Erik Castrén Institute researchers in Helsinki in 2014

The Erik Castrén Institute forms a vibrant academic community without boundaries. It consists of ECI directors, research fellows and affiliated research fellows, as well as a wide group of visitors from all academic career stages. The Institute also hosts international MA students through the EIUC regional programme European Master’s Programme in Human Rights and Democratisation (EMA).

Contact information

The Erik Castrén Institute of International Law and Human Rights
Faculty of Law
P.O. BOX 4 (visiting address Yliopistonkatu 3)
00014 University of Helsinki
Tel: +358 (0)29 4123140

Anna van der Velde
Tel: +358 (0)2941 23140

Professor Martti Koskenniemi
Professor of International Law, University of Helsinki
Director of the Erik Castrén Institute

Porthania, room 649, Yliopistonkatu 3
P.O. Box 4, 00014 University of Helsinki
Preferred method of contact via email


Professor Päivi Leino-Sandberg
Professor of Transnational European Law, University of Helsinki
Academy of Finland Research Fellow
Deputy Director of the Erik Castrén Institute

Porthania, room 643, Yliopistonkatu 3
P.O. Box 4, 00014 University of Helsinki
Tel: +358 (0)50 576 1575

Elina Almila, LL.M.
Doctoral Candidate

Atreyi Bhattacharjee, LL.B.
Research Assistant

Martin Björklund, LL.M.
Senior Lecturer, Doctoral Candidate

Hana Gobena, LL.M.
Doctoral Candidate

Maija Dahlberg, LL.D.
Postdoctoral Researcher

Mónica García-Salmones Rovira, LL.D.
Adjunct Professor of International Law (Docent), University of Helsinki
Osk. Huttunen, Clare Hall and Faculty of Law, Visiting Fellow, University of Cambridge
Finnish Cultural Foundation Research Fellow

Lauri Hannikainen, LL.D.
Professor Emeritus

Vesa Heikkinen, LL.M.
Doctoral Candidate

Ville Kari, LL.M.
Doctoral Candidate

Tero Kivinen, LL.M.
Doctoral Candidate

Jan Klabbers, LL.D.
Academy Professor, Martti Ahtisaari Chair
Co-founder of the Institute and Deputy Director until May 2018

Margareta Klabbers, LL.M.
Doctoral Candidate

Ida Koivisto, LL.D.
Assistant Professor

Jens Kremer, LL.D.
Postdoctoral Researcher, RECONNECT

Vesa Kyyrönen, LL.M.
Doctoral Candidate

Liisa Leppävirta, LL.M.
Doctoral Candidate

Tero Lundstedt, LL.M.
Doctoral Candidate

Marta Maroni, MSoC.
Doctoral Candidate

Ketino Minashvili, LL.M.
Doctoral Candidate

Päivi Neuvonen, D.Phil
Academy of Finland Postdoctoral Researcher

Ilona Nieminen, LL.M.
Doctoral Candidate

Outi Penttilä, LL.M.
Doctoral Candidate

Jarna Petman, LL.D.
Adjunct Professor (Docent) of International Law, University of Helsinki
Research Fellow, Turku Institute for Advanced Studies, University of Turku
Commissioner, International Commissions of Jurists, Geneva
Co-founder of the Institute and Deputy Director until May 2018

Seita Romppanen, PhD.
Senior Lecturer, UEF

Ukri Soirila, LL.M.
Doctoral Candidate

Diliana Stoyanova, LL.M.
Doctoral Candidate

Immi Tallgren, LL.D.
Senior Lecturer

Nadia Tapia, LL.M.
Doctoral Candidate

Tuomas Tiittala, LL.M.
Doctoral Candidate

Freek van der Vet, PhD.
Postdoctoral Research Fellow

Daniel Wyatt, LL.M.
Doctoral Candidate

Kangle Zhang, LL.M.
Doctoral Candidate

Paolo Amorosa, LL.M.
Doctoral Candidate
Helsinki University Centre of Excellence in Law, Identity and the European Narratives

Arnulf Becker Lorca, S.J.D.

Anja Blank , LL.M. DES
Doctoral Candidate

Tobias Bräutigam, LL.D.
Senior Counsel at Bird & Bird, Docent

Katja Creutz, Ph.D., LL.M.
Senior Research Fellow at the Finnish Institute of International Affairs

Lorenzo Gasbarri, LL.D.
Postdoctoral Research Fellow, University College London

Rotem Giladi, S.J.D.
Dubnow Institute, Leibniz Institute for Jewish History and Culture

Janis Grzybowski, PhD
Associate Professor at ESPOL Lille and associate researcher at the Centre d’Etudes Internationales (CERI) at Sciences Po

Kelly Grotke, PhD
Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Society for Humanities at Cornell University

Miia Halme-Tuomisaari, PhD, LL.M.
Core Fellow, Helsinki Collegium for Advanced Studies

Maarten Hillebrandt, PhD
Postdoctoral research fellow, University of Bielefeld

Manuel Jiménez-Fonseca, LL.D.

Daniel Joyce, LL.D.
Director of Research, University of New South Wales, Faculty of Law

Magdalena Kmak, LL.D.
Associate Professor, Åbo Akademi University

Emilia Korkea-aho, LL.D.
Academy Research Fellow
Associate Professor, UEF Law School

Kati Kulovesi, PhD, LL.M.
Professor of International Law, UEF Law School

Juhani Kortteinen, LL.M,
Doctoral Candidate, University of Helsinki
Rapporteur, National Discrimination Tribunal of Finland

Rain Liivoja, LL.D.
Associate Professor, TC Beirne School of Law, University of Queensland

Anne-Charlotte Martineau, LL.M.
Senior Research Fellow (CNRS) - Ecole Normale Supérieure (Paris)

Pekka Niemelä, LL.D.
Postdoctoral Research Fellow, University of Helsinki

Liliana Obregón, SJD.
Professor of Law, University of Los Andes (Bogotá, Colombia)

Merja Pentikäinen, LL.D.

Maria Pohjanpalo, LL.D.
Commercial counsellor at the Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland

Walter Rech, LL.D.
European Chemicals Agency

Samuli Seppänen, LL.M., S.J.D.
Assistant Professor, The Chinese University of Hong Kong

Katariina Simonen, LL.D.

Sahib Singh, LL.M.
Research Fellow

Pamela Slotte, D. Theol.
Vice-director of the Centre of Excellence in Law, Identity and the European Narratives, Department of Political and Economic Studies, Helsinki University
Associate professor (tenure track) in minority studies at Åbo Akademi University

Reetta Toivanen, D.Soc.Sc.
Professor, Helsinki Institute of Sustainability Science

Silke Trommer, PhD, LL.M.
Lecturer, University of Manchester

Taina Tuori, LL.D.
Executive Director, Allegra Lab

Lauri Tähtinen, PhD
Lecturer, Harvard University

Maria Varaki, PhD
Lecturer, King’s College London

Guilherme Vasconcelos Vilaça, LL.D.
Postdoctoral Research Fellow

Reut Yael Paz, LL.D.
Post-doctoral research fellow, Franz von Liszt-Institute for International and Comparative Law, Justus Liebig University of Gießen


Elene Cirkovic, Visiting Researcher (Associate Professor, National Research University, Higher School of Economics, St. Petersburg)


Luíza Leão Soares Pereira, Visiting Researcher (PhD candidate, University of Cambridge)


Hiva Khedri, Visiting Researcher (PhD Candidate, Paris Ouest Nanterre La Défense)
Alberto Rinaldi (PhD Candidate, Sciences Po Law School)
Adriane Sanctis de Brito (PhD Candidate, University of São Paulo)
Ka Lok Yip (PhD Candidate, Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies)
Heejin Kim (PhD Candidate, National University of Singapore)
Grigory Vaypan (PhD Candidate, Moscow State University)


Erika Nakamura, Visiting Researcher (PhD Candidate, Hitotsubashi University)
Chi He, Visiting Researcher (PhD Candidate, Pekin University)
Semir Sali, CIMO Research Fellow (PhD Candidate, University of Helsinki)
Erman Özgür, CIMO Research Fellow (PhD Candidate, Centre for Energy, Petroleum and Mineral Law and Policy (CEPMLP) Dundee, UK)
Deborah Whitehall, Monash University Law School (Australia)
Anna Esko (PhD Candidate, University of Helsinki)
Mirka Möldner, Max Planck Institute for Comparative Public Law and International Law (Germany)
Anna Buchardó, University of Valencia (Spain)

Claire Vergerio (DPhil International Relations Candidate Balliol College, University of Oxford)
Bowen Liu (Ph.D. Candidate in International Law, Law School of Peking University)
Yu Peng (Ph.D. Candidate in Jurisprudence, Law School of Renmin University)

Janis Grzybowski (M. Pol.Sc., PhD Candidate at the Graduate Institute in Geneva)
Maija Mustaniemi-Laakso (M. Pol.Sc., M.A., Doctoral Candidate at Åbo Akademi University)

César Villegas Delgado (University of Seville, Spain)

Fabia Vecoso (Doctoral Candidate at São Paulo University)
Radim Dragomaca (PhD researcher at the universities of Tilburg and St. Andrews respectively)

Yifeng Chen (PhD, University of Peking)
George Galindo (PhD, University of Brasilia)
Andreas Fischer (LL.M., Doctoral Candidate, University of Zurich)
Agostinho Reis Monteiro (Professor, University of Lisbon)

E.MA Fellows

Ermina Chaltogiannidou
Sara De Santis
Aitong Zhang

Laura Gorriahn
Ioana Delapeta

Martijn Keeman
Alberto Fontenla Pita-Baamonde

Mariann Rikka
Tessa Schrempf

Mariana Casij
Arnaud Emery
Paula Hakkaja

Anna Wirth
Luca Bonadiman

Anca Loredana Enache
Nicholas Furrow
Eliska Pirkova