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Martin Scheinin

Professor of International Law and Human Rights

M Scheinin

Appointed in September 2008, contract renewed until August 2017

European University Institute
Law Department
Via Boccaccio 121
50133 Firenze - Italy

Tel. [+39] 055 4685 589 / 267
Fax [+39] 055 4685 200
E mail Martin.Scheinin@eui.eu

Twitter @MartinScheinin

Administrative Assistant: Claudia de Concini

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

Biographical Profile

Detailed CV and Bibliography

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.

Fields of Research

  • Public International Law
  • Human Rights Law
  • Comparative Constitutional Law
  • The Law of Countering Terrorism
  • Privacy and Surveillance

Completed Ph.D. Projects Supervised at the EUI

  • Margaretha Johanna Wewerinke, 3 March 2015
  • James Gerard Devaney, 28 November 2014
  • Emilie Hunter, 11 November 2014
  • Jerneja Penca, 2 September 2014
  • Marina Aksenova, 9 June 2014
  • Lisa Ginsborg, 6 June 2014
  • Idse Heko Scheltema, 19 May 2014
  • Nicholas McGeehan, 7 October 2013

  • Wim Muller, 19 September 2013

  • Dorothy Estrada-Tanck, 10 June 2013

  • Susanna Greijer, 27 May 2013

  • Nikolas Kyriakou, 27 June 2012

  • Maria Tzanou, 13 June 2012

  • Andrea Viski, 12 June 2012

  • Ciaran Burke, 24 November 2011
  • Noora Arajarvi, 04 February 2011 (co-supervisor)

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. As I have just taken five new supervisees in the cohort of 2014, I am afraid that my capacity to take new ones in 2015 will be quite limited. Therefore, persons planning to flag my name as potential supervisor when applying in January 2015 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". 

Current Research Projects

  • SURPRISE Surveillance, Privacy and Security: A large scale participatory assessment of criteria and factors determining acceptability and acceptance of security technologies in Europe
    EUI in SurPRISE
  • 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. www.pluricourts.net


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