Ville Pönkä, professor

Programme Director (International Business Law)

  • PL 4 (Yliopistonkatu 3)




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Personal profile

Description of research and teaching

I am a Professor of Nordic Law and the director of the MDP International Business Law. I teach Nordic contract law and commercial law as well as law and economics. At the moment my courses include, e.g., Research Project in International Business Law, Small Group Course in Bookkeeping and Accounting Law and Writing Seminar in Nordic Law.

I have published three academic monographs (Osakassopimuksen tavoitteet ja voimassaolon hallinta, 2008; Yhdenvertaisuus osakeyhtiössä, 2012 and Osakkeen lunastaminen. Osakeyhtiö- ja sopimusoikeudellinen tutkimus, 2015) and altogether 24 peer-reviewed articles in national and international journals and books. In addition, I have dozens of other publications such as two text books on company law (Johdatus osakeyhtiöoikeuteen, 2011 and Osakeyhtiöikeuden oppikirja, 2017) and non-peer-reviewed scientific articles.

I am currently a member of the editorial board of an academic journal (Liikejuridiikka – Business Law), a member in numerous international research projects and networks and, furthermore, an academic mentor for dozens of LL.M. and post graduate students. I have acted twice as an opponent in a doctoral defense. In 2016–2017 I held the position of vice-dean (teaching matters) at the Faculty of Law.

As for on-going research work, I am concentrating on an international research project ("The Sturcture of Cooperative Ownership and Control") and on Nordic civil law and commercial law studies. I am also co-operating actively in Nordic in research work and education.

Fields of Science

  • 513 Law

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


Eternal Contracts and the Freedom of Termination – A Nordic Perspective

Pönkä, V., 1 Feb 2020, In : Juridisk tidskrift vid Stockholms universitet : JT.. 2019-20, 3, p. 598-618 21 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review

Squeeze-out arbitration - A comparative analysis between Finland and Sweden

Pönkä, V., Apr 2020, (Accepted/In press) Stockholm Arbitration Yearbook 2020. Calissendorff, A. & Danielsson, C. (eds.). Wolters Kluwer

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

#MeToo liike ja yritysten oikeudellinen riskienhallinta: Miten yhdysvaltalaisten yritysten käyttämät vastuunrajoitusinstrumentit toimisivat oikeudellisina siirrännäisinä Pohjoismaissa?

Translated title of the contribution: #MeToo movement and legal risk management : How do limitations of liability utilized by U.S. firms work as legal transplants in the Nordic countries?Pönkä, V., 3 Oct 2019, In : Lakimies. 117, 5, p. 608-632 25 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review

7 - Finland: Protecting Minority Investors and Compensating Their Lossesd

Pönkä, I. H. V., Jan 2019, Global Securities Litigation and Enforcement. Conac, P-H. & Gelter, M. (eds.). Cambridge University Press, p. 303-330 28 p.

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

Open Access

Are Cooperative Societies Transforming into Cooperative Companies? Reflections on the Finnish Cooperatives Act

Pönkä, I. H. V., 2019, (In preparation) In : Social Science Research Network. 24 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review


What it means to compare?

Ville Pönkä (Speaker)
3 Mar 2020

Activity: Talk or presentation typesInvited talk

GENIAL Evening Seminar on Nordic Law

Ville Pönkä (Speaker: Presenter)
3 Feb 2020

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

Oikeustieteen termitietohanke (External organisation)

Ville Pönkä (Expert member)
Feb 2020 → …

Activity: Membership typesMembership or other role in review committee

Stockholm Center for Commercial Law

Ville Pönkä (Visiting researcher)
26 May 20197 Jun 2019

Activity: Visiting an external institution typesAcademic visit to other institution

Alma Talent (Publisher)

Ville Pönkä (Reviewer)
10 Apr 2019

Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial work typesPeer review of manuscripts