5th Martens Summer School on International Law
Location: University of Tartu, Pärnu College (Ringi 35, Pärnu, Estonia)
Time: July 24 - July 29, 2016
Level: advanced undergraduate and MA students a professionals.
Objectives: The 5th Martens Summer School on International Law, organised by the Faculty of Law of the University of Tartu in the Estonian coastal resort town Pärnu, will deal with the comparative aspects of international law and human rights, particularly focusing on the issues related to Russia and Eurasia. One of the underlying ideas is to bring together Western, Russian and naturally also Estonian international law scholars, practitioners and students. Each year we invite 4 distinguished lecturers from different countries and each lecturer will present 5 lectures over 5 days of the week.
The programme awards 2 ECTS with the option of 4 ECTS in case the student submits an individual research paper. This needs to be agreed upon with the programme academic manager Professor Lauri Mälksoo lauri [dot] malksoo [ät] ut [dot] ee prior the course.
Pärnu is the birth town of Friendrich Fromhold von Martens (1845 - 1909), the world-known Tsarist Russian international law expert and hero of a novel by Jaan Kross, "Professor Martens' Departure". Thus, the summer course will be held under the motto: "Those peoples and languages, flags and nations were present and waiting for me in my innermost consciousness long before I encountered them in the river harbour of Pärnu." (Jaan Kross, Professor Martens' Departure, Translated from Estonian by A. Hollo, New York: New Press, 1994, p. 34.)
Since 2012, each July approximately 25-30 students from some 10 countries from all over the world attended the Martens Summer School in Pärnu.
Application deadline is May 31, 2016.
A letter of motivation and CV needs to be submitted together with the application at the e-mail address martens [dot] summer [dot] school [ät] ut [dot] ee .
In 2016, the administrative fee is 50 EUR and it will be payable to the University of Tartu. In case your application is confirmed, the fee needs to be paid by June 15, 2016.
Successful applicants are responsible for their own travel and accommodation costs. However, we have made a reservation to a limited number of places in Hommiku Hostel in the centre of Pärnu where the price for 5 nights accommodation will be 155 EUR; this needs to be paid directly at the hostel.
The organizers are not responsible for your living expenses in Pärnu. However, please note that on Monday evening, the town of Pärnu will kindly offer a free reception to the participants of the summer course.
Lecturers and Topics in 2015
Dr Jarna Petman (Vice Dean of the Faculty of Law of the University of Helsinki; Commissioner of the International Commission of Jurists) “Social Rights as Human Rights: Do They Make a Difference?”
Judge Bruno Simma (Member of the Iran-United States Claims Tribunal: formerly judge at the International Court of Justice; professor emeritus of international law at the University of Munich) „The International Court of Justice: Its Practice and Role in International Affairs“
Professor Vladislav Starzhenetskyi (Higher School of Economics, Moscow) “European Human Rights Law and Property Rights in Russia”
Professor David Stewart (Georgetown University Law Center; formerly at the US State Department) “The Evolution of the United States Approaches to International Law”
The Annual Public Lecture will be held by Dr René Värk (University of Tartu) in the framework of the festive reception that will be offered by the City of Pärnu on July 25, 2015, and will address the theme of “Hybrid Warfare: A Challenge to International Law“.
A group of professors and participants at the 4th Martens Summer School in 2015