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ELINA PIRJATANNIEMI

Institute for Human Rights


Born: 21 August 1966 in Tampere, Finland

Nationality: Finnish

Education and awarded degrees

  • 2007    Title of Docent, Criminal Law, University of Turku
  • 2005    Doctor of Laws, University of Turku
  • 1995    Master of Laws, University of Turku
  • 1993    Master of Social Sciences (Public International Law as a major subject), Åbo Akademi University

Current position

  • Head of Department, Department of Law, Åbo Akademi University (1.1.2010à)
  • Armfelt Professor of Constitutional and International Law, Åbo Akademi University (1.5.2009à)
  • Director of the Institute for Human Rights, Åbo Akademi University (1.9.2008à)

Previous work experience         

  • 1.9.2008–30.4.2009 Acting Professor of Constitutional and International Law, Åbo Akademi University
  • 1.2.2007–31.8.2008 Assistant Professor of Criminal Law and Procedure, University of Turku
  • 12.10.2005–31.1.2007 Acting Assistant Professor of Criminal Law and Procedure, University of Turku
  • 1.9. 2001–31.8.2005 Assistant in Criminal Law, University of Turku
  • 1.8.1997– 31.8.2001 Doctoral Candidate, University of Turku
  • 1.8.1995–31.7.1997 Acting Senior Lecturer, Swedish School of Social Science, University of Helsinki
  • 1.8.1994–31.7.1995 Assistant in Constitutional and International Law, Åbo Akademi University
  • 1.9.1993–31.7.1994 Acting Assistant in Constitutional and International Law, Åbo Akademi University

Research funding as well as leadership and supervision

  • 1.5.2013−30.4.2017 Leader of WP 11 on Freedom, security and justice within 7th Framework project on Fostering human rights among European (external and internal) policies, European Commission, EUR 413100 (total budget 6.4 million EUR)
  • 27.2.2013−31.1.2014 Leader of research project on Reducing inequalities: Finnish development cooperation in Ethiopia and Kenya with special focus on gender and disability, Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland, EUR 143890
  • 1.10.2011–31.5.2012 Leader of Nordic Research Training Course on Methods in Human Rights Research, NordForsk, NOK 400000
  • 1.1.2010–31.12.2013 Director of the Finnish Graduate School in Human Rights Research
  • 1.9.2008–31.12.2010 Member of the Management Group, Graduate School Law in a Changing World, Finland.
  • 1.9.2008−31.8.2010 Member of the Coordinating Committee, Graduate School on Integration and Interaction in the Baltic Region, Finland.
  • Supervisor for completed doctoral degrees at Åbo Akademi University: Juan Pablo Peréz Léon Acevedo (2014), Mikaela Heikkilä (2013), Sabelo Gumedze (2012), Alessandra Sarelin (2012), Sisay Alemahu Yeshanew (2011).
  • Supervisor for on-going doctoral studies at Åbo Akademi University: Mine Yildirim (pre-examination), Audelina Ahumada-Jaidi, Niklas Barke, Elvis Fokala, Lisa Grans, Jukka Kumpuvuori, Stefan Lindström, Maija Mustaniemi-Laakso, Tiina Saaresranta, Riku Virtanen

Other academic merits

Evaluation of candidates for awards and academic positions

2014

  • Evaluation of candidates for appointment as Lecturer in Law at the Faculty of Law, University of Tromsø, Norway
  • Evaluation of the qualifications of JD Kamrul Hossain for the Title of Docent in International Law at the Faculty of Law, University of Lapland, Finland

2013

  • Evaluation of candidates for appointment as Lecturer in International Law at the Faculty of Law, University of Uppsala, Sweden
  • Faculty opponent for the doctoral thesis of Jari Pirjola, Dark and bright sides of human rights – Towards pragmatic evaluation, Faculty of Law, University of Helsinki, Finland
  • Evaluation of the qualifications of JD Minna Kimpimäki for the appointment as Lecturer in Criminal and Procedural Law at the Faculty of Law, University of Lapland, Finland

2012

  • Evaluation of candidates for appointment as Professor of Criminal Law at the Faculty of Law, University of Turku, Finland
  • Evaluation of candidates for the 2012 Wallenberg Academy Fellows, Kungliga Vetenskapsakademien, Sweden
  • Evaluation of candidates for appointment as Postdoctoral Researcher at the Faculty of Law, University of Turku, Finland

2011

  • Evaluation of candidates for appointment as Associate Professor in International Law at the Faculty of Law, Uppsala University, Sweden
  • Evaluation of candidates for appointment as Professor of Gender and Law at the Faculty of Law, University of Helsinki, Finland

2010

  • Evaluation of candidates for appointment as Senior Lecturer at School of Law, Psychology and Social work, Örebro University, Sweden
  • Evaluation of the qualifications of JD Minna Kimpimäki for the Title of Docent in International Criminal Law at the Faculty of Law, University of Lapland, Finland

2009

  • Evaluation of candidates for appointment as Assistant Professor in International Law at the Faculty of Law, Lund University, Sweden 2009

 

Preliminary examinations and referee assignments

  • Preliminary examiner for four doctoral theses at Finnish universities
  • Referee for Acta Legis Turkuensia (Finland), Lakimies (Finland), Nordic Journal of Human Rights (Norway), Security in Futures – Security in Change, 12th Annual Conference organized by the Finland Futures Research Centre and Finland Futures Academy, University of Turku (Finland), Oikeus (Finland), Yearbook of Polar Law (Finland), Ympäristöjuridiikka (Finland), Ympäristöoikeuden ja -politiikan vuosikirja (Finland)

 

Editorial activities

  • 2013à Member of the Editorial Board, Oikeus
  • 2010 à Member of the Editorial Board, Nordic Journal of Human Rights
  • 2014 Editor (together with Timo Koivurova): Ihmisoikeuksien käsikirja. Helsinki: Tietosanoma
  • 2007–2008     Editor-in-Chief (together with Päivi Paasto) of the Finnish journal Oikeus
  • 2008 Editor (together with Heidi Kaila and Markku Suksi): Yksilön oikeusasema Euroopan unionissa/Individens rättsställning inom Europeiska unionen, Juhlakirja Allan Rosas - Festskrift Allan Rosas. Åbo: Institutet för mänskliga rättigheter
  • 2005 Editor (together with Ari-Matti Nuutila): Rikos, rangaistus ja prosessi. Juhlajulkaisu Eero Backman 1945 – 14/5 – 2005. Turun yliopiston oikeustieteellisen tiedekunnan julkaisuja A. Juhlajulkaisut  N:o 15. Turku: Turun yliopisto

Expert assignments and positions of trust

  • 2013à Member of the Human Rights Delegation, Human Rights Centre, Finland.
  • 2012à Expert Member of the Advisory Board on Human Rights, Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland
  • 2012à Member of the Board, Crisis Management Initiative (CMI)
  • 2010à Alternate Member of the Management Board, Finland, European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA)
  • 2009à Member of the Management Group, the Centre for Human Rights of Persons with Disabilities (VIKE)
  • 1.12.2007–31.3.2011 Permanent expert in the Better Regulation Consultative Committee, Ministry of Justice, Finland.
  • 1.7.2009–30.6.2010 Permanent expert in the National Human Rights Institution Committee, Ministry of Justice, Finland.
  • 2009−2012 Member of the Management Committee, ISCH COST Action IS0702, The Role of the EU in UN Human Rights Reform
  • 2012à Member of the Management Committee, ISCH COST Action IS1003, International Law Between Constitutionalisation and Fragmentation: the role of law in the post-national constellation
  • 2012à Member of the Steering Committee, ESF Research Networking Programme, Rights to a Green Future, Uncertainty, Intergenerational Human Rights and Pathways to Realization (ENRI-Future)
  • 2011à Member of the Steering Committee, ESF Research Networking Programme, Beyond Territoriality: Globalisation and Transnational Human Rights Obligations (GLOTHRO)
  • 2009à Member of the Board of Directors, Finnish League for Human Rights.
  • Expert opinions to the Constitutional Law Committee and the Legal Affairs Committee of the Finnish Parliament

Prizes and awards

  • 2006    Suomalainen Lakimiesyhdistys (The Finnish Lawyers’ Association), The Prize for the Best Doctoral Thesis in Law 2005
  • 2006    Turun Suomalainen Yliopistoseura ry, The Annual Doctoral Thesis Prize
  • 2005    Lex ry (The Law Students’ Association at the University of Turku), The Teacher of the Year Prize

 

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