Introducing the new Director of the Finnish China Law Center

It is with great pleasure that we introduce Professor Kimmo Nuotio as the new Director of the Finnish China Law Center.

Kimmo Nuotio is Professor of Criminal Law at the University of Helsinki Faculty of Law. He is also the Director of the Institute of Criminology and Legal Policy. He is also a member of the PKU Law School Distinguished Global Faculty.

Professor Nuotio was the Dean of the Faculty of Law of the University of Helsinki in 2010-2017 and the Chair of the Board of the Finnish China Law Center (2013 – 2019).

Professor Kimmo Nuotio played a pivotal role in establishing the Center, demonstrating commitment to fostering research and education on Chinese law and legal culture in Finland and collaboration with Chinese partners. Since 2009, he has actively engaged in building the cooperation between the Academy of Finland and the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences. In 2012, a significant milestone was achieved by the Academy of Finland’s specific funding call which was aimed at fostering Sino-Finnish legal research, providing the concretizing of the research interests of several member institutions of the Center in the form of six Academy of Finland-funded research projects. These projects were carried out through collaborative efforts between the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, Institute of Law, and/or Chinese universities on one side, and their counterparts in Finnish universities on the other.

Professor Nuotio’s extensive efforts over the years also involved frequent visits to Chinese universities, where he actively promoted bilateral agreements. These agreements have formed the concrete basis for the expansion of Faculty-level cooperation. The Faculty of Law University of Helsinki has signed numerous mobility agreements covering both incoming and outgoing students, as well as research staff. This comprehensive approach includes esteemed institutions such as China University of Political Science and Law (CUPL), Fudan University, Peking University (PKU), Renmin University of China, Wuhan University, Shanghai Jiao Tong University, the University of Hong Kong, and Xi’an Jiaotong University. Notably, PKU stands out as a crucial and significant partner for the University of Helsinki, reflecting the depth and importance of their collaborative efforts.

With a distinguished background and extensive experience, Professor Nuotio brings an abundance of expertise and perspective to our organization.