Ernits, Madis


Articles in Juridica International

Articles in Juridica

  • Potential Amendments to the Constitution Regarding the European Union and the Transfer of Discretionary Power of the State, Juridica Abstract, 2019, No. 1, pp. 11-23
  • Review on the Book by Uno Lõhmus, “Õigusriik ja inimese õigused” (Ilmamaa 2018, 240 pages), Juridica Abstract, 2018, No.10, pp. 784-786
  • Rise and Fall of the Third Act, Juridica Abstract, 2017, No. 1, pp. 3-26
  • Of Something Pristine and Rough, and the Theft of Authority, Juridica Abstract, 2015, No. 2, pp. 77-87
  • Madis Ernits, Andra Laurand, Maarja Saluste. Treaty Establishing the ESM: International Treaty and malpropre EU Law, Juridica Abstract, 2012, No. 5, pp. 359-375
  • Interpretation in the Practice of the Supreme Court, Juridica Abstract, 2010, No. 9, pp. 666-686
  • Freedom of Public Expression and Democracy, Juridica Abstract, 2007, No. 3, pp. 155-172
  • Freedom of Public Expression and Democracy, Juridica Abstract, 2007, No. 1, pp. 16-29
  • Delivery in the Light of Fundamental Rights, Juridica Abstract, 2004, No. 5, pp. 321-333
  • Legal Chancellor, Juridica Abstract, 2003, No. 1, pp. 14-17
  • Political party in the Estonian Constitution and in the Political Parties Act, Juridica Abstract, 2003, No. Special issue, pp. 5-18
  • The Monitoring of Rules of Law de lege lata and de lege ferenda , Juridica Abstract, 2001, No. 8, pp. 572-596
  • Problems Concerning the Chapter on Riigikogu in the Constitution, Juridica Abstract, 1999, No. 10, pp. 472-479
  • Disputes between Bodies of Legal Persons before Administrative Courts, Juridica Abstract, 1999, No. 7, pp. 320-323
  • Juristenausbildung or How to Become a Lawyer in Germany, Juridica Abstract, 1995, No. 2, pp. 66-70

Personal data

  • Born: May 18, 1971


  • Second State Examination in Law (Applied Master’s Degree), Hamburg Germany, 2001
  • Legal In-service Training (Referendariat), Kiel Circuit Court, 1998–2001
  • LLM (Public Law and Theory of Law), University of Helsinki, 1998
  • First Legal State Examination in Law, Schleswig, Germany, 1996
  • Faculty of Law, University of Kiel, 1996
  • Faculty of Law, University of Tartu, 1991


  • Judge, Tartu Circuit Court, 2012-current
  • Deputy Chancellor of Justice, Office of the Chancellor of Justice, 2008-2010
  • Adviser, Estonian Office of Legal Chancellor, 2002–2007
  • Assistant, Chair of Public Law and Philosophy of Law, University of Kiel, 2002
  • Adviser, Constitutional Review Chamber, Supreme Court of the Republic of Estonia, 2000–2002

Main areas of research

  • Public Law, Fundamental Rights and Freedoms, Penal Law

Professional activity and membership

  • Has contributed to the Work of the Constitutional Expert Committee and to the Drafting of the Penal Code and to the Reform of the General Part of Administrative Law


  • Constitution of the Republic of Estonia. Commented Edition. Tallinn: Juura 2002. Introduction to Chapter II, § 3 (1) Sentence 1, 9–15, 19, 152. (in Estonian).
  • J. Sootak, M. Ernits, P. Pikamäe, E. Samson. Draft General Part of the Penal Code. Positions of Departure and Reasoning. Tallinn: Juura Õigusteabe AS, 1999, 166 p. (in Estonian).


  • Estonian (Native)
  • English (Fluent)
  • German (Fluent)