We are delighted to share that the Erasmus Mundus funding bid led by GCILS Director Professor Robin Geiß and Dr Asli Ozcelik Olcay in support of the LLM in International Law of Global Security, Peace and Development (ILGSPD) has been successful! The programme has received a funding of 4.32 million Euro from the European Commission.

ILGSPD will spearhead an innovative approach to 21st century international legal education recognising the nexus between global security, peace and sustainable development. It is developed against the background of the current UN, EU and UK objectives to defend the rules-based order and international law amid the unprecedented, complex and interconnected challenges the world is facing. The programme will train the next generation of lawyers and policymakers who will be able to navigate the political context of international law and approach global security, peace and development issues comprehensively.

This innovative and multidisciplinary programme will be delivered by a consortium of 7 other leading European universities: University of Tartu, Radboud University, Leuphana University of Luneburg,  Université libre de Bruxelles and Institut Barcelona d’Estudis internacionals (delivering a joint degree awarded by three Spanish universities: Universitat de Pompeu Fabra, Universitat Autonoma de Bareclona and Universitat de Barcelona). In addition, the programme will benefit from connections with Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich as a Key Associate Partner and 29 other academic and non-academic Associate Partners from across the globe. It is noteworthy that the programme builds on our existing teaching partnerships with the Leuphana University of Luneburg and Institut Barcelona d’Estudis internacionals, as well as our existing research collaborations with all Consortium partners.

ILGSPD Consortium Meeting at the University of Glasgow with Consortium partners in November 2019

It seems safe to say that this year was particularly competitive as it was the end of a four-year funding cycle when many renewal bids were submitted and to be successful as a new programme in 2020 means the programme is exceptional. The programme is the first Erasmus Mundus degree for Glasgow’s School of Law, and it builds on and complements the cutting-edge research and impact-driven portfolio of the Glasgow Centre for International Law and Security.

As Professor Robin Geiß said, “we hope that this programme will stand as a strong reminder of the value and importance of continuous higher education cooperation across Europe and internationally”.

The programme website will be launched in September. In the meantime, please find more information about the programme here.

Finally, Professor Geiß and Dr Ozcelik Olcay would like to thank Professor Jane Mair, Dr James Devaney, Dr Henry Lovat, Dr Eamonn Butler McIntosh, Angela Melley, Toni O’Neill, Maryam Morel, Aleksandra Sobieraj, Susan Holmes, Laura Macfadyen and Danielle Higgins for their invaluable help and support throughout the application process.