PhD Program in Law started in 2009.
The program is designed to bring up a new generation of researchers and academic personnel in Law, who will be able to facilitate to theoretical and practical development of the field by carrying out empirical research; the program, in accordance with the National Qualification Framework, helps students develop competencies needed for carrying out research and teaching at higher educational institutions. The program is focused on development and enhancement of law analysis, interdisciplinary, social skills as well as development and deepening of social and critical approaches.
In operation the program has been modified. The modification was facilitated by Professors, PhD in Law, involved in the process of its implementation: Doctors Zviad Rogava, Ketevan Kochashvili, Salome Kutchukhidze, Malkhaz Begiashvili, Gogi Ghlonti, Devi Khvedeliani; professors: Davit Imnadze, Nona Todua, Ketevan Khutsishvili andd Gocha Mamulashvili as well as by invited professionals, PhD in Law: Davit Kereselidze, Mindia Ugrekhelidze, Valerian Khrustali; Academician Shalva Amonashvili and PhD in Economics Avtandil Gagnidze. In respect to external expertise, significant was the assistance given by the Dean of the School of Law of Tallinn University of Technology Tannel Kerikmei, associate professor of the University Ringa Raudli and by Tinatin Tsereteli Institute of State and Law.
Caucasus School of Law cooperates with the world’s leading scientific centers and partner universities, which allows PhD students to realize their scientific potential.
The standard duration of the PhD program at CSL is three years. Any PhD student who fails to submit his/her doctoral thesis in the prescribed time period is allowed to submit it within the next four years.
Out of 180 ECTS prescribed for completing PhD degree, 60 ECTS is allocated for the educational component while 120 ECTS is allowed for the research component.
The academic part of the program comprises two methodological, one interdisciplinary and two block-seminars. Any PhD student is to write his/her doctorate thesis in one of the fields of his/her choice, in which he/she has taken a block-seminar. In addition, any PhD student is allowed to opt for either being professor’s assistant or taking a relevant course abroad. The student shall do two thematic seminars.
Within the program any student shall publish two scientific articles in an international refereed journal (one abroad) in which he/she shall present major results of the scientific research and take part in an international conference (which means the PhD student shall make a report).
Any PhD student at CSL can study and work simultaneously as the classes at the University are scheduled at 7.00 p.m. Any PhD student shall decide on his/her academic load. The number of contact hours is minimized through putting emphasis on individual work. Scientific part of the program allows students to avoid bureaucracy and dedicate all their time and energy to scientific research.
Students can also participate in grant programs and win scholarship to pursue their education abroad.
Those PhD students who successfully defend their theses will be given an opportunity to get employed at the Caucasus School of Law and earn a high salary. Within the program 50 students have already enrolled in CSL PhD program, among whom are judges of Tbilisi City Court, outstanding lawyers, notaries and public officials holding important offices.
- PhD Program in Law
Bylaws of the PhD program and PhD thesis board
- Members of the Dissertation Board
- Academic personnel
- Collected regulations of Caucasus School of Law
- Didactic textbook of the School of Law
- Seminar works