Currently such topics as digitalization, globalization and financial markets are pivotal themes in international business law research. Also multidisciplinary aspects are important and legal research work is connected to, e.g., economics, technology and politics.
Focus areas of the Faculty of Law research:
You can familiarize yourself with some of our top research projects below and get to know some of our teaching staff and researchers.
Professor Ville Pönkä’s international research project concerns cooperative law in the modern business environment. The purpose of the project is to analyse the ownership and control structures of cooperatives by comparing them to corporate structures. The research centers upon the question of whether cooperative governance promotes efficiency and the ideal of democratic member control – and moreover, are efficiency and democratic member control compatible objectives.
The research is conducted in Finland (University of Helsinki) and in the United States, and in autumn 2018 Professor Pönkä conducted research on the topic at the Fordham University School of Law.
Professor of Civil- and Commercial Law, Ellen Eftestøl has a strong interest in international commercial transactions and sustainable development. She is the founder and leader of the InterTran Research Group, an interdisciplinary research group for sustainable law and business. The group’s central idea is to contribute to sustainable development while maintaining a strong focus on a sustainable circular economy. Particular attention is paid to the role of transport in sustainable development, but also other aspects of sustainable business are of interest.
Professor Eftestøl is interested in interdisciplinary research and is a deputy member of the Steering group for Helsinki Institute of Sustainability Science, HELSUS. Eftestøl holds a Swedish-speaking chair. She takes particular interest in Nordic legal collaboration and is the founder and leader of Forum för civil- och handelsrätt, a platform for discussion on civil- and commercial law in Swedish. She is furthermore adjunct Professor at the Scandinavian Institute of Maritime Law, University of Oslo, where she also is a deputy member of the board.