Summer School

In 2021 we will offer only Human Rights and Development (Online Only). For all matters pertaining to the course get in touch with Co-Director, Amin Forji.

Helsinki Law Academy will return in 2022.


Check back in 2021 for registration including a new course on Global Health Governance. Helsinki Law Academy ry offers an intensive three-week summer school on Global Health Governance for legislators, policy-makers, health activists and other stake-holders from Sub-Sahara Africa in August 2021. This program will help them to tackle some of the more regulatory and policy concerns in times of global pandemics and implement best practices. 

Our line-up of Summer School courses in July, August and September 2020 where you can select one or two courses to pay for and attend are:

  • Global Financial Governance (August, 2020) – CANCELLED
  • Human Rights and Economic Development (August, 2020) – CANCELLED
  • Law and Global Capitalism (July, 2020) – CANCELLED
  • International Tribunals and Global Legal Order (September, 2020) – CANCELLED

All courses are beginners’ to intermediate level and will appeal to anyone with a general interest in international legal studies and world order. Courses will run over a three- week period,  6th July – 24th 2020; 3rd August – 21st 2020; 1st September – 18th September 2020.

Register here.

Law and Global Capitalism – Lectures & Seminars (50 hours – intensive)//Course Convenor and Lecturer: P. Sean Morris

This course examines law and capitalism in a global context and reviews some of the theories that seek to explain the endurance of capitalism. Moreover, the course also engages in how international law shapes capitalism. To this end, the course aims to (1) explore the nature of capitalism and the role of international law in our understanding of global capitalism and (2) to cultivate and develop critical thought on law and global capitalism. At the end of the course, students will be familiar with various rules relating to the regulation of market activities at the global level and have a good understanding of some of the fundamental principles and concepts relating to international market activities.

Indicative outline

  1. Introduction and Historical Discourse
  2. Theories of Capitalism
  3. Globalisation and Capitalism
  4. Capitalism, Law and Informal Rules
  5. Capitalism and the Rule of Law
  6. Capitalism and Property Rights
  7. Global Corporate Capitalism
  8. Global Capitalism and regulation: IPRs
  9. Global Capitalism and regulation: finance
  10. Global Capitalism and regulation: antitrust/competition
  11. Global Capitalism and regulation: investments
  12. Capitalism and Contemporary International Law

Recommended Readings

General reading list that cover major aspect of the course; however, for each session, participants will have access to a detail reading list from the instructor(s).

  • David Collins, Foundations of International Economic Law (Edward Elgar, 2019)
  • Andrew Fitzmaurice, Sovereignty, Property and Empire, 1500 – 2000 (CUP, 2014)
  • David Kennedy, A World of Struggle: How Power, Law and Expertise Shape Global Political Economy (Princeton, 2016)
  • John Linearly, Margot Salomon and M Sornarajah, The Misery of International Law: Confrontations with Injustice in the Global Economy (CUP, 2018)
  • Daniel Muller (ed), The Oxford Handbook of Capitalism (OUP, 2012)
  • Manfred Nowak, Human Rights or Global Capitalism: The Limits of Privatization (Edward Elgar, 2016), Part I
  • Sol Piccotto, Regulating Global Corporate Capitalism (CUP, 2012), chaps 1 – 3
  • Katharina Pistor, The Code of Capital: How the Law Creates Wealth and Inequality (Princeton, 2019)
  • Joost Pauwelyn, Ramses Wessel and Jan Wouters (eds), Informal International Lawmaking (OUP, 2012)
  • Neil Walker, Imitations of Global Law (CUP, 2015), chaps 3 – 6

Global Financial GovernanceLectures & Seminars (50 hours, – intensive//Course Convenor and Lecturer, P. Sean Morris, with guest lecturer Alexander Vishnevskiy

Global financial governance is a growing area that has seen unprecedented interest since the global financial crises that began in 2008 and somewhat abated by 2015. Moreover, the increase in the number of informal and formal regulatory institutions in global finance along with various heads of states meetings suggest that global financial governance is one of the most delicate area that requires knowledge of law, governance theory, and how financial markets and supervision operates. This course introduces students to the regulatory and governance structure of global finance and the role of financial institutions, informal actors and states in understanding how global financial governance works. To this end, the course covers a variety of areas and or emerging critiques on global financial governance.

The preliminary outline of Global Financial Governance is below:

Global Financial Law and Modern Problems  

  • Introduction: history, theory and issues (August 3, 2020: 10 – 12)                                                      
  • Law and Global Financial Crises  (August 3, 2020: 13 – 15)
  • Rule of Law and Ethics in Global Monetary Affairs (August 4, 2020: 10 – 12)
  • Contemporary Financial Regimes and Institutions (August 4, 2020: 13 – 15)
  • Structured Finance and Securitisation: Public Law, Private Money (August 5, 2020: 10 – 12)
  • Bank Rescue Measures and Global Coordination (August 5, 2020: 13 – 15)
  • Select Problems of Comparative Banking Laws (August 6, 2020: 10 – 14)
  • Derivatives Markets and Clearing (August 7, 2020: 10 – 12)
  • Disruptions: Cryptocurrencies, Initial Coin Offerings, FinTech (August 7 , 2020: 13 – 15)

Law, Supervision and Sovereign Debt

  • Financial Supervision: US (August 10, 2020: 10 – 12)
  • Financial Supervision: Europe (August 10, 2020: 14 – 16 )
  • International Bonds: States and Private Money Makers (August 11, 2020: 10 – 12)
  • Debt, Distresses and Development (August 11, 2020: 14 – 16)
  • International Project Finance (August 12, 2020: 10 – 12)
  • International Soft Law and Financial Regulation (August 12, 2020: 14 – 16)
  • International Law and Global Financial Governance (August 13, 2020: 10 – 12)
  • Money Laundering  (August 13, 2020: 14 – 16)


  • Emerging Powers and Financial Statecraft (August 17, 2020: 10 – 12)
  • The Politics of Capital Markets Regulation (August  17, 2020: 13 – 15)
  • Private and State Governance (August 18, 2020: 10 – 12)
  • Reform or More Multilateralism? (August 18, 2020: 13 – 15)
  • Papers & Wrap-up (August 19, 2020: 10 – 16)

International Tribunals and Global Legal OrderLectures & Seminars (50 hours – intensive)//Course Convenor and Lecturer: P. Sean Morris

This course examines the major international tribunals and world courts for adjudication and settling disputes in the global legal order. Students will be introduced to the major international tribunals; jurisdiction; the procedures, selection and adjudication of cases; methods of alternative dispute settlements such as diplomatic and peaceful settlement of disputes for states; accession and exist from international tribunals, and other salient aspects of international tribunals in the global legal order. Moreover, the course will examine how the different actors before international tribunals, such as states, third parties including non-state actors leverage their role for the outcome of a particular dispute. The course will question the necessity of international tribunals for the global legal order in light of ‘low’ participation rate of major states as disputants in selected tribunals. The course will  examine how politics, advocacy and interests, on the one hand undermines international tribunals and their ruling, and on the other, examine how international tribunals effectively dispense ‘justice’ for states which are able to use the various mechanisms of international tribunals to their advantage. Some of the major tribunals which the course will examine questions relating to diplomacy, politics, socialization, provisional measures, jurisdiction and adjudication include the International Court of Justice (ICJ); International Criminal Court (ICC); World Trade Organization Dispute Settlement Body /DSB); International Tribunal on the Law of the Sea (ITLOS); Permanent Court of Arbitration (PCA); ICSID; Inter American Court of Human Rights, and the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ).

Human Rights and Development

Covenor and Instructor: George Forji Amin

The course has two broad goals. First, it aims to introduce students to the complex philosophical, historical and political foundations of the international human rights as a legal discipline, and how substantive norms progressively attained universality. The course will moreover examine the nexus between human rights and economic development from a historical, theoretical and social justice perspective. To this end, pivotal economic development initiatives as well as fundamental international human rights treaties, norms, institutions, agencies, and instruments will be explored both from the standpoint of their conception and enforcement around the world. The course will underscore practical examples at domestic, regional and global levels.

The course will also enlighten students on the three generations of human rights (civil and political rights—dubbed as blue rights; economic, social, and cultural rights; and the so-called green rights—environmental, sustainable development, cultural, economic and social development, self-determination), and the nature of their enshrinement at domestic, regional and global levels.

The course will finally place emphasis on contemporary issues and debates in the discipline including: Development as a right (that is, the right to development), understanding rights-based development theories, capitalism versus Marxism debate, Why do nations fail?, Human welfare and the rule of law, Between Good governance and the culture of poverty, transnational justice, etc.