Martens Summer School on International Law
Since 2012, each July approximately 25-30 students from all over the world attend the Martens Summer School on International Law in Pärnu.
Martens Summer School is named after the famous Russian international law scientist, a Professor of the St. Petersburg University Friedrich Martens who was of Estonian origin and born in Pärnu. His high-profile professional career inspired an internationally acclaimed novel, “Professor Martens’ Departure“ by the Estonian writer Jaan Kross (1984).
Martens Summer School deals with comparative aspects of international law and human rights, particularly focusing on the issues related to Russia and Eastern Europe. One of the underlying ideas is to bring together Western, Russian and 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 is curated by Lauri Mälksoo, Professor of International Law at the University of Tartu.
Martens Summer School is aimed for MA students, advanced undergraduate students and professionals. 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.malksoo [ät] ut.ee prior the course.
Since 2016, the Martens Summer School is sponsored by the Estonian American Fund.
The summer schools is 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.)
Additional information: martens.summer.school [ät] ut.ee