Dear reader

Author:Jaan Sootak
Dear reader,
A large proportion of the articles in Juridica International this year is dedicated to
criminal law. A paper that truly addresses the issues of legal dogmatics in this eld in
depth with regard to delict of negligence was contributed by Laura Feldmanis. Raimo
Lahti’s article on the criminal liability of a legal person is written from the standpoint
of criminal and comparative law, while Frieder Dünkel’s approach to German sanc-
tion law should provide plenty of interest and joy of discovery for legal scientists and
practitioners alike. Thomas Weigend’s submission, in turn, takes a rather unique
look at the material element in criminal law and criminal procedure. He focuses his
attention on truth and values. Andres Parmas has considered Estonian criminal law
in relation to the dogmatics of international criminal law. All of these articles are
an outgrowth of presentations made at a jubilee conference that took place at the
University of Tartu. I would like to take the opportunity here to thank everyone who
participated in the conference – especially, of course, the speakers.
In addition, two articles on medical law had their beginnings in presentations
at the conference. One of them, by Henning Rosenau, is squarely in the domain
of classic medical law, bringing together discussion of human rights and of issues
connected with reproductive medicine. The other medical-law article, by Henning
Lorenz, draws particular attention to an addition to German criminal law that has
made waves (and met a lot of criticism) in the elds of criminal law, medical law, and
legal policy in general: criminalising assisted suicide. This topic has been subject to
intense discussion also in the media of Estonia and other countries.
I can happily say on behalf of both myself and the editorial board that, at the
same time, the new issue o ers plenty to read also for those less interested in crimi-
nal and medical law. Self-driving cars are a matter of interest not only to engineers
but also for lawyers. Taivo Liivak’s ‘What Safety are We Entitled to Expect of Self-
driving Vehicles?’ considers some of the issues that we will soon face on the streets
on a daily basis. Private law is represented in the article ‘A Half-built House? The
New Consumer Sales Directive Assessed as Contract Law’. This piece on consumer
protection and contract law was submitted by Kåre Lilleholt, who holds the title Doc-
tor Honoris Causa from the University of Tartu. A paper jointly authored by Ilya Ilin
and Aleksei Kelli, ‘The Use of Human Voice and Speech in Language Technologies:
The EU and Russian Intellectual Property Law Perspectives’, examines the legal pro-
tection of intellectual property. The eld of constitutional law is represented too,
by Ivo Pilving’s presentation of an approach to fundamental rights in the context
of European Union law in ‘Parallele Anwendbarkeit von Grundrechtecharta der EU
und nationalen Grundrechten’. Still more colours are added to the legal palette by
Märt Maarand, with his article ‘The Concept of Recovery of Credit Institutions in the
Bank Recovery and Resolution Directive’, and by the paper ‘Is Full Preference for
a Secured Claim in Insolvency Proceedings Justi ed?’, by Anto Kasak.
Jaan Sootak
Professor of Criminal Law
Member of the Editorial Board

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