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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

Project Planner:
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.D.
University Lecturer
Post-doctoral researcher, Centre of Excellence in Law, Identity and the European Narratives

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

Emma Hakala, PhD.
Senior Research Fellow, Kone Foundation, FIIA

Lauri Hannikainen, LL.D.
Professor Emeritus

Vesa Heikkinen, LL.M.
Doctoral Candidate

Maarten Hillebrandt, PhD
Postdoctoral research fellow, TRUE

Miikka Hiltunen, 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

Vesa Kyyrönen, LL.M.
Doctoral Candidate

Liisa Leppävirta, 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

Seita Romppanen, PhD.
Senior Lecturer, UEF

Ukri Soirila, LL.D.
University Lecturer in Public International Law, University of Helsinki

Milka Sormunen, LL.D.
Postdoctoral research fellow, SepaRope, TrUE, RECONNECT

Diliana Stoyanova, LL.M.
Doctoral Candidate

Immi Tallgren, LL.D.
Docent, University of Helsinki
Senior Research Fellow, Kone Foundation

Tuomas Tiittala, LL.M.
Doctoral Candidate

Freek van der Vet, PhD.
Senior Research Fellow, Kone Foundation

Arnulf Becker Lorca, S.J.D.

Atreyi Bhattacharjee, LL.M.
Doctoral Candidate, University of British Columbia, Canada

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

Manuel Jiménez-Fonseca, LL.D.

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

Ville Kari, LL.D.

Magdalena Kmak, LL.D.
Associate Professor, Åbo Akademi University
Docent, University of Helsinki

Jens Kremer, LL.D.
Postdoctoral Researcher

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

Tero Lundstedt, LL.D.

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

P. Sean Morris, LL.M., LL.Lic.
Research Fellow, University of Helsinki

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.

Jarna Petman, LL.D.
Associate Professor of International Law, Stockholm University
Adjunct Professor (Docent) of International Law, University of Helsinki
Commissioner, International Commissions of Jurists, Geneva
Co-founder of the Erik Castrén Institute and Deputy Director until May 2018

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

Nadia Tapia, LL.D.

Eneken Tikk, LL.D.

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

Daniel Wyatt, LL.M.
Doctoral Candidate

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

Kangle Zhang, LL.D.
Peking University


Darina Petrova, PhD candidate, Sciences Po Law School


Negar Mansouri, PhD Candidate, Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies
Severin Meier, PhD Candidate, University of Zurich
Alexandra Popova, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam
Husen Tura, University of Eastern Finland


Elena Cirkovic, Associate Professor, National Research University, Higher School of Economics, St. Petersburg
Fernando Bordin, Unversity of Cambridge


Luíza Leão Soares Pereira, PhD Candidate, University of Cambridge


Hiva Khedri, 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, PhD Candidate, Hitotsubashi University
Chi He, 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, PhD Candidate in International Law, Law School of Peking University
Yu Peng, PhD Candidate in Jurisprudence, Law School of Renmin University

Janis Grzybowski, PhD Candidate, Graduate Institute in Geneva
Maija Mustaniemi-Laakso, PhD Candidate, Åbo Akademi University

César Villegas Delgado, University of Seville, Spain

Fabia Vecoso, PhD Candidate, São Paulo University
Radim Dragomaca, PhD researcher, Universities of Tilburg and St. Andrews

Yifeng Chen, PhD, University of Peking
George Galindo, PhD, University of Brasilia
Andreas Fischer, PhD Candidate, University of Zurich
Agostinho Reis Monteiro, Professor, University of Lisbon

E.MA Fellows

Michela Biscosi
Mariana Catalão

Kaloyan Kirilov

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