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Finnish Studies Program & Canadian Friends of Finland
warmly welcome you to the 14th lecture

An Evening with Finnish Studies

WHO CAN SPEAK TRUTH
ABOUT THE CONSTITUTION IN FINLAND?

Delivered by Dr. Ida Koivisto
(University of Helsinki, Finland)

Who can state what the constitution requires in Finland? The talk discusses constitutionality control in Finland and legal experts’ – primarily law professors – customary role in it. In Finland, the constitutionality control of proposed legislation takes place mainly in the Constitutional Law Committee of the Parliament. Judging from recent public debates, it seems that these experts are decreasingly appreciated. Why is this happening right now? The question is approached from three different angles: the authority of those experts to speak truth about constitution, the makeup of legal expertise and the politics of it. It is argued that while legal expertise per se, or its meaning in constitutionality control, has not really changed, the way it is perceived, has. There seems to be a tension between the legal experts’ perceived professional and political roles. Have people had enough of experts – also in Finland?

About the Speaker

Ida Koivisto (PhD) is an assistant professor of public law at the University of Helsinki, Finland. Her research interests cover administrative and constitutional law, legal theory and socio-legal studies. She is particularly interested in the relationship between law and other normative systems in society. She is currently working on a project on the ideal of transparency and its theoretical preconditions. She is about to embark on a new project on law and algorithmic transparency.

Date: March 23, 2020 at 7pm
Location: Alumni Hall (AH) room 400
St. Michael’s College, U of T
121 St Joseph St, ON, M5S 1J4
Subway: Museum
Parking: Behind Alumni Hall

Everyone welcome!
Reception with kahvi & pulla to follow.

Please RSVP by March 19
email: anu.muhonen@utoronto.ca or
phone: 416-946-3264

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