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Chair of the CCJE in 2008 and 2009: Julia Laffranque

Dr Julia Laffranque was elected Chair of the Consultative Council of European Judges (CCJE) on 22 November 2007 by unanimous vote of the Council’s Plenary, after serving two years as Vice-Chair of the CCJE.

Dr Laffranque is a Professor of European law, University of Tartu, Member of the Permanent Court of Arbitration, since 2010, Judge of the European Court of Human Rights since 4 January 2011. Dr Laffranque has been Judge at the Supreme Court of Estonia from 2004 to 2010.

Julia Laffranque is a graduate of the Law Faculty of Tartu University. She has also studied at the universities of Hamburg and Kiel, the European University Institute in Florence and obtained her Master’s degree in law (LL.M) at the University of Münster. Mrs Laffranque holds a Doctoral degree in jurisprudence from her native University of Tartu.

She is the author of several law books and has completed traineeships at the Legal Service of the European Commission, at the Ministries of Justice in Sweden and France, the Supreme Administrative Court of Germany, and the Conseil d'Etat of France; she has also served as an ad hoc judge at the European Court of Human Rights.

Prior to her appointment as judge, Dr Laffranque worked at the Estonian Ministry of Justice, starting as an expert in EU law. Thereafter, she was appointed to head the EU Law and Foreign Relations Division, and later she served as the Deputy Secretary General on Legislative Drafting. In latter capacity, she was in charge of Estonia's preparations to join the European Union and responsible for the approximation of Estonian legislation to European law and for preparing draft laws, including constitutional amendments.

Dr Laffranque is a part-time docent in European law at the Law Faculty of Tartu University. She is a member of the Estonian Association of Judges, president of the Estonian European Law Society, member of the Board of Estonian Academic Law Society and Estonian Lawyers Union, a member of the sorority Filiae Patriae, and a former member of the Board of the policy think-tank "Praxis." Dr Laffranque was awarded the Estonian White Cross, fourth category, and she is Chevalier de l'Ordre National du Mérite of France. Julia Laffranque speaks Estonian, German, English, French, Finnish and Russian.