Veinla, Hannes


Articles in Juridica International

Articles in Juridica

  • Nature Conservation in Forests ‒ Possibility to Merge Conflicting Objectives, Juridica Abstract, 2019, No. 5, pp. 315-323
  • What Kind of Negative Environmental Impact of Planned Activity is Legally Acceptable and on What Conditions? Juridica Abstract, 2017, No. 8, pp. 539-546
  • Weighing of Interests in Estonian and EU Nature Conservation Law: A Comparative Analysis, Juridica Abstract, 2016, No. 2, pp. 123-131
  • Environmental Main Obligations of Persons: Basic Considerations and Concepts, Juridica Abstract, 2012, No. 5, pp. 384-393
  • Might the Diversity and Value of our Nature Be an Obstacle to Economic Development? Juridica Abstract, 2009, No. 9, pp. 647-656
  • Fundamental Principles Underlying the General Part of the Environmental Code Bill, Juridica Abstract, 2008, No. 9, pp. 598–608
  • Codifying Environmental Law in Estonia: Reasons, Objectives and Choices, Juridica Abstract, 2007, No. 7, pp. 495–501
  • How Estonia’s Accession to the European Union Influenced the Formation and Implementation of Estonian Environmental Law, Juridica Abstract, 2007, No. 4, pp. 239–248
  • Environmental Impact Assessment as an Instrument for the Prevention and Management of Environmental Risks, Juridica Abstract, 2006, No. 10, pp. 692–701
  • The Development of Saaremaa Harbour and Other Similar Projects. Legal Risks in the Context of the Nature Protection Directives of the European Community, Juridica Abstract, 2005, No. 10, pp. 693–704
  • Determination of the Level of Protection of the Environment and Assessment of the Proportionality of Precautionary Measures: the Effect of EC law, Juridica Abstract, 2004, No. 2, pp. 117–128
  • The Role of Principles in Contemporary Environmental Law: the Precautionary Principle, Juridica Abstract, 2004, No. 1, pp. 11–19
  • Human Rights and Environmental Protection Based on the Precautionary Principle, Juridica Abstract, 2003, No. 9, pp. 597–606
  • The Precautionary Principle as a Factor Restricting Free Trade: the Great Opposition between the USA and the European Union, Juridica Abstract, 2002, No.9, pp.610–618
  • Principle of Carefulness in the Context of Environmental Rights, Juridica Abstract, 2002, No. 6, pp. 369–379
  • Principles of and Developments in Environmental Law, Juridica Abstract, 1999, No. 1, p. 48
  • Objectives, Principles and Development of EC Environmental Law, Juridica Abstract, 1999, No. 1, pp. 39–45
  • Planning and Building Act, Juridica Abstract, 1996, No. 2, pp. 57–60
  • Planning and Construction Act, Juridica Abstract, 1996, No. 1, pp. 4–7
  • Civil Liability for Environmental Damage, Juridica Abstract, 1995, No. 9, pp. 395–397
  • Restrictions on Real Property Imposed under the Act on Protected Natural Objects, Juridica Abstract, 1994, No. 9, pp. 220–221
  • Extent of the Tenement to the Bowels of the Earth and Mineral Resources, Juridica Abstract, 1994, No. 3, pp. 71–72
  • Comments on Draft Law on Protected Objects of Nature, Juridica Abstract, 1993, No. 5, p. 109


  • Associate Professor of Environmental Law, University of Tartu

Personal data

  • Born: September 13, 1957, Tartu
  • E-mail: hannes.veinla@ut.ee


  • Doctor iuris, University of Tartu, 2004
  • Doctoral Student, University of Tartu, 1999–2003
  • Magister iuris, University of Tartu, 1993
  • Faculty of Law, University of Tartu, 1980 (cum laude)


  • Associate Professor of Environmental Law, Faculty of Law, University of Tartu, 2005–current
  • Lecturer, Holder of the Chair of Environmental Law, University of Tartu, 1994–2005
  • Lecturer, Faculty of Law, University of Tartu, 1992–1994

Main areas of research

  • Environmental Law Methodology – Balancing of Direct Governmental Regulation and Market Based Instruments in Environmental Control System
  • Interpretation and Implementation of Precautionary Principle
  • Implementation of EC Environmental Law in Estonia
  • Codification of Environmental Law
  • Access to Justice in Environmental Matters

Grants and projects

  • Estonian Scientific Foundation (ETF) Grant for Project - Legal Problems of Implementation of EC Environmental Requirements 2006-2008
  • Estonian Science Foundation (ETF ) Grant for Project: Theoretical Problems of Codification of Environmental Law, 2001
  • Estonian Science Foundation (ETF ) Grant for Project: Harmonisation of Estonian Environmental Law with EU Environmental Law, 1998–2000
  • Estonian Science Foundation (ETF ) Target Financing on the Topic: Main Problems in the Drafting and Developing of the Estonian Private Law. With 12 Team Members, 1996–2000
  • Estonian Science Foundation (ETF ) Grant No. 1214 for Project: Estonian New Civil and Commercial Law. With Team Members, I. Kull, H. Pisuke, H. Sepp, A. Siibak, P. Varul, A. Vutt, 1994–1997

Professional activity and membership

  • Member of the Scientific Committee of the Series of Euroconferences on Implementation of EC Environmental Law
  • Member of the Environmental Law Codification Working Group (Head of the Working Group for Drafting the General Part of Environmental Code Act and Nature Protection Act)
  • Member of the Council of Faculty of Law

Participation in scientific conferences and seminars

  • Implementation of EC Nature Protection Directives, Krakow, January 2006
  • Marine Parks and Marine Protected Areas in Eastern-Baltic, Tallinn, 10–11. September 2004
  • Implementation of EC Environmental Law and Policy, Aarhus, Denmark, 2000
  • Coastal State Jurisdiction Relating to Vessel-source Marine Pollution in the Eastern Baltic Sea, Riga, Latvia, 2000
  • EC Environmental Law for the New Millennium, Nijmegen, the Netherlands, 1999

Studies abroad

  • University of Helsinki, Finland, 1999
  • University of Maastricht, the Netherlands, 1995
  • University of Uppsala, Sweden, 1994

Hobbies and community work

  • Nature, Literature, History


  • H. Veinla. Environmental Law, Tallinn: Juura Õigusteabe AS, 2005, 288 p. (In Estonian).
  • H. Veinla. Different approaches to the Precautionary Principle — Dispute between the US and the EU – Ympäristöjuridiikka 2/2003, Helsinki. pp. 120–138.
  • H. Veinla, Theoretical Problems of Codification of Environmental Law in Estonia. - Rechtstheorie, 2000, 31. Band, Heft.
  • H. Veinla. Lectures of European Community Environmental Law. Tartu: Iuridicum Foundation, 2001 (in Estonian).
  • H. Veinla. Introduction to Environmental Law. Tallinn: Juura Õigusteabe AS, 1998, 151 p. (in Estonian).
  • H. Veinla. Estland. – Naturschutzrecht im Ostseeraum: Landesberichte, Prof E. V. Heyen (Hrsg.). Baden-Baden: Nomos Verl.-Ges. , 1998, pp. 127–140.
  • H. Veinla. Le developpement du droit estonien de l´environment: vers une integration a l‘Union europeenne. – Responsabilite & Environnement. Paris: Annales des Mines, 1998, 11, pp. 61–68.
  • H. Veinla. Viron ympäritöoikeuden tämänhetkisestä tilanteesta. – Ympäristö-juridiika 1997, No. 2–3, pp. 14–25.
  • H. Veinla. Estonia. – A World Survey of Environmental Law. Milano: Giuffre Editore, 1996, pp. 365–377.


  • Estonian (Native)
  • English (Fluent)
  • Russian (Fluent)