Ms Kai Härmand has worked at the court of first instance as a civil judge, specialising on intellectual property rights and obligation law. Right now she has rotated to the Ministry of Justice to work as the Deputy Secretary General and also Head of the Legislative Policy Department. It is her task to ensure that Government’s Action Plan in her area of responsibility is fulfilled. Legislative Policy Department drafts bills for the government and supports their subsequent proceedings in parliament on private and public law, coordinates EU law harmonization process and is responsible for the quality of legislative drafting.
Ms Härmand has participated many times in European Patent Judges Symposium and in European Trademark and Design Judges Symposium. She is the Estonian representative in CDCJ in the Council of Europe. She is a member of Estonian Judges Association.
She has been a member of the codification working groups of various legal draft acts for example the draft act of the Civil Procedure Code, the draft act of the copyright law and intellectual property rights. She has been also participated in the working groups launched by Supreme Court of Estonia that discuss the activities of professional judges (recruitment of judges, support for the development of judges).
As a judge she has been a member of the Drafting Committee of Estonian Copyright Act and Civil Procedure Act.
She is also a frequent lecturer of civil procedure for practitioners from various fields – patent attorneys, lawyers, court experts. She has supervised students participating in EU Moot Court competition.
She is also conducting a curriculum directed to young judges and judge candidates by the Training Department of Supreme Court of Estonia.