Deputy Chancellor of Justice Mikko Puumalainen

Dr. Mikko Puumalainen
Doctor of Laws

Education and academic and other qualifications

- Matriculation Examination, Gymnasium of Ressu, Helsinki, 1979
- Master of Laws (LL.M.), Faculty of Law, University of Helsinki, 1985
- Qualification for appointment to highest judicial offices, 1987
- Licentiate of Laws (LL.Lic.) (post-graduate degree), Faculty of Law, University of Helsinki, 1994
- Master of Laws (LL.M.) in International Law (University of London, London School of
Economics and Political Science), 1993
- Doctor of Laws (LL.D.), Faculty of Law, University of Turku, 2018

Relevant professional activities

a. Judicial activities

- Clerk, District Court of Lappee, 1986-1987 (6 months, incl. acting on the bench as an assistant to Presiding Judge of the Court)
- Acting Judge, District Court of Lappee, 1987 (2 weeks in March and 20 session days during April – September as Presiding Judge of the Court)
- Lawyer, Attorney’s Office Matti Wuori Ky, 1989 (9 months, on leave of absence from the Ministry of Justice)
- Member of the Finnish Asylum Appeals Board (The Tribunal of First Instance under the Aliens Act in Asylum application cases), 1991 – 1995 (part time)
- Justice, Supreme Court of Administration, 1.6.2016-31.12.2017
- Ad hoc Judge, the European Court of Human Rights, 2012-2018

b. Non-judicial legal activities

- Referendary, Pensions Insurance Company Ilmarinen, 1985 - 1986
- Judicial / official oath, Court of Appeal of Helsinki, 1986
- Legislative Secretary (Criminal Law), Ministry of Justice, 1987 – 1990
- Legislative Counsellor (Criminal Law), Ministry of Justice, 1990 – 1995
- Special Advisor (Justice and Home Affairs, General Legal and Institutional Questions), the Permanent Representation of Finland to the EU, Brussels, 1996 – 1998
- Senior Advisor (Economic Relations), Ministry for Foreign Affairs, 1998
- Special Advisor (EU Affairs), Prime Minister’s Office, 1998 – 2001
- Ombudsman for Minorities, 2002 – 31.8.2007
- Deputy Chancellor of Justice 1.9.2007 –

c. Non-legal professional activities

- National Board for Minority Issues, Chairman 2003 – 2007
- National Board for Language Issues, Expert, 2004 - 2007

Activities and experience in the field of human rights

European Monitoring Centre on Racism and Xenophobia
- Member of the Management Board 2004 – 2007

European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights
- Member of the Management Board, 2007 – 2010

- Consultancy and training in rule of law issues in Central Asian States, 2010-

Publications and other works

- Writings in leading dailies and professional publications on basic rights, freedom of movement, minority rights, equality etc.
- Doctorial dissertation “On the Principle of Primacy of the EU Law in the Finnish Constitution”, June 2018