About me

Photo: Jetro Stavén.

I am Professor of European Law and Legislative Studies at the University of Eastern Finland (UEF), PI of Academy of Finland Research Project REVOLVE (2021–2025) and the Kone Foundation research project on political influence and lobbying in Finnish municipal politics (LoSKa, 2023-2026), and Visiting Fellow at the Maastricht Centre for European Law. 

My research interests cover governance, in particular soft law, in the European Union and national contexts as well as lobbying and revolving door.  I am especially interested in how both lobbying and revolving door are regulated as socio-legal phenomena. I am also trying to understand how Member States manage funds in the shared management model, and the national governance of EU funds is my current writing project. Methodologically, my work is socio-legally oriented with an emphasis on qualitative expert interviews.

In addition to my monograph Adjudicating New Governance (Routledge, 2015), my work has been published in several EU law journals. I am a co-editor of EU Soft Law in the Member States (Hart Publishing, 2021), of Law, Legal Expertise and EU Policy-Making (Cambridge University Press, 2022), and of Research Handbook on Soft Law (contracted with Edward Elgar, forthcoming 2023).

I have held visiting fellowships at Yale Law School, EUI, Columbia Law School, and University College London.

In 2020, I received the Academy of Finland Award for Social Impact.