Matthias Hartwig is one of the most authoritative experts in the field of Comparative Law, Doctor of Law, Senior Researcher of Institute for Comparative Public Law and International Law named after Max Planck (Heidelberg, Germany). He is a UN expert on legal issues, author of  research “Advisory Opinion of the International Court of Justice on Kosovo's declaration of independence - background and criticism of judicial decision”.

The 20 hours course includes 12 hours in class and 8 hours of self-study. It covers such topics as history and objectives of the European Union, EU institutions, European law, interoperability of national law and EU law, European citizenship, freedom in the EU and legal aspects of the relationships between Russia and the EU.


The EU Centre in the Barents Region of Russia was established on the basis of the EU Information Centre of Petrozavodsk State University in December 2011. The Centre unites five Russian universities of the Barents region: Petrozavodsk State University, Murmansk State Technical University, International Institute of Business Education, Syktyvkar State University, as well as North (Arctic) Federal University.

The aim of the Centre is to improve overall awareness and knowledge on EU-related issues among lecturers, students, officials and general public in the Barents region. In order to achieve this aim, the Centre provides activities for the above-mentioned target groups.