Jurists discuss the principles of administrative law and the sustainability of Estonian public administration at a conference
On 24 and 25 October, the 20th anniversary of the formation of administrative courts in Estonia is celebrated with a conference "At the sources of modern public administration — sources, developments and perspectives in Estonia and Germany" in the assembly hall of the University of Tartu. In the panel discussion, the OECD 2011 report will be handled, according to which the volume of Estonian population and the complexity and expensiveness of its public administration system are in an inverse relationship and thus in urgent need for new and more efficient solutions.
On the one hand, the conference that is held in the framework of German-Estonian cooperation tradition Academica celebrates the jubilee of administrative court proceedings in Estonia. On the other hand, it gives a scientifically critical look on Estonian and German public administration both in comparative and historical way in order to look for ideas and solutions for the nature of contemporary public administration and its conceptual problems.
"The 20th anniversary of the existence of administrative courts is an important landmark in the judicial control of administration and the development of Estonia as a state based on the rule of law. Nevertheless, in the mood of celebration, we must not forget the drawbacks related to the contemporary public administration. In 2011, the OECD report was published which blames Estonian public administration for being fragmented and for having costly parallelism," says the chief organiser of the conference Marju Luts-Sootak, the Professor of Legal History in the University of Tartu. The Professor added that the OECD clearly implied that Estonia might soon have no resources for managing our somewhat costly state.
The conference brings several leading jurists and political scientists into Estonia, such as professors Ulrich Ramsauer, Joachim Rückert, Michael Sachs, Friedrich Schoch, Michael Stolleis and Rüdiger Voigt. Among others, presentations are made by the professors of the University of Tartu Jaan Sootak, Kalle Merusk and Jüri Põld. The Secretary of State Heiki Loot talks about the definition of the general part of Estonian administrative law and its reform.
The panel discussion is held on 25 October at 15.30 and its participants include the Minister of Justice Hanno Pevkur, the Minister of Education and Research Professor Jaak Aaviksoo, OECD expert Keit Kasemets and sworn advocate Jüri Raidla. The discussion is moderated by sworn advocate Allar Jõks.
The conference is held in Estonian and German, mutual communication is assured by simultaneous interpretation.
Everybody is welcome! The conference is free of charge, registration and additional information can be found from the webpage of the Faculty of Law of the University of Tartu.
German-Estonian science month Academica is supported by the employer's union of the North Rhine-Westphalia state and the German Embassy in Tallinn. The conference organisation is supported by the Government Office of the Republic of Estonia and the Supreme Court.
Additional information: Marju Luts-Sootak, Professor of Legal History in the University of Tartu, tel: +372 737 5396, e-mail: marju.luts-sootak [ät] ut.ee.