Sillaots, Meris


Articles in Juridica International

Articles in Juridica

  • Judicial Investigation and Forms of Proof in Criminal Procedure, Juridica Abstract, 2012, No. 8, pp. 625-633
  • Request for the Collection of Additional Evidence in Criminal Proceedings, Juridica Abstract, 2010, No. 1, pp. 35-40
  • Disclosure of Testimony Given by a Witness in Pre-trial Procedure, and the Ability of a Suspect and Defence Counsel to Question the Witness, Juridica Abstract, 2008, No. 1, pp. 3–10
  • Cross-Examination in Estonian Court Proceedings, Juridica Abstract, 2005, No. 3, pp. 170–175
  • Appointment of Temporary Criminal Defence Counsel and Replacement of Appointed Counsel, Juridica Abstract, 2002, No. 9, pp. 601–609
  • Decisions of the Supreme Court as a Source of the Estonian Law of, Juridica Abstract, 2001, No. 2, pp. 79–87
  • Adversary Proceedings or Proceedings with Adversary Elements in the Draft Code of Criminal Procedure, Juridica Abstract, 2000, No. 9, pp. 576–583
  • The Possible Role and Status of the Defendant in the Future Estonian Criminal Procedure, Juridica Abstract, 2000, No. 2, pp. 83–92
  • The Role of the Faculty of Law of the University of Tartu in Building up the Legal System, Juridica Abstract, 1999, No. 1, pp. 12–13
  • Judge-made Law, Juridica Abstract, 1998, No. 5, pp. 238–241
  • Judicial Discretion in Interpretation of Rules of Law, Juridica Abstract, 1998, No. 1, pp. 20–22
  • Judge-made Law in Germany, Juridica Abstract, 1993, No. 3, pp. 58–59


  • Docent of Procedure Law, University of Tartu

Personal data

  • Born: November 16, 1967, Tõrva
  • E-mail: meris.sillaots@ut.ee


  • Doctor iuris, University of Tartu, 2004
  • Doctoral Student, University of Tartu, 2000–2004
  • Magister iuris, University of Tartu, 1996 (cum laude)
  • Faculty of Law, University of Tartu, 1993 (cum laude)


  • Program Manager (Open University), Faculty of Law, University of Tartu, 1997–2008
  • Docent, Faculty of Law, University of Tartu, 2006–current
  • Lecturer, Faculty of Law, University of Tartu, 1996–2005
  • Lecturer (Part-time) of Procedure Law, Faculty of Law, University of Tartu, 1994–1996
  • Executive Director of the Lawyers’ Training Centre, 1995–1997

Main areas of research

  • Judge-made Law, Defender in the Criminal Procedure, Summary Procedure in the Criminal Procedure

Grants and projects

  • Estonian Science Foundation (ETF ) Grant No. 4551 for Project: Optimisation of Estonian Court System and Court Procedure Law. With 5 Team Members, 2001
  • Estonian Science Foundation (ETF ) Target Financing for Project: Implementation of Estonian Public Law Reform in the Context of Joining the European Union Legal Order. With 11 Team Members, 2001–2005
  • Estonian Law Centre Foundation (ELC), Open Estonia Foundation (OEF) and Constitutional and Legal Policy Institute (COLPI, Hungary) Project: Restricting Corruption in a Transformation Society (Legal Aspect). Head of Subgroup, 1999–2001
  • Estonian Science Foundation (ETF ) Grant No. 3356 for Project: Further Development of the Reform of Estonian Legal Order in Public Law: Theoretical Foundations and Legislation to Ensure the Harmonisation of Estonian Legal Order in Public Law with the Legislation of European Union. With 10 Team Members, 1998–2000
  • Estonian Science Foundation (ETF ) Target Financing No. 0539 for Project: Reform of Estonian National Legal Order in Public Law: Conceptual Positions of Departure, Legislation, Standards of Interpretation, Legal Decision. With 11 Team Members, 1996–2000

Professional activity and membership

  • Founding Member of the Law Philosophy Society of Estonia, 1999–current
  • Member of the Council of the Faculty of Law, 1996–2005

Participation in scientific conferences and seminars

  • International Symposium: Legislation and Legal Policy. Written Presentation: Das Richterrecht als Rechtsquelle des Strafprozeßrechts Estlands. Tartu, Estonia, September 28–October 1, 2000

Studies abroad

  • University of Münster, Germany, July 2001
  • University of Kiel, Germany, June 1998

Teaching practice

  • Criminal Procedure, 1994–current
  • The Defender in the Criminal Procedure (Optional Course), 1994–current


  • E. Kergandberg, M. Sillaots. Criminal Procedure. Tallinn: Juura, 2006. 477 p. (in Estonian)
  • M. Sillaots. Judges Law and Judge-made Law. – Yearbook of the Estonian Academic Law Society (EAÕS) 1996–1998. Tartu: EAÕS , 1999, pp. 186–203 (in Estonian).
  • M. Sillaots. On the Possibility of and Need for Judges Law in Continental European Legal System. Tartu: Atlex Ltd., 1997 (in Estonian).


  • Estonian (Native)
  • German (Good)
  • Russian (Good)