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University Lecturer, Laws
LL.D., Title of Docent


+358 29 450 3395
+358 46 920 8562
Caloniankuja 3

Areas of expertise

Legal theory and philosophy
case argumentation analysis
interdisciplinary case study methods
politics of knowledge.


I have been Senior Lecturer at University of Turku since September 2021, before which I worked in the Academy of Finland. I studied law at University of Helsinki and earned my doctorate there in 2011. Since then, I have worked mostly in interdisciplinary insitututions and projects, such as the Center of Excellence in the Foundations of European Law and Polity (2008-2013) and the Helsinki Collegium for Advanced Studies (2014-2017). I have spearheaded a research project on Legal Language of Moral Struggles (2016-2019) and a research team called Problematizations which had questions of language, knowledge and power in foucus (2018-2020). 


Currently I give courses in U.S. Supreme Court jurisprudence dealing with controversial political issues such as race, religion, abortion and gun control; and in Sustainable Development Goals as they come forth in climate litigation. I am developing pedagogy for exploratory workshops, where one of the goals is to facilitate a genuine experience of research, that is, of the gravitational pull of mystery, adventure and the unknown.


My research currently consist of exploring human and basic rights, on the one hand, and sustainable development, on the other hand, as global languages of power and governing. My research background is in Foucaultian study of power and knowledge, in Ancient philosophy and forensic rhetoric, as well as in analysis of case argumentation of European transnational courts. The most recent area that I have only just begun to research is the case argumentation of the U.S. Supreme Court. 


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Uusi oikeustapausanalyysi (2021)

Hurri Samuli , Nieminen Kati , Mustasaari Sanna , Soirila Ukri
(Vertaisarvioitu artikkeli kokoomateoksessa (A3))

The Politics of Knowledge (2019)

Hurri Samuli , Kestilä Iiris
(Toimitustyö tieteelliselle lehdelle, kokoomateokselle tai konferenssijulkaisulle (C2))

Mitä on tehtävä? (2018)

Hurri Samuli
(Artikkeli ammattilehdessä tai kirjoitus ammatillisessa blogissa (D1))

Murha Diipoleian yönä (2018)

Hurri Samuli
(Kirjoitus tai data-artikkeli tieteellisessä aikakauslehdessä (B1))