Iurisprudentia est divinarum atque humanarum rerum notitia, iusti atque iniusti scientia

Author:Raul Narits
Position:Professor of Comparative Jurisprudence, University of Tartu. President of the Law Philosophy Society of Estonia
Pages:182-183
 
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Raul Narits
Professor of Comparative Jurisprudence, University of Tartu
President of the Law Philosophy Society of Estonia
Iurisprudentia est divinarum
atque humanarum rerum notitia,
iusti atque iniusti scientia
On 11 November 1997, lawyers gathered at the newly opened building of the Faculty of Law of the University
of Tartu—Iuridicum, at Näituse 20—to establish the Estonian Society of Legal Philosophy. The founding
members of the society were T. Anepaio, L. Auväärt, J. Ginter, P. Kask, S. Kaugia, T. Kerikmäe, A. Kiris,
M. Kiviorg, I. Kull, L. Lehis, U. Liin, M. Luts, K. Merusk, M. Muda, R. Narits, V. Olle, I.-M. Orgo, P. Pruks,
M. Sillaots, J. Sootak, and G. Tavits. Two years later, our society became the rst in the Baltic region to be
accepted unanimously as a member of the International Association for Philosophy of Law and Social Phi-
losophy (hereinafter referred to as the IVR), at its World Congress in New York.
In New York, our application was mediated to the world organisation by Professor W. Krawietz. We
were the 45th national branch of the society. Professor Krawietz was also the rst one to notify us, writing
in his fax:
Lieber Herr Narits! Aus New-York zurück, kann ich Ihnen mitteilen, dass Ihr Antrag erfolgreich
abgewickelt wurde. Ich habe ihn (i) im Exekutivkommitee und (ii) im engeren Vorstand der IVR
vorgetragen. Hier- wie in der Generalversammlung des Weltkongresses der IVR, wo es von dem
amtierenden Weltpräsidenten Herrn Prof. Dr. Enrico Pattaro eingebracht wurde – wurde der
Antrag der Estnischen Sektion einstimmig angenommen. Sie sind seit 29. Juni 1999. Die 45. Sek-
tion im Rahmen der Welt-IVR (und die erste im Baltischen!). Gratuliere!
The 100th reporting meeting of the Estonian branch of the International Association for Philosophy of Law
and Social Philosophy was held on 10 May this year. Amid the jubilee atmosphere of this reporting meeting,
doctoral candidate of the Faculty of Law of the University of Tartu Ü. Vanaisak delivered a presentation
that touched upon the problem of how the rights of a minor subject to proceedings should be protected in
a state based on the rule of law. We have reached our 100th report meeting (there have been more reports
than this because sometimes more than one is made during a meeting) by gathering every second Tuesday
each month at 4:00 in the afternoon at Iuridicum. The interest in these reports has constantly been quite
high. It has been mainly interest in legal philosophical issues that has brought the listeners to these meet-
ings. It seems that people in the Faculty of Law of the University of Tartu do not share a certain scepticism
towards philosophy that says that in its never-ending search for goodness and justice the philosophy of law
careers into a situation in which human cognition has no solid anchor(s). It must be added that our report
meetings are not merely listening events. Each presentation is always followed by a debate carried by the
spirit of liberum arbitrium.
Both the selection of presenters and the subject matter has been broad and, of course, related to the
research and cognition interests of the presenters. Approximately a tenth of the presentations for our soci-
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