Julia Laffranque has had an outstanding professional career. She was awarded a doctoral degree in jurisprudence in 2003. In 2004, while only 30, she was appointed judge, and a legal scientist at the Supreme Court of Estonia; she is also Professor of European law at the University of Tartu. It should be noted that only 19,4% of the professors working within the University of Tartu are women.She was elected by the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE), to serve as judge to the European Court of Human Rights from 2011. This is, with respect to Estonia, a 9-year term of office. She was the president of the Consultative Council of European Judges [CCJE] when CCJE was awarded the Justice of the World Prize.
Julia Laffranque is a co-author of the Estonian-French legal dictionary and has written a book „The Legal System of European Union and Estonian Law”.
In 2012, as a president of the Estonian Association for European Law and as a president of FIDE 2011-2012, Ms Laffranque was the main organiser of the XXV FIDE (International Federation for European Law) conference in Tallinn which gathered 550 participants from 35 countries around the world.
Professor Laffranque has achieved several male-dominated top level positions. She is a a role model and provides inspiration both for girls and women, showing that women too can have high ambitions in professional life and that having a family and a successful career are not necessarily mutually exclusive for women.
Julia Laffranque has this advice for the young people of today, “Stay yourself, stay true to the fundamental values and respect of human rights. Be independent and impartial, listen to your inner voice, work hard and honest, and do not give up.”