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Heikki Pihlajamäki (Doctor of Laws, 1996) is a Professor of Comparative Legal History, and as of September 2021 he is an Academy Professor and the leader of the CoCoLaw research project. In addition to the history of colonial law, his research interests include commercial law and procedural law. 

Airton Ribeiro da Silva Jr. holds a doctorate in Legal History from the Università degli Studi di Firenze, Italy (2018) and received his Master's in Law from the Universidade Federal de Santa Catarina, Brazil (2015). He had been a postdoc researcher at the Max Planck Institute for Legal History and Legal Theory, Germany (2020), and had worked as a lecturer in Legal History and Legal Theory at Universidade Federal de Pernambuco, Brazil (2021). His research topics are history of colonial law, history of legal literature, book history, history of legal education, and history of international law. In the CoCoLaw Project, he will investigate the global circulation of legal books within Iberian Empires, and then, analyse how this literature was applied at the local level.

Henri Hannula (MA, University of Helsinki) is a post-doctoral researcher in the CoCoLaw project. He finished his PhD thesis at the University of Helsinki Faculty of Humanities on the Dutch-Scandinavian commercial relations in the late 17th century. Hannula's research interests cover the early modern Dutch overseas empire, diplomacy and legal disputes related to trade and commerce. In the CoCoLaw project, he will focus on the Dutch overseas empire in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries with the emphasis of dispute resolution within and between the colonizing empires. Currently he is doing research on police legislation and social control in Dutch East Indies and Atlantic possessions and diplomatic disputes between maritime empires related to use of maritime resources.

Nathaly Mancilla-Órdenes is a post-doctoral researcher at the CoCoLaw project. She holds a bachelor degree (LL.B.) from the University of Chile (2013) and a degree of Master in Law (LLM) from the University of Brasilia (2016). She earned a PhD at the University of Brasilia. In 2020-2022, she was a Visiting Researcher at the Institut für Rechts- und Verfassungsgeschichte, Universität Wien.

Nathaly's post-doctoral research project "The relevance of ‘Policey’ law to the emergence of the modern legal system: the 

comparative case of the Portuguese colonial administrations of Goa, Macau and Diamond District intends to observe the importance of colonial institutions to the process of modernization and globalization of law during the early modernity in a comparative field. In the project, she focus on the transformation of legal regimes and the utilization and changes of the Policey law and ordinances in the administration of places of economic interest to the Portuguese empire, specifically: Goa, Macau, and the Diamond District in Minas Gerais, Brazil. 

Gustavo Zatelli Correa – (LLM, University of Rio de Janeiro), he is a PhD candidate at the University of Brasília, was visiting scholar at the Institut für Rechts- und Verfassungsgeschichte, Wien Universität (2020-2022), and currently he is visiting researcher at the Faculty of Law, University of Helsinki, and project planner of the CoCoLaw project. His research interests revolve around history of public law and of administrative law, legal biographies and recently history of early modern legislation, especially, the Portuguese and British cases. In the project, he will oversee general management and practical organizing of the project while also providing research assistance and conducting research of his own.