Laffranque, Julia


Articles in Juridica International

Articles in Juridica

  • European Court of Human Rights and Estonian Law: a Monologue or a Dialogue? Impact of the Judgments Made on Estonia to the Case Law of the European Court of Human Rights, Juridica Abstract, 2016, No. 8, pp. 539-551
  • The European Union’s Nobel Prize, Juridica Abstract, 2015, No. 2, pp. 98-102
  • Reasonable Time and Ensuring It in Civil and Administrative Court Procedures, Juridica Abstract, 2013, No. 10, pp. 727-741
  • Whether and How to Contest Poverty, Lack of Democracy and Shortage of Legal Protection? A View on a State Based on the Rule of Law through the Eyes of the European Court of Human Rights, Juridica Abstract, 2013, No. 1, pp. 27-40
  • FIDE Jubilee Congress in Capital of European Law, Juridica Abstract, 2012, No. 2, pp. 134-141
  • 15 Years of Dissenting Opinions by Supreme Court Justices, Juridica Abstract, 2009, No. 8, pp. 536-539
  • An Independent and Democratic State Based on the Rule of Law in the Practice of the Supreme Court. Estonia in the Context of European Union Membership, Juridica Abstract, 2009, No. 8, pp. 483-499
  • Glance at the Estonian Legal Landscape in Light of the Constitution of the Republic of Estonia Amendment Act, Juridica Abstract, 2007, No. 8, pp. 523-536
  • Estonian Legal Education and Research in the Context of Global and European Challenges, Juridica Abstract, 2006, No. 5, pp. 300-306
  • A Wake For the Treaty Establishing a Constitution For Europe In Tallinn. What Next?, Juridica Abstract, 2006, No. 1, pp. 17-23
  • Relationship Between the Administration of Justice and the Media in Estonia and Europe, Juridica Abstract, 2005, No. 5, pp. 332-339
  • Estonian Association for European Law Has Been Founded, Juridica Abstract, 2004, No. 9, pp. 648-649
  • Dissenting Opinion in Arbitral Tribunals and Extrajudicial Bodies, Juridica Abstract, 2004, No. 4, pp. 262-271
  • Dissenting Opinion of a Justice of the Estonian Supreme Court, Juridica Abstract, 2003, No. 9, pp. 624-633
  • Coexistence of the Estonian Constitution and EC law, Juridica Abstract, 2003, No. 3, pp. 180-190
  • Need for and Meaning of Codification of Legislation, Juridica Abstract, 2002, No. 9, pp. 586-587
  • Draft Act to Amend the Constitution, Juridica Abstract, 2002, No. 8, pp. 563-568
  • The Principle of Loyalty in the European Union and Its Impact on Estonia, Juridica Abstract, 2001, No. 9, pp. 616-625
  • Does the Merging Europe Need a Uniform Constitution?, Juridica Abstract, 2000, No. 7, pp. 471-481
  • Estonia’s Association Agreement with the European Union: Legal and Constitutional Aspects, Juridica Abstract, 2000, No. 4, pp. 224-237
  • Conciseness and Comprehensibility of Concepts Related to the European Union, Juridica Abstract, 2000, No. 3, pp. 157-159
  • J. Vahing Laffranque. Possibility of Constitutional Court in Estonia. – Juridica Abstract, 1999, No. 6, pp. 303–309


  • Justice, Supreme Court of the Republic of Estonia
    Visiting Professor, University of Tartu


  • Doctor iuris, University of Tartu, 2003
  • LLM, Faculty of Law, University of Münster, Germany, 1998 (summa cum laude)
  • B.A., Faculty of Law, University of Tartu, 1997


  • Justice, Supreme Court of the Republic of Estonia, 2020-current
  • Visiting Professor, University of Tartu, 2016-current
  • Professor of European Law, University of Tartu, 2011-2016
  • Judge, European Court of Human Rights, 2010-2019
  • Member of the Permanent Court of Arbitration, 2010-current
  • Docent of European Law, Faculty of Law, University of Tartu, 2006-2011
  • Justice, Supreme Court of the Republic of Estonia, 2004-2010
  • Deputy Secretary General on Legislative Drafting, Ministry of Justice, 2002–2004
  • Head of EU Law and Foreign Relations Division, Ministry of Justice, 2001–2002
  • Head of EU Law Division, Ministry of Justice, 1999–2001
  • Lecturer, Institute of Law, 1999–2002
  • Lecturer, National Defence Academy, 1999–2002
  • Chief Specialist on EC Law, EU Law Division, Ministry of Justice, 1996–1999 

Main areas of research

  • Estonian Constitutional and Administrative Law, European Union Law, Relations between the Protection of Fundamental Rights in the EU and in the European Convention on Human Rights

Grants and projects

  • Fellow of the Project: Constitutional Law Institute. Estonian Law Centre Foundation (ELC)
  • DAAD Grant, for LL.M in Münster, Germany, 1997–1998
  • PHARE Grant for Trainee at European Commission Legal Service, Brussels, Belgium, January–April 1997
  • Copernicus e. V. Grant for Studies at the Hamburg University and Trainee at the Commerzbank, Hamburg, Germany, 1994–1995
  • Open Estonian Foundation Grant to Participate as a Member of the First Estonian Student Team at the Telders International Law Moot Court Competition at The Hague, the Netherlands, March 1994

Professional activity and membership

  • President of International Federation for European Law (FIDE) 2011-2012
  • President of the Consultative Council of European Judges (Council of Europe) 2008; 2009 (previously since 2004 member and 2006-2007 vice-president of the Council)
  • Ad hoc judge at the European Court of Human Rights, June 2006
  • Member of the Jury of the Eastern and Central European Moot Court Competition, Croatia, Zagreb 2006
  • Member of the Jury of Estonian Moot Court Competition, 2005
  • Member of Expert Working Group to Analyse the Constitutional Impact of the Treaty Establishing a Constitution for Europe 2004-2005
  • President of the Estonian Association for European Law, 2004-current
  • Member of the Board of Estonian Academic Law Society (EAÕS), since 2004 (Member of the Society since 1999–current)
  • Member of Editorial Board of Journals Juridica and Õiguskeel [Legal Language] 2003-2004
  • Member, Working Group of the Draft Constitution Amendment Act 2002-2003
  • Member of the Working Group on Institutional Issues in the negotiations of Estonia's EU-Membership 2001-2002
  • Founding Member, Estonian European Community Studies Association, 2000–current
  • Member of the Board of the PRAXIS, Centre for Policy Studies, 2000–2004
  • Member, Working Group of the Draft Gender Equalities Act in Estonia, 2000
  • Moderator, Inter-ministerial EU Law Roundtables at the Ministry of Justice, 1999–2002
  • Member, EU/PHARE Integration Project Management Committee and Steering Committee, 1999–2002
  • Managing Editor, Ministry of Justice EU Law Courier, 1996–1997
  • Member of the Estonian Lawyers Union, since 1992; member of the board of the Estonian Lawyers Union 2005-2011

Studies abroad

  • Traineeship at the French Conceil d'Etat, France, December 2007
  • Traineeship at the Federal Administrative Court of Germany, Leipzig, October 2005
  • European Commission EUSSIRF Research fellowship for Studies at the European University Institute in Florence, Italy, 2002
  • Kiel City Scholarship for PhD Studies at the University of Kiel, Faculty of Law, Germany, April-June 2002
  • Study visit at the Ministry of Justice, Stockholm, Sweden, September 2000
  • Foreign Ministry of France Scholarship, French Government Trainee at the French Ministry of Justice, Division of Community and Comparative Law, Paris, France, June–July 2000
  • French Foreign Ministry Scholarship: La France et l' Europe - Trainee- Session Organised by the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs and ENA (Ecole Nationale d' Administration), Paris, France and ECJ Luxembourg, November 1999
  • Traineeship at the European Commission, Legal service, 1997
  • LL.M.,  Faculty of Law, University of Münster, Germany, 1997-1998
  • Copernicus Student, Faculty of Law, University of Hamburg, Germany 1994-1995
  • Washington Workshops: Completion of the Seminar on Diplomacy and Global Affairs, Washington Workshops, Washington, USA, June–July 1991
  • Rotary International Exchange Student to Litchfield High School, USA, 1990–1991

Hobbies and community work

  • Member of the Tagora Amateur Theatre Strasbourg, 2011-current
  • Member of the Vilde Amateur Theatre Tartu, 2007-current
  • Member (as alumna), Filiae Patriae, 1993–current


  • 4th class Order of the White Star, Republic of Estonia, 2005
  • Chevalier de l'Ordre National du Mérite, République Francaise, 2004

Teaching practice

    Previously since 1999 until about 2004 lectures on EU Law and Seminars on Selected Case Law of the ECJ at the Institute of Law. National Defence Academy, Tallinn Technical University and Tallinn Pedagogical University. Lectures for civil servants, judges and lawyers of private sector on various subjects in EU law in framework of different training programmes. From 2004 onwards lectures at the University of Tartu, Faculty of Law and European College of the University of Tartu.


  • The Constitution of the Republic of Estonia Amendment Act, a Commentary. In: E.-J. Truuväli et al. (Eds.). The Constitution of the Republic of Estonia. Commented Edition (2nd, revised ed.). Tallinn: Juura, pp. 771–793, together with B. Aaviksoo, Ü. Madise, J. Põld (in Estonian).
  • J. Laffranque. Legal System of the European Union and Estonian Law. Tallinn: Juura, 2006. 536 p. (in Estonian).
  • Handbook of Legislative Drafting. Juura, 2003. 144 p. Compiled by Raigo Sõlg, Kai Liiva, Mait Pärtel, Egne Pilt, Tiiu Greenbaum, Kaia Alasi, Julia Laffranque, Karin Luik, Anno Aedmaa, and others.
  • J. Laffranque (compiler and editor). Selected Cases of the European Court of Justice I and II book. Tallinn: Juura, respectively 2001 and 2003. 464 and 248 p. (in Estonian).
  • Th. Oppermann. European Law. Legal Editor J. Laffranque. Ministry of Justice: Õigusteabe AS Juura, 2002. 872 p. (in Estonian).
  • J. Laffranque, R. Laffranque. French-Estonian-French Legal Dictionary. Tallinn: Juura, 2002. 443 p.
  • J. Laffranque. European Union, European Community. Institutions and Law. National Defence Academy, 1999. 192 p. (in Estonian).

    Published numerous articles and papers in Estonian (in journals such as: Akadeemia, Riigikogu Toimetised, Õiguskeel, Maksumaksja, Eesti Majanduse Teataja, Diplomaatia, Sirp) as well as in English (European Law Journal) and German in the law journals abroad.


  • Estonian (Native)
  • German (Fluent)
  • English (Fluent)
  • French (Good)
  • Finnish (Good)
  • Russian (Intermediate)