Transnational Accountability Project


Deadline for submissions: 20 November 2019, 4pm

Transnational Accountability Project (TAP) is an off-curriculum project run for and by the students of law at the University of Glasgow, with the help and guidance of various faculty members.

The aim of this project is to provide legal research support to civil society campaigns that strive to hold international actors to account for the social and environmental impacts of their activities. It is therefore a hybrid between a research project (in that it will consist in providing research support) and a clinic (in that the research will be provided in relation to current real-life scenarios). The particular focus of this project is on foreign investors and international financial institutions, but also on the governments that enter into legal relationships with these actors to acquire financial resources without sufficient guarantees of ensuring sustainability of subsequent operations.

This is a Glasgow Open Justice (Go Justice) initiative that is curated by Antonio Marzal, Akbar Rasulov and Giedre Jokubauskaite from the Glasgow Centre of International Law and Security.

In the academic year 2019/20, TAP will focus on the transnational legal issues surrounding expansion of hydropower production in Georgia.

The aim is to explore the existing avenues of legal redress and accountability of financial institutions and investors that agreed to fund these dams, including the issues of contractual propriety, transparency, access to justice and information.

The key advantage of this project is that it combines the analysis of both public and private law frameworks, and it also examines how the two interact at the international level.

The civil society campaign against these dams is currently run by two organisations based in Georgia: Human Rights Education and Monitoring Centre (ECM, and Green Alternative ( These organisations are our key partners and for the moment, the main beneficiaries of the research support that will be generated by TAP.

Application and selection process

If you are interested being a part of the TAP, apply by sending us your CV and a few paragraphs about why you want to be a part of this project, and why you think you would bring a valuable contribution to the team.

Send your applications to and by 20th November 2019, 4pm.

The full text of the call is available here.