Public lecture by a U.S. federal judge, Virginia Covington


On November 13, at 4:00 pm, Ilia State University School of Law School of Human Rights, in partnership with the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) Program to Support of the Rule of Law in Georgia (PROLoG), invites you to a public lecture by US Federal Judge Virginia Covington.

The lecture will be held in a hybrid format and can be attended both in the physical space and remotely through the platform zoom.

Those wishing to attend the lecture in any format are required to pre-register online no later than November 11 this year (23:59).

Registration is available through this link:

Please note: Only 30 participants who have previously registered will be able to attend the event in the physical space, and they will have to meet the requirements for attending the event established due to the coronavirus pandemic.*

Those wishing to attend the public lecture on November 12 will receive the following at the e-mail address provided by you:

  • Meeting link for participation in the remote format;
  • Meeting place for physical attendance.

 About the speaker

Judge Virginia Covington was nominated as a federal court judge of the middle district of Florida on the 7th of September 2004. Shortly after her nomination, the Senate approved her candidacy for the post. She became the first judge of Latin American descent to rule in the middle district of Florida.

Virginia Covington has many years of working experience in different countries of the world. She worked with judges in Latin American countries, such as on topics such as court ethics and court management. She has received several awards, including the award for distinguished Service and perennial public activities.

About the lecture

Public belief in the independence of the judiciary and its impartiality represents the core value of a democratic society. We will talk with Judge Covington about the lecture on the importance of an independent judiciary. We will also review the precedents set by the U.S. Supreme Court Decisions. The second part of the event will be devoted to discussion and the judge will answer questions from the audience.


Tamar Gurchiani, Associate Professor of Iliauni Law School, Head of the Human Rights Department

Working language: English (Simultaneous translation will be provided)

Time: 13 November, 4:00 pm

Format: hybrid

*Requirements for attending the event in a physical space

Attendance at the event is allowed for fully vaccinated persons based on a pre-submitted dual vaccination document.
Unvaccinated persons will be admitted to the lecture based on a negative test result on the spot. Testing costs will be covered by the organizer. If necessary, rapid testing will be conducted at the expense of the organizer. If you need a rapid test, please report to the address of the University indicated by email at 15:30.


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