2nd Martens Summer School on International Law in Pärnu
2nd Martens Summer School on International Law that takes place in the University of Tartu Pärnu College from July 29 to August 2 will focus on comparative aspects of international law, i.e. on the issue of how international law and human rights are being interpreted and implemented in Russia and Western countries.
Martens Summer School is named after famous Russian international law scientist, a Professor of the St. Petersburg University Friedrich Martens who was of Estonian origin and was born in Pärnu. The course director, Professor Lauri Mälksoo explains: “We are very grateful that with the help of CEURUS we can bring additional knowledge and brilliant lectures from the field of international law and human rights to Estonia. In addition to that, Martens Summer School is a good example of flexible regional policy of the University of Tartu. The fact that this summer course takes place in Pärnu is a kind of acknowledgment of our university to the City of Pärnu. It was indeed in Pärnu where the Academia Gustavo-Carolina operated at the end on 17th century and it has turned out from the studies of Georg von Rauch that some interesting tractates of natural law originate indeed from the Pärnu period of the University of Tartu that deal with today's international law. Perhaps this summer course becomes the breeding ground for new generation of Martenses.”
This year more than 30 students from Estonia and other European countries will participate in Martens Summer School. Among the participating lecturers, there are: Professor at the University of London and practising barrister Bill Bowring, who has specialised on Russia-related cases in the European Court of Human Rights; Professor Eduard Ivanov from the Moscow Higher School of Economics; Angelika Nussberger, elected judge representing Germany at the European Court of Human Rights and Russian law expert; Dr. Christoph Schewe from the University of Latvia; and Dr. René Värk from the University of Tartu. The course director is Lauri Mälksoo, Professor of International Law at the University of Tartu, who will hold the Annual Lecture on the importance of Friedrich Martens (1845-1909) for the international law. The City of Pärnu will organise the festive reception for the participants of the summer course on July 29.
2nd Martens Summer School on International Law takes place under the leadership of the interdisciplinary centre CEURUS (Centre for EU-Russia Studies) of the University of Tartu.
Additional information: Lauri Mälksoo, Professor of International Law at the University of Tartu, phone: 737 6042, e-mail: lauri.malksoo [ät] ut.ee.