5th Martens Summer School on International Law Brings to Estonia's Pärnu Top Experts

The 5th Martens Summer School of International Law, organized by the School of Law of the University of Tartu, will take place in Pärnu on 25-29 July 2016.

This year, 30 students from Estonia, Belarus, Czechia, Germany, Great Britain, Ireland, Russia, Spain and Sweden will attend the Martens Summer School on International Law.

The founder and director of the Martens Summer School, Lauri Mälksoo who is Professor of International Law at the University of Tartu, emphasizes the comparative method that is characteristic to the Martens summer school.

"Friedrich Martens (1845-1909) who was born in Pärnu was probably the greatest international law expert who originated from and lived throughout his professional life in Eastern Europe. He was someone who tried to combine both Western and Eastern approaches to international law, and make the two understand each other better, at least in the old European context. Therefore, today too we want to demonstrate that international law has multiple regional and disciplinary sub-perspectives each of which deserves to be taken into account for the sake of the full picture," said Mälksoo.

This year, the list of Professors include Bruno Simma, Judge at the Iran-US Claims Tribunal and formerly Judge at the ICJ; David P. Stewart from Georgetown University in the US; Vladislav Starzhenetskyi from Higher School of Economics in Moscow; Jarna Petman from the Faculty of Law of the University of Helsinki. This year's public lecture will be held by Tartu University's associate professor René Värk, on the topic of "Hybrid Warfare and International Law".

The list of courses and professors can be seen here: http://oigus.ut.ee/en/5th-martens-summer-school-international-law.

The sponsor of this year's summer school is Estonian American Fund (Mr Ago Ambre), http://www.eafund.org.

Further information
Lauri Mälksoo, Professor of International Law at the UT
+372 5037171

Virge Tamme Press Officer of the UT Phone: +372 737 5683
Mobile: +372 5815 5392 E-mail: virge.tamme@ut.ee