Location: University of Tartu, Pärnu College (Ringi 35, Pärnu, Estonia)Time: 26-30 July 2021Level: advanced undergraduate, MA and doctoral students, legal practitioners and other professionals with relevant experience and interest (approximately 25-30 students will be selected)
Objective: The underlying idea of the annual Martens Summer School on International Law is to bring together Western, East European and Estonian international legal scholars, as well as practitioners and students from the international law and human rights field.
Each year we invite 4 distinguished lecturers from different countries. Each lecturer will deliver 5 lectures over 5 days of the week (see "Lecturers and Topics in 2021" below).
The Summer School is organized by the School of Law of the University of Tartu and takes place in the coastal resort town of Pärnu. 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 2012, each July approximately 25 to 30 students from all over the world have attended the Martens Summer School in Pärnu.
Since 2016, the Martens Summer School has been sponsored by the Estonian American Fund.
There is an administrative fee of 50 EUR payable to the University of Tartu. If your application is confirmed, an invoice with all details will be issued and the fee needs to be paid via bank transfer by 10 June 2021.
Successful applicants are responsible for their own travel, accommodation and living costs. For 2021, 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 135 EUR. This needs to be paid directly at the hostel. Please note that on Monday evening, the city of Pärnu will kindly offer a free reception for participants of the summer course.
More information about these aspects can be found in the Application form below. The logistical details (how to get to the venue, accommodation details etc) will be forwarded to selected participants.
This programme does not award any scholarship.
Application deadline is 25 May 2021. Please fill in the electronic application form on the button below, to which you will have to add a motivation letter, your CV and an identification photo.
The Annual Public Lecture will be given by Dr Alexander Lott (University of Tartu; Norwegian Centre for the Law of the Sea) within the framework of the reception offered by the City of Pärnu on 26 July 2021 on the theme “Hybrid Threats and the Law of the Sea".
Instruction at the Summer School is in the English language. There are no examinations.
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.
Should you have any questions, feel free to contact us at martens.summer.school [ät] ut.ee.
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