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Martin Scheinin

Professor of International Law and Human Rights

M ScheininAppointed in September 2008, contract renewed until August 2017.

Martin Scheinin joined the EUI in 2008 after 15 years as professor in Finland. In 1993-1998 he was Professor of Constitutional Law at the University of Helsinki where he also got his doctorate in 1991. In 1998-2008 he was Professor of Constitutional and International Law and Director of the Institute for Human Rights at Åbo Akademi University in Turku, Finland. In 1997-2004 he was a member of the United Nations Human Rights Committee, the treaty body acting under the Covenant on Civil and Political Rights. In 2005 he was appointed as the first United Nations Special Rapporteur on human rights and counter-terrorism, a position of trust he held until July 2011. In May 2015 he was selected as the EUI Dean of Graduate Studies, for a three-year term starting on 1 October 2015. Once completed, the Deanship will result in an extension of his professorial contract until August 2020. 

Supervision Interests

"Currently I am supervising researchers in human rights law, international humanitarian law, international criminal law, international organizations law, and other areas of public international law. In the 2015 round, I was allocated only one new supervisee. Because of assuming the resonsibilities of the EUI Dean from October 2015 onwards, I will be taking only one or two new supervisees in 2016, with preference for topics within human rights law, including its theoretical dimensions. Persons planning to flag my name as potential supervisor when applying in January 2016 are advised also to mention another alternative. EUI professors do not participate in the formulation of research proposals by applicants. That said, potential applicants should feel free to contact me if they wish to check whether a particular topic fits within my areas of interest." 
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Contact Details

Tel. [+39] 055 4685 589 / 267

Fax [+39] 055 4685 200

Email: Martin.Scheinin@eui.eu

Twitter @MartinScheinin

Administrative Assistant: Claudia de Concini

Working Languages: Finnish, English, Swedish (active); French, German, Italian, Norwegian and Danish (passive)


Research Interests

  • Public International Law
  • Human Rights Law
  • Comparative Constitutional Law
  • The Law of Countering Terrorism
  • Privacy and Surveillance
  • General doctrines and methodologies of human rights law

Current Research Projects

  • SURVEILLE Surveillance: Ethical Issues, Legal Limitations, and Efficiency.
    See also earlier project DETECTER (below)
  • SURPRISE Surveillance, Privacy and Security: A large scale participatory assessment of criteria and factors determining acceptability and acceptance of security technologies in Europe
  • PluriCourts - Centre for the Study of the Legitimate Roles of the Judiciary in the Global Order. Centre of Excellence at the Faculty of Law of the University of Oslo.


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