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 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. I am currently writing about national governance of EU funds, that is, how Member States manage funds in the shared management model. My other research projects relate to lobbying and revolving door and in particular how both are regulated as socio-legal phenomena. 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 EU law journals such as Common Market Law ReviewEuropean Law Journal and European Law Review. 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).

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.