Steering Group


InterTran Directors

Ellen Eftestøl-Wilhelmsson and Anu Bask established the INTERTRAN research group in 2010 as an interdisciplinary research group in transport law & logistics. The two lead the group together with Suvi Sankari, who takes a particular interest in research methods and legal theory. Today the group takes a broad perspective on sustainable business and law and include researchers from several fields of science, including philosophy, economy and social science. Our research network consists of a number of national and international collaborators.  We also keep close contact with the Finnish business sector, which are represented in the advisory board.

Ellen Eftestøl-Wilhelmsson is Professor of Civil and Commercial Law at the University of Helsinki. She holds a Doctor of Law degree from the University of Oslo and has been granted the title Docent of Civil Law  from the University of Helsinki. She is in charge of the InterTran Research Group for Sustainable Business and Law at the University of Helsinki. In addition she holds a part time position as Adjunct Professor at the Scandinavian Institute of Maritime Law, University of Oslo.

Her major subjects are European Commercial Agency Law (dissertation) and International Trade and Transport Law. She has published internationally on these topics. At present she teaches International Carriage of Goods, Nordic and European Contract Law, International Sales Law, Tort Law and International Private Law.  She has previously been teaching Legal Theory and Family Law. Her teaching languages are English, Swedish and Norwegian.

Email: ellen.eftestol-wilhelmsson(at)

Senior Research Fellow, Project Director for Logistics and Business, Turku School of Economics, University of Turku

Email: anu.bask(at)

Suvi's research falls within the field of European Law. Her ongoing postdoctoral research project (funded by the Academy of Finland 2016-19) focuses on goods and studies potential concrete legal means - such as COO indications, consumer information, standardisation - for promoting overall welfare in Europe in a global age, and, in a more theoretical sense, (re-)connecting non-cosmopolitan transnational (generative) solidarity to the relationship between the European market and the Market citizen (consumer).

Suvi's prior, and also ongoing, research interests include judicial adjudication in general, in particular the preliminary reference procedure, and especially the legal reasoning of the Court of Justice. Especially how the Court's actions are, as those of any court, facilitated but also constrained by law, moreover, interpretation (both legal interpretation and scholarly (re-)interpretation of judgments) should always allow due consideration for (legal) context. The results of this research are collected in her monograph European Court of Justice Legal Reasoning in Context (Groningen: Europa Law Publishing, 2013).

Suvi Sankari is a member of the research project European Bonds: The Moral Economy of Debt, one founder-member of the newly established Nordic Network of legal empirical scholars ('No-Les-Law', funded by NOS-HS), and collaborates with InterTran Research Group for Sustainable Law and Business and a FiDiPro project on the External Dimension of European Private Law (EDEPL).

She was previously a Postdoctoral researcher of the Many Constitutions of Europe research project and worked (2011-13) in the Academy of Finland Centre of Excellence 'The Foundations of European Law and Polity' 2008-2013.

Dr Lucila de Almeida joined the University of Helsinki in January 2017 as a postdoctoral researcher in the Institute of International Economic Law (KATTI) to carry out investigations in the research project ‘Transformation of Private Law Beyond Europe’ with focus on energy markets. She also lectures in the master programme in International Business Law, is a faculty member in the Helsinki Institute for Sustainability Science (HELSUS) and collaborator in the InterTran Research Group for Sustainable Law and Business.

Lucila wrote her PhD thesis while associate researcher in the ERC–ERPL Project on the Foundations of European Private Law at European University Institute (EUI), where she developed the theory on the private law sphere of EU Energy Law. Besides the ERC Grant, Lucila had been a research assistant in projects funded by the Inter-American Development Bank and the Finnish Funding Agency for Innovation. She has been a member of Editorial Boards of Oxford’s two legal journals—the European Journal of International Law and the International Journal of Constitutional Law—as well as Managing Editor of the European Journal of Legal Studies. She is the author of the entry for “Brazil” in the Encyclopaedia of International Laws on Energy Law (forthcoming in 2018, Kluwer International Law), and co-editor of the book “Sustainable Consumption: The Right to a Healthy Environment” (forthcoming 2018, Springer).

Suvi Hirvonen-Ere is a senior legal, commercial and contract management professional with a multidimensional international background. She is currently fulfilling her long-term ambition of working on a doctoral dissertation, her research topic is Contract Management. Prior to the doctorate programme, Hirvonen-Ere worked for over 15 years in legal, commercial and contract management positions, mainly in leadership roles in global corporations. She holds a Master of Laws degree from the Faculty of Law at the University of Helsinki (2000), a Professional of International Business Law diploma from Fintra  (2001), Six Sigma Plus Green Belt Certification (2004), Contract Management Certified Member Accreditation (MCCM. Cert/CCME) from the International Association for Contract and Commercial Management (2010), and has passed the Bar Exam of the Finnish Bar Association (2015). Hirvonen-Ere has also accomplished the 2-year Minor Subject in Leadership and Management programme run by the Faculty of Social Sciences at the University of Helsinki (2017). Today, Hirvonen-Ere is a full-time Doctoral Candidate  at the Faculty of Law at the University of Helsinki, as well as a member of the InterTran Research Group for Sustainable Law and Business, and has a double affiliate at HELSUS, the Helsinki Institute of Sustainability Science. Hirvonen-Ere’s article “Contract Management – hanteringen av kontraktets livscykel” was published in the book “Nordiska Förmögenhetsrättsdagarna 29” by Stockholm Centre for Commercial Law in 2018. Her article “The Way of Business Contracts – How to Promote Sustainability and Incentivize Green Economy via Contract Management” will be published as chapter in the forthcoming book “Sustainable and Efficient Transport: Incentives for Promoting a Green Transport Market” edited by Ellen Eftestöl-Wilhemsson, Anu Bask and Suvi Sankari and published by Edward Elgar Publishing in 2019. Hirvonen-Ere is a frequent speaker in international congresses in Finland and abroad.

Doctoral Candidate, Aalto University School of Business

Postdoctoral Researcher, UTU

Professor, Turku School of Economics, University of Turku

Doctoral candidate, University of Helsinki

Mervi Rajahonka, D. Sc. (Econ) is a Researcher at the South-Eastern Finland University of Applied Sciences XAMK and Aalto. She earned her doctoral degree in Logistics from the Department of Information and Service Economy at the Aalto University School of Business. She also holds a Master’s degree in Technology from the Helsinki University of Technology and a Master’s degree in Law from Helsinki University. She serves as postdoctoral researcher in InterTran Research Group. Her research interests include sustainable logistics and supply chain management, service modularity, business models, digitalization, and service innovation. Her research has been published in a number of international refereed journals in the areas of logistics, services, and operations management, among others, Technology Innovation Management Review, Journal of Business and Industrial Marketing, and International Journal of Logistics Management.

Professor of Food Economics, University of Helsinki

Postdoctoral Researcher, Aalto University School of Business

Emilie (Master of Laws 2011, University of Helsinki) is a Doctoral Candidate at the University of Helsinki where she is currently working on a PhD on emissions trading at the intersection of climate law and financial markets regulation and the legal architecture of EU’s carbon market. Prior to joining the University of Helsinki in February 2017 she worked several years with innovative climate finance initiatives and emissions trading. Emilie has e.g. worked as legal counsel for the Nordic Environment Finance Corporation’s carbon funds and as legal adviser at the Finnish Energy Authority responsible for the implementation of the European emissions trading scheme in Finland. Emilie is one of the authors of the report “Sectoral expansion of the EU ETS- A Nordic perspective on barriers and solutions to include new sectors in the EU ETS with special focus on road transport” financed by the Nordic Council of Ministers.

Postdoctoral Researcher, University of Helsinki

University of Helsinki

Research Assistant, University of Helsinki

Research Assistant, University of Helsinki

Senior Research Fellow, Project Director for Logistics and Business, University of Turku

Professor of Civil and Commercial Law, University of Helsinki

Professor, Turku School of Economics, University of Turku

Legal Counsel, Krogerus

Average Adjuster in Finland

Postdoctoral Researcher, South-Eastern Finland University of Applied Sciences (XAMK) and Aalto University School of Business

Lena Sisula-Tulokas is a Professor in Civil Law at the Department of Private Law at the University of Helsinki (1998-). She is currently a Docent in Commercial Law at the Swedish School of Economics and Business Administration (1994-) and is the Leader of the InterTran research group (University of Helsinki and Aalto University) financed by the Academy of Finland.

Her major subjects are Transport Law (e.g. dissertation), Tort Law, Contract Law and European harmonization of Civil Law.

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