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, theoretical meditations, case law examples and workshops led by scholars specialising in different aspects of the wider topic.

Confirmed speakers and topics:

Jens Bartelson (Lund University, Sweden)
‘Sovereignty, War, History and Law’

Margareta Brummer (University of Helsinki, Finland)

Manuel Jimenez Fonseca (University of Helsinki, Finland)
‘Civilizing Nature: International Law and the Environment from a historical perspective’

Jan Klabbers (University of Helsinki, Finland)
‘Sovereignty, Territory and Jurisdiction in International Law’

Magdalena Kmak (University of Helsinki, Finland)

Martti Koskenniemi (University of Helsinki, Finland)
‘Sovereignty and Property’

Rain Liivoja (University of Melbourne, Australia)
‘Primacy or Exclusivity over soldiers’

Marko Milanovic (University of Nottingham, United Kingdom)
‘Extraterritorial Application of Human Rights Treaties: Current Issues’

Panu Minkkinen (University of Helsinki, Finland)
‘Globalization: Fuzzy Territories and Fluid Concepts’

Cara Nine (University College Cork, Ireland)
‘Resource Rights’

Anssi Paasi (RELATE Academy of Finland Centre of Excellence, University of Oulu, Finland)
‘Territories and Boundaries in a Relational World: a View from Political and Legal Geography’

Cedric Ryngaert (Utrecht University, The Netherlands)
‘Unilateral Jurisdiction and Global Values’

Anne Julie Semb (University of Oslo, Noway)
Workshop on Indigenous Land Rights and Extractive Industries

Reetta Toivanen (University of Helsinki, Finland)
Workshop on Indigenous Land Rights and Extractive Industries

Lauri Tähtinen (University of Helsinki, Finland)
‘The Diffusion of Dominion’
All lectures and seminar sessions will be held in English.