Kergandberg, Eerik


Articles in Juridica International

Articles in Juridica

  • Reconnaissance on the Spring Surveillance Landscape with the “Let’s Do It” Team,  Juridica Abstract, 2020, No. 3, pp. 210-221
  • Dear Reader, Juridica Abstract, 2019, No. 9, pp. 629-630
  • Access to Justice, Especially the right of Appeal in the Practice of the Supreme Court and Specifically of the Criminal Chamber: Can Simple Legal Reality Cause the Redefining of Constitutional Possibility? Juridica Abstract, 2018, No. 4, pp. 276-288
  • Criminal Proceedings as a Gold Mine, Juridica Abstract, 2016, No. 2, pp. 87-104
  • Estonian Criminal Procedure: News from the Front, Juridica Abstract, 2013, No. 4, pp. 249-256
  • Tension between General Procedure and Special Procedures in Current Estonian Criminal Procedure Law and Court Practice, Juridica Abstract, 2012, No. 8, pp. 579-587
  • Dear Reader, Juridica Abstract, 2012, No. 8, pp. 577
  • Is it Possible to Cause Damage by Criminal Proceedings? If Yes, What Can Happen in Estonia Thereafter? Juridica Abstract, 2011, No. 8, pp. 629-633
  • Per aspera ad fair trial, Juridica Abstract, 2011, No. 1, pp. 68-77
  • Dear Reader, Juridica Abstract, 2009, No. 8, pp. 481-481
  • A Selection of Decisions of the Criminal Chamber of the Supreme Court in the Interpretation and Development of Law, Juridica Abstract, 2009, No. 8, pp. 540-554
  • Dear Reader, Juridica Abstract, 2008, No. 2, pp. 65–65
  • Something About Privacy and More About Its Violation Through the Surveillance Activity By the Estonian Public Authorities Processing Personal Data, Juridica Abstract, 2005, No. 8, pp. 544–552
  • The Procedural Dimension of Fundamental Rights, Juridica Abstract, 2003, No. 1, pp. 8–13
  • Surveillance as a State Secret and the Specific Features of Evidence Obtained as a Result of Surveillance, Juridica Abstract, 2000, No. 9, pp. 602–611
  • Points of Departure for the New Estonian Code of Criminal Procedure, Juridica Abstract, 2000, No. 9, pp. 555–563
  • Extradition Procedure, Juridica Abstract, 2000, No. 1, pp. 27–26
  • Fundamental Rights, Right of Recourse to Courts and Problems Related to the Right of Recourse to Courts in Estonian Criminal Procedure, Juridica Abstract, 1999, No. 9, pp. 430–438
  • Ten Remarks on the Functional Role of Prosecutors in Proceedings in Criminal Matters in Estonia at Present and in the Future, Juridica Abstract, 1999, No. 2, pp. 64–72
  • Settlement Principle in the Probation Process in Estonia and Germany, Juridica Abstract, 1997, No. 8, pp. 386–399
  • Comments on the Law of Property Act from the Perspective of Public Law, Juridica Abstract, 1997, No. 2, pp. 86–88
  • Criminal Procedure Reform: Beginning of Criminal Procedure, Juridica Abstract, 1995, No. 3, pp. 106–109
  • Patient's Autonomy in Estonia?, Juridica Abstract, 1994, No. 10, pp. 251–251
  • Some Prompt Comments and Opinions on the Law of the Alteration and Amendment of the Code of Criminal Procedure of the Estonian S.S.R. and Some Other Laws, Juridica Abstract, 1994, No. 10, pp. 234–242
  • On Medical Law, Especially in Connection with Transplantation, Juridica Abstract, 1994, No. 7, pp. 175–176
  • Some Approaches of Legal Sociology to Legal Procedure, Juridica Abstract, 1994, No. 5, pp. 118–119
  • Organized Delinquency and Special Measures of Persecution: An Article Provoked by the Draft Law of Operative Persecution Activities, Juridica Abstract, 1993, No. 6, pp. 132–135
  • Judge-made Law in Germany, Juridica Abstract, 1993, No. 3, pp. 58–59
  • Thinking of Prosecution, Juridica Abstract, 1993, No. 1, pp. 4–5

Personal data

  • Born: July 24, 1953, Tartu


  • Ph.D., University of Leningrad, 1985
  • Faculty of Law, University of Tartu, 1976


  • Justice, Member of the Criminal Chamber, Supreme Court of the Republic of Estonia, 1993–2019
  • Visiting Professor, University of Tartu, 1996–2017
  • Professor Extraordinary, University of Tartu
  • Professor of Procedural Law, University of Tartu, 1992–1993
  • Acting Dean, Faculty of Law, University of Tartu, 1991–1992
  • Docent, Faculty of Law, University of Tartu, 1988–1992
  • Lecturer, Faculty of Law, University of Tartu, 1982–1988
  • Assistant, Faculty of Law, University of Tartu, 1978–1982
  • Consultant, Production Association Tootsi, 1976–1978

Main areas of research

  • General Problems of Procedural Law, Criminal Procedure, Evidence Law, Compulsory Measures in Criminal Proceedings, Medical Law

Grants and projects

  • Estonian Science Foundation (ETF) grant No. 4551 for Project: Optimisation of Estonian Court System and Court Procedure Law. Grant holder E. Kergandberg, with 5 team members, 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

  • Member of the Estonian Association of Judges
  • Member of Editorial Board of the Law Journal Juridica and Juridica International , 1993–current
  • Founding Member of the Estonian Academic Law Society (EAÕS), 1988–current
  • Member of the Council of the Faculty of Law, 1986–2000

Participation in scientific conferences and seminars

  • International Conference: Auf dem Wege zu einem europäischen Rechtsraum – die Zusammenarbeit in Strafsachen in Europa , Vienna, Austria, March, 2001
  • International Conference. Presentation: Organisierte Kriminalität und Estland: Tatsachen, Vermutungen, Recht und mögliche Entwicklungstendenzen. Baden, Austria, September 2000
  • International Conference ‘Corpus Juris and Judicial Cooperation in the Field of Protection of Financial Interests of the European Union ’ , Istanbul, Turkey, October, 2000
  • First World Conference on New Trends in Criminal Investigation and Evidence. Presentation: The Institute of Evidencing in the Draft Criminal Procedure Code (CPC) of Estonia, October 1995

Studies abroad

  • University of Basel, Switzerland, 2005
  • University of Münster, Germany, 1997
  • Max-Planck-Institut für Ausländisches und Internationales Strafrecht, Freiburg, Germany, 1991
  • University of Vienna, Austria, 1987–1988

Hobbies and community work

  • Member of Lions Club Tartu Taara
  • Sport, Music, Mushroom hunting

Teaching practice

  • Medical Law, 1994–current
  • Means of Forcing and Human Rights in Criminal Procedure, 1994–current
  • Introduction to Procedural Law, 1992–current
  • Criminal Procedure Law, 1985–current
  • Criminalistics, 1979–1985


  • Code of Criminal Procedure. Commented Edition. Compiled by E. Kergandberg, P. Pikamäe. Tallinn: Juura, 2012. 1136 p. (in Estonian).
  • E. Kergandberg. Penal Law versus Criminal Procedural Law: Few Transient Allegations, Examples and Proposals [Karistusõigus versus kriminaalmenetlusõigus: mõned põgusad väited, näited ja ettepanekud]. Tractatus terribiles. Collection of Articles for the 60th Anniversary of Prof. Jaan Sootak. Tallinn: Juura, 2009, pp. 85-98. (in Estonian).
  • E. Kergandberg. A Broader and Narrower View of the Procedural Expenses for Criminal Proceedings [Kriminaalmenetluse menetluskuludest avaramalt ja kitsamalt]. Yearbook of Courts [Kohtute aastaraamat] 2008, pp. 40–51. (in Estonian).
  • E. Kergandberg, et al Court Procedure. Tallinn: Juura, 2008, 456 p. (in Estonian).
  • J. Sootak, E. Kergandberg. Landesbericht Estland. Organisierte Kriminalität und kriminelle Organisationen. Gropp, W.; Sinn, A. (Eds.). Organisierte Kriminalität und kriminelle Organisationen. Baden-Baden: Nomos Verlagsgesellschaft, 2006, S. 173-195.
  • E. Kergandberg, M. Sillaots. Criminal Procedure. Tallinn: Juura, 2006. 477 p. (in Estonian)
  • E. Kergandberg. Court Judgement in Criminal Matter, its Formation and Critique. – Tallinn: Juura Õigusteabe AS, 1999, 142 p. (in Estonian).
  • E. Kergandberg. Parteienabsprache im estnischen Strafverfahren. – Strafrechtliche Probleme der Gegenwart. Referate des 25. von der Vereinigung österreichischer Richter veranstalteten Fortbildungsseminars aus Strafrecht und Kriminologie. – Wien: BM für Justiz, 1998.
  • E. Kergandberg. Introduction to Court Procedure. Tallinn: Juura Õigusteabe AS, 1996, 112 p. (in Estonian).
  • E. Kergandberg. Application of the Principle of Opportunity in the Estonian Criminal Procedure. – Paper Presented by the Delegation of Estonia for Multilateral Meeting Organised by the Council of Europe in Conjunction with Ecole Nationale de la Magistature of France. – Starsbourg, 1996.
  • E. Kergandberg. The Institute of Evidencing in the Draft Criminal Procedure Code (CPC) of Estonia. – First World Conference on New Trends in Criminal Investigation and Evidence/General Information & Abstracts, the Hague, 1995, pp. 75–76.


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