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Is There Value Free Science and What is It?

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Searching for objectivity, answering questions, human beings who cannot be objective, reformulate the matter as „How ought we use the word X?“, or – in an already more value declined way – „X counts as Y in context C,“ „C“ meaning needs and interests, or meaning that beyond reality exists our interpretation of it. How much is „pure […]

Civil Participation in Decision-Making

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  The 1068th meeting of the Council of Europe’s Committee of Ministers’ Deputies on 20 and 21 October 2009 adopted a Declaration by the Committee of Ministers on the Code of Good Practice for Civil Participation in the Decision-Making Process calling on governments, parliaments, local and regional authorities in the member states to take due account […]

Is High Speed Internet Connection a Right or Human Right?

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States have not or have differently regulated the right to Internet access. The Christian Science Monitor at http://www.csmonitor.com/2003/0701/p07s01-woeu.html states about Estonia that the State has made Internet access a human right. Wikipedia writes that also France, Greece and Finland have made Internet access a human right. While also the United Nations supports making Internet Access […]

Draft Articles on Responsibility of International Organizations

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The International Law Commission has just made electronically available the Report on the work of its sixty-first session that took place from 4 May to 5 June and from 6 July to 7 August 2009. The Report generally discusses the responsibility of international organizations, including the text of the Draft Articles on Responsibility of International […]

European Week of Regions and Cities Ahead

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European Week of Regions and Cities takes place from 5 to 8 October 2009 at Brussels. The programme and themes are available at http://ec.europa.eu/regional_policy/conferences/od2009/index.cfm Yesterday I read four lectures on fundamentals of law to the Political Governance students of the Tallinn University at Rakvere. The lectures took place in a cosy lecture room at the […]

Democratic Consciense of Europe

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I was kind of disappointed today morning noticing that my blog pictures had disappeared – at least one cannot see my pictures any more appearing at the main page. On the one hand is true that academic texts and pictures do not suit together. I even remember from the period of theology studies that the […]

International Law Teaching Methods

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Those who cannot directly attend the United Nation’s annual general debate may watch the presentations at the United Nations Webcast The videos and / or texts could be used for teaching international law. Actually, every subject has its own teaching methods some of which may and some of which may not be similar to the […]

Renewed Multilateralism in “Addressing the Great Issues of Our Day”*

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  The Secretary General, Ban Ki-Moon is expected to tell the global leaders Today morning during their gathering for the opening of the United Nation’s annual general debate in New York that the world’s most pressing challenges can only be solved when countries unite through the United Nations. This year’s proposed theme for the general […]

A Cocktail Party in Pocket …*

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A new advertisement of an ICL international constitutional law event – The “24th IVR World Congress: Global Harmony and Rule of Law“ is taking place from September 15-20, 2009 in Beijing. The event is organized by the China Law Society in cooperation with the International Association for Philosophy of Law and Social Philosophy. Why do I put here […]

On Naturalism and Positivism in International Law

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  I told the students at the Tallinn University very briefly about the history and theory of international law today. I have always (at least after having become aware of those) wanted to stress the relation between the still leading conceptions of international law – naturalism and positivism. Having the Peter Malanczuk’s book as a […]

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