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Martens Summer School on International Law, 24-28 July 2017, University of Tartu, Estonia

University of Tartu, Estonia


May 31, 2017

Opportunity Cover Image - Martens Summer School on International Law, 24-28 July 2017, University of Tartu, Estonia

 University of Tartu, Pärnu College (Ringi 35, Pärnu, Estonia)

July 24 - July 28, 2017

Advanced undergraduate and MA students and professionals

Objectives: The 6th Martens Summer School on International Law, organised by the School of Law of the University of Tartu in the Estonian coastal resort town Pärnu, will deal with the comparative aspects of international law and human rights, particularly focusing on the issues related to Russia and Eurasia. One of the underlying ideas is to bring together Western, Russian and naturally also 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 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 prior the course. 

Pärnu is the birth town of Friendrich Fromhold von Martens (1845 - 1909), the world-known Tsarist Russian international law expert and hero of a novel by Jaan Kross, "Professor Martens' Departure". Thus, the summer course will be 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.)

Since 2012, each July approximately 25-30 students from all over the world attended the Martens Summer School in Pärnu.

Since 2016, the Martens Summer School is sponsored by the Estonian American Fund.

Application Procedure

Application deadline is May 31, 2017. A letter of motivation and CV needs to be submitted together with the application at the e-mail address: .

Study Fees

The administrative fee is 50 EUR and it will be payable to the University of Tartu. In case your application is confirmed, the fee needs to be paid by June 15, 2017.

Successful applicants are responsible for their own travel and accommodation costs. However, we have made a reservation to a limited number of places in Hommiku Hostel in the centre of Pärnu where the price for 5 nights accommodation will be 155 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 to the participants of the summer course.

Lecturers and Topics in 2017

Professor Laurence Boisson de Chazournes (Faculty of Law of the University of Geneva) “Dispute Settlement in International Law: Views from Practice and Theory”

Professor William E. Butler (John Edward Fowler Distinguished Professor of Law at Pennsylvania State University) „Russia and Comparative International Law: Historical Perspectives“

Dr Rain Liivoja (Senior Lecturer and Branco Weiss Fellow at Melbourne Law School) “Contemporary Challenges in the Law of Armed Conflict”

Dr Ilia Rachkov (Partner at King & Spalding LLP, Moscow; Adjunct Professor at International Law Chair, Moscow State Institute of International Relations (MGIMO-University) “Russian Practice and Theory in International Investment Law”

The Annual Public Lecture will be held by Dr Merilin Kiviorg (University of Tartu) in the framework of the festive reception that will be offered by the city of Pärnu on July 24, 2017, and will address the theme of “Freedom of Religion: An Endangered Species of Human Rights?“.

Scholarships for Summer Programmes

Application Periods and Scholarships for summer 2017

  • 15 Feb - 15 March: Archimedes Scholarships for Summer and Winter Language Courses
  • 20 Feb - 20 March: Estonian Scholarship Programme for Short Courses;
  • 6 March - 9 April: Estonian Development Cooperation Scholarships for students (and teacher training lecturers for one programme) of Georgia, Moldova, Ukraine and Belarus;
  • till 1 May: University of Tartu College of Foreign Languages and Cultures Sholarships for Estonian Summer Courses
  • 1 March - 1 June: DAAD Go-East Summer School Scholarships for German University's students for Estonian Summer Courses
  • home school deadline: University of Tartu Scholarships for the University of Toronto and the University of Melbourne

For more information please click "Further Official Information" below.

Eligible Countries
Host Country
Publish Date
February 24, 2017


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