Intl Summer Schools

2016-07-25 00:00:05

Intl Human Rights Summer School Held at MRU Vilnius

1370104817490981453623475349745231011513463o July 19th-27th, 2016, the international Human Rights Summer School was held at Mykolas Romeris University (MRU). The School culminated July 27th with a Moot Court competition that was held at the Constitutional Court of Lithuania in Vilnius.

The annual Summer School brought together 25 students from universities across Europe including the Czech Republic, France, Germany, India, Italy, Poland, Portugal, the United Kingdom and Lithuania. 

It was organized as part of a European Union (EU) funded project, "Europe After World War II: Multidimensional Effects of Integration as a Guarantee for State and Human Security" (WISE), involving a consortium of European universities and aimed at "reaffirming the memory and lessons of the Second World War given its relevance for European integration and security today.

The School is the penultimate event in a series including a conference held in Vilnius in December 2015 and a High School competiton held at the Auschwitz-Birkenau Museum in April 2016.

During the nine days, students attended a number of dynamic and interactive sessions dealing with international human rights law, international humanitarian law and international refugee law in a diverse array of historical and educational settings including the Lithuanian Parliament, the Supreme Court and the new MRU LAB facility.

A number of educational and cultural trips were planned to the Lukiškės Remand Prison, the Office of the Equal Opportunities Ombudsperson, the Foreigners' Registratioin Center, the Kaunas IX Fort Museum, the Museum of Genocide Victims and the Paneriai Memorial.

During the latter part of the Summer School, students were divided into teams and had to prepare to deliver a Human Rights Moot Court case before a panel of judges made up of international lecturers at the Constitutional Court of Lithuania.

All of the events and visits are related to themes based on the Second World War. This encapsulates the mission statement of the project that ‘the Second World War was such a momentous turning point in understanding Europe today that it is fundamental that its memories and lessons are not lost and reiterated for the benefits of new generations’.

More information about the Summer School here