Editor in chief
Mariann Rikka is the editor and founder of the blog. She has a Master degree in law from the University of Tartu and in human rights from a European master programme in human rights and democratisation (E.MA). She is currently a chief expert in the General Education Department of the Estonian Ministry of Education and Research, where she works in the field of human rights and human rights education, among other things. She has previously worked as a legal adviser in the Citizenship and Migration Policy Department of the Estonian Ministry of the Interior and as a history and social studies teacher in the framework of the Youth to School Programme (Teach for All). For Mariann human rights and the culture of human rights are a passion – that is why the idea for creating this blog occurred.
Cristina is coming from Chisinau, the capital of the Republic of Moldova. Wishing to become the second economist in her family, in 2011 she became the student of the Financial-Banking College from Chisinau, where she studied accountancy for 3 years. Luckily, as she likes to say, she understood that even though accountancy is a highly rated profession, her real vocation is “Human Rights”. Therefore, in 2014 she entered the Law faculty at the “Constantin Stere” University in Chisinau. Nevertheless, at the same time, she studied “Global Economy and International Economic Relations”, because a lawyer that knows economy- is an incredible power! In 2018 she obtained her two bachelor degrees and decided to continue her master studies in the Law domain. Now she is a master student of “International Law and Human Rights” at the University of Tartu. Cristina’s biggest dream is to see a world that lives in peace and prosperity, where human rights are of paramount importance. She hopes that her minor contribution will help to achieve this great goal.
Finished my Bachelor in Italy in “International Relations”, I decided to move to Tallinn to study for my Master in “International Law and Human Rights” and I could not be prouder and happier to study fields of my interest and concern. I combine my University life to practical experiences, since I am the Coordinator of Unicef Committee in Verona (Italy) and I provide support to several NGOs in Estonia related to anti-violence studies and human rights. I am strongly interested in deepening and improving my knowledge concerning Human Rights Law, International Criminal and Humanitarian Law, and this is the reason why I am motivated to travel, work hard and change environments.
I am determined in facing today’s issues by providing solutions and challenging the existing tools. I believe in human dignity, justice and international cooperation
I’m Nuray Gündoğdu from Turkey. I’m holding a bachelor degree in law from University of Ankara in 2014. I am currently a master student at International Law and Human Rights program at University of Tartu. I practiced private and civil law for 3 years in Turkey and have experiences in dealing with migration law, gender discrimination and human rights law. In addition, I used to work as a deputy advisor in Turkish Grand National Assembly. I also have been member of several human rights groups that defend rights of minorities and combat violence in the society.
Samar Elhussieny, human rights defender from Egypt, Holding a Bachelor degree in political science and master’s degree in international management currently enrolled in International law and human rights master’s degree and work as executive director for Andalus Institute for tolerance and anti-violence studies. I have experience as trainer and consultant in human rights education, networking, advocacy, media monitoring, election observation, researching and reporting. I also have an international human rights expertise interning with the European Parliament, Brussels in 2012. I’m a fellow with the Women Initiative administered by Bush Presidential Center and a member of the Gender Working Group of the Euro-Mediterranean Human Rights Network (EMHRN).
Mario is from Santiago, the capital of Chile. He completed his bachelor’s degree in social sciences, and law with mention in private law, and has a minor in philosophy and literature.
He worked for the financial sector until he realized that private law did not meet his expectations, and began to work closely with immigration and aboriginal issues in his country. He moved to Australia with the aim of perfecting his English, living as a foreigner in another country, and had the opportunity to live in an aboriginal community which sparked his interest in migratory rights and human rights.
He is currently studying his master’s degree in international law and human rights at the University of Tartu to deepen his knowledge in this area.
Adelayo obtained her LL.B from the University of Lagos, Akoka, Nigeria and was thereafter called to the Nigerian Bar in 2013. She practiced law for four years before proceeding to pursue a master’s degree in International Law and Human Rights at the University of Tartu, Estonia. She has always been interested in human rights as she believes in the equality and dignity of all persons, and the individual and collective pursuit of happiness. She hopes for a world where there are no wars, where there is equality of all persons whether rich or poor, young or old, white or black and where everyone loves and treats their neighbours as themselves.
Violet Andrew Saliu
Violet is from Nigeria, she holds a B.A in international relations from Cyprus International University, Cyprus, an M.A in Diplomacy and International Relations from Vytatus Magnus University Lithuania, and currently I am pursuing an M.A in international law and human rights at University of Tartu, Estonia. She is confident that proper implementation of international laws domestically, would aid in the promotion and protection of human rights, as well as bring an end to all forms of human rights violation in the Nigeria society.
Karin is from Tallinn, Estonia. During her law studies at BA level at the University of Tartu she has gained practical work experience within the legal field through voluntary work as preliminary legal adviser at Estonian Lawyers Association. This position helped her develop her researching and analytical skills, gave her valuable insight and hands-on experience handling cases. Based on the experience she decided to become a member of Estonian Lawyers Association. She found that in every situation or case she came across, the most important element is people. People are everywhere and we all need to communicate with them ie. solving various complex legal issues. Karin has also lived in Sweden, USA and UK, travelled the world, gained work experience in international environment and is now gaining deeper understanding of international law and human rights by studying law at University of Tartu on MA level. She is eager to improve her knowledge and study more closely the topics of cyberspace, technology and international law and international protection of intellectual property.
As many studies have shown that beards alone do not make people any wiser, Sven decided to study law in University of Tartu apart from growing a beard. At the moment he studies in masters’s programme, where he specialises in legal philosophy and international law. Human rights as a basic values have always been a great interest during his studies, so he has also published some opinions regarding the matter. With his articles Sven wishes to initiate more critical and more far-reaching discussions about human rights than the approach in jurisprudence to this day has done.
Nargiza is a master’s student in University of Tartu, studying in international law and human rights programme. She moved to Tallinn from Kyrgyz Republic in 2015 to study International Relations in Estonian Diplomatic School. Her background is law, since it is her passion and she believes that her future will be connected with international law and human rights. She graduated from Kyrgyz Slavic University, law faculty in 2010, then gained an experience working as a lawyer in a private bank for 4 years. But really started to interest in international law working as a law analyst in a joined project between Kyrgyz Government and OSCE. She feels that law is not ending with borders of country, there are universal norms and standards and she wants to help to spread them everywhere. Her audience – all human being, who cares about their rights and ready to fight for them if needed. On her free time she usually spends time with her family and friends.
Fahima is from Dhaka, the capital city of Bangladesh. She completed her first LL.B. (Hon’s) degree and LL.M from the University of Dhaka and enrolled herself in the Dhaka Bar association in 1998. In order to pursue her parents dream, she started her second LL.B. (Hon’s) at the University of East London in England. After the successful completion of the Bar Vocational course from the University of Northumbria, Newcastle, she was called to the Bar by the Honorable Society of Lincoln’s Inn. After returning to Bangladesh she enrolled in the Bangladesh Bar Council and became an advocate in the Supreme Court of Bangladesh. During her work she has realized that more in-depth knowledge in human rights would help her to do her work better. So, when the University of Tartu introduced the Masters programme in international law and human rights, she decided to take part and studies again to gain new knowledge and experience in a new country, in a four hundred years old prestigious university.
Tamilla was born in Baku, Azerbaijan in 1994. At the age of sixteen she moved to Istanbul as she was accepted to the program of Political Science and Public Administration at one of the best universities in Turkey – Istanbul University. Studies were tough and she spent five years there. During this period she was thinking about widening her world view and exploring new places. After some time of English studies in London in 2013, she decided to do her master’s degree in Europe and learn more about European countries. Now, after a year from the graduation of her bachelor’s degree, her dream was come true and she is studying international law and human rights in Tallinn, Estonia.
Karlis is currently studying in the University of Tartu to pursue a master’s degree in international law and human rights. He has previously studied law in University of Essex in England. He also works as a lawyer in the Estonian Consumer Protection Board. He takes part in the blog project because he feels that it is very important for people to value the rights given to them. In his writings he tries to give interesting and pertinent information that would be understandable also to a non-lawyer. Also, he hopes that this blog can enhance the relevance of human rights in our society and show that actually we should all care for human rights.
Yulian is from the city of Izmail in the South of Ukraine but as he does not like tying himself to one place for too long, he has lived in many places. Yulian obtained his BA in Law and Jurisprudence at the National Academy of Internal Affairs in Kiev, and completed an internships in the Legislation Institute of the Verkhovna Rada (the Parliament) of Ukraine and the Ukrainian office of the American Council for International Education. He continued his education in the Roma Graduate Preparation Program in Central European University in Budapest. His academic adventure, as he likes to call it, has now brought him to the University of Tartu where he is doing MA in International Law and Human Rights. Yulian’s main focus in his studies is minority rights, particularly the Roma rights, in relation to which he has also been involved in various projects in Roma NGOs, e.g. on legal and humanitarian aid, issues of Ukrainian Roma IDPs, development of Roma youth movement, sport, culture, and media. He is also passionate about such areas as social justice, history, public policy, and international relations.
Inhyuk Suh is from South Korea. He has worked as an intern at the Center in South Korea where he dealt with human rights issues in the military context. Inhyuk is currently studying international law and human rights in the University of Tartu. He is interested in feminism, freedom of speech, freedom of assembly and demonstration, human rights in military context, human rights situation in North Korea and South Korea.
Ana Paula González Villalobos
Ana Paula is from Chihuahua, a city in Northern México. She holds a B.A. in Law from Monterrey Institute of Technology and Higher Education, Chihuahua Campus. During her master studies she complemented her training with studies in Montreal, Canada and Toulouse, France. She has worked at two law firms in Chihuahua City as a paralegal and as a pro bono paralegal during law school. In 2015, she took part in the Model United Nations (MUN) conference in Brussels. She is currently in the process of obtaining a master degree in international law and human rights at the University of Tartu. She loves traveling and getting to know new cultures and people. She is willing to actively participate in human rights discussions, her areas of interests including a wide array of issues, starting from the right to education for children to the freedom of speech to fight corruption.
Ketevan was born in Georgia, Poti, city located on the Black Sea coast. According to the one version of academics, this city might be a place where ancient Phasis was located and where Argonauts reached the ancient Colchis (modern Georgian territory). Ketevan is a lawyer, graduated in 2005, Tbilisi State University. After the 10 years of working experience in different fields (law service, election commission, hotel construction and management, government sector, banking sector) and from being just human rights activist, in 2015 she started working at the NGO, advocating for the rights of persons with disabilities, as the lawyer a Head of the Legal Advocacy team. In addition to litigation, she also conducted training in disability rights for lawyers, representatives of local government and women with disabilities. Also, she was the leading drafting process of the Alternative report on Georgia to the CRPD Committee on the first state report. She is an elected member of the board of Georgian Boccia Federation (Paralympic sport). Despite the active practical experience, she thought, she had lack of any formal academic knowledge in human rights, which was causing hurdles in her practice as a human rights advocate. Thus, she decided to complete the International Law and Human Rights program at the University of Tartu. With the academic knowledge she is getting in the University of Tartu, she thinks she will be able to go back in Georgia and with the significant improvement continue litigation, research, advocacy and teaching of human rights.
Lili is from Tbilisi, Georgia. She graduated from Caucasus School of Law in 2017. During her studies at the Caucasus University, she was an intern at National Center for Educational Quality Enhancement and the Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources Protection of Georgia. She also was a member of council at student science community. After graduation, she decided to continue the studies at the international level to expand her vision and knowledge in human rights and international law.
She believes that studies at the University of Tartu will give her valuable understandings to the significant insights of International mechanisms role at both international and national level.
Her dedication and respect toward lawyers profession have been driven by the example of her grandfather working in the legal field more than 45 years. From the first handed experience, she has learned that the lawyer’s profession grants the person with the opportunity to pursue ideal aspirations with practical means.
Her essential interest in human rights law refers to the right to education. She believes that equal access to education as well as the enjoyment of the benefits of education by individuals is the key to peaceful and tolerant society.
Heba is from Cairo, Egypt. She graduated from Faculty of Law English Section, Cairo University. After completing her bachelor’s degree studies in 2007, she decided to further her education and study legal translation at the American University in Cairo. Following graduation, she started working as a legal researcher and translator at the Office of the Prosecutor General of Egypt. In 2016, she was granted a scholarship to study “International Relations and European Integration” at Estonian School of Diplomacy in Tallinn. After graduation in May 2017, she wanted to broaden her horizons on human rights, their importance, current trends and challenges related to human rights and freedoms. Therefore, she decided to continue her education and pursue a Master degree in International law and human rights from University of Tartu. She is also a human rights activist and a world traveler.