This Friday (9/11) I began with the “Protection of Human Rights under EU Law” course with a new group of students at the University of Tartu. The students in this group are from different universities – From Estonia (University of Tartu), Georgia (Tbilisi State University), Lithuania (Vytautas Magnus University), Poland (Jagiellonian University) and Turkey (Ege University), Spain (University of Valladolid; University of Navarra). The participants were very open and willing to actively attend. We did not have time to cover many topics, but we dwelled on the concept of human rights (see some additional sources for making counter-arguments, for example, at http://plato.stanford.edu/entries/rights-human). I think that many different courses could be built upon the concept of human rights only. But we aim at having an idea about the European human rights protection mechanisms by the end of that course.
One book that we are going to use during this course is: Raija Hanski, Markku Suksi (eds.), An Introduction to the International Protection of Human Rights: A Textbook, Åbo Academy University, 1999 – This book was translated into the Estonian language by Õigustõlkebüroo and edited by Jaanika Erne, Mari-Liis Sepper and Heikki Lindpere in 2001, and is available under the heading: „Rahvusvahelised inimõigused ja nende kaitse“.