Research

The UEF Law School conducts high quality research in all represented disciplines. The Law School has a strong tradition of multidisciplinary research and wide cooperation with other fields of science. Research is continuously developed in order to create an even stronger national and international profile as a research unit.

Research at the UEF Law School places strong emphasis on international cooperation and networking. The following research areas are particularly emphasised as strengths of the Law School:

  • Climate-, Energy and Environmental Law
  • Empirical Juridical Research
  • Welfare Law


To further strengthen the research capacity in empirical juridical research (including research in legislative studies, legal policy, environmental policy instruments, criminology and criminal policy), a separate centre for empirical juridical research has been created. The centre is responsible for externally funded projects, the national postgraduate degrees and international networking in the field. The UEF Law School also hosts a Centre for Climate Change, Energy and Environmental Law.

Research in financial law is focused on the general doctrines of tax law; business and personal taxation as well as international taxation; value added tax and taxation of non-profit organizations. Financial law at UEF has published multiple monographs and referee articles in Finnish publications.

Research in criminal law and judicial procedure concentrates on the general doctrines of criminal law, financial crime, traffic criminal justice, law enforcement and evaluating evidence. The discipline has strong cooperation with legislative studies and psychology.

Research in administrative law focuses on not only general questions of administrative law, but also special areas such as social law, communication and information law and legal questions concerning equality. The discipline is involved in several national research projects.

Research in law and economics and legislative studies focus on questions relating to quality of law drafting, implementation and impact assessment of law. The goal of the research is to provide public authorities with up-to-date, empirical information on the impacts of law. Research in law and economics conducts theoretical research through empirical methods and methods distinctive to economics. Current research topics include regulation alternatives and impact assessment of law.

Research in civil law focuses on contractual law, especially proactive contractual law, public procurement and Russian law. The unit participates in multiple national and international research projects.

European Law conducts international, high quality research in European economic and energy law. In addition, international energy law, comparative energy law and resources law are also examined. Academic research and writing are combined with practical assignments in the areas of research. Researcher mobility and international cooperation are encouraged.

Research in legal theory places emphasis on international and comparative research and the relationship between law and language. Research in philosophy focuses on philosophy of law and legal argumentation.

Empirical judicial research (legislative studies, legal policy, environmental policy instruments, criminology and criminal policy) is one of the focus areas of the UEF Law School.

Research in environmental law focuses on multidisciplinary cooperation, with topics such as nature conservation, forest law, construction law and neighbour disputes. The discipline has been responsible for the Environment and Law –project conducted under the Academy of Finland. The UEF Law School also conducts research in Climate Change Law.

International cooperation, networking and funding is strongly encouraged in all disciplines.