Lauri Mälksoo

Current position

Director, Estonian Foreign Policy Institute, Tallinn
Professor of International Law, Faculty of Law Tartu University

Phone:  +(372) 6466376


Personal History:  Born 28.01.1975, Viljandi, Estonia


2002 PhD (law) Humboldt University Berlin Faculty of Law
1999 LL.M. Georgetown University Law Center
1998 LL.B. Tartu University

Professional experience

2013-2014 Emile Noel Fellow at NYU School of Law
2009- Professor of international law at Tartu University
2006-2007 Post-doc Fellow at the University of Tokyo
2004-2005 Hauser Research Scholar at NYU School of Law
2002-2012 Part time adviser of the Chancellor of Justice of the Republic of Estonia
1999-2009 – Visiting lecturer, lecturer and associate professor at Tartu University Faculty of Law

Research interests

International law, human rights and foreign policy
Developments in the Russian Federation and the other CIS countries
Constitutional future of the EU

Professional activities

2013 – Member of the Estonian Academy of Sciences
2013- Editor-in-chief (one of the three) of the Baltic Yearbook of International Law (at Brill); previously member of the editorial board
2012 Founder of the Martens Summer School on International Law (in Pärnu, Estonia)
2011 Organizer of the 4th Research Forum of the European Society of International Law in Tallinn
2011 Member of the board of CEURUS (Centre for EU-Russia Studies)
2008- Member of the executive board of the European Society of International Law


2009-2014 European Research Council’s Starting Grant for the study of Russian approaches to international law

Awards by Japanese Society for the Promotion of Science, Konrad Adenauer Foundation and Edmund S. Muskie scholarship.


Books and Edited Volumes 

Review of Central and East European Law 2012 No 2-3, symposium “Russia and European Human Rights Law: Progress, Tensions, and Perspectives”, pp 161-369 (editor and contributor)

Baltic Yearbook of International Law 2012, symposium “After the Empire. International Law and the Post-Soviet Space” (editor and contributor).

 “Illegal Annexation and State Continuity”, Leiden: Brill, 2003.

Recent articles

“The Human Rights Concept of the Russian Orthodox Church and Its Patriarch Kirill I. A Critical Appraisal”, European Yearbook on Human Rights 2013 (Vienna: Neuer Wissenschaftlicher Verlag), pp 403-416.

“Markin vs Russia”, 106 American Journal of International Law 2012, pp 836-842.

“Russia-Europe”, in: B. Fassbender and A. Peters (eds.) Oxford Handbook of the History of International Law (Oxford University Press 2012), pp 764-786.

“Great Powers Then and Now: Security Council Reform and Responses to Threats to Peace and Security”, in: P. Danchin, H. Fischer (eds.) United Nations Reform and the New Collective Security (Cambridge University Press 2010), pp 94-113.

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