It was the final deadline today to submit article proposals to one of the most prestigeous Estonian peer-reviewed journals “Riigikogu Toimetised” (could be translated as The Parliament’s Editions, although the name in the Estonian language of the Estonian Parliament is Riigikogu). Having felt neglected for quite a while, I submitted 8 proposals as follows: “Human Rights and European Values”, “On the Accession of the EU to the ECHR”, “The Renewed Legal Remedies in Europe”, “The Changes in the EU Legislative Procedures”, “The Renewed Comitology”, “The Renewed Role of the State Parliaments in the EU Pre-Legislative and Legislative Proceedings”, “The Principles of Democracy in the EU”, “Implementation of the Services Directive”, hoping that at least some of those article proposals could end up being published.
Two days ago, I did find a new book:
Estonia’s transition to the EU: twenty years on / edited by Marju Lauristin and Peeter Vihalemm. – London; New York: Routledge, 2010. vii, 159 p.
1. The Political Agenda During Different Periods of Estonian Transformation: External and Internal Factors Marju Lauristin and Peeter Vihalemm
2. The Estonian Tiger Leap from Post-Communism to the Information Society: From Policy to Practice Pille Runnel, Pille Pruulmann-Vengerfeldt and Kristina Reinsalu
3. Emerging Consumer Types in a Transition Culture: Consumption Patterns of Generational and Ethnic Groups in Estonia Veronika Kalmus, Margit Keller and Maie Kiisel
4. The Patterns of Cultural Attitudes and Preferences in Estonia Maarja Lo˜hmus, Marju Lauristin and Eneli Siirman
5. Cultural Differentiation of the Russian Minority Triin Vihalemm and Veronika Kalmus
6. Inter-Ethnic Attitudes and Contacts Between Ethnic Groups in Estonia Ku¨lliki Korts
7. The Bronze Soldier: Identity Threat and Maintenance in Estonia Martin Ehala
The editors and authors:
Marju Lauristin is Professor Emeritus at the University of Tartu and works as Professor of Social Communication in the Institute of Journalism and Communication. Her research interests are related to the social, cultural and political conditions and implications of the Estonian post-communist transition.
Peeter Vihalemm is Professor of Media Studies at the Institute of Journalism and Communication, University of Tartu, Estonia. His work has been focused on political and cultural aspects of postcommunist transformation, especially on development of media system and media use, and changing spatial relations in the Baltic Sea region.
● I frequently have thought why couldn’t there already 10 years ago have appeared a book on “Estonia at the Treshold of Accession to the EU”, edited by John … , with Chapters like:
1. Facing Cross-Border Insolvency Proceedings Diana K.
2. Facing Protection of Common Consumer Rights Katrin S.-S.
3. Protection of Social Rights in Europe Katre K.-K. L.
4. Simple Rules of Academic Writing in the Eras of Flow of Information Mari-Liis S.
5. On Value Judgments Marika L.
6. The Role of NGOs in Environmental Protection Airi A.
7. Legal Writing Anu V.
8. The Council of Europe Nele S.-P.
9. On Legitimacy and Consensus-building Liina I.-C.
10. Legal Remedies in Europe Jaanika Erne
11. Adaptation to Substantial EU Law Jaanika Erne
● And now, there could already have appeared a more advanced edition, headed like “European Constitutional and Administrative Law and Global Governance”, with Chapters like:
1. On the Electoral Rules Nele S.-P.
2. Political Processes in the EU and the Renewed Comitology Marika L.
3. The Role of the WTO in Global Governance Diana K.
4. The Role of NGOs in Global Governance Airi A.
5. The Relevance of the Law of International Organizations and Institutions – Binding Law or Politics? Mari-Liis S.
6. On the Concept of Welfare State Katrin S.-S.
7. Closer to the Civil Society – On Citizen’s Initiative Liina I.-C.
8. International Conventions and Institutions for Protecting Human Rights Katre K.-K. L.
9. The Role of Media in Governance Anu V.
10. Decision-Making in the European Union” (Conferral of treaty-making and decision-making powers on the EU and exercise of those powers against international law-making) Jaanika Erne
● Parallelly, by now there could also have appeared a special Human Rights edition on the Estonian Thought:
1. Particularity vs. Universality in International Protection of Human Rights Mari-Liis S.
2. Social Rights and the Cases of Laval and Viking Katrin S.-S.
3. Exercise of Individual Rights with the Help of the United Nations Katre K.-K. L.
4. Feminist Thought on Human Rights Diana K.
5. The Role of NGOs in Monitoring International Rights and Wrongs Airi A.
6. The Council of Europe Nele S.-P.
7. On Participatory Rights Liina I.-C.
8. Should Media be Regulated? Anu V.
9. European Values. Marika L.
10. Modern and Postmodern Thought on Self and Society Jaanika Erne
11. Protection of Human Rights under EU Law Jaanika Erne
The headings are partially hypothetical, and a person always knows better of her / his own research interests, therefore I have doubled myself, but You may complement the lists by sending Your comments.
Sad to say, but instead of thinking of the above, at least my time was suddenly all filled with inquiries into past, ethics and morals.