The event is co-organized by:
- Mykolas Romeris University Law School (Lithuania)
- Columbia University Harriman Institute (USA)
- European Humanities University (Belarus-Lithuania)
Mykolas Romeris University (MRU), named after the father of Lithuania’s Constitutional Law Professor Mykolas Romeris (1880-1945), is the largest specialized social sciences public university in Lithuania. Most prominent studies’ and research components are law, public security and public administration. The University enrolls ~7,000 students from 58 different countries.
MRU Law School is one of four faculties of the University, assembling around 100 legal professionals, renowned researchers, and practitioners from main legal organizations in Lithuania. The Law School focuses on classical and modern legal studies that integrate experiential learning, legal technologies & AI, and mediation to meet future needs. It has run a LegalTech Centre since 2018. It ranks among the top 250 law schools globally and among TOP 7 in the Central and Eastern Europe (QS World University Rankings by Subject 2020).
Just as Kościuszko was a bridge between different people and different human rights and freedoms, MRU has been a bridge supporting Lithuania’s legal transition to reach a truly democratic legal system and public service since regaining its Independence. MRU’s vocation as a trustworthy mediation force is not only reflected by its inter-disciplinary vocation and its focus on research and innovation, but also by its willingness to engage international partners. MRU partners with prestigious Harriman Institute of Columbia University and the European Humanities University, which are co-organisers of this international forum to celebrate the 275th Anniversary of the birth of Kościuszko, the Lithuanian-Belarusian-Polish-American hero. It is MRU’s core belief that by promoting international dialogue and by remembering how History connects us all, Democracy and Freedom will be safeguarded.
The Harriman Institute at Columbia University, founded in 1946, is one of the world's leading academic institutions devoted to Russian, Eurasian and East European studies, including the Baltics, Belarus, Poland and Ukraine. Its mission is to serve its community at Columbia and beyond by supporting research, instruction, and dialogue. It is committed to training the next generation of regional specialists to play leadership roles in setting the academic and scholarly agenda, making policy and challenging accepted truths about how to study our rapidly changing world.
European Humanities University (EHU) is an independent liberal arts university founded in Minsk, Belarus in 1992. Currently, EHU operates in Vilnius, Lithuania, since it was forced into exile by the Belarusian authorities in 2004. For almost 30 years, EHU's curriculum inspires students to promote democratic values and to shape social development in Belarus, the Homeland of Tadeusz Kościuszko, and over 3000 Alumni of EHU.