9 December, 2015
10 December, 2015
Annual Conference

9:30– 9:45
Opening remarks by

Mart Nutt, Main organiser of the annual conference

Welcome remarks

Toomas Hendrik Ilves, President of the Republic of Estonia

Introduction to the survey:

Jüri Seilenthal, Director of External Economic and Development Cooperation Department in the Estonian Foreign Ministry

Research presented by:

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


Ina Druviete, Professor and Vice-Rector at the University of Latvia

Josep Soler-Carbonell, Assistant Professor, Stockholm University

Kristina Kallas, Director of the University of Tartu Narva College

Riina Kaljurand, Research fellow at the International Centre for Defence and Security


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

12:45 – 13:45


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

15:00 – 15:15


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

16:30 – 16:45


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

Concluding Remarks

Mart Nutt, MP, Host of the Conference

Moderator of the Day

Vootele Hansen, Chairman of the Board, Institute of Human Rights

18:30 – 20:00