Dear reader

Author:Jaan Sootak
Position:Member of Editorial Board
Dear reader,
This Juridica International, titled International and National in Law, on the one
hand seeks to continue a tradition that was born with its very rst issues published
in the second half of the 1990s —to serve as an Estonian journal of law. On the other
hand, the vocabulary and content of the articles imply international target audi-
ences. There is also another tradition that we have committed ourselves to preserv-
ing, namely to dedicate each issue to a certain topic that consolidates approaches
located at various distances from the centre, while some are closer and some are
further away.
There are inherent controversies in both aspirations.
To focus on a single topic in an issue would turn it into a collective monograph,
probably adding research value; yet with a population of 1.3 million, Estonia simply
lacks suf cient research capacity for such efforts. Abandoning a central axis would
certainly expedite the work of an author, but he or she would no longer need to con-
sider the matters that are existential to Estonian research—to avoid ambiguity, to
seek to address the most important topics, with little regard to perhaps intriguing
but still marginal issues.
Focussing one’s attention on only internationally signi cant topics would dis-
count the simple fact that the law in the world these days is still largely national law,
and it is the development of national law that drives the progress in classical inter-
national, supra- and transnational as well as European law. If the reader now takes
a look out of the window, he or she will immediately realise that there is no abstract
global national environment but it is the tree growing by his or her window that is
unique. The constitutional rules must pass an international human rights’ test, while
the Constitution still governs the functioning of a particular country and its popula-
tion. A referendum must be carried out with due regard to democratic principles, but
it is the people who vote, not abstract subjects of law. Consumer protection has been
thoroughly regulated on the EU level, but it is essentially experienced as the treat-
ment you receive in a nearby supermarket or the amount of trust you have in your
publisher’s agent.
The second part of the title, Reciprocal Impact, sets out to demonstrate that it is
a two-way street. The above reference to Estonia’s population implies that we do not
have the resources available to address all research topics. Yet we do not distinguish
strictly between important and unimportant topics. All the topics discussed here are
important, and only time will tell in due course which of them will have more in u-
ence on us and which will become our contribution to the development of interna-
tionally recognised jurisprudence. Perhaps some topics will sink into oblivion, but
we are lucky not to know that yet; this is not likely either, given the substance and
quality of the articles.
Dear reader, come and learn about Estonian law by reading this issue. And do
not be concerned, you will not be leaving the international dimension while you go
through the articles, based on their content and level. Estonian law does not detach
itself from international jurisprudence, it is the very jurisprudence.
Jaan Sootak
Member of Editorial Board

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