Mirjam Vili

Law firm EnvirLaw partner and environmental law attorney

E-post: mirjam@envirlaw.ee

Telefon: +372 527 3703

Current career

  • 2020-... Lecturer in Environmental Law at the University of Tartu
  • 2018-... Law firm EnvirLaw partner, environmental law attorney
  • 2019–2021 Member of the Board of Estonian Association for Environmental Management (EKJA)
  • 2011–2017 Environmental law attorney at law firm GLIMSTEDT
  • 2015–2016 Member of the Board of Estonian Association for Environmental Management (EKJA)
  • 2010–2011 Member of the working group on the codification of the environmental law
  • 2009–2013 Forestry Level IV consultant (Certificate no 043485)
  • 2008–2011 Attorney at law firm bnt attorneys-at-law
  • 2004–2008 Head of the Legal Department of the Ministry of the Environment
  • 2002–2004 Adviser to the Legal Department of the Ministry of Justice


  • 2008–… University of Tartu, Faculty of Law, Doctoral studies (PhD, Environmental Law) (https://www.etis.ee/CV/Mirjam_Vili/est?lang=ENG)
  • 2003–2008 Tallinn University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Master in Social Sciences (Social management strategies)
  • 2001–2002 Freie Universität Berlin, Law, LLM
  • 1996–2001 University of Tartu, Law, Master degree equated bachelor’s degree

A selection of experiences in the field of environmental cooperation

  • Representing entrepreneurs in the procedure for the determination of environmental fees both in out-of-court and administrative court proceedings.
  • Consulting of owners of immovable property in relation to the formation of a protected area by the state.
  • Advising of holders of the environmental permit in relation to the fulfilment of the permit requirements.
  • Advising of mining companies in issuing extraction permits both in out-of-court and administrative court proceedings.
  • Advising of entrepreneurs in applying for a license to use the hunting area in both out-of-court and administrative court proceedings, and preparing contracts for hunting in immovable property.
  • Advising of a gas sales company on issues related to LNG sales in Estonia.
  • Participation in the reform of the system for paying and taking into account environmental fees.
  • Counselling of public authorities in relation to the implementation of the principle of producer liability in waste management.
  • Advising of the National Foundation on the merge of non-profit associations joining forest owners.
  • Drafting of an amendment to the Ambient Air Protection Act in connection with the transposition of Directive 2009/30/EU.
  • Drafting of a legislation on amendments to the Waste Act with the transposition of the Waste Framework Directive.
  • Drafting of and participating in the development of a number of other environmental laws and regulations.
  • Conducting of a number of trainings in the field of environmental law and related fields, as well as participation in conferences giving presentations both in Estonia and abroad.
  • Representation of companies dealing with local government or state authorities in matters concerning planning and building law.
  • Periodic consultation of a state-owned company on matters relating to environmental law (environmental monitoring, emissions trading and ambient air protection, in particular)
  • Compiling of the parts concerning environmental law for the LDD of acquisition of companies.
  • Environmental consultancy for different farmers (environmental impact assessment, environmental fees, environmental permits, producer’s liability, packaging regulations).
  • Advising of state institutions in regards to the maintenance of the problem product registry.
  • Representation of grant applicants in dispute and court proceedings in connection with Environmental Investment Centre, Estonian Private Forest Centre, and environmental grants issued by ARIB.
  • Analysis of compliance with different state aid rules in the environmental field at the request of both the state and entrepreneurs.
  • articipating as a legal counsel in state-run residual pollution elimination projects.
  • Legal counselling for private forest owners in relation to forest management.
  • Preparation of contracts for felling authorisation and the sale of timber and consulting in the performance of contracts.


  • 2016 Initiator of the environmental innovation forum at the Opinion Festival and a participant in the implementation of the project.
  • 2012/2013 Organiser and performer of the environmental seminar series organised by Äripäev and GLIMSTEDT law firm.
  • Initiator, participant, and speaker in the seminar project series ‘How to survive in ever-tightening conditions?’ organised by Estonian Association for Environmental Management (EKJA) and GLIMSTEDT law firm.
  • Author of several opinion articles on environmental law published in various publications over the years.
  • Organising and performing in several trainings focused on environmental law.
  • In cooperation with AS Äripäev, conducting various legal webinars in the field of forestry in the period 2019-2020.

We value cooperation with various environmental experts.
We are members of the Estonian Association for Environmental Management.