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

Paolo Amorosa, LL.M.
Doctoral Candidate

Arnulf Becker Lorca, LL.D.

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

Rotem Giladi, S.J.D.
Lecturer in International Law

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

Lorenzo Gasbarri, LL.D.
Postdoctoral Research Fellow

Lauri Hannikainen, LL.D.
Professor Emeritus

Vesa Heikkinen, LL.M.
Doctoral Candidate

Manuel Jiménez-Fonseca, LL.M.
Doctoral Candidate

Ville Kari, 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

Jens Kremer, LL.D.
Postdoctoral researcher

Ketino Minashvili, LL.M.
Doctoral candidate

Päivi Neuvonen, D.Phil
Academy of Finland Postdoctoral Researcher

Ilona Nieminen, 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

Walter Rech, LL.D.
Posdoctoral Research Fellow

Sahib Singh, LLM
Research Fellow

Ukri Soirila, LL.M.
Doctoral Candidate

Diliana Stoyanova, LL.M.
Doctoral Candidate

Immi Tallgren, LL.D
Postdoctoral Research Fellow

Nadia Tapia, LL.M.
Doctoral Candidate

Tuomas Tiittala, LL.M.
Doctoral Candidate

Reetta Toivanen, D.Soc.Sc.
Academy Research Fellow, Adjunct Professor in Social and Cultural Anthropology

Taina Tuori, LL.M.
Doctoral Candidate

Lauri Tähtinen, PhD.
Postdoctoral Research Fellow

Maria Varaki, PhD.
Postdoctoral Research Fellow

Freek van der Vet, PhD.
Postdoctoral Research Fellow

Daniel Wyatt, LLM
Doctoral Candidate

Kangle Zhang, LLM
Doctoral Candiate

Anja Blank , LL.M. DES
Doctoral Candidate

Tobias Bräutigam, LL.D.
Senior Legal Counsel at Microsoft

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

Janis Grzybowski, Ph.D.
International Relations/Political Science, Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies (IHEID)

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

Miia Halme-Tuomisaari, PhD, LL.M.
Senior Research Fellow

Maarten Hillebrandt, PhD
Postdoctoral research fellow, University of Bielefeld

Daniel Joyce, LL.D.
Lecturer at University of New South Wales, Faculty of Law

Magdalena Kmak, LL.D.
Postdoctoral Research Fellow, University Lecturer

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

Kati Kulovesi, Ph.D., 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.
Postdoctoral Research Fellow

Merja Pentikäinen,  LL.D.

Maria Pohjanpalo, LL.M.
Doctoral Candidate, University of Helsinki
Legal Officer at Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland

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

Katariina Simonen, LL.D.
Senior Adviser for Research, Ministry of Defence

Pamela Slotte, D. Theol.
Academy Research Fellow

Silke Trommer, PhD, LL.M., B.A.
Postdoctoral Research Fellow

Guilherme Vasconcelos Vilaça, LL.D
Postdoctoral Research Fellow

Reut Yael Paz, LL.D.
Lecturer of Public International Law, The College of Management, School of Law, Israel
Researcher, Concord – Amicus Curiae Clinic Research Center for Integration of International Law, Israel


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