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“Starting Up” From Crisis – A Subsidiary Method

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My Father Jaan Erne (born in 1934) with a Fellow who looks like actor Cary Grant, in 1960s. Having graduated from the Tallinn Business School (or should I say Tallinn School of Commerce?) in 1964, my Father has well managed family resources. For tough times, he would recommend the recipe that soon follows.

Codified and Uncodified Constitutions and Constitutional Treaties

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Assuming that unwritten means not codified at all and codified means written, although not in one, but different documents, it seems correct to say that Estonia has a codified Constitution, and that the United Kingdom has uncodified Constitution.   Different understandings of constitutions made me think that different states may understand differently also the theories of […]

Some Reflections on Modern Views on Constitutionalism

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I just finished reading a SSRN article „Heller High Water? The Future of Originalism“ by Jamal Greene.   Originalism is generally understood so that the Constitution has a fixed and knowable meaning, established during its travaux préparatoires (a related question – what was exactly established?). Understood so that interpretation of a written constitution should conform to […]

University of Tartu – European University

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A comment I received today made me think that people may understand things funnily (not the specific commentator). – The day before yesterday I put up a video introducing a German school. Since the video only brings up the dark sides of the school, people usually start asking questions and expect to get to know […]

University of Tartu – Estonia’s National University

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Happy having someone who seemed to like my last post, I am writing about my home University today. The University of Tartu was founded in 1632 and was initially named Academia Dorpatensis. The University of Tartu is Estonia’s leading centre of research and training.   Divided into ten faculties and five colleges, the University’s research activities can be […]

Fostering Freedom of Expression and Combating Bureaucracy

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My sister’s husband, Andreas, is a teacher. He and his colleague recently finished a video introducing their school (actually a film about their school): Im Trüben gefischt: My sister Kristina is a teacher, too. The International Standard Classification of Education (ISCED) composed by UNESCO distinguishes between different levels, groups and fields of education: Level 0 – […]

On the Possibility to Reach Consensus

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My “little” sister Kristina married Andreas in 1995. The couple has three wonderful children – Solveig, Karolin and Sebastian. Each of them is a person. But persons tend to have their personal opinions on how things are and ought to be. Sometimes I wonder how does this three-headed group reach consensus.       An […]

Unity in Diversity

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Oatmeal cookies (K a e r a küpsised) – a recipe from Estonian cuisine for Sunday evening. Ingredients 1,5 dl porridge oats 1 dl flour 1,5 cup brown sugar 1 dl honey 2 tbs butter, softened 2 egg whites 1 tbs milk 1 cup dried apple pieces   Method Mix butter, sugar and honey until fluffy. […]

The Common Frame of Reference and Consciousness?

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It is Sunday today – traditionally a day for reflection and Family, and I thought I should put up my Granny’s picture.   Agnes Tomson, born Kösta in 1905, died in 2003 (the year I graduated from the LL.M. Programme at the University of Helsinki), she lived her whole life at countryside in Central Estonia. Having lost her […]

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 […]

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