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Personlig profil

Information om forskning och undervisning

Suvi is an Academy of Finland Postdoctoral Researcher working at the Faculty of Law, University of Helsinki. She has been granted the Title of Docent (Adjunct Professor) in European Law by the University of Helsinki in February 2018.

Research interests

Suvi's research falls within the field of European Law. Her ongoing postdoctoral research project, nicknamed '(L)awful protectionism', (funded by the Academy of Finland 2016-19) focuses on goods and studies potential concrete legal means - such as country-of-origin (COO) indications, consumer information, standardisation - for promoting overall welfare in Europe in a global age, and, in a more theoretical sense, (re-)connecting non-cosmopolitan transnational (generative) solidarity to the relationship between the European market and the Market citizen (consumer).

Suvi's prior, and also ongoing, research interests include judicial adjudication in general, in particular the preliminary reference procedure, and especially the legal reasoning of the Court of Justice. Her approach here is, methodologically, a combination of legal doctrinal studies, socio-legal studies and legal empirical (qualitative and quantitative) research - paired with relevant legal theory. She is intrigued by how the Court's actions are, as those of any court, facilitated but also constrained by law, moreover, how interpretation (both legal interpretation and scholarly (re-)interpretation of judgments) should always allow due consideration for (legal) context. Most results are collected in her monograph European Court of Justice Legal Reasoning in Context (Groningen: Europa Law Publishing, 2013).

Suvi Sankari is a member of the research project European Bonds: The Moral Economy of Debt, one founder-member of the newly established Nordic Network of legal empirical scholars ('No-Les-Law', funded by NOS-HS), and collaborates with InterTran Research Group for Sustainable Law and Business and the FiDiPro project on the External Dimension of European Private Law (EDEPL).

Suvi was previously a Postdoctoral researcher of the Many Constitutions of Europe research project and worked (2011-13) in the Academy of Finland Centre of Excellence 'The Foundations of European Law and Polity' 2008-2013.


Having taught at the University of Helsinki since 2004, Suvi has gained broad experience of planning courses and teaching them either alone or together with colleagues. Suvi personally enjoys collaborative teaching, but prefers it especially because the presence of two (or more) teachers in class engages the students more fully and produces better learning outcomes (according to student feedback). Suvi has mainly taught EU law, mainly Master's students, and, as of late, mainly in English. For example, she has co-taught two Master’s thesis projects (2014-15 joint project of European Law and Legal Sociology; 2016-17 European Law). Generally, the substantive topics of courses as well as teaching methods have varied. For example, small-group methodology seminars (4ECTS) taught alone; on-line book exams in the exam aquarium (6ECTS); lecture-based introductory course to EU law taught alone as well as co-taught (8ECTS); practical skills courses of how EU law works in Finland with civil servants as visiting lecturers  (4ECTS); to co-taught discussion and writing seminar on 'Law and politics of transnational courts'; to intensive problem-based small-group course on 'Applied EU law' (8-10ECTS) co-taught in US Law School style, together with a research collaborator and colleague. Smaller teaching units include 90-minute sessions on: 'Methods of EU law' (to all Master's students); 'Internal Market Law Workshop' (to most Bachelor's students); 'Public EU Law Workshop' (to most Bachelor's students): and 'Introduction to EU Law' (IBL-students). The newest addition to taught courses is 'International Commercial Transactions 3: EU Transport Law and Policy'. Methods of learning assessment have varied from grading class participation to learning diaries to classic essay exams and from multiple choice to research essays, and combinations of these.


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Publikationer 2005 2019

Constitutional Pluralism and Judicial Adjudication: On Legal Reasoning, Minimalism and Silence by the Court of Justice

Sankari, S. E., 22 maj 2018, Research Handbook on Legal Pluralism and EU law. Davies, G. & Avbelj, M. (red.). Cheltenham: Edward Elgar, s. 309-322 14 s. (Research Handbooks in European Law ).

Forskningsoutput: Kapitel i bok/rapport/konferenshandlingKapitelVetenskapligPeer review

From resource to burden: Rescaling solidarity with strangers in the single market

Sankari, S. E. & Frerichs, S., 25 maj 2017, I : European Law Journal. 22, 6, s. 806-821 16 s.

Forskningsoutput: TidskriftsbidragArtikelVetenskapligPeer review

The elusive influence of the Advocate General on the Court of Justice

Sadl, U. & Sankari, S. E., 10 apr 2017, I : Yearbook of European law. s. 1-21 21 s.

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European Court of Justice Legal Reasoning in Context

Sankari, S., 7 aug 2013, Groningen: Europa law publishing. 275 s.

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Product information on freight emissions for consumers: changing the market towards sustainability

Sankari, S. E., 1 sep 2019, Sustainable and Efficient Transport: Incentives for Promoting a Green Transport Market. Eftestöl-Wilhelmsson, E., Sankari, S. & Bask, A. (red.). Edward Elgar, s. 212-228 17 s.

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Projekter 2006 2023


The Idman Prize 2016

Suvi Sankari (!!Recipient), 11 nov 2016

Pris: Pris och hedersbetygelser

Aktiviteter 2005 2019

No-Les-Law 3rd Workshop - Helsinki

Suvi Sankari (Medlem i organisationskommitté), Urška Šadl (Ordförande i organisationskommitté)
1 nov 20182 nov 2018

Aktivitet: Typer för deltagande i eller organisering av evenemangArrangemang av och deltagande i konferens/workshop/kurs/seminarium

EU Law and Social Relations

Susanna Lindroos-Hovinheimo (Ordförande i organisationskommitté), Suvi Elina Sankari (Ordförande i organisationskommitté)
4 dec 20175 dec 2017

Aktivitet: Typer för deltagande i eller organisering av evenemangArrangemang av och deltagande i konferens/workshop/kurs/seminarium

Third Nordic Challenges Conference - ReNEW 2019

Suvi Sankari (Talare: Presentation)
6 mar 20198 mar 2019

Aktivitet: Typer för deltagande i eller organisering av evenemangPublic Talks

European University Institute (EUI) Law Department

Suvi Sankari (Besökande forskare)
dec 2018jun 2019

Aktivitet: Typer för besök till extern institutionAkademisk besök på annan institution

Conference on International Trade, Standardization and Private Law

Suvi Sankari (Talare: Presentation)
3 nov 20164 nov 2016

Aktivitet: Typer för deltagande i eller organisering av evenemangPublic Talks