Martens Summer School – Call for applications

Press release — 18 January 2012

Call for Applications

1st Martens Summer School on International Law
“Russia and International Human Rights Law”

The Centre for EU-Russia Studies (CEURUS) at the University of Tartu is organizing the first Martens Summer School on International Law from 29 July – 03 August 2012 in the coastal town of Pärnu, Estonia.

The first Martens Summer School will focus on specific Eastern European and Eurasian concepts of and developments in International Law, including Human Rights Law. In particular, we will devote our attention to significant international legal developments in the Russian Federation and the CIS countries.

After the collapse of the USSR in 1991 and the adoption of the new democratic constitution in 1993, the Russian Federation has embraced various regimes and instruments of International and European Human Rights Law. Perhaps most significantly, Russia ratified the European Convention on Human Rights in 1998 and thus became subject to the jurisdiction of the European Court of Human Rights. However, Russia’s participation in the Strasbourg system of human rights protection has not always been an easy or smooth one. Russian NGO-s and international human rights organizations, both governmental and non-governmental, often criticize the Russian government for deficiencies in the field of human rights. What then is today’s Russia’s stance on Human Rights Law? In light of the Russian Federation’s participation in the European Convention on Human Rights, what are the main problem areas? With the help of prominent Human Rights Law specialists from the Russian Federation and elsewhere, the 1st Martens Summer School on International Law will look for answers to the above mentioned questions.

CEURUS invites all interested MA students and advanced undergraduate students to apply for participation in this event.Application, including a CV and a short letter of motivation should be submitted latest by 04 June 2012 to be considered.

For more information about the application procedure as well as about the programme, requirements and awards, please visit the Martens Summer School website

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