Current Issues in International Law
Terrorism, Piracy, Aggression, Torture and more in the context of globalization, state sovereignty and human rights
Non-degree course | July 30 – August 3, 2012
Is the world safe for democracy? It seems that with every passing day the world is becoming a more dangerous place. The phenomenon of war is not new; the emergence of non-state actors as parties to armed conflicts is. Terrorist activity has spread worldwide. Piracy today is not the pre-19th century romantic version people remember from novels and movies. With each effort to increase individual and collective security, decisions that negatively affect human rights are made. Terrorists are claiming that they are being tortured in the course of their interrogation. Pirates are beginning to finance terrorist activity. Efforts to stop attempted genocides and massive human rights violations through humanitarian intervention are still met with resistance on state sovereignty grounds. How can humanity cope? What are the answers?
The problems are enormously complex. To the above list we can add slavery, international drug trafficing and money laundering. State agencies and core institutions such as banks are facing the new phenomenon of cyberterrorism. The continuing threat of the use of nuclear and/or biological weapons by state and especially non-state actors is a concern that cannot be dismissed. Can the world survive without instituting Big Brother? Or would the acceptance of Big Brother mean we have already lost?
Benjamin Franklin expressed the belief that “people willing to trade their freedom for temporary security deserve neither and will lose both.” What is the balance that must be achieved that will ensure both respect for human rights and global survival?
The course consists of an intensive series of lectures and seminars led by K. Jaak Roosaare, Juris Doctor, who has wide range of experience in international law (including human rights law and the law of war) and international relations from the United States, Estonia and Europe. Also participating as a keynote speaker will be Professor Rein Mьllerson, President of Tallinn University Law School. Professor Mьllerson, a member of the Institut de Droit International, is a former professor of the University of London’s Kings College and has served on United Nations human rights commissions.
We invite both undergraduate and graduate students who are interested in international law and politics to participate. While prior study of international law and/or international relations is useful, it is not a firm prerequisite. The language of the course is English, so at least an intermediate knowledge of English is required. The students are expected to do some preparatory reading in order to participate in the seminars. Upon full participation and completion of a 2500-word essay by September 15 students will be awarded 3 ECTS points.
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The walls of international relations are crumbling: it is unthinkable to ignore how the world and international security have changed since the terrorist attacks of recent years and how the so-called international community has reacted to the threat of terrorism, or since the rise of new major actors and the ascent of some old actors in international politics. The principles and structures on which the international Euro-centric Westphalian system is based are now challenged by countries like China and India.
The course will concentrate on how globalisation will challenge our understanding of international relations and security, and what is required when studying security in the changing international system. It is already in fashion to talk about globalisation and there are several definitions for the phenomenon. However, there is less concern about whether our traditional concepts and theories are ultimately the right tools. Should we try to understand the future by means of the past? Will such rising powers as China and India continue to be westernized, or will they bring their own theories and values to international politics?
The principal teachers in this summer school will be Professor Paula Banerjee from Calcutta University and Professor Didier Bigo from King’s College, London. In addition Professor Elina Penttinen from Tallinn University will also contribute.
The course is for MA and PhD students interested in globalization and international politics. Upon full participation and submission of a 3000-word essay, students will be awarded 7 ECTS points. The course consists of 24 hours of lectures and 16 hours of seminar sessions.
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What does the idea of revolution mean for different people today, at this moment in history? How are revolutions envisioned and enacted? How can we conceptualise revolution as a form of change theoretically, and how does it relate to other forms of social change?
In particular, the course will focus on the Arab Spring; the revolutions in the former Soviet block; the crisis and the potential of present day left-wing radicalism. For better insight, these recent and on-going cases will be put in a historically and geographically comparative perspective: we will explore which models, narratives, practices and currents of thought are being employed or contradicted, and to what effect. The summer school will draw upon a multi-disciplinary framework (Anthropology, Art Theory, Cultural Semiotics, History, Literary Theory, Philosophy, Politics, Sociology).
The course consists of an intensive series of lectures, seminars, student workshops and study trips, lead by scholars of diverse academic and cultural backgrounds, includingChristopher Finlay (University of Birmingham), Ernesto Laclau (University of Essex),Chantal Mouffe (University of Westminster), George Schцpflin (MEP (EPP); University of Bologna), Eric Selbin (Southwestern University), Rabab El Mahdi (American University in Cairo), Todd May (Clemson University) and Marju Lauristin (University of Tartu).
Course is organized in cooperation with Graduate School of Culture Studies and Arts.
Preliminary programme NB! Please note that there might be changes in the programme!
We invite M.A. and PhD students in the Humanities and Social Sciences to participate. A maximum of 30-35 students will be accepted. As English is the language of instruction at the summer school, participants should have at least an intermediate level of English. Students are expected to do some preparatory reading in order to participate in the seminars and workshops. They also have an option (not compulsory) to present their own research during student colloquia. If you wish to present a paper, please send a 300-word abstract to Teet Teinemaa. Upon full participation and completion of a 2500-word essay by September 15, students will be awarded 5 ECTS points.
To apply, please register first here and then send your CV to Teet Teinemaa. If there should be more applicants than the course can accept, the choice will be made based on the CVs and (where applicable) on the interest of the presentation abstracts provided. The results will be announced no later than on June 1st.
No tuition fee
Non-refundable registration fee: 35 EUR (members of The Graduate School of Culture Studies and Arts are exempt from the registration fee).
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