Mart Nutt, Main organiser of the annual conference
Toomas Hendrik Ilves, President of the Republic of Estonia
Jüri Seilenthal, Director of External Economic and Development Cooperation Department in the Estonian Foreign Ministry
A fresh study called “Awareness of Human Rights and Security” will be presented, which was conducted in Estonia and maps the general awareness of linguistic human rights and the behaviour of the relevant stakeholders, followed by a discussion on integration, segregation and security issues related to the Russians in Estonia and the Baltics in general.
Mart Rannut, Estonian linguist and Chairman of the Council of the Institute of Human Rights
Anna Verschik, Professor at the University of Tallinn
The second panel examines how Russia different generations understand power discourse and intelligence role in the society, through the eyes of the different generation of the Russian movement. Russia is seeing the emergence of a new generation of activists and politicians, who will start to play an ever-increasing role in how the country’s society will be shaped.
Nina Khrushcheva, Professor of International Affairs at the Milano School of International Affairs, and The New School in New York
Zhanna Nemtsova, Russian journalist and founder of the Boris Nemtsov Foundation for Freedom
Maria Baronova, Human rights activist and former journalist
Sergei Erzhenkov, Russian journalist, reporter on the TV Rain (Dozhd), and documentary filmmaker
Aimar Ventsel, Senior research fellow in the Department of Ethnology at the University of Tartu
Katja Koort, Expert at the Estonian Institute of Human Rights, Lecturer and Ph.D. candidate at Tallinn University in Estonia
Looking at important topics in Europe, the migrant crisis has become one of the most vital and multifaceted issues facing the continent. One of the subtopics of this issue is human rights – if and how are the migrants’ basic rights ensured? In the panel ministers of foreign affairs from different countries in Europe discuss how to better understand the nature of the crisis, how to solve it and which steps should be taken to find the appropriate solutions.
Marina Kaljurand, Estonian Minister of Foreign Affairs
Péter Szijjártó, Hungarian Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade
Daniel loniţă, State Secretary in Romania
Knutsson Knutsson, Ambassador and Coordinator for Migration and Refugee Issues at the Ministry for Foreign Affairs in Sweden
Indrek Treufeldt, Estonian journalist and media expert
We will look at recent important cases and try to understand what is role the court plays in today’s international system. In general, the public lacks knowledge about the competences and jurisdiction of the court. Among other issues, we will look at how recent important cases will influence society and policymaking in the future and whether the current influx of migration will affect how we view the implementation of human rights.
András Sajó, Judge of the European Court of Human Rights, Vice-President (Hungary)
Julia Laffranque, Judge at the European Court of Human Rights, Vice-president of the II Section (Estonia)
Dmitry Dedov, Judge of the European Court for Human Rights (Russia)
Pavel Gontsharov, Judge of the Criminal Chambers of the Tallinn Circuit Court
The conflict in Ukraine is far from resolved and warrants special attention. Therefore, there will be a panel on the current human rights situation in Ukraine addressing the important question of who is responsible for enforcing human rights in a situation where no clear structures of accountability are in place.
Refat Chubarov, Member of the Ukrainian parliament, the president of the World Congress of Crimean Tatars
Maxim Tucker, Ukraine-based journalist reporting for Newsweek, The Times and the BBC
Andrii Lysenko, Spokesperson of the National Security and Defence Council of Ukraine for ATO issues
Annabelle Chapman, Journalist reporting on Ukrainian events for The Economist and POLITICO Europe
Juri Butusov, Ukrainian journalist, military expert and editor-in-chief of the Censor.net website
Tiit Matsulevits, Former Ambassador of Estonia to Ukraine
Mart Nutt, MP, Host of the Conference
Vootele Hansen, Chairman of the Board, Institute of Human Rights
2017Are Human Rights in Freefall?The conference will address a number of today’s most important topics – terrorism, technological development, security, small states in a globalising world, culture and international cooperation – through a human rights perspective.
2016Black and White Values in a Polarizing WorldThe topics under discussion this year include a survey of public opinion on human rights among the Estonian citizens and foreigners living in Estonia, questions related to collective human rights and propaganda that have changed people’s understanding of basic rights.
2015Human Rights in Changing TimesThe topics under discussion this year include case studies from the European Court of Human Rights, linguistic human rights, as well as the views of various generations of Russians today regarding their society.
2014Dignity in the context of human rightsThis year the conference agenda included three keynotes and a panel discussion following each one: 1) guarantees under international law; 2) rights of native peoples; guarantees under international law; 3) the situation and future in Russia and Ukraine and human rights.
2013Human Rights and the Freedom to AssociationThis year’s annual conference, titled “Human Rights and the Freedom of Association” will analyse the global developments in human rights that have taken place in 2013.
2012New Challenges of Human RightsOur conference examined human rights where the internet and the concept of security have altered dramatically our 20th century understanding of the core issues of human rights.
2011Dedicated to the 20th anniversary of restoration of independence of Estonia