I am a scholar of international law and legal history. I have three law degrees from the University of Helsinki as well as the title of varatuomari, trained on the bench of the judiciary.
Prior to my current position at Tilburg University, I was part of the Erik Castrén Institute of International Law and Human Rights, and remain an affiliated fellow with the ECI. I have also been a visiting fellow at Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne, Sciences Po Paris, University of Melbourne, and the University of Cambridge.
Besides my academic work, I am a rapporteur for the Antarctic Treaty Secretariat at the annual Antarctic Treaty Consultative Meetings. In the past I have also worked at a district court, a public prosecutor's office, the European Parliament, and in legal publishing.
I am primarily responsible for teaching the history and theory of international law at Tilburg Law School, and I am currently working on an academic textbook on the subject. All my current teaching contributes to the text.
Overall, I seek to teach living international law through its history, instead of framing history as a separate aspect of international law. I therefore try to emphasise the use of cases, treaties, awards and other first hand legal documents to concretely illustrate the practices, skills, argumentation and professional language of international lawyers through the ages.
I hold my office hours on Tuesday afternoons on Zoom. Students will find the link on Canvas; others may request it by email. LL.M. students considering a thesis in the history and theory of international law are warmly welcome to discuss possible topics in advance before making their choice.