)
Academic coordinators Mr. Kostiantyn Gorobets (Faculty of Law);
Mrs. Yuliia Khyzhniak (Faculty of Law);
Advisor: Prof. Dr. Pablo Valdivia Martin (Faculty of Arts)
Contact lawandliterature rug.nl
Painting by Marie Spartali: "Antigona”
Painting by Marie Spartali: "Antigona”

Are you interested in taking a new perspective on human rights and discovering their hidden meanings in literature and law?
Would you like to learn how contemporary interdisciplinary studies such as Law and Literature and Law and Humanities help to unveil the cultural and social message of human rights law?
Would you like to spend a week discussing the cutting-edge ideas in the Law and Literature studies focused on dimensions of marginality, relations between human rights and sovereignty, literary meanings and hidden structures of the ECHR jurisprudence?

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, marginalisation and human rights, literary sides of the ECHR jurisprudence, 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. The summer schools will include lectures such as:

  • Marginality and Empathy: Literature and Human Rights in Prisons
  • Law of Literature: The Interaction Between the Cultural Field and the Field of Law
  • Innovation of Law, Literature and the Change of Language: The Human Rights Perspective

Practical information

Dates & location 12 - 17 July 2020, Groningen, the Netherlands
Level LL.B/BA/LL.M/MA/PhD/Postdoc/Practitioners
Fee - to be confirmed €305 - University of Groningen students
€455 - BA/LL.B, MA/LL.M students (non-OECD countries: €355)
€555 - PhD Students (non-OECD countries: €405)
€655 - Practitioners (non-OECD countries: €505)
  • 5 lunches
  • coffee/tea
  • welcoming drinks
  • city tour
  • opening dinner
  • closing drinks
  • one excursion
  • printed hand-outs
Academic coordinators Mr. Kostiantyn Gorobets (Faculty of Law);
Mrs. Yuliia Khyzhniak (Faculty of Law);
Advisor: Prof. Dr. Pablo Valdivia Martin (Faculty of Arts)
Contact lawandliterature rug.nl
Requirements

This summer school is designed for graduate and postgraduate students, researchers, and practitioners. We expect our participants to have an expertise in human rights and law and/or literary studies and humanities, as well as ability and readiness to explore multidisciplinary fields of knowledge. Participants should have at least Bachelor degree (or, as a matter of exception, close to finish) in Law or in Literary Studies/Humanities.

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 output in English.

Learning outcomes

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

The workload is estimated at 40 hours. Participants who attend all sessions will receive a certificate of participation signed by the coordinators of the summer school. Upon request the certificate can mention the workload of 40 hours (28 hours corresponds to 1 ECTS). Students can apply for recognition of these credits to the relevant authorities in their home institutions, therefore the final decision on awarding credits is at the discretion of their home institutions. We will be happy to provide any necessary information that might be requested in addition to the certificate of attendance.


Housing
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You will stay at Upsilon International Students House. This newly built residence is beautifully located between the city centre of Groningen and the University campus. There is a coffee corner at the main entrance and a rooftop where you can enjoy the sunset. You will have a fully furnished private room, with its own bathroom and toilet. The kitchen/living room is shared with approx. 8 other students, and offers you a place to have dinner or to play a (board) game with your fellow summer school students.

Meals

The kitchens are fully equipped with electric stoves, ovens, fridges, freezers, etc. and of course pots and pans. Please note that food (breakfast, lunch, dinner) is not included unless otherwise specified by your summer school. You should count on spending approximately €15-20 per day on meals, snacks, coffee/tea and/or other refreshments.

Conditions

The housing service is optional, please indicate on your online application form if you want to have accommodation arranged for you. If you agree to have housing arranged for you, you will be offered a standard package with the following conditions:

  • Standard rental from Saturday 11 July to Saturday 18 July for € 274 (7 nights). This includes cleaning, bed package (duvet, pillow + linen) and basic kitchen utensils.
  • Check-in is on Saturdays between 2 PM and 10 PM or Sundays between 2 PM and 4 PM. The central summer school office will be there to welcome you.
  • Check-out is on Saturday before 10 AM.
  • Cancellation policy: Participants who cancel within 3 weeks before the start of the summer school are liable to pay the full amount.

Please note that the international student house is a regular home and not hotel-quality accommodation. If you prefer to stay in other accommodation, please make use of one of the many hotels in Groningen.

Application procedure

Applications will open soon. The deadline for application for the summer school is 1 May 2020. To apply, kindly fill out the online application form. Please note that you will be asked to upload:

  • Curriculum Vitae (max. 2 pages)
  • Motivation letter, clearly stating why you want to join this summer school, what you will bring to the school and what you hope to learn (max. 1 page)

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