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International Law for Sustainable Societies, Certificate

  • Application Deadline
  • 5 days
University rank #66 (ARWU) ,
Although the percentage of people living on less than $1.25 a day fell from 43.1% to 20.6% in the last 25 years (World Bank), much more needs to be done to improve the living conditions of people around the world. This International Law for Sustainable Societies course is offered by the University of Groningen.


This summer school, organized by the Department of International Law, aims to explore the contribution of international law to the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). 

This International Law for Sustainable Societies course is offered by the University of Groningen.

Each day of our summer school will be devoted to a particular subtheme, such as basic human needs; sustainable development; the human environment; migration; crises & transitions. We will discuss the Sustainable Development Goals, in particular the fight against poverty, problems of climate change and pollution, the dilemmas and opportunities of migration, access to essential public services, and the challenges of transitional administration and justice in conflict situations.

Starting the morning with an investigation into relevant general international law concepts, this will be followed by invited speakers who will share their expertise on the relevant Sustainable Development Goal(s). In the afternoons, the role of international law and human rights will be thoroughly explored as the indispensable legal framework for the implementation of the SDGs by States and non-state actors alike.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • More details: One week after submitting an application the applicant will have confirmation of application. The selection will commence immediately after the deadline.
  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 5 days
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

In tackling various issues, the summer school intends to highlight both the prospects and challenges of implementation of the SDGs by analysing these in the light of human rights law, sustainable development law, the law of (international) peace and security, and international law more generally.

As goals do not (necessarily) justify the means, we will approach international law and human rights not only as a facilitator enabling the implementation of the SDGs, but also in their roles to prevent arbitrary or unlawful actions. Throughout the programme, participants will be invited to actively discuss – with experts from international law, human rights law, international relations, civil society, and the (social) sciences – the legal and policy framework.

For more information, please visit the programme website.


                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  This summer school is designed for those with a legal background. It is intended for students with an advanced undergraduate or graduate level and practitioners with a background in law, human rights, or international relations. Participants should have passed at least a Bachelor course in international law.


                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Dr. mr. A.J.J. de Hoogh, Faculty of Law
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Dr. mr. A.G. Hallo de Wolf, Faculty of Law
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Other Lecturers
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Professor M.M.T.A. Brus
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Professor B.C.A. Toebes
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Dr. P. Merkouris
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Dr. A. Rachovitsa
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Dr. C.L. Lamont
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Ms M.M.E. Hesselman LL.M.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              English Language Requirements

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              This programme requires students to demonstrate proficiency in English.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Academic Requirements

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Language requirements

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              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 work in English .

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Other requirements

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Please submit the following documents upon your application:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Motivation letter
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • CV

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Tuition Fee

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • International Applies to you

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                350 EUR/full
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Tuition Fee
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Based on the original amount of 350 EUR for the full programme and a duration of 5 days.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • EU/EEA Applies to you

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                350 EUR/full
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Tuition Fee
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Based on the original amount of 350 EUR for the full programme and a duration of 5 days.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              We've labeled the tuition fee that applies to you because we think you are from and prefer over other currencies.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Living costs for Groningen

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • 750 - 1000 EUR/month
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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