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Call for applications: Summer School - “Legal Challenges in International Investments, Indigenous Peoples and Environment Protection» (3IPEP)


Current evolution of international and national business law demonstrates that ethical issues are and will remain major concerns for international business in the coming years. Protection of environment and vulnerable human groups are becoming the key features of expertise in implementation of multinational companies’ sustainable development policies.

Legal Challenges in International Investments, Indigenous Peoples and Environment Protection» (3IPEP) is a two-years project that has been funded with support from the European Commission within Erasmus+ Program. The project is implemented by a consortium of three partners: University of Versailles Saint Quentin-en-Yvelines/Paris Saclay (France), University of Lapland (Finland), Riga Graduate School of Law (Latvia). The purpose of the project is to grasp the strong interactions between protection of indigenous people, the protection of environment and the role of multinational companies for the achievement of sustainable development, focusing on – but not limited to – legal issues. What are the existing rules of hard and soft law? How are they implemented? How could they be improved? May contracts between indigenous peoples and multinational companies be relevant tools for achieving sustainable development? The project envisages the creation of research materials and teaching structures on legal issues at the crossroad of indigenous peoples law, investment law and environment law.


Summer School “Legal Challenges in International Investments, Indigenous Peoples and Environment Protection» (3IPEP)

Riga (Latvia) 26 May – 02 June 2019


The Summer School “Legal Challenges in International Investments, Indigenous Peoples and Environment Protection» in Riga as a part of the project provides education program for the students of the partner universities of the consortium on fundamentals of international business law, with in-depth considerations for societal needs such as environment protection, sustainable development and the protection of indigenous peoples.

The program of the Summer school consists of next courses:

1. “Business and Natural Resources Rights”. The course analyzes how the protection and promotion of indigenous peoples’ rights directly impact the design, implementation and effectiveness of international economic law and of environment law.

2. “Global Environmental Litigation”. The course presents and analyzes the various forms of international litigation developing in connection with the protection of environment, against both States and natural or legal persons. It deals with judicial cooperation as well as relevant proceedings and applicable substantial rules.

The format prescribes five days of teaching, one day for final presentations and two days for travel.

The working language of the Summer School is English. A sufficient command of this language is necessary to participate.

Upon the completion of the Summer School participants will be given 3 ECTS points.

The target audience: 3rd year Bachelor, 1st and 2nd year Master and Post-graduate students of the University of Lapland. The number of participants from the University of Lapland is limited to 16.

Fees: No tuition fees. Travel and accommodation costs are free of charge for selected students.

Selection requirements. Candidates showing strong academic interest and motivation will be given preference. To apply a candidate must present:

1) A free-form application.

2) Motivation letter.

3) Study certificate.

4) Transcript of records.

All documents shall be submitted in English. During the selection process candidates will be interviewed.

Application deadline: 10 February 2019.

Candidates will be informed on the selection results by e-mail on 18 February 2019. 

The application with all enclosures must be sent by email to the following address: olga.pushina@ulapland.fi.

More information: Junior Researcher Olga Pushina, University of Lapland, Faculty of Law olga.pushina@ulapland.fi.