Personal Human Liberty and an Independent State Governed by the Rule of Law, Founded on Democratic Values. 200 Years since the Abolition of Serfdom in the Baltics

Duration of the project

01.06.2019. - 15.11.2019.

Countries and institutions involved in the project

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University of Latvia
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University of Freiburg
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University of Tartu
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University Tallinn
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Estonian Academy of Sciences
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Vilnius University
The Russian Federation, Herzen State Pedagogical University of Russia

Aim of the project

In 2019, 200 years will pass since all people in the Baltics have had personal liberty. The serfdom was abolished (1816-1819) in the Baltic Provinces of the Russian Empire. Contemporary understanding of human dignity and of the safeguards for fundamental rights is inconceivable without personal human liberty. Only a democratic state governed by the rule of law, founded on democratic values, is the safeguard for freedom the rule of law, justice, equality, and other values of civil society. The discussion on the importance of the abolition of serfdom in the development of civil society and states governed by the rule of law, founded on democratic values, in the Baltic Sea region in the 19th c.- the first half of the 20th century will create knowledge about the process, in which the fundamental values of the contemporary European Union have developed. The transfer of the generalised knowledge and, thus, sustainability thereof, will be ensured by involving the broadest layers of society in the work of the section (as the audience and the speakers) and by publishing the conference papers.

Potential speakers:

Prof. Jānis Lazdiņš

Assit. Prof. Elina Grigore-Bāra

Prof. Guntis Zemītis

Prof. Frank Schäfer

Prof. Marju Luts-Sootak

Associate Prof. Hesi Siimets-Gross

Dr.iur. Thomas Hoffmann

PhD Kersti Lust

Prof. Tamara Bairašauskaitė

Prof. Alexandra A. Dorskaya

Main activities of the project

The conference “Personal Human Liberty and an Independent State Governed by the Rule of Law, Founded on Democratic Values. 200 Years since the Abolition of Serfdom in the Baltics” will be held as part of a more extensive scientific event– as one of the sections in the 7th International Conference of the Faculty of Law of the University of Latvia “The Significance of Legal Science and the Future in Legal Systems. 100 years of the Faculty of Law.” 16-18 October, 2019, Riga.

Target group and number of persons involved

Direct: The Universities’ faculty members, students and researchers from the fields of social sciences and humanities – approximately 50 persons.

Indirect: Any person interested in the recent history of the Baltic Sea region, law, political processes and the origins of states – approximately 300 persons; however, this number could increase, in view of the fact that the presentations given at the conference later will be published in a collection of articles.

Public events

16-18 October, 2019, University of Latvia, Faculty of Law, Raiņa boulv. 19, Riga.

Speakers:

Prof. Jānis Lazdiņš

Assit. Prof. Elina Grigore-Bāra

Prof. Guntis Zemītis

Prof. Frank Schäfer

Prof. Marju Luts-Sootak

Associate Prof. Hesi Siimets-Gross

Dr.iur. Thomas Hoffmann

PhD Kersti Lust

Prof. habil. dr. Tamara Bairašauskaitė

Prof. Alexandra A. Dorskaya