Meet the people in the programme

As a student in the Master’s Programme in Global Governance Law, you benefit from the expertise of numerous inspiring scholars with solid teaching experience and broad researcher credentials.

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Programme Directors

Päivi Leino-Sandberg is Professor of Transnational European Law, University of Helsinki and Director of the Master’s Programme in Global Governance Law. She is also Deputy Director of the Erik Castrén Institute of International Law and Human Rights where she currently leads two research projects relating to the use of legal expertise in EU law making, transparency and participation. She specializes in EU institutional and constitutional law, and has published in the areas of European administrative law, Economic and Monetary Union and EU external relations.  In frequently uses qualitative and empirical research methods and has engaged in various research projects with political scientists and economists.

She has previously worked as Academy of Finland Research Fellow and Professor of International and European Law at UEF Law School. In addition, she has held visiting positions at the European University Institute, NYU Law School and the iCourts Centre of Excellence. Before returning full time to the academia in 2015, she worked for over 10 years as a legal adviser for the Finnish government participating in numerous EU and international negotiations and Court cases. She frequently acts as an expert for the Parliament of Finland and various EU institutions.

In the GGL Programme, Professor Leino-Sandberg teaches European Union law and Decision-making & governance in the EU.


Jaakko Husa is Professor in Law and Globalisation and Deputy Director in charge of the Second year of studies. He has held several full professorial chairs before Helsinki: Comparative Public Law (University of Vaasa), Constitutional Law & Jurisprudence (University of Eastern Finland), Legal Culture & Legal Linguistics (University of Lapland, and Comparative Law and Constitutional Law (Lapland). He is an Invited Fellow with Maastricht European Private Law Institute, a Titular Member of the International Academy of Comparative Law, and an Invited Member of the Finnish Academy of Science and Letters.

Jaakko has held visiting positions in Maastricht University, the Riga Graduate School of Law (Latvia), Law Faculty at the Hong Kong University, and Edinburgh University Law School (MacCormick Fellow). Specialist areas include theory of comparative law, comparative constitutional law, legal globalisation, comparative legal linguistics, and legal cultures. He is a firm supporter of internationally oriented legal scholarship and underlines the importance of studying law in context and in a multidisciplinary manner.

In the GGL Programme, Professor Husa teaches Introduction to Global Governance Law: History and Theory. He also leads the Research Seminar leading to the completion of the Master's thesis.


Professors and Lecturers