Dear reader

Author:Marju Luts-Sootak
Dear reader,
The number of legal journals published in Estonia has always been limited. On the
one hand, the reasons for such scarcity have always rested with the small population,
which limits the size of the Estonian legal audience and thus the potential number
of readers. On the other hand, the twists and turns of (recent) history have always
meant interruptions in the publication of legal journals. Publishing two, three or
even four journals at the same time has proven possible only in a very limited num-
ber of years. There is usually no reason to talk about decades in this context. All the
more reason for us, as the publishers and authors of this journal, to be proud of the
publication of yet another issue of our magazine. The rst issue of Juridica Interna-
tional – the foreign language companion to the Estonian language journal Juridica,
which has been published since 1993 – appeared twenty years ago, in 1996. Professor
Paul Varul, Editor-in-Chief of Juridica International from 1996–2015, took a look
back at these rst twenty years in the editor’s column of our last issue. Juridica Inter-
national has acted like a seismograph when it comes to re ecting reforms in Esto-
nian law and legal education. When Estonia joined the European Union in 2004,
new and signi cantly more international challenges alreadly came along during the
preparatory stage, not to mention the subsequent active participation in the har-
monisation processes of European Union law. The foreign language journal, pub-
lished at and with the means of the Faculty of Law of Estonia’s own national uni-
versity, the University of Tartu, has given our legal practitioners a chance to express
their views among an international community of scholars in a highly visible man-
ner. Juridica International has also played an important part in publishing materi-
als from legal conferences and seminars held in Estonia. Juridica International has
become an attractive international journal that reaches well beyond the borders of
Estonia and the European Union. This widespread circulation has been assisted by
free access online – a decision made by Juridica International years before “open
access” became a keyword of global research policy.
In the span of only a couple of decades, the journal that rst started as the “call-
ing card” of the Faculty of Law at the University of Tartu, mainly introducing and
analysing Estonia’s own legal developments, has become an internationally open,
peer-reviewed legal journal that is represented in the most acknowledged databases.
Since Juridica International is a universal legal journal by its very essence, and this
number is not a topically focused conference issue, the geography of both the authors
and the topics covered re ect points of interest and concern in the legal science of
our region. A special place is reserved for the principal foundations of the European
Union and European legal culture in general, and the latest developments in the law
of Europe, Estonia, and other countries are addressed as always. One of the obvious
causes for concern is Russia’s legal concept, and the legal situation of both it and its
neighbours deserves an observant analysis.
As the new Editor-in-Chief of the journal, I thank all the editors, colleagues
at the editorial board, and the technical team for their continued energy and hard
work. For our readers, as well as current and future authors, I hope this issue will
be thought-provoking, give you topics to re ect on, and a reason to join us time and
Marju Luts-Sootak

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