A textbook (in Finnish) on legal methodology, together with Pauli Rautiainen, Tapio Määttä, Niko Soininen and Aura Kostiainen.

Festschrift for Matthew Kramer.

Working papers on animal rights, rights theory and legal positivism.

Themes: social ontology and its applications in legal contexts; animal law and animal law theory.



A Theory of Legal Personhood, Oxford University Press, 2019 (link).

Review: Modern Law Review (by Amin Ebrahimi Afrouzi)

Mitä oikeudet ovat? Filosofian ja oikeustieteen näkökulmia [What Are Rights? Perspectives from Philosophy and Law], Visa Kurki and Maija Aalto-Heinilä (eds.) 2019, Gaudeamus / Helsinki University Press (link).

Legal Personhood: Animals, Artificial Intelligence and the Unborn, Visa Kurki and Tomasz Pietrzykowski (eds.), Springer 2017 (link).

Haluatko juristiksi? [Do You Want to Be a Lawyer?], Lakimiesliiton Kustannus 2014/2019 (link).

ARTICLES and book chapters

In English

“Are Legal Positivism and the Interest Theory of Rights Compatible?” in Mark McBride & Visa AJ Kurki, Without Trimmings: The Legal, Moral and Political Philosopy of Matthew Kramer, Oxford University Press forthcoming.

“Legal Personhood and Animal Rights”, Journal of Animal Ethics, forthcoming.

“Animal Rights” (with Saskia Stucki), Encyclopedia of the Philosophy of Law and Social Philosophy, forthcoming.

“Legal Person”, Encyclopedia of the Philosophy of Law and Social Philosophy (link).

“Rights and Demands” (Critical Notice of Margaret Gilbert’s Rights and Demands: A Foundational Inquiry), Analysis (2019) 79(3): 530–538 (link).

“Drawing the Borders of Animal Law”, Global Journal of Animal Law (2019) 7 (link).

“Rights, Harming and Wronging: A Restatement of the Interest Theory”, Oxford Journal of Legal Studies (2018) 38(3): 430–450 (Open Access, link).

“Animals, Slaves and Corporations: Analyzing Legal Thinghood”, German Law Journal (2017) 18: 1069–1090 (Open Access, link).

“Legal Competence and Legal Power” in Mark MacBride (ed.), New Essays on the Nature of Rights, Hart Publishing (2017) 31–48 (link).

“Why Things Can Hold Rights: Reconceptualizing the Legal Person” in Visa Kurki and Tomasz Pietrzykowski (eds.): Legal Personhood: Animals, Artificial Intelligence and the Unborn, Springer (2017) 61–90 (link).

“Hohfeldian Infinities: Why Not to Worry”, Res Publica (2017) 23: 137 (Open Access, link).

In Finnish and Swedish

Oikeuksien intressiteorian puolustus” [A Defense of the Interest Theory of Rights], in Mitä oikeudet ovat? Filosofian ja oikeustieteen näkökulmia [What Are Rights? Perspectives from Philosophy and Law] , Visa Kurki and Maija Aalto-Heinilä (eds.), Gaudeamus / Helsinki University Press 2019.

“Voiko tekoäly olla oikeussubjekti?” [Can an AI Be a Legal Person?], Lakimies 7–8/2018: 820–839.

“Ei vain oikeuskelpoisuutta – oikeussubjektikäsityksemme ongelmia ja uudelleenarviointia” [Not only Legal Capacity – Problems and Re-evaluation of our Conception of Legal Personhood], Lakimies 5/2018: 469–492.

“Mitä oikeuksia muilla eläimillä on? Eläinoikeudesta ja sen tutkimuksesta” [What Rights Do Other Animals Hold? On Animal Law and Animal Law Research], puheenvuoro, Helsinki Law Review, 1/2018: 50–52.

“Eläinten oikeudet ja oikeussubjektius” [Animal Rights and Legal Personhood] in Mai Kivelä, Veikka Lahtinen and Laura Uotila (eds.): Uusi eläinlaki, Into 2017 (link).

“Analytiikan puolesta: Hohfeldin kehikosta perusoikeuksien aikakaudella” [The Hohfeldian Framework in the Era of Fundamental Rights], Lakimies, 3-4/2015: 434–458 (link).

“Voiko eläin olla oikeussubjekti?” [Can an Animal Be a Legal Person?], Lakimies, 3/2013: 436–458 (link).

“Förbudet mot åsamkande av onödigt lidande enligt djurskyddslagstiftningen” [The Prohibition of Inflicting Unnecessary Suffering under Animal Welfare Law], Tidskrift utgiven av Juridiska Föreningen i Finland, 3/2011: 290–310 (link).


September 2019–August 2022: Academy of Finland Postdoctoral Fellow, Law Faculty, University of Helsinki

September 2018–August 2019: Fellow, Helsinki Collegium for Advanced Studies

January 2018–July 2018: University Lecturer in Public Law, University of Tampere

2014–: Affiliated or visiting lecturer at various universities (University of  Tampere, Åbo Akademi University, University of Eastern Finland)


2014–2017: PhD (Legal Philosophy, approved without corrections), University of Cambridge

2011–2012 Master of Laws, University of Helsinki

2009–2011 Bachelor of Laws, Åbo Akademi University


2018: Yorke Prize by Cambridge Law Faculty for PhD dissertation.

2018: Salje Medal by Clare Hall, Cambridge, for the best PhD in the Arts and Social Sciences in 2017.

2014: Kone Foundation full scholarship for doctoral research (3+1 years)

2014: Award by the Finnish Lawyers’ Society for best article written by a young scholar (€2000, “young scholar” meaning under 35 years old)

2012: Award by the Finnish Legal Association for one of the best published articles of 2011 (€600)

2010: Award by Åbo Akademi University for academic excellence (€500)



“What is Animal Dignity, Anyway?”, Antwerp Conference on Animal Dignity, April 2020.

“A Taxonomy of Collective Rights”, MANCEPT workshop “Debating Rights”, September 2019.


“Legal Power and Legal Competence”, IVR World Conference, July 2019.

“Are Legal Positivism and the Interest Theory of Rights Compatible?”, Workshop in Honour of Matthew Kramer, July 2019.

“En ny syn på rättssubjektet”, Nordiska Förmögenhetsrättsdagarna 8-10.5.2019.

“Voiko tekoäly olla oikeussubjekti?” (“Can an AI Be a Legal Person?”), Finnish Lawyers’ Society Meeting, January 2019.

Tekoälyt juridisina henkilöinä” (AIs as Legal Persons), Tekoäly, ihminen ja yhteiskunta -seminaari, Tampereen yliopisto 18.1.2019.

“A Theory of Legal Personality”, yearly conference of the Swedish Association for Legal Philosophy, May 2018 (invited keynote speaker).

“Can Chimpanzees and Rivers Be Legal Persons? A Theory of Legal Personality”, Leicester Legal Theory Cluster Seminar, May 2018 (invited speaker).

“Oikeuksien intressiteorian puolustus” (“A Defense of the Interest Theory of Rights”), workshop “Oikeudet filosofiassa ja oikeustieteessä”, Helsinki, December 2017.

“Theories of Rights”, Uppsala University, May 2017.

“The Persons of Law: Should We Update Our Views?”, Uppsala University, April 2017.

“A Short History of the Right-Holding Person”, University of Helsinki, Facutly of Law, November 2016.

“Revisiting Legal Personhood”, VI Spanish-Finnish Seminar in Legal Theory, University of Eastern Finland, June-July 2016.

“On the History of the Person–Thing Divide”, Persons and Things Workshop, University of Turku, May 2016 (invited speaker).

“Two Senses of ‘Legal Person’: Why Animals Can Be Legal Persons but Rivers Cannot”, Edinburgh Legal Theory Seminar Series, March 2016.

”Legal Personality of Corporations: Lessons from Social Ontology”, Oxford Jurisprudence Discussion Group, January 2016.

“How Can Corporations Be Legal Persons?”, Moral and Political Philosophy Seminar, University of Helsinki, December 2015.

“Gaius, Leibniz, Austin: How Legal Personality Became Associated with Right-Holding”, Cambridge Legal History Seminar, October 2015.

“Why Things Can Hold Rights: Reconceptualizing the Legal Person”, Special Workshop on Personhood, World Conference of Legal and Political Philosophy (IVR), August 2015.

“Not Just Legal Fictions: Corporations and Group Agency”, Cambridge Private Law Centre, Work in Progress Seminar, March 2015.

“How Can Corporations Be Legal Persons? Lessons from Social Ontology”, Cambridge Political Philosophy Workshop, February 2015.

“A Proposed Framework for Legal Personhood”, Cambridge Forum for Legal and Political Philosophy monthly seminar, December 2014.

“Not just Right-Holding: Reconceptualizing the Legal Person”, Yale Law School Doctoral Scholarship Conference, November 2014.

“Animal Rights”, Summer Seminar of the Finnish Organisation for Legal Policy, August 2014.

“Rights for Animals: a Jurist’s Perspective”, presentation at an animal rights seminar in Turku, Finland, February 2013.


Oxford University Press (book proposal), Springer (book manuscript), Journal of Business Ethics, Philosophical Quarterly, Oikeus, Ratio Juris, Revus, AI & Society.


Co-convener, “(Legal) Animal Rights” special workshop, IVR World Conference, July 2019.

Co-convener, Workshop in Honour of Matthew Kramer, July 2019.

Co-convener, Legal Philosophy Spring Seminar, May 2019.

Co-convener, Finnish-Swedish Doctoral Conference on Legal Reasoning, December 2018.

Co-convener, “Oikeudet filosofiassa ja oikeustieteessä” workshop, December 2017.

Main convener of Cambridge Doctoral Workshop in Legal Theory, June 2015.

Co-organizer of talk series “Talking Animals, Law and Philosophy” at Cambridge Law Faculty, 2015–2016.


Editor-in-Chief, Global Journal of Animal Law, 2016–2018.

Member of the working group of “The Trial”, a play assessing the legal status of animals, 2014.


Finnish: first language

English: excellent skills

Swedish: excellent skills (subsequent reading comprehension in Danish and Norwegian)

French: very good reading comprehension; good oral and writing skills

German: very good reading comprehension

Russian: good skills