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European Values – Freedom of Thought, Conscience and Religion

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  The ECHR contains important values for the whole Europe. If one thinks backwards, about the time, when the ECHR was composed – Europe had just emerged from the war – the European leaders wished to create a system, which would prevent such a war from happening again. They thought that the ECHR could be […]

Freedom of Expression and Freedom of Thought

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as important guarantors of democracy.   The freedom of thought in Article 9 of the ECHR is closely linked to other provisions in the ECHR, one of those being the freedom of expression.   In the ECHR, Article 10 (1) says:   „1. Everyone has the right to freedom of expression. This right shall include […]

Invincible in Language and Mind

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An excerpt of my article, “Private Law Consciousness of the Estonian Nation in the Pre-Statehood and Early Post-Statehood Periods. Some Legal Problems Related to Transformation of Societies and Law Reforms”:   “[t]he concept of law also embraces understanding of law. In turn understanding of law is related to language, whereas development of legal language is […]

The Invisible Gorilla

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I recently read an e-book on Logical Models in Social Sciences, by Rein Taagepera, and thought that since I already started with social policy issues here, and being a lawyer from Estonia, I could introduce the thought of some Estonian authors.   The referred book made me think that if there is an order in […]

Visible and Invisible Hand in the Society

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The last article I read that made me think was Donald J. Kochan’s “Black Tuesday and The Graying of the Legitimacy of Governmental Intervention: When Tomorrow is Just a Future Yesterday” at The Social Science Research Network Electronic Paper Collection.   Why did this article make me think? At page 3 the author states that people […]

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