Rein Müllerson on üks neist inimestest, kelle väljendatud mõtted ja praktikad ei jäta ilmselt kedagi külmaks. Siinviidatu on vabalevis olev mõttevahetus ühe silmapaistva ja mõjuka eestikeelse mõtlejaga ning võiks oma haardelt huvi pakkuda väga paljudele lugejatele.

Kontekstiks:

“Hence, I have been almost equally influenced by three different cultures; my initial small country mentality has been ‘spoilt’ by great-power mindsets attained in two different imperial capitals – Moscow and London. Such a mixture, uncomfortable sometimes at a personal level, gives wider perspectives at a professional level.” (Menéndez and Müllerson, 2022, p. 447)

Mõistmisest, mitte hukkamõistmisest:

“Fighting one evil cannot result in whitewashing other evils. I find that extremely disturbing. Propaganda plays a key role in that regard. Many people in the USSR were brainwashed, but manipulation of the public opinion has become more intense and sophisticated also in the West.” (Menéndez and Müllerson, 2022, p. 447)

Teadmised tekivad kontekstuaalselt, kuid siiski omaniku aktiivsel osalusel:

“After 15 days of confinement (for going AWOL) together with a guy from Ukraine, I could babble also in Ukrainian. Later, while teaching in Guinea Bissau, I also learnt Portuguese. In parallel with my law studies at Moscow University, I also graduated as English-Russian interpreter from the Faculty of Languages.” (Menéndez and Müllerson, 2022, p. 448)

Jõuvahekorrad teisenevad:

“China followed much more independent policies and, perhaps for this very same reason, was spared failure. The heart of the matter is that many fundamental questions remained unsolved, and now we have to go back to the drawingboard, so to say, and think how to solve these issues of coexistence between different societies. Europe is no longer a valid paradigm for the world.” (Menéndez and Müllerson, 2022, p. 450)

Seaduste-reeglite mõju vähenemise kontekst:

“We had been moving towards a world split into rival camps, in which the role of law is becoming smaller and smaller.” (Menéndez and Müllerson, 2022, p. 451)

Mõtteruumi kujunemine:

“Probably my engagement with non-Western civilisations, such as the Chinese and the Muslim, to say nothing of my 20-odd years plunge into the Russian culture (which I consider to be an important part of the European culture), has also prevented me from easily falling for fads, as well as forcing me to consider different perspectives. This might have helped in the early 2000s, when a certain understanding of international law as an instrument of the ‘liberal’ reshaping of the world came to the fore.” (Menéndez and Müllerson, 2022, p. 452)

Suure ja väikese perspektiiv:

“Contrariwise, when, after 20 years of living and working in Moscow, I was back in Estonia, I realised that there everything was seen from the standpoint of a small nation, and there was a certain blindness to wider perspectives. You may say that this is a result of spending the three different thirds of my life in three different places, feeling almost at home in all of them, but at the same time remaining partially alien in all of them.” (Menéndez and Müllerson, 2022, p. 455)

Universaalsuse küsimus:

“I have recently argued9 (again) that the problem is the instrumentalisation of rights. Some human rights are, or should be, universal. But as with everything, it is necessary to consider the specifics. Consider the Soviet case. Activists were moved by genuine concerns, and pressure on human rights issues was overall positive.” (Menéndez and Müllerson, 2022, p. 458)

Võimutasakaalust:

“My view is that there is simply no way (or no good way) out of balance of power. The arrogance of one power player can only be checked by the arrogance of another powerful player or players. It is from that perspective that international law is, and can be, a gentle civiliser of nations. Sometimes you need, however, a harsh civiliser of nations. Lord Acton is said to have claimed that power corrupts and absolute power corrupts absolutely. This observation is even truer in international relations.” (Menéndez and Müllerson, 2022, p. 460)

Menéndez, A. J., & Müllerson, R. (2022). Three times lucky: In dialogue with Rein Müllerson. European Law Open1(2), 446–461. https://doi.org/10.1017/elo.2022.30