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December 7
Swissôtel Tallinn (6. korrus)
December 8
08:30– 09:30

09:30 – 10:10

Mart Nutt, PhD, Member of Parliament, Host of the Conference

Introduction "Person and rights. Past experience"

David Vseviov, Historian, philosopher and pedagogue, professor at the Estonian Academy of Arts

David Griffiths, Head of the Office of the Secretary General at Amnesty International

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

Technological development is creating many new and beneficial opportunities, but recent years have also demonstrated that technological advances can also have a downside. The rise of populism, internet hacking, fake news, cybercrime, terrorist groups that use social media for recruitment purposes – these are but a few examples of new, 21st century threats to fundamental rights. More >


Ivar Tallo, Founder and council member of the e-Governance Academy


Jeff Jarvis, Professor of journalism at the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism in New York

Mojca Pajnik, Associate Professor at the Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Ljubljana

Ivo Juurvee, Head of Security & Resilience Programme and Research Fellow at the International Centre for Defence and Security

Matti Saarelainen, Director of the European Centre of Excellence for Countering Hybrid Threats

Paul Przemyslaw Polanski, Associate Professor at Kozminski University

12:00 – 13:00

Europe’s bureaucratic and often project-based system is having trouble meeting the new challenges of today. We have been hit with a rise in populism and terrorism, extremist movements and the popularity of isolationist policies, a migration crisis and the closing of borders. A sense of security and protection are inevitable preconditions for the guarantee of human rights, but these can only be achieved through international agreements. More >


Katre Luhamaa, Lecturer at the University of Tartu


François Zimeray, France’s Ambassador to Denmark

Jacob Mchangama, Lawyer and human rights expert

Daniel Mitov, Former Minister of Foreign Affairs of Bulgaria

David Griffiths, Head of the Office of the Secretary General at Amnesty International

Nele Parrest, Justice of the Supreme Court of Estonia

14:45 – 15:05

Small states have a role in this world that large states do not always notice. Small states are flexible and can adapt faster to innovation and global change. This also holds true for human rights. In our rapidly changing world it is the small countries that are able to offer effective new solutions for the protection of human rights. More >


Heiko Pääbo, Director of the Centre for Baltic Studies at the University of Tartu


Kersti Kaljulaid, President of the Republic of Estonia

Chandra Roy-Henriksen, Chief of the Secretariat of the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues

Julian Burger, Visiting Professor at the University of Essex

Jonathan Cristol, A fellow at the World Policy Institute (WPI)

H.E. Kristina Miskowiak Beckvard, Danish Ambassador to Estonia

16:50 – 19:00