Welcome to the UN Day!


The Erik Castrén Institute welcomes you to the event ‘UN AT 70: STILL GOING STRONG. UN CHARTER IN THEORY AND PRAXIS’ that will be held on 28th August prior the farewell reception of the Helsinki Summer Seminar. The event will take place at 13–17, HOUSE OF ESTATES (SÄÄTYTALO).

There will be two panels: one focusing on peace and justice, including the rules on the use of force, and one on the development of international organizations.

Speakers will include Dr. Philippe Couvreur (Registrar of the International Court of Justice), Ms. Maarit Kohonen Sheriff (New York Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights), Ambassador, Dr. Marja Lehto (Ministry for Foreign Affairs) and Academy Professor Jan Klabbers (Martti Ahtisaari chair).

Please register!

Welcome to the 28th Helsinki Summer Seminar on International Law! 17-28 August 2015, Helsinki, FINLAND

Helsinki Summer Seminar, 17-28 August 2015, on

Sovereignty, Territory, Jurisdiction

In public international law the concepts of sovereignty, territory and jurisdiction are often seen as inextricably linked. The 2015 Helsinki Summer Seminar offers a forum for discussing the relationship between these complex concepts. The aim of the Seminar is to analyze how these concepts affect and have affected our understandings of international law. In order to investigate the underlying assumptions, the Seminar will bring together a wide range of views from e.g. international law, political theory, geography, philosophy and history of international legal thought.

The 28th Helsinki Summer Seminar on International Law is open to students, researchers and practitioners with a keen interest in the topic. During two weeks participants will have an opportunity to engage in lectures and workshops led by scholars and practitioners specialising in the topic.

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Mobility scholarships are offered to Nordic and Baltic doctoral candidates and young researchers (within five years of PhD) who wish to conduct human rights research in one of the Nordic countries for up to two months.

No other scholarship are available.