Jaakko is Full Professor in Law and Globalisation since April 2018. PhD (Public Law) in 1995. Before Helsinki he held several full professorial chairs: Comparative Public Law (Uni Vaasa 98-03), Constitutional Law & Jurisprudence (Uni Eastern Finland 04-10), Legal Culture & Legal Linguistics (Uni Lapland 11-14), and Comparative Law and Constitutional Law (Uni Lapland 14-18). In 2006-07 he held the position of Senior Research Fellow with the Academy of Finland. In 2002-03 he served as a Dean in Vaasa.
Jaakko is an elected member of the Finnish Science and Letters and a titular member of the International Academy of Comparative Law. He holds the position of Docent at the universities of Eastern Finland, Lapland, and Vaasa. He is also an invited fellow at the Maastricht European Private Law Institute.
He has held visiting positions in Maastricht University, Riga Graduate School of Law (Latvia), Hong Kong University, Edinburgh University (MacCormick Fellow), and Aberdeen University. Specialist areas include theory of comparative law, comparative constitutional studies, legal globalisation, legal cultures, legal history, and Nordic law. Jaakko is a firm supporter of international legal scholarship, underlining the importance of studying law in context and in a multidisciplinary manner.
His recent research concerns interdisciplinary methodology, legal globalisation, and comparative legal history. He is a frequent invited speaker at international conferences on - broadly understood - comparative law. His list of publications contains some 250 publications (books, articles, case comments, reviews, edited works).
Beyond research he lectures, leads seminars, holds tutorials, and supervises PhD researchers. Jaakko welcomes PhD proposals in the fields of comparative law, legal globalisation, legal linguistics, and comparative constitutional studies.
Jaakko is Deputy Director of Global Governance Law Masters Programme. He is also a member of the Academic Advisory Board of the Helsinki University Press and the Board of Helsinki Collegium of Advanced Studies . He served 12 months stint as a Vice Dean (research) in 2022.