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The Erik Castrén Institute of International Law and Human Rights
Faculty of Law
P.O. BOX 4 (visiting address: Yliopistonkatu 3)
Tel: +358 (0)29 4123140


UN at 70: Still Going Strong. UN Charter in Theory and Praxis

The Erik Castrén Institute and the Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland welcome you to the event ‘UN AT 70: STILL GOING STRONG. UN CHARTER IN THEORY AND PRAXIS’. The event will take place at 13–17, House of States SÄÄTYTALO( Snellmaninkatu 9-11, Helsinki).

There will be two panels: one focusing on peace and justice, including the rules on the use of force, and one on the development of international organizations.

Event available now on-line!


REGISTRATION IS CLOSED! We are at full capacity.


13.00 Welcoming words: Ms. Päivi Kaukoranta, Director General, Legal Service, Ministry for Foreign Affairs

13.05 Opening statement: President Tarja Halonen

13.20 Panel: United Nations organization throughout the years
Chair: Ms. Päivi Kairamo, Ambassador, Permanent Representative of Finland to UN Geneva

Dr. Jan Klabbers, Academy Professor/Martti Ahtisaari Chair, University of Helsinki: International organizations

Dr. Nico Schrijver, Professor of International Law, University of Leiden: Development of the Charter

Dr. Philippe Couvreur, Registrar, International Court of Justice: Relationship between the UN and the ICJ

Discussion and Q&A

14.50 Coffee break

15.20 Panel: Peace, justice and the UN
Minister Elisabeth Rehn, Board of Directors, ICC Trust Fund for Victims: Women, peace, security and justice

Ms. Maarit Kohonen Sheriff , Deputy Head of NY Offi ce, OHCHR: Human rights in the Charter and in practice as a contribution to peace and justice

Dr. Marja Lehto, Ambassador, Ministry for Foreign Affairs: Use of force provisions of the Charter

Discussion and Q&A

16.50 Concluding remarks: Ms. Helena Laukko, Executive Director, UN Association of Finland

17.00 Cocktails

Link to invitation