9th Martens Summer School on International Law
Location: University of Tartu, Pärnu College (Ringi 35, Pärnu, Estonia)
Time: 27-31 July 2020
Level: advanced undergraduate and MA students, JD, LLM, and doctoral students, and legal practitioners.
Objectives: The 9th Martens Summer School on International Law, organised by the School of Law of the University of Tartu in the Estonian coastal resort town of Pärnu, will deal with public international law and human rights law. One underlying idea is to bring together Western, East European and naturally Estonian international legal scholars, practitioners and students. Each year we invite 4 distinguished lecturers from different countries; each lecturer will deliver 5 lectures over 5 days of the week.
Credits: The programme awards 2 ECTS with the option of 4 ECTS if the student submits an individual research paper. This needs to be agreed upon with this year’s programme’s academic managers, Professor Lauri Mälksoo (lauri.malksoo [ät] ut.ee) and Dr Alexander Lott (alexander.lott [ät] ut.ee) prior to the course.
Lecturers and Topics in 2020
- Professor Mykola Gnatovsky – “The Prohibition of Torture in International Human Rights Law: Insights from Theory and Practice” (Institute of International Relations; Taras Shevchenko National University, Kyiv)
- Judge Iulia Motoc – “Landmarks in the Recent Case Law of the European Court of Human Rights” (European Court of Human Rights)
- Professor Alex G. Oude Elferink – “The Law of the Sea and Polar Regions” (Director of the Netherlands Institute of the Law of the Sea (NILOS); Professor of the International Law of the Sea; Utrecht University)
- Dr Martins Paparinskis – “The Fundamentals of Investor-State Arbitration” (Reader in Public International Law, University College London/UCL)
The Annual Public Lecture will be given by Dr Alexander Lott (University of Tartu) within the framework of the reception offered by the City of Pärnu on 27 July 2020 on the theme “Estonian Maritime Boundaries and Current Developments in the Baltic Sea Region”.
Instruction at the Summer School is in the English language. There are no examinations.
Application deadline is 25 May 2020.
A letter of motivation and CV needs to be submitted together with the application at the e-mail address martens.summer.school [ät] ut.ee .
The administrative fee of 50 EUR is payable to the University of Tartu. If your application is confirmed, the fee needs to be paid by 10 June 2020.
Successful applicants are responsible for their own travel and accommodation costs. However, we have reserved a limited number of places in the Hommiku Hostel, located in the centre of Pärnu, where the price for 5 nights accommodation will be ca 135 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 city of Pärnu will kindly offer a free reception for participants of the summer course.
About Friedrich Fromhold von Martens
Pärnu is the birth town of Friedrich Fromhold von Martens (1845-1909), the world-renowned Tsarist Russian international law expert and hero of the novel by Jaan Kross, "Professor Martens' Departure". The summer course will be held under the observation: "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 2016, the Martens Summer School has been sponsored by the Estonian American Fund.