Dr. Kirsi-Maria Halonen currently holds the position of University 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.
Kirsi-Maria’s current legal research interests include questions relating to transparency in public procurement, effective remedies as well as contract law rules in European law context. Lately, she has been more and more involved with multi-disciplinary research projects relating to identification and prevention of corruption in Finland. She teaches both at the Universities of Lapland and Turku and regularly gives lectures related to public procurement matters to government officials.
Prior to joining the University of Lapland, 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, 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.