Library User in the Spotlight: Elena Gulyaeva

It is a great honor and pleasure for me to introduce my first book to the Peace Palace Library. Only one year ago, I was awarded a scholarship to attend  the the Summer Courses in Public International Law of the Hague Academy of International Law. I met many great people here and made lifelong friends. It made my visit all the more enjoyable. I once again wanted to repeat this experience and this year my dream came true. It was a great opportunity to come back for the International Private Law Session. The Summer Courses are designed to bring together young international lawyers of a high standard from all over the world. Attending the academic and social activities during the Summer Courses of International Law proved yet again to be a fruitful experience and friends I have made during this time, are the most valuable outcome of my life. Such an experience is likely to change their lives.

I sincerely believe that the Summer Courses at the Hague Academy of International Law provide a brilliant chance for any genuinely interested scholar and practitioner in the field to study in an environment that is highly motivating and challenging. Since I personally associate my future career with International Law, I have prepared a special course on the subjects «The International Fight against Crimes» and «International Justice». I would like to combine theory and practice to be able to pursue professional career routes and enhance my understanding of International Law. There is no doubt that any scholar specializing in International Law has to acquire certain amount of «international» experience and skills.

Therefore the opportunity of studying in the Hague Academy gave me an additional base to do research in the field of international law-making and law-practice. In addition, I was able to master new techniques of teaching international law disciplines, to learn the structure of the courses, the organization of scientific work of fellow students, that, undoubtedly, will be of considerable avail to my professional development.

The Hague is the International City of Peace and Justice and this year is particularly special because of the Centenary of the Peace Palace. Any lawyer specializing in International Law would love to be here to celebrate this day together. On behalf  of all attendees and friends of the Hague Academy of International Law,  I would like to thank you very warmly for your attention, kind atmosphere, generous hospitality, research-friendly environment and a great source of inspiration It was wonderful to resume my acquaintance with academy staff, all the staff members of the Peace Palace Library and the Association of Attendees and Alumni of the Hague Academy of International Law (AAA) in such pleasant surroundings. I am indeed grateful to all of you for treating me as a member of your family and making me truly feel at home. I am very much obliged for all the superb work you have done.

A new stories are beginning! Without any doubts I am sure that I will return again and again to this wonderful place on Earth and I wish you all the best in all your future endeavors!

Elena Gulyaeva is a senior lecturer at the Department of European Law and Comparative Law at the Saratov State Law Academy. She holds a PhD degree in International and European Law.  Presently she teaches courses of "International Public Law", "The International Fight against Crime", "International Protection of Human Rights”, "Diplomatic and Consular Law", "European Union Law", "Comparative Law" and  "International Justice".

In 2011 Elena successfully defended her PhD thesis at the Institute of Legislation and Comparative Law under the Government of the Russian Federation (Russia, Moscow) under the supervision of Professor Dmitry Krasikov, PhD, Head of European Law and Comparative Law Department at the Saratov State Law Academy. Her PhD topic was “Legal Grounds for Restriction of the Right to Liberty and Security of a Person within the Convention for the Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms (1950)”.

Elena Gulyaeva is a former attendee of several sessions of The Hague Academy of International Law in past years. She donated her monograph to the Peace Palace Library. This book is her PhD dissertation which describes the peculiarities of international law providing the right to liberty and security of a person, the limits of the guarantee of the right to liberty and security of a person under the Convention for the Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms of 1950. In this book, the author investigates the concept and system of restrictions to the right of liberty and security of a person, considers the meaning and content of the legal criteria for restriction of the right to liberty and security of a person in accordance with the Convention of 1950. Particular attention is paid to the analysis of the content of the legal grounds of limitation of the right to liberty and security of a person in accordance with Article 5 of the Convention in 1950 on the basis of case-law of the European Court of Human Rights. This book is for a wide range of readers who are interested in the issues of International Human Rights Law.

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