RASK consults members of Estonian Parliament on constitutionality of new hunting act. 

Case

RASK analysed the conformity of the new Hunting Act with the Constitution of the Republic of Estonia at the request of several members of the Estonian parliament.

On 1 June 2013, the new Hunting Act entered into force in Estonia. The Hunting Act caused much controversy as it included several provisions where the constitutionality was questionable.

At the request of several members of the Estonian parliament, Rask conducted an analysis and prepared an application to the President of Estonia not to proclaim the Hunting Act. An inquiry was also presented to the Chancellor of Justice of Estonia requesting him to verify the constitutionality of several provisions of the Hunting Act.

This is a multi-layered legal issue where a balance must be struck between the rights of hunters and nature conservation on the one hand, and the right of the landowner to restrict those rights on the other.