Helsinki Summer Seminar 2024

The 35th Helsinki Summer Seminar 'Reading and Running the World: Re-thinking International Organizations'

The Summer Seminar organised by the Erik Castrén Institute will take place on 26-30 August 2024 at the Faculty of Law, University of Helsinki.

Somehow, international organizations are usually seen as abstractions, as manifestations of some mystical kind of cooperation between states. Consequently, it usually remains hidden from view what they actually do, and who they do it with or for. Far from merely being creatures doing vague things for their member states, international organizations prove to be autonomous institutions, which regulate, manage, and distribute; and they help to make the world legible. This 35th Helsinki Summer Seminar on International Law aims to interrogate how international organizations stand in the world, and how their activities come with winners and losers – and not just among their member states.

Confirmed list of speakers includes:

Catherine Brölmann (University of Amsterdam)

Angelina Fisher (New York University)

Jan Klabbers (University of Helsinki)

Sebastian Machado Ramirez (University of Helsinki)

Guy Fiti Sinclair (University of Auckland)

Ukri Soirila (University of Helsinki)

Rita Guerrero Teixeira (University of Helsinki)

Tleuzhan Zhunussova (University of Helsinki)

Information on the programme and registration will be added soon.

The application period begins on 01 April and closes on 13 August 2024.

Prospective participants have to fill in the online application form and complete the course fee payment. The cost of attending the seminar in Helsinki is 200€ for degree and PhD students, and 300€ for professionals. Please note that your registration is not complete until we have received your payment.
The course fee does not cover accommodation costs, travel tickets or meals. 

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Kindly note that your registration will not be complete until we have received your payment!

Degree students of the University of Helsinki Faculty of Law can attend the seminar free of charge and include it as an elective in their study programme. To obtain 5 credits, a minimum of 80% in-person class attendance and the submission of an essay in Moodle are required. For further information and registration, please see Sisu.

Cancellation Policy

Registrations are binding, and the application fee is payable upon receipt of the payment link. Course fees minus banking costs can be refunded for cancellations made by 31 July 2023 at the latest.

Information about Visa

Kindly note that if you are not a citizen of an EU/EEA country, you may be required to present a visa to travel to Finland. More information about the visa requirements in the Schengen area can be found on the Ministry of Foreign Affairs web page. Should you need to include an invitation letter in your visa application, please send an e-mail to


Participants will have to make their own accommodation arrangements.

For your facility, we offer a non-exhaustive list of accommodation options:

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Public transport

Helsinki can easily be reached from anywhere in the world.
Helsinki-Vantaa Airport is the main airport of Finland. The airport is situated 19 kilometers (approx. 25 minutes) from the centre of Helsinki.
Helsinki can also be reached by train, bus or ferry.

Airport transport 

By train:

The train (P and I lines) leaves between Terminal 1 and 2, and arrives at the Helsinki Central Railway Station (Rautatientori). Tickets (zone ABC – 4.10€) can be purchased at designated HSL ticket machines before boarding the train. The journey takes approximately 35 minutes.

By bus:
The public transportation operator HSL serves the route Airport – Helsinki City Centre with bus number 615 and 415. The final stop is Helsinki Central Railway Station (Rautatientori). From the airport, the bus leaves from the bus terminal located in front of terminals T1 and T2.
The journey takes about 50 minutes and costs 4.10 € ( zone ABC) by both bus and train.

For more information please visit the Helsinki Public Transport website

Taxis are always available at the airport. The fare to the city will vary depending on time of day, number of passengers and distance, but the minimum price is 35 €.  The price depends on the total number of passengers going to the same destination. Taxis can be ordered at the company’s service point at the airport. Before taking a taxi ensure that you are paying a fixed price. Fixed prices start at 35-42€.

In the city center

The Faculty of Law at the University of Helsinki is situated in the city centre on Yliopistonkatu 3,  right next to the Helsinki University (Helsingin yliopisto) metro station.

Public transport is easy to use in Helsinki, even if you are not familiar with the city.

In the public transport system you can travel with single tickets (Helsinki internal or regional) or with a tourist ticket (Helsinki internal or regional). Single tickets can be purchased from ticket machines or via the HSL app. A Helsinki internal ticket (zone AB) costs 2,95 € from a machine or via the HSL app.

Day tickets for unlimited use on public transport (metro, train, tram, bus, ferry service) for 1-7 days cost from 9 to 36 € (zone AB) and are sold via the HSL app, at the Helsinki City Transport service point in the central railway station or full-range HSL ticket machines at the airport or central railway station.

For more information please see the HSL website.

The programme to be updated soon