Kirsi-Maria Halonen

Kirsi-Maria Halonen (LL.M., Ph.D. in Law, Adjunct Professor) currently holds the position of Senior Lecturer in Commercial Law at the University of Lapland, Finland. Her doctoral dissertation, which she successfully defended in 2015 at the University of Turku, Finland, concentrated on the interplay of Public Procurement Law and Contract Law, specifically on consequences of a contractual ineffectiveness between a contracting authority and its contractor. She has also published several articles in procurement law journals on the topic.
Currently Kirsi-Maria is involved in two research projects concerning competition in public procurement and a comparative project on contract amendments. Furthermore, a research book co-edited with professors Roberto Caranta and Albert Sanchez-Graells on Transparency in EU Procurement that she co-edited was published earlier by Edward Elgar this year.
Kirsi-Maria’s current legal research interests include questions relating public procurement, state aid, competition and contract law such as interplay between public and private sector markets. transparency in public sector, effective remedies as well as contract law rules in European law context. She is a member of European Commission’s Stakeholder Experts Group on Public Procurement and Swedish Competition Authority’s research council, teaches at the Universities of Lapland and regularly gives lectures related to transparency and public procurement matters to central and local government officials as well as to legal professionals. In addition she is the founder and former president, currently a board member, of Finnish Public Procurement Association (Julkisten hankintojen yhdistys ry).
Prior to joining the academia, Kirsi-Maria worked as a legal counsel for different contracting authorities including the central purchasing bodies of the Finnish government, Hansel Oy, and the city of Helsinki. In addition to her dissertation and several articles and research reports, she has published two books on public procurement in Finland, one on damages relating to public procurement and one on the General Terms of Public Procurement (general contract terms applied by most of contracting authorities in Finland), which she has participated in drafting as an invited expert member of the working group appointed by the Finnish Ministry of Finance.‬‬‬

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