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  • PL 4 (Yliopistonkatu 3)

    00014

    Finland

20092022
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Personal profile

Description of research and teaching

I am an assistant professor of Law and Digitalization and a postdoctoral researcher of procedural and insolvency law at the University of Helsinki, Faculty of Law. I am also the director of University of Helsinki Legal Tech Lab.

I defended my doctoral dissertation "Dispute Resolution and Technology - Revisiting the Justification of Conflict Management" in September 2016. In my PhD I examine the impact that technology-enabled forms of conflict management have on the justification of use of coercion. I consider conflict management technology as disruptive, in the sense that implementation of technology affects both doctrinal boundaries between different fields of law as well as dispute resolution mechanisms. My research focuses on on distributed technologies and their potential for conflict management, e.g. what would be the implications of building dispute resolution as smart contracts on the blockchain. This project examines the shifting meaning on trust as the focal concept of conflict management.

The work of the Legal Tech Lab examines the implications of digitization of legal services. The Lab hosts a variety of activities, including annual events such as Law and Digitalization conference in Helsinki in June and an interdisciplinary Hack the Law! in October.

My earlier publications concern e.g., privatisation of enforcement (2017), online arbitration (2017), justification models and dispute resolution technology (2016), applications of the blockchain in dispute resolution (2016), enforcement mechanisms (2015), the justification of ODR (2014), the doctrinal importance of examining all dispute resolution jointly (2013), access to Internet as a fundamental right to a fair trial (2012), interpretation of procedural principles and procedural justice while using videoconference technique in obtaining evidence (2010, 2011), and the public image of arbitration (2009).

Since Autumn semester 2012, I teach a yearly advanced course on dispute resolution and technology for undergraduate students at the Faculty of Law. In addition, I teach different courses on procedural law, legal digitalization, legal tech hackathons etc. 

In 2015, I was a visiting researcher at the Cyberjustice Laboratory, Université de Montréal, Canada and in spring 2016, I had a research period of 3 months at the University of Barcelona, Spain. 

 

Education/Academic qualification

law, OTT, University of Helsinki

Keywords

  • 513 Law

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

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, (Accepted/In press) 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, (Accepted/In press) 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 2022

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