Johanna Niemi profile picture
Professor, Laws
Professor of Procedural Law


+358 29 450 2131
+358 40 589 8820
Caloniankuja 3

Areas of expertise

Procedural law
criminal procedure
law and gender, violence against women


Johanna Niemi (Niemi-Kiesiläinen) joined the faculty in Turku 2014 as professor of procedural law. From the beginning of 2015 she has been appointed Minna Canth Academy Professor. Johanna Niemi holds LLM, Lis.L and JD all from University of Helsinki. She trained on the bench in Rovaniemi district court in 1984. She has worked at University of Helsinki in all possible academic positions in procedural law (1985-2004) and as vice dean responsible for teaching (2010-2013). Between 2004 and 2010 she worked as professor of law at the Umeå University, and National Research Institute for Legal Policy. In 1997–1998 she was Fulbright scholar at University of Wisconsin, Madison. Niemi has several expert functions in the academic community. She has evaluated research at the universities of Uppsala and Örebro. She is occasionally consulted as an expert in the Committees of the Parliament and by the Ministries. She was member of the Scientific Committee of the EU Fundamental Rights Agency (2013-2018) and member of the Finnish Academy Committee on Cultural and Social Sciences (2016-2018). Niemi has been honored as the teacher of the year by students’ organization Pykälä in 2000. She has been the supervisor of eight doctoral theses. Johanna thinks that the most interesting challenge to legal thinking comes from the feminist legal studies that have a close connection to gender studies. She thinks that all lawyers should be familiar with the main ideas about the importance of gender in our thinking and society, including the legal sphere.


Procedural law

Challenging the neutrality of law

Doctoral studies, methods course


Niemi has defended her doctoral thesis in 1995 in personal insolvency law. She is a founding member of the Collaborative Research Network of comparative consumer insolvency law with professors Bill Withford and Iain Ramsay. In 2011-2012 she participated in the World Bank personal insolvency projects. Her research interests include criminal procedure, violence against women and human rights. In 1998–2004 she led two research project analyzing the discourses on gender violence in legal contexts. Her book Criminal Procedure and Violence in Intimate Relationship was published (in Finnish) in 2004. She has analysed the liberal undertone of the Finnish rape law in several articles. She has been co-editor of several books, including Responsible Selves. Women in the Nordic Legal Culture (2001) and Nordic Equality at a Crossroads. Feminist Legal Studies Coping with Difference (2004). In 2013 she evaluated the Finnish sex purchase ban with LLM Jussi Aaltonen. At the moment, she leads research project ASLA: Actors, Structures and Law analysing the gendered construction of law and legal concepts:


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