Even before CRIMHUM was officially registered in Belarus on 20 November 2019, the preparations and dissemination activities continued. Thus, on 18 and 19 November 2019 the CRIMHUM project manager, Dr. Thomas Krüßmann, taught a series of lectures at the Law Faculty of Shota Rustaveli State University of Batumi (Georgia). The students, mostly on the bachelor level, were the first ones to be introduced to the first chapter of CRIMHUM Course book no. 8 “European Criminal Law and Procedure” that had just recently been finished. The purpose was not only to translate this chapter into a lecture, but to get critical feedback on teaching the Europeanisation of criminal law to an audience that had little earlier knowledge on the EU and its institutional development. Therefore, one goal was to summarize the institutional developments from the earliest Communities up to the Constitutional Treaty in order to explain the characteristic features of the Lisbon treaty. Discussions on the widening gap between “Europhiles” and ordinary people in the Member states also helped to explain the rise of populism as well as Brexit.
On the second day, the class offered a revised version of the case on criminalising search and rescue missions in the Mediterranean in light of human rights obligations. These materials had been earlier used for teaching purposes in Minsk, but there were only Russian-language materials available. Now the case is fully equipped for an English-language audience, in order to be subsequently used and elaborated in the second chapter of the aforementioned CRIMHUM Course Book No. 8.
The teaching was generously supported by a grant from the Regional Government of Adjara. In addition, Dr. Krüßmann was asked to join the faculty of a new Master in European Studies programme that Shota Rustaveli State University is preparing as a joint degree programme together with Mykolas Romeris University in Vilna. By agreeing to be involved in this programme for the discipline of European criminal law, the CRIMHUM results will be disseminated also outside the Partner countries Ukraine and Belarus. A special thank you is due to Dean Prof. Levan Jakeli, former Dean Prof. Adam Makharadze and Prof. Omar Phartenadze.