A Doctoral candidate of the UT’s faculty of law acknowledged with Simon S. Levin memorial scholarship
The 2013 Simon S. Levin memorial scholarship was awarded to Margot Olesk, a Doctoral candidate in the University of Tartu’s faculty of law. The size of the scholarship is 3200 Euros and its aim is to support the faculty’s Master’s and Doctoral students in their research work.
Margot Olesk received the scholarship for her Doctoral thesis Rights to Liberty in Prison: The Evolution of Doctrines in the 20th Century and the Definition of Modern European Prison, in which she determined the changes to the assurance of rights to liberty for sentenced persons during the 20th century and analysed the sentenced persons’ rights to liberty on the 21st century, on the basis of which she forecast the development of the future European prison.
The members of the scholarship committee included Ain Alvin, professor of criminal law Jaan Sootak and professor of constitutional law Ülle Madise. When making their decision, the committee considered the significance of the research, the success of the applicant in his/her specialty and the progress in studies.
The law firm Glikman Alvin & Partnerid established the Simon Levin memorial scholarship with the University of Tartu Foundation after Levin’s death in 2008 in honour of his memory. Simon Levin was active in criminal law as well as in research on the efficiency problems of procedural and substantive law, cassation proceedings and also ethical aspects in a lawyer’s work.
Simon S. Levin (1928-2008) was a legendary Estonian lawyer with Jewish roots, who as of 2004 practiced in the law firm Glikman Alvin & Partnerid. Levin graduated from the faculty of law in the University of Tartu in 1947 and was accepted as a member of the Bar Association that same year. He defended the degree of a Candidate of Law in 1974. Levin was awarded the Order of the White Star Class IV and his advocate’s certificate carried the serial number 1.