Profiling measures of the Helsinki University at the Faculty of Law

The Academy of Finland has granted the University of Helsinki so called profiling funding in order to strengthen its strategic research fields and new initiatives and support any related deselections. With this funding, the Faculty of Law has established professor and tenure track positions on the fields of global law and sustainability science.

The main objectives of the profiling measure in global law are:

  1. to enhance the current strengths of legal research so that it is even more able to respond to challenges stemming from the processes of globalisation, Europeanisation and digitalisation;

  2. to deepen the critical analysis of law and governance that regards law as intimately connected with political, economic and social power;

  3. to expand cooperation within SSH, the economy and life sciences, especially with researchers focused on the world community, globalisation, digitalisation and European and Russian studies;

  4. to advance the multi- and interdisciplinary approach to global law;

  5. to foster cutting-edge research that, on the one hand, generates new knowledge, reasoning and methods presupposed by the global legal landscape and, on approach, collectively, they will expand our understanding of global legal problems. 

We have three profiling areas that are under the general topic: law and globalization, transnational European law, and law and digitalization. The profiling areas are not based on disciplines of law but on legal and social problems and topics. Therefore, the legal research is done across all the disciplines of law. Moreover, the legal research done in these areas use the theories, methods, knowledge, insights and tools of not only legal science but also social sciences and humanities.

The Faculty of Law also is also involved with the Helsinki Institute of Sustainability Science with one tenure track position in sustainability law and governance.