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Riikka Koulu

assistant professor (law and digitalisation)

  • PL 4 (Yliopistonkatu 3)

    00014

    Finland

20092023
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Description of research and teaching

Assistant professor on Law and Digitalization and the director of University of Helsinki Legal Tech Lab. Affiliated researcher of the Alexander von Humboldt Institute for Internet and Society (HIIG) in Berlin, Germany,  of the Helsinki Centre for Digital Humanities (HELDIG), and of research consortium Autonomy through Cyberjustice Technologies (ACT) directed by the Cyberjustice Laboratory, University of Montreal, Canada. 

I have conducted research on law, technology and dispute resolution since 2009, first drawn to the field by my interest in digitalisation of court procedures. I defended my doctoral dissertation "Dispute Resolution and Technology - Revisiting the Justification of Conflict Management" in September 2016. Combining procedural law, law, tehnology and society research, and legal theory, my dissertation focused on the implications of technological change on conflict management. My current research interests continue my earlier work on technological change, including technological governance and public policy making, computational methods for empirical legal research, legal conceptulisations of algorithmic decision-making particularly in the context of public administration, conflict management in digital environments, and automation of legal practices. 

My earlier publications cover a broad area of different aspects of technological change in law, for an updated list see publications on this page. 

For more information about the University of Helsinki Legal Tech Lab, see: www.legaltechlab.fi. 

My international mobility includes research exchange at HIIG, Cyberjustice Laboratory of Montreal and University of Barcelona. 

Education/Academic qualification

law, OTT, University of Helsinki

Fields of Science

  • 513 Law

Publications 2009 2019

Law, Technology and Dispute Resolution: The Privatisation of Coercion

Koulu, A. R., Nov 2018, Routledge. 220 p. (Law, Science and Society)

Research output: Book/ReportBookScientificpeer-review

Digitalisaatio ja algoritmit - oikeustiede hukassa?

Koulu, A. R., 19 Dec 2018, In : Lakimies. 116, 7-8, p. 840-867 28 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review

Konfliktinhallinta alustataloudessa

Koulu, R. & Hakkarainen, J. M., Oct 2019, Jakamistalousjuridiikan käsikirja. Päläs, J. & Määttä, K. (eds.). Helsinki: Alma Talent, Vol. 2019. 25 p.

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

Conflict Management for Regulation-Averse Blockchains?

Koulu, R. & Markkanen, K. A., Sep 2019, Regulating Industrial Internet through IPR, Data Protection and Competition Law. Ballardini, R., Pitkänen, O. & Kuoppamäki, P. (eds.). Kluwer Law International, Vol. 2019. 27 p.

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

Tuomarin roolit tuomioistuimissa

Koulu, R., Koulu, R. & Koulu, S., May 2019, Helsinki: Alma Talent. 399 p.

Research output: Book/ReportBookScientificpeer-review

Projects 2013 2023

Activities 2012 2018

  • 8 Organisation and participation in conferences, workshops, courses, seminars
  • 4 Invited talk
  • 3 Public Talks
  • 2 Academic visit to other institution

Right and Wrong seminar: Strategy (Confounding Structures)

Riikka Koulu (Speaker: Presenter)
10 Dec 2014

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

Prosessi- ja insolvenssioikeuden teemaseminaari: Tuomioistuin, lainsäätäjä ja asiakas

Riikka Koulu (Speaker: Presenter)
25 Nov 2014

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

Grazer Forum zum Zivilverfahrensrecht 23.10.2014

Riikka Koulu (Speaker: Presenter)
23 Oct 2014

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

Dimensions of Evidence in the European Civil Procedure

Riikka Koulu (Attendee)
20 Mar 2014

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesPublic Talks

Université de Montréal, Canada

Riikka Koulu (Visiting researcher)
15 Jan 201523 Dec 2015

Activity: Visiting an external institution typesAcademic visit to other institution