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Our faculty is international, with members from Estonia, Finland, Germany, Italy, Russia, China, and the United States of America. Further, among our faculty are past and current lawmakers (members of parliament), judges, lawyers, and well known legal scholars, which combines to make a well balanced legal education from the theoretical and practical viewpoints.

Rein Müllerson is the Research Professor of Law and Politics at Tallinn University and was the most recent past president of Institut de Droit Internationalis. He was Professor and Chair of International Law at King's College, London (1994-2009). He has been a member of the United Nations Human Rights Committee (1988-92), visiting centennial professor of the London School of Economics and Political Science (1992-94), and first deputy foreign minister of Estonia (1991-92). Professor Müllerson is an internationally recognized legal scholar, the author of eleven books on international law and politics and more than 200 articles and reviews.

Massimo La Torre is the Professor of European Law at Tallinn University, and he is also a Professor at the Department of Law of the Università di Catanzaro (Italy) and at the Law School of the University of Hull (United Kingdom). He held numerous visiting professorial fellowships at European and American universities, and he was fellow of the Alliance Française, the Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche, the British Council and the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation. Professor La Torrie is a prolific writer on legal philosophy, political philosophy and questions of subjective rights, sovereignty, freedom, the rule of law and democracy.

Mart Susi is the Professor of Human Rights at Tallinn University and the Head of the Law study area. Professor Susi is active in publishing articles and commentaries on human rights, with special focus on new human rights.

Samuli Miettinen is associate professor of transnational law at Tallinn University and holds the title of docent (adjunct professor/hablitation) in European law at the universities of Helsinki and Lapland He has taught a wide range of international and EU law subjects at European universities and is currently working on issues in EU public and criminal law. Miettinen is the author of The Political Constitution of EU Criminal Law (Hart, forthcoming 2017), The Europeanization of Criminal Law (Helsinki, 2015), Criminal Law and Policy in the European Union (Routledge, 2012) and The Sporting Exception in European Union Law (Asser/Cambridge, 2008, with Richard Parrish), some 40 longer articles or book chapters, and is co-editor of Data Protection, Privacy and European Regulation in the Digital Age (Forum Iuris, 2016, with Tobias Bräutigam). Miettinen was FIDE national rapporteur for Finland in 2016 (Competence) and 2014 (Citizenship), and is also contact point for Finland in the European Criminal Law Academic Network.

Igor Gräzin is Lecturer of Law at Tallinn University and a member of the Estonian Parliament. He taught law in the United States at the University of Notre Dame and was a research fellow at the Woodrow Wilson Center in Washington D.C. He has written academic papers on the philosophy of law, theory of legal interpretation, and macroeconomics.

Meelis Eerik is a Lecturer of Private Law at Tallinn University. He is also a trial level judge for Harju County Court in Estonia. He has served in this capacity since 2001 and he is also a member of the Judicial Examination Council. 

Norman Aas is a Lecturer of Penal Law at Tallinn University. He is also the Chancellor of the Ministry of Justice of the Republic of Estonia. The Chancellor manages the daily work of the Ministry and coordinates the activities of the Ministry. 

Tiina Pajuste, PhD,is a Lecturer in International and European Law at Tallinn University.  Dr. Pajuste received her PhD from the University of Cambridge on “Accountability Mechanisms for International Organisations”.  Before her doctoral studies, she completed a Diploma in International Law at Cambridge, on the accountability of international territorial administrations. She also holds a LLM in Public International Law from the University of Helsinki (Finland) and a BA in Law from the University of Tartu (Estonia). Her research interests focus mainly on the activity and impact of international organisations, examining both practical and theoretical issues. 

Matthew Crandall, PhD, is an associate professor of International Relations at Tallinn University (Estonia) where he received his doctoral degree. He completed a master’s degree in EU-Russian Studies from the University of Tartu (Estonia) and a bachelor’s degree from Brigham Young University (USA)in Political Science . His major fields of research are soft security threats, small state foreign policy, and the foreign policy of the United States. He has published in Contemporary Security PolicyDefence StudiesJournal of Contemporary Central and Eastern Europe, and East European Politics.

Heiki Lindpere is a lecturer of International Law at Tallinn University. He is an internationally recognized expert on the law of the sea and a member of the Hague Permanent Court of Arbitration.

There are many other professors and lecturers who are teaching Law at Tallinn University.
More information about them can be found on Estonian Research Information System (klick on the name and the profile opens):

Ilmar Selge

Xingan Li

Phillip Webb Graves

Aare Kruuser

Kalle Liiv

Mare Merimaa

Matti Kauppi

Steffen Schlinker  

K. Jaak Roosaare 

Peeter Järvelaid

Selected non-permanent members of the Law Teaching and Research Staff

Haldi Koit is a Visiting Lecturer of law at Tallinn University. She is a legal counsel at the Estonian Ministry of Justice. She specializes in cross boarder issues in executive procedure and child custody.

Kristina Vaksmaa-Tammaru is a Visting Lecturer of law at Tallinn University. She is the Director of the European Customer Center of Estonia, which was created within the Estonian Customer Protection Board to protect the rights of consumers in regard to cross-border purchases. 

Tanel Kalmet is a Visiting Lecturer of law at Tallinn University. He is the legal advisor at the Ministry of Justice for the Republic of Estonia. He specializes in intellectual property law.  

Nandor Knust is a Visiting Lecturer of law at Tallinn University. He is the head of the International Criminal Law Section of the Max Planck Institute for Foreign and International Criminal Law in Freiburg i. Br. Germany.