ICON•S – THE INTERNATIONAL SOCIETY OF PUBLIC LAW
A History of the Establishment of the Chapter
ICON•S Georgia is the Georgian chapter of the International Society of Public Law. The idea of its foundation was initiated in 2021 during the cooperation between Georgian public law scholars and ICON•S, and in the summer of the same year, intensive preparatory work began in order to establish the organization in Georgia. In February 2022, the founding meeting of the organization was held with the participation of representatives of various universities of Georgia, and on June 14, 2022, the executive committee of the International Society of Public Law confirmed the creation of the Georgian organization and approval of its charter.
The Mission of the ICON-S Georgian Chapter
The Georgian Chapter of the International Society of Public Law (hereinafter: ICON•S) is established to create a diverse and interdisciplinary academic forum to discuss contemporary Public Law challenges, including administrative law, constitutional law, international law, and related fields such as political science, political theory, jurisprudence, and political history. It will be an intergenerational working space that will include both established scholars and junior academics. It will seek to provide an academic space for scholars using diverse methodologies and coming from different legal education backgrounds. It will also serve as a link between the Georgian academia and the international forum that the Society offers. In its composition, the Chapter will promote the following principles: regional and political diversity, gender balance and academic excellence.
1. The aim of the Georgian Chapter is to pursue the mission of ICON•S within Georgia.
2. The Chapter is established in order to:
a) Promote the values of ICON•S, including a commitment with an interdisciplinary approach to public law, and the values associated with human rights, democratic constitutionalism, and the rule of law.
b) Promote the expansion of ICON•S in Georgia, collaborate with other ICON•S chapters and with Georgian academic organizations that share the values of ICON•S, but remain distinct from them.
c) Promote early-career scholars, especially but not exclusively, from underrepresented groups.
The Chapter shall:
A) Be organized in a way that reflects its commitments to gender balance, inter-generational dialogue, regional and political diversity.
B) Regularly disseminate notice of its events and activities via ICONnect and communicate an annual summary of its activities to the ICON•S Executive Committee.
C) Be subject in its scope, governance and membership, to periodic reviews by the members of the ICON•S Executive Committee.
D) Promote joining ICON•S and paying the ICON•S annual membership fee.