Organizers of the Conference
Has been a member of seven successive Parliaments since 1992. Nutt is a member of the Constitutional Committee and European Union Affairs Committee. Mart Nutt is a 1985 graduate of the University of Tartu with a degree in history and ethnography and entered a graduate degree programme at the same institution in 1988. In 2011, Nutt defended his Ph.D. dissertation at Tallinn University of Technology on the topic “Development and application in foreign relations of the competence of Estonian Parliament”. He has been a member of the supervisory board of the Estonian Institute of Human Rights since 2011. Mart Nutt was a member of United Nations Human Rights Council’s Darfur mission in 2007-2008 and member of European Commission against Racism and Intolerance in 1998-2013.
CEO of the Institute of Human Rights and the Annual Conference of Human Rights. Aet is also the principal contact person for the speakers and official delegations during the conference, and in charge of all general issues. Aet Kukk manages both domestic and international projects at the Institute and is responsible for its main activities. Aet has studied journalism and communications at the University of Tartu and has an MA in Communications Management. Aet has previously worked at various advertising and public relations agencies. From 2004 to 2009, she worked at the Estonian Ministry of Defence.
Project manager whose job during the last eight years has been to organise conferences by helping clients find the best technical and substantive solutions and coordinating the relevant activities. After 10 years with the Estonian Business School, Silja joined the team at Pärnu Conferences, where she learned how to organise conferences from the best in the field. Today, Silja is a project manager in her own firm, Smart Event. Besides the annual conference of the Institute of Human Rights, Silja is helping to organise the Pärnu Management Conference, ICGOV, the Pärnu Finance Conference, the Pärnu Supply Chain Conference and many others.
Head of Finance
Raili is an experienced financial specialist who has a university degree in business administration from the Estonian Business School. She has worked as a Head of Finance in an international advertising and media agency and has her own accounting company. Raili is a Senator in JCI Estonia NGO.
Chairman of the Board, Institute of Human Rights
An Estonian politician and geographer. Hansen graduated from the Department of Geography of the University of Tartu in 1985. From 1985-1990 he worked at the Institute of Applied Geography and from 1990-1992 at the Tallinn University of Technology. He was a member of parliament from 1995-2003. In 1994–1995 he was Minister of the Environment in Andres Tarand’s cabinet. Hansen is the member of the supervisory board of the Estonian Evangelical Lutheran Church Mission Centre and the chairman of the management board of the Estonian 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