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The Erik Castrén Institute of International Law and Human Rights
Faculty of Law
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Tuomas Tiittala

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Tuomas Tiittala, born 1983, holds an LLM degree from the University of Helsinki (2010). Tiittala's LLM thesis discussed the concept 'rule of law' as a project of international lawyers. His current academic interests comprise international law, legal theory (virtue jurisprudence and critical legal studies), and legal ethics and education. Before turning to full-time research in 2012 he worked as an intellectual property lawyer with responsibilities ranging from advising, contract drafting and assisting in court proceedings to legal publishing. He has also interned in an intellectual property agency, a university research institute and a corporate law office. In 2007, he studied European and international law in Aberdeen, United Kingdom, as an exchange student.

Research: Tradition and Critique: Moral Education in the Study of International Law

The research contributes a legal educational perspective to the project "Towards a Credible Ethics for Global Governance". By discussing legal education as a preparation for global governance it continues the ancient discussion on the formation of leaders. This research is needed, because international legal education is currently an underexplored area of knowledge.

The main questions guiding this research are: How does legal education affect the moral development of future international lawyers? What are the aims of international legal education? And, how to apply virtue ethics to international legal practice and education?

To answer the research questions a selection of commentators on international legal theory, legal ethics and moral education will be brought into a joint discussion. The study looks into different conceptions of moral education and international legal ethics but will give the most attention to Aristotelian virtue ethics approaches. This is done to spark more discussion on the ideas that professional communities are sources of moral guidance for law students, and that legal education is about fostering the development of professional virtues and learning for praxis, critical and reflective action.