The Erik Castrén Institute of International Law and Human Rights (ECI) was established in 1998 within the Faculty of Law at the University of Helsinki. The institute was named after Erik Castrén (1904-1984), a former Professor of International Law at the University of Helsinki and a former member of the United Nations International Law Commission. The aim of the Institute is to promote research on public international law and human rights, from broad and often heterodox and trans-disciplinary perspectives.

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  1. Visiting Senior Fellow Immi Tallgren recently co-organised an international workshop with Frédéric Mégret (Associate Professor at the Faculty of Law, McGill University and a McGill Dawson scholar) at the Erik Castrén Institute of International Law and Human Rights, University of Helsinki. This workshop, which took place on 7-8 December 2016, brought together a range of contributors on their forthcoming research project, 'The Dawn of a Discipline: International Criminal Justice and its Early Exponents'.
  2. Professor Martti Koskenniemi comments on the latest events in Turkey (only in Finnish).
  3. The Report "The Role of International Law in the Foreign Policy of the Russian Federation" by Professor Emeritus Lauri Hanikainnen and PhD Candidate Tero Lundstedt is now available.
  4. Työlainsäädännön uudistaminen, kansainväliset sitoumukset ja perustuslaki -tiedote tapahtumasta

On-line lectures and talks

Anti-terrorism, its problem areas and consequence, full seminar now available on-line


Accountability and Global Governance

Treaty Conflicts

Professor Jan Klabbers in EJIL: Live!

"Fireside Chat" at EJIL: Live!


Human Rights- So 90s

The Politics of International Law