26 April 2018

Prof. Marjan Peeters visits Peoples’ Friendship University of Russia

Upon invitation of the department of international law from The Peoples’ Friendship University of Russia, Moscow, Prof Dr Marjan Peeters attended the XVI Blischenko conference on Public international law, which this year was dedicated to the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. 13-20 April 2018.

During the teaching events, the emphasis went to the implementation of these agreements within EU law, and the challenges that the EU in this respect faces. Prof Peeters became impressed by the international population of the (bachelor, master and PhD) students at the Peoples’ Friendship University, many coming from Africa, the Middle East, and Asia, and the intense participation of these students during the teaching events.  Moreover, many content-wise meetings with staff members of the International law department, including professor Aslan Abashidze (head of the department of international law, and elected member to the UN committee on Economic, Cultural and Social rights), Dr Alexander Soltsnev (international environmental law researcher), and Dr Aleksandra Koneva (international human rights researcher), were held, during which not only many issues of international environmental law and human rights were discussed, but also ideas for further cooperation were considered. Also meetings were held with the Director of the Law Institute, Dr  Oleg Yastrebov (administrative law), and Marjan took part in a meeting with Vice-rector Nur Kirabaev (Dr in philosophy). Overall, the visit has brought many new and positive insights on how the Peoples’ Friendship University carries out its work and mission, with a specific emphasis on building an international community of well-educated students.