Rein Müllerson – Estonia

Linked with The world after the Russia-Georgia war.

… Today, he is Professor and Chair of International Law at King’s College, London (where he directs the MA Programme on International Peace and Security) … In 1991-92, he was First Deputy Foreign Minister of Estonia. And before that, Müllerson was Head of the International Law Department of the Institute of State and Law of the Academy of Sciences of the USSR and Adviser to President Gorbachev. No wonder he appears to know the Russian mentality more clearly than any American author I have read. (He may also understand the Chinese, as the first review I found on Google of this book was by Sienho Yee, in The Chinese Journal of International Law). Finally, he understands the concerns of the international community and NGOs. For, Müllerson spent 2004 as UN Regional Adviser for Central Asia, and his published works include International Law: Rights and Politics (Routledge, 1994); Human Rights Diplomacy (Routledge, 1997) and Ordering Anarchy: International Law in International Society (Kluwer Law International, 2000). Quite simply, there is no better guide to explore this landscape with than Müllerson … (full text, May 5th, 2008).

His Profile also on King’s College, London; on openDemocracy.


Rein Müllerson – Estonia

Excerpt of a review of his book, Central Asia–A Chessboard and Player in the New Great Game: … Unlike some commentators who may indulge in emotionalism, name-calling, or blame-gaming, Mullerson takes a cool, calm and penetrating look at the ways Central Asians view their role in world affairs, and how other countries treat Central Asia. This book is deeply personal, filled with anecdotes and humane observations based on personal experience. No doubt his biography has made Müllerson uniquely qualified as a political analyst … Müllerson understands the difficulties former Soviet republics have faced in adapting to change following the collapse of Communism … (full text, May 5th, 2008).

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The OHCHR Regional Advisor for Central Asia, Professor Rein Mullerson, arrived on Tuesday, 9 March 2004, in Almaty, Kazakhstan. The Regional Adviser is a key element of the OHCHR Regional Project for Central Asia. Professor Rein Mullerson, has significant expertise in international human rights standards and procedures and their application at the national level, and of the legal systems and practices in the region. He will be working at the policy and information levels. This will include participation as a trainer in project activities, the convening of roundtable discussion sessions on specific human rights issues for government officials and policy makers, serving as an independent expert to governments, NGOs, UN country teams and other international organizations active in the region, travelling to provincial areas, publishing articles, speaking at public events and in the mass media, and supporting coordination and cooperation with other international organizations and donors active in the field of human rights in the region. The Regional Advisor’s activities in the field of public information and policy development will contribute to the dissemination of human rights information as well as to the mainstreaming of human rights throughout governments’ policies and legislation, and in the work of UN country teams. (UNHCHR).

Being Tough on Terrorism or Respecting Human Rights, 2005.

… President Lennart Meri floated two possible candidates for legal chancellor: lawyer Kaido Pihlakas and Rein Müllerson.  The latter is a professor of international law and politics at London’s King’s College … Yet this is a book with heart … (full text soc.culture.baltics: News from  Estonia, 5 Dec 2000).

East European Constitutional Law, Winter 2001.

And he writes: … A realistic reversal: What kind of steps in the Caucasus may be expected depends to a great extent on what kind of world the major powers – especially Washington – would prefer. If Washington believes that Russia cannot be a reliable partner for the west and therefore needs to be contained, then Georgia as well as Ukraine should be granted Nato membership as quickly as is realistic. To expel Russia from the G8 and/or to close its prospect of World Trade Organisation membership (as well as other measures) may be useful. Europe is too dependent on Russia’s oil and gas for meaningful economic sanctions to be practical. In such a case Russia would probably de jure include the Georgian breakaway territories in Russia and would try to stoke unrest in pro-Russian parts of Ukraine. The future of the Crimean peninsula will become an area of serious dispute, and it is doubtful that Russia will be prepared to vacate its fleet from Sevastopol when the twenty-year lease expires in 2017. Ukraine’s entry into Nato would certainly precipitate a crisis over the Crimean peninsula and especially Sevastopol. Russia remains unwilling to follow the Washington consensus and assertive in defending its economic and security interests (see Rein Müllerson, “The New Cold War: How the Kremlin Menaces both Russia and the West”, Chinese Journal of International Law, 7/2 [May 2008]). But if the west (including the United States) believes that despite this Russia may still be a useful (or sometimes even indispensable) partner in resolving global concerns – such as religiously motivated terrorism, proliferation of weapons of mass destruction, global warming, or energy and food shortages – then it needs to pursue a different approach. True, politicians never recognise that they are taking u-turns even if they are turning back from a precipice. However, that is what is needed to avoid a further unpredictable escalation of the conflict in the Caucasus as well as tension in the world as a whole … (full long text, Sept. 8, 2008).

Staff research interests: Professor Rein Müllerson, King’s College, London.

Find him and his publications on amazon; on openDemocracy; on Google Book-search; on Google Scholar-search; on Google Blog-search.

Beyond Confrontation: International Law for the Post-Cold War Era, by Lori Fisler Damrosch, Gennady M. Danilenko, Rein Mullerson. 345 pgs. – Read the complete book Beyond Confrontation: International Law for the Post-Cold War Era by becoming a member. Choose a membership plan to an academic-level library with more than 67,000 full-text books, 1.5 million articles, an entire reference set with a dictionary, encyclopedia, thesaurus plus a collection of digital tools to organize your information. (on



International conferences at University Nord, Akadeemia Nord, Siili 14, 13413, Tallinn;

Rein Müllerson on Far East Asian websites: here, and here;

the blog: International Law Reporter, Wolfrum & Röben: Legitimacy in International Law, April 16, 2008;

the blog: Rule of Law in Nepal, Hague Academy of International Law 2008 Summer Session, Jan. 25, 2008;

the blog: Bill Bowring’s Human Rights Pages, Russia’s relations with the Council of Europe under increasing strain, Feb 24, 2007;

Baltic Yearbook of International Law, (BRILL’s hompage).


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