Kristen Michal assumed the office of Minister of Justice in April 2011, having been elected a member of the Riigikogu prior to that. In 2007 he was also elected a member of the Riigikogu. At that time he asked to exempt himself from the obligations of a member of the Riigikogu as he sought to commit to his work as Secretary General of the Reform Party. From 2005 to 2006 he also acted as an alternate member of the Riigikogu.
Before that Kristen worked both in a local authority – Tallinn City Council and as the elder of Tallinn City Centre – and as the head of the Office of the Minister of Regional Affairs and an adviser to the Prime Minister.
As for his education, Kristen is a lawyer: he obtained his Bachelor’s degree at Academy Nord and is continuing his Master’s studies at the Tallinn University Law School. Besides these, he has also studied public administration and, as a minor subject thereof, economics.
Kristen has a partner with whom he has two sons. His hobbies include tennis, swimming, cycling, literature and fishing.
Kristen has broadened his knowledge in the field of management and democracy, attending several training courses in Estonia and abroad.
Date and place of birth: 12 July 1975, Tallinn
2009– Tallinn University Law School, Master’s studies in law
2006–2009 Academy Nord, law
1994–1998 Tallinn Pedagogical University, Faculty of Social Sciences, speciality of public administration (until 4th year, incomplete)
1993–1994 Private higher educational establishment “Institute Esimene Stuudium”
1983–1993 Tallinn Secondary School no. 17 (Väike-Õismäe Secondary School), class with specialisation in humanities
2011 Member of the 12th Riigikogu
2007 Member of the 11th Riigikogu (Economic Affairs Committee), left to work as the Secretary General of the Estonian Reform Party
2005–2006 Alternate member of the 10th Riigikogu (member of the Foreign Affairs Committee, the Constitutional Committee and the National Defence Committee)
2003– Secretary General of the Estonian Reform Party
2002–2003 Elder of Tallinn City Centre
2002 Adviser to Prime Minister Siim Kallas
2001–2002 Adviser to and head of the office of minister Toivo Asmer
1999–2001 Adviser to the Reform Party faction of the Riigikogu
1999 Adviser to the Estonian Reform Party
1996–1999 Adviser to the Reform Party faction of the Tallinn City Council
Organisation affiliation and participation in elected bodies
1995–1996 Member of the AEGEE-Tallinn, a branch organisation of the European Student Forum
1996– Member of the Estonian Reform Party
1998–1999 Founding member and Chairman of the Tallinn Youth Reform Club
1999– Member of the Tallinn Youth Reform Club
1999–2003 Member of the Board of the Tallinn Region of the Estonian Reform Party
1999–2001 Member of the Cabinet of the Reform Party Youth Council
1999–2001 Member of Tallinn City Council, Vice-President of the Reform Party faction
1999–2002 Member and Vice-Chairman of the Administrative Council of Kristiine City District, Chairman of the Budget and Audit Committee
1998–1999 Member of the Ämari Prison Committee
1999–2001 Member of the Tallinn Prison Committee
1999– Member of NGO Kristiine Maintenance Society
2000–2004 Member of the supervisory board of Tallinn Tram and Trolleybus Company
2000– NGO Estonian Neighbourhood Watch (founding member)
2000–2002 Chairman of the board of trustees of Lilleküla Secondary School
2001– NGO Friends of Lilleküla Secondary School (founding member)
2001–2003 Member of the Board of the Estonian Reform Party
2009– 2011 Member of Tallinn City Council
Party membership: Estonian Reform Party