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    HELSINGIN YLIOPISTO

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1984 …2019
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Personal profile

Curriculum vitae

University degrees and titles

  • Adjunct Professor, School of Law and Justice, Southern Cross University, Australia, 2018-2020.
  • Adjunct Professor (Docent) of Legal Theory, University of Helsinki, 7 February 2000.
  • Doctor  of Laws (LLD), University of Helsinki, 9 October 1998. Doctoral thesis in legal theory/jurisprudence (written in English, Correct Law, 88,750 words, awarded highest distinction laudatur).
  • Licentiate of Laws (LLLic), University of Helsinki, 12 September 1989. Major subject: criminal law (dissertation “Criminal Liability and Control Policy” written in Finnish, 40,250 words, awarded 10/10 points), minor subject: the sociology of law (dissertation “The Structural Dichotomy of Nature and Culture in Subcultural Theories” written in Finnish, 15,850 words, awarded distinction “excellent”).
  • Master of Laws (LLM), University of Helsinki, 18 April 1985 (thesis “Crimes of Protest” written in Finnish, 18,250 words, awarded 10/10 points).
  • Complementary courses in philosophy, sociology and sociology of law.

Primary and secondary education

  • Ruam Rudi School, Bangkok (Thailand), in English; The English School, Helsinki (Finland), in English and Finnish; Arkadian yhteislyseo, Helsinki (Finland), in Finnish. Matriculation examination, Arkadian yhteislyseo, 29 May 1976 (laudatur).

Linguistic skills

  • Finnish: mother tongue.
  • Swedish: reading ability excellent, writing ability excellent, spoken ability excellent (subsequent fluency in Danish and Norwegian).
  • English: reading ability excellent, writing ability excellent, spoken ability excellent.
  • French: reading ability excellent, writing ability good, spoken ability very good.
  • German: reading ability very good, writing ability good, spoken ability fair.

Professional history

  • Professor of Jurisprudence, Faculty of Law, University of Helsinki, 1 September 2011–.
  • Professor of Legal Theory, School of Law, University of Leicester, 1 October 2004–31 December 2011; Head of School, 1 September 2008–31 August 2011.
  • Fellow and Deputy-Director, Helsinki Collegium for Advanced Studies, 1 May 2002–30 September 2004.
  • Caretaker Director, Helsinki Collegium for Advanced Studies, 1 September 2001–30 April 2002 and 1 March 2004–31 July 2004.
  • Director, Finnish Institute in London, 1 February 1999–31 August 2001.
  • Honorary Research Fellow, School of Law, Birkbeck College (London), 1 June 1998–31 January 1999 (British-Finnish Scholarship awarded by the British Council).
  • Research Fellow and part-time lecturer in jurisprudence, legal theory, and criminology, Faculty of Law, University of Helsinki, 1 August 1995–30 May 1998.
  • Acting Associate Professor of Criminal Law, Faculty of Law, University of Helsinki, 1 January 1995–31 July 1995.
  • Research Fellow (including 5 months as visiting research fellow at the Humboldt-Universität-zu-Berlin), research project “Polycentric Law”, University of Helsinki, 1 August 1992–31 December 1994.
  • Acting Graduate Assistant in criminal law and part-time lecturer in criminology, Faculty of Law, University of Helsinki, 1 September 1990–31 July 1992.
  • Visiting Research Fellow, CCSPSL, Faculty of Law, University of Edinburgh, 1 July 1990–31 August 1990.
  • Visiting Research Fellow, École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales (Paris), 1 May 1989–31 May 1990, funded by the Academy of Finland.
  • Research Fellow, Faculty of Law, University of Helsinki, 1 August 1988–30 April 1989.
  • Acting Graduate Assistant in criminal law and part-time lecturer in criminology, Faculty of Law, University of Helsinki, 1 September 1987–31 July 1988.
  • Acting Programme Officer, European Institute for Crime Prevention and Control affiliated with the United Nations (HEUNI), 1 July 1986–31 August 1986.
  • Research Assistant, European Institute for Crime Prevention and Control, affiliated with the United Nations (HEUNI), 28 October 1985–4 April 1986.
  • Acting Departmental Secretary, Faculty of Law, University of Helsinki, 1 October 1985–31 October 1985.
  • Research Assistant, Faculty of Law, University of Helsinki, 1 November 1984–31 December 1984 and 1 May 1985–31 August 1985.

Other activities and honours (a selection)

  • Member of the Advisory Board, Edinburgh Critical Studies in Law, Literature and the Humanities (book series, Edinburgh University Press), 2014-.
  • Member of the Executive Committee, Association for the Study of Law, Culture & the Humanities (ASLCH), 2014-2016.
  • Chair of the Program Committee, Seventeenth Annual Conference of the Association for the Study of Law, Culture & the Humanities (ASLCH), 2013/2014.
  • Chair of the External Advisory Board, Faculty of Law, University of Copenhagen, Denmark, 2013.
  • Member of the evaluation panel of the Faculty of Social Sciences and Business Studies, Research Assessment Exercise, University of Eastern Finland, 2013.
  • Chairman of the Board of the Finnish national section of the International Association for Philosophy of Law and Social Philosophy (IVR), 2013– ;Secretary, treasurer and member of the Board, 1993–1998.
  • Expert reviewer for the Turku Institute for Advanced Studies (TIAS), Finland, 2012 and 2013.
  • External member of the appointment committee for the Chair in the Sociology of Law and Criminology, University of Turku, Finland, 2010.
  • Member of the academic assessment panel for the Research Council for Culture and Society of the Academy of Finland, 2010 and 2011.
  • Member of the Advisory Board of the Socio-Legal Research Centre (SLRC), Griffith Law School, Brisbane, Australia, 2010–.
  • Invited annual speaker in the Visitors’ Program, Socio-Legal Research Centre (SLRC), Griffith Law School, Brisbane, Australia, 2010.
  • Member of the James Boyd White Award 2010 committee of the Association for the Study of Law, Culture and the Humanities (ASLCH).
  • External member of the appointment committee for the Chair in European Law, University of Copenhagen, Denmark, 2010.
  • Chair of Organising Committee and principal organiser, Genealogies: Excavating Legal Modernity (Critical Legal Conference 2009), University of Leicester, 11-13 September 2009.
  • Member of the Consultative Group for Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences, Research Information Network (RIN), 2006–2011.
  • Editorial Committee member 2006–2009 and 2012– ;Managing Editor 2009–2012; Editorial Board member 1994–2006; Law and Critique (Springer).
  • Steering Group member, Nordic Network for Law and Literature, funded by NordForsk, 2004–2009.
  • Member of the Scientific Council, University of Helsinki, 2004.
  • Editorial Advisory Board member, Law, Culture, & the Humanities (Sage), 2004–.
  • Editorial Board member of Nordic legal journal Retfærd (DJØF), 2002–2004.
  • Founding editor and publisher of basileus (www.helsinki.fi/basileus/), 1998–2000.
  • Honorary nomination “Northern Scholar 1996/97”, University of Edinburgh (UK).
  • Co-founding member of Cercle Lacan – Helsinki, a semi-official and interdisciplinary research group, 1988–.

Fellowships and grants

  • 2017 Finnish Lawyers' Association
  • 2014 Kone Foundation
  • 2014 Finnish Lawyers’ Association
  • 2013 Swedish-Finnish Cultural Foundation
  • 2004-2008 Nordic Research Council (NordForsk) (group)
  • 2007 Leverhulme Research Fellowship
  • 2005 & 2008 British Academy Overseas Conference Grant
  • 1998 Finnish Cultural Foundation
  • 1997 British Council Scholarship
  • 1996 Finnish Cultural Foundation (group)
  • 1995–1997 Emil Aaltonen Foundation
  • 1995 Alfred Kordelin Foundation (group)
  • 1993 Finnish Cultural Foundation
  • 1992 Lutheran Evangelical Research Centre
  • 1989 Finnish Cultural Foundation
  • 1989 The Academy of Finland
  • 1989 The Polish Academy of Sciences (short exchange programme)
  • 1989 Alfred Kordelin Foundation
  • 1988 Finnish Centre for the Promotion of Audio-Visual Culture (AVEK)
  • 1987 Aili and Brynolf Honkasalo Fund
  • 1986 Nordic Council for Criminology
  • 1986 University of Helsinki
  • 1985 Ministry of Education (group)

 

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Description of research and teaching

My three published monographs revolve around a central theme.

Thinking Without Desire (Hart, 1999) attempted to show how the ‘scientific’ pursuit for knowledge that legal positivism had adopted from its neo-Kantian affiliations made a philosophy of law impossible. The only philosophical position in relation to law, the book claimed, had to be a ‘first philosophy’. The second monograph (Järjen lait, Tutkijaliitto, 2002) further explored the Kantian and neo-Kantian traditions that continue to condition legal scholarship with epistemological claims and prerequisites, while Sovereignty, Knowledge, Law (Routledge, 2009) analysed the various ways in which the notion of sovereignty has been used to prevent the scientific project from failing.

The two projects I am currently working on are spin-offs from the former.

The first continues the theme of sovereignty, but this time from a perspective that is closer to constitutional theory. It involves a ‘political constitutional theory’, informed by the work of Carl Schmitt, claiming that political constitutionalism, despite its explicit allegiance to politics, undermines that which is specifically political about constitutions. In addition to the theoretical framework, the project addresses issues such as the political tensions between the elected branches and the judiciary and the gradual shift of factual power from the legislature to the executive in contemporary liberal democracies.

The second is an attempt to reformulate and to radicalise the idea of law as a human science, as a Geisteswissenschaft, or a ‘moral science’ as John Stuart Mill would have called it.

I teach jurisprudence at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels, and I am heavily involved in the research training of postgraduate research students. I welcome proposals for supervision from potential research students working in my area (international students working in English are more than welcome), especially in constitutional theory and interdisciplinary research in law and political theory.

 

External positions

Professor of Legal Theory, University of Leicester

1 Oct 200431 Dec 2011

Director, Finnish Institute in London

1 Feb 199931 Aug 2001

Keywords

  • 513 Law
  • Jurisprudence
  • Legal theory
  • Constitutional theory
  • Socio-legal studies
  • 517 Political science
  • Political theory
  • Cultural theory
  • 611 Philosophy
  • Continental philosophy
  • 6122 Literature studies
  • Literary theory

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

Selected Publications 1984 2019

Agonism, Democracy, and Law

Minkkinen, P., 2019, (Accepted/In press) The Oxford Handbook of Law and the Humanities. Del Mar, M., Meyler, B. & Stern, S. (eds.). Oxford: Oxford University Press

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

Open Access
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The Tragic Politics of Public Law

Minkkinen, P., 2018, Questioning the Foundations of Public Law. Dowdle, M. & Wilkinson, M. (eds.). Oxford: Hart Publishing, p. 51-61 11 p.

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

Open Access
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Oikeus- ja yhteiskuntatieteellinen tutkimus - suuntaus, tarkastelutapa, menetelmä?

Minkkinen, P., 2017, In : Lakimies. 115, 7-8, p. 908-923 16 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review

'Life Grasps Life': Wilhelm Dilthey’s Minor Jurisprudence

Minkkinen, P., 2017, In : Law Text Culture. 21, p. 143-164 22 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review

Open Access

Rancière and Schmitt: Sons of Ares?

Minkkinen, P., 2017, Rancière and Law. Lopez Lerma, M. & Etxabe, J. (eds.). Abingdon: Routledge, p. 129-149 21 p. (Nomikoi Critical Legal Thinkers).

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

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"Vähiten vaarallinen valtioelin"? Tuomiovalta, vallanjako ja demokratia

Minkkinen, P., 2016, In : Politiikka : Valtiotieteellisen yhdistyksen julkaisu. 58, 3, p. 224-237 14 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review

’Electoral Shenanigans’: The Constituted Electorate, the Constituent People, and the Porous State

Minkkinen, P., 2016, Subjectivity, Citizenship and Belonging in Law: Identities and Intersections. Griffiths, A., Mustasaari, S. & Mäki-Petäjä-Leinonen, A. (eds.). Abingdon: Routledge, p. 72-83 12 p.

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

Mikä on poliittinen valtiosääntö?

Minkkinen, P., 2017, In : Tiede & edistys. 3, p. 140-147 8 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review

Open Access
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A-Legal Irruptions and Spatial Revolutions

Minkkinen, P., 2016, In : Jurisprudence. 7, 2, p. 401-408 8 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review

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Lacan avec Bataille avec Nietzsche: A Politics of the Impossible?

Minkkinen, P., 2016, Jacques Lacan: Between Psychoanalysis and Politics. Tomšic, S. & Zevnik, A. (eds.). Abingdon: Routledge, p. 281-298 18 p. (Interventions).

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

The Contemporary Relevance of Carl Schmitt: Law, Politics, Theology

Arvidsson, M. (ed.), Brännström, L. (ed.) & Minkkinen, P. (ed.), 2016, Abingdon: Routledge. 246 p.

Research output: Book/ReportAnthology or special issueScientificpeer-review

A Law without the Political: Carl Schmitt, Romanticism, and Friedrich Dürrenmatt's The Execution of Justice

Minkkinen, P., 2016, The Contemporary Relevance of Carl Schmitt: Law, Politics, Theology. Arvidsson, M., Brännström, L. & Minkkinen, P. (eds.). Abingdon: Routledge, p. 78-90 13 p.

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

The Container and the Septic Tank: Statism, Life, and the Geopolitics of Territoriality

Minkkinen, P., 2016, Finnish Yearbook of International Law. Petman, J. (ed.). Oxford: Hart Publishing, Vol. 23, 2012-2013. p. 389-409 (Finnish Yearbook of International Law; vol. 23).

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

Valta, sen jakaminen, ja parlamentarismi: PL 3 §:stä Walter Bagehotin valossa

Minkkinen, P., 2015, In : Lakimies. 113, 1/2015, p. 3-27 25 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review

Here I stand, I can do no other”: Politics, Violence, and Ends in Themselves

Minkkinen, P., 2013, In : Law and Literature. 25, 2, p. 226-243 18 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review

File

Political Constitutionalism versus Political Constitutional Theory: Law, Power and Politics

Minkkinen, P., 2013, In : International Journal of Constitutional Law. 11, 3, p. 585–610 25 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review

De Lege Ferenda: What Is the ‘Socio’ of Legal Reasoning?

Minkkinen, P., 2013, Exploring the 'Socio' of Socio-Legal Studies. Feenan, D. (ed.). Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, p. 85-110 26 p. (Palgrave Macmillan Socio-Legal Studies).

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

Critical legal ‘method’ as attitude

Minkkinen, P., 2013, Research Methods in Law. Watkins, D. & Burton, M. (eds.). Abingdon: Routledge, p. 119-138 19 p.

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

The ‘Last Resort’: A Moral and/or Legal Principle?

Minkkinen, P., 2013, In : Oñati Socio-Legal Series. 3, 1, p. 21-30 10 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review

Oikeudesta ja anteeksiannon mahdottomuudesta

Minkkinen, P., 2012, Voiko historiaa hyvittää?: Historiallisten vääryyksien korjaaminen ja anteeksiantaminen. Löfström, J. (ed.). Helsinki: Gaudeamus Helsinki University Press, p. 53-60 8 p.

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

Law, Ethics, and the Imagery of Suffering

Minkkinen, P., 2011, Law and Art: Justice, Ethics and Aesthetics. Ben-Dor, O. (ed.). Abingdon: Routledge, p. 273-287 15 p.

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

The Legal Academic of Max Weber's Tragic Modernity

Minkkinen, P., 2010, In : Social & Legal Studies. 19, 2, p. 165-182 18 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review

File

Sovereignty, Knowledge, Law

Minkkinen, P., 2009, Abingdon: Routledge. 186 p.

Research output: Book/ReportBookScientificpeer-review

Ressentiment as Suffering: On Transitional Justice and the Impossibility of Forgiveness

Minkkinen, P., 2007, In : Law and Literature. 19, 3, p. 513-531 19 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review

Open Access
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'If Taken In Earnest': Criminal Law Doctrine and the Last Resort

Minkkinen, P., 2006, In : Howard Journal of Criminal Justice. 45, 5, p. 521-536 15 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review

Bataille's Contestation

Minkkinen, P., 2005, In : Law, culture and the humanities.. 1, 2, p. 247-263 17 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review

Why Is Law a Normative Discipline? On Hans Kelsen's 'Normology'

Minkkinen, P., 2005, In : Res Publica. 11, 3, p. 235-249 15 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review

Open Access
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Lainoppi ja metafysiikan vastustus: B.C. Carlsonin ‘konstruktiivisesta oikeustieteestä

Minkkinen, P., 2003, Oikeustiede: Jurisprudentia. Helsinki: Suomalainen Lakimiesyhdistys, Vol. XXXVI. p. 421-466 46 p.

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

Järjen lait: Kant ja oikeuden filosofia

Minkkinen, P., 2002, Helsinki: Tutkijaliitto. 145 p.

Research output: Book/ReportBookScientificpeer-review

Thinking Without Desire: A First Philosophy of Law

Minkkinen, P., 1999, Oxford: Hart Publishing. 205 p.

Research output: Book/ReportBookScientificpeer-review

Selected Projects 2013 2017

HSLI: Helsinki Socio-Legal Initiative (HSLI)

Minkkinen, P. P.

25/09/2017 → …

Project: Research projectOther activities

PolCon: Political Constitutional Theory (PolCon)

Minkkinen, P. P. & Brännström, L.

01/05/2013 → …

Project: Research project_Research

Prizes

Teacher of the Year

Panu Paavo Minkkinen (Recipient), 13 Apr 2013

Prize: Prizes and awards

Leverhulme Research Fellow

Panu Paavo Minkkinen (Recipient), 2 Oct 2007

Prize: Prizes and awards

Northern Scholar

Panu Paavo Minkkinen (Recipient), 1996

Prize: Prizes and awards

Selected Activities 1985 2018

Adjunct Professor, School of Law and Justice, Southern Cross University, Australia, 2018-2020.

Panu Minkkinen (Recipient)
20182020

Activity: Other activity typesPrizes and awards - Prizes and awards

Exploring the ‘studies’ in socio-legal studies

Panu Minkkinen (Chair of organizing committee)
3 May 2018

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesOrganisation and participation in conferences, workshops, courses, seminars

Inclusive and exclusive globalisation

Panu Minkkinen (Chair of organizing committee)
12 Mar 2018

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesOrganisation and participation in conferences, workshops, courses, seminars

Steering committee of the Doctoral Programme Gender, Culture, and Society (SKY), University of Helsinki

Panu Minkkinen (Other role (describe in more detail in "Relation description, notes" field))
1 Jan 201831 Dec 2021

Activity: Examination typesAssistant director of or other significant role in doctoral programme

Whither, legal scholarship?

Panu Minkkinen (Chair of organizing committee)
21 Sep 2017

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesOrganisation and participation in conferences, workshops, courses, seminars

Edinburgh University Press (Publisher)

Panu Minkkinen (Member of editorial board)
1 Jan 201431 Dec 2021

Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial work typesEditor of series

Association for the Study of Law, Culture & the Humanities (ASLCH) (External organisation)

Panu Minkkinen (Member)
1 Sep 20131 Apr 2016

Activity: Membership typesMembership or other role in research network

Association for the Study of Law, Culture & the Humanities (ASLCH) (External organisation)

Panu Minkkinen (Chair)
1 Sep 20131 Apr 2014

Activity: Membership typesMembership or other role in research network

Friend or Foe? The Contemporary Relevance of Carl Schmitt. A Swedish-Finnish Workshop, University of Helsinki

Panu Minkkinen (Chair of organizing committee)
17 Jun 201318 Jun 2013

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesOrganisation and participation in conferences, workshops, courses, seminars

Finnish Association for the Philosophy of Law (SOFY) (External organisation)

Panu Minkkinen (Chair)
27 Mar 201328 Mar 2018

Activity: Membership typesMembership or other role in research network

Griffith Law School (External organisation)

Panu Minkkinen (Expert member)
27 Jul 2010 → …

Activity: Membership typesMembership or other role in research network

Director of Postgraduate Research, University of Leicester

Panu Minkkinen (Director)
1 Sep 200431 Aug 2007

Activity: Examination typesAssistant director of or other significant role in doctoral programme

Law and Critique (Journal)

Panu Minkkinen (Member of editorial board)
1 Sep 2006

Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial work typesEditor of research journal

Law, culture and the humanities. (Journal)

Panu Minkkinen (Member of editorial board)
1 Sep 2004

Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial work typesEditor of research journal