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Emilia Korkea-aho



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Description of research and teaching

Dr Emilia Korkea-aho is Associate Professor in European Law and Legislative Studies at the University of Eastern Finland and Academy Research Fellow. She is Docent in EU Law at the University of Helsinki, Affiliated Fellow at the Erik Castrén Institute, and Visiting Fellow at Maastricht University. Her main areas of expertise cover European Union law, especially administrative law, institutional policy-making, environmental law and governance. Her work combines a socio-legal perspective with the doctrinal analysis of legal norms.

Dr Korkea-aho’s current Academy of Finland funded project “The Lobbyist: A Socio-Legal Inquiry of Interest Representation in the EU” (2016–2021) engages with EU lobbying studies from a legal perspective. This socio-legally oriented project aims to identify and investigate the normative frameworks (legal, political, and constitutional) within which the lobbyist operates. These frameworks increase our understanding of the identity of a lobbyist and the proper place of the lobbyist in the democratic decision-making process.

Dr Korkea-aho is also Principal Investigator of the EU funded Jean Monnet Network “European Network on Soft Law Research” (SoLaR). The three-year project will look into the reception and impact of EU soft law in selected Member States. The project website can be found at:

Her recently completed research project “The Politics of Super Laws: How third country actors shape the emergence and development of EU law” (2013–2016) dealt with the role that the US, China and Japan have in the evolution of EU chemicals law and policy REACH. This work continues as part of the current larger inquiry into the forms of interest representation in the EU.

She has held research fellowships at the European University Institute (2014–2015 and 2007), Columbia Law School (2010), and University College London (2008–2009).

Fields of Science

  • 513 Law
  • European Union Law
  • Decision-making
  • Governance theory
  • Lobbying
  • Interest groups
  • Lobbying regulation
  • Regulation

International and National Collaboration Publications and projects within past five years.


The Finnish soft law puzzle: How to reconcile a rule-bound parliamentary democracy and EU soft law?

Leino-Sandberg, P., Korkea-aho, E., Havu, K. & Tarkkila, L., 2020, (Accepted/In press) EU Soft Law In the Member States: Theoretical Findings and Empirical Evidence. Korkea-aho, E., Stefan, O. & Eliantonio, M. (eds.). Hart publishing

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapterScientificpeer-review

Eurooppalainen demokratia tarvitsee lobbareita

Korkea-aho, E., 27 May 2019, In :

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleGeneral public

Open Access

EU Soft Law In the Member States: Theoretical Findings and Empirical Evidence

Korkea-aho, E. (ed.), Eliantonio, M. (ed.) & Stefan, O. (ed.), 2019, (Accepted/In press) Hart publishing.

Research output: Book/ReportBook

Legal Expertise in EU Policymaking: Changing Roles for the Legal Profession

Leino-Sandberg, P. (ed.) & Korkea-aho, E. (ed.), 2019, (Accepted/In press) Cambridge University Press.

Research output: Book/ReportBookScientificpeer-review



Blic-aamiaistilaisuus: Lobbauksen avoimuus

Emilia Korkea-aho (Speaker: Presenter)
14 Mar 2019

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesPublic Talks

Why the Nordic countries do not have lobbying registers?

Emilia Korkea-aho (Speaker)
6 Mar 20198 Mar 2019

Activity: Talk or presentation typesOral presentation

Symposium: Lobbying for better or for worse?

Emilia Korkea-aho (Speaker)
25 Apr 201926 Apr 2019

Activity: Talk or presentation typesOral presentation

Legal Experts and Policy-making:Changing Roles for the Legal Profession in the EU

Päivi Leino-Sandberg (Speaker), Emilia Korkea-aho (Speaker)
8 May 2019

Activity: Talk or presentation typesInvited talk

Power of law? The role of legal advisors in NGO political advocacy

Emilia Korkea-aho (Speaker)
3 Apr 20195 Apr 2019

Activity: Talk or presentation typesOral presentation

Press / Media

Haastattelu Nyhetsbyrån SPT:lle

Emilia Korkea-aho


1 Media contribution

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Uusi rekisteri tekee tuloaan

Emilia Korkea-aho


1 item of Media coverage

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Suomen Kuvalehti

Emilia Korkea-aho


1 Media contribution

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Emilia Korkea-aho


1 Media contribution

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Radio Suomen Päivä

Emilia Korkea-aho


1 Media contribution

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