Eeva Nykänen


National Institute for Health and Welfare,
Mannerheimintie 166,
Helsinki, Finland
email: eeva.r.nykanen @thl.fi
tel: +358 29 524 7901

Dr. Eeva Nykänen works as a Chief Specialist at the National Institute for Health and Welfare in Finland. Her fields of expertise include human rights and fundamental rights, immigration and asylum law, antidiscrimination law, and social law. She has extensive experience in carrying out research on these subjects and of various legal expert tasks relating to them. Dr. Nykänen has participated in a number of studies assessing the implementation of EU law and international legal standards at the national level, and the compatibility of national standards with the EU and international standards.

Dr. Nykänen holds LLD (University of Turku), LLM (University of Turku) and MA in Sociology of Law (International Institute for the Sociology of Law in Oñati). She has worked previously as a post-doctoral researcher at the University of Turku, senior advisor at the Finnish National Supervisory Authority for Welfare and Health, legal advisor at the Office of the Parliamentary Ombudsman, and as a senior advisor at the Immigration Department of the Ministry of Interior.

Her most recent publications include the following:

  • Keskimäki, Ilmo; Nykänen Eeva & Kuusio, Hannamaria 2014: Paperittomien terveyspalvelut Suomessa. Raportti 11/2014. Terveyden ja hyvinvoinnin laitos. Helsinki. https://www.julkari.fi/bitstream/handle/10024/114941/THL_RAP2014_011web.pdf?sequence=3 (Access of Undocumented Migrants to Public Health Services in Finland)
  • Pakolaisten ja muiden ulkomaalaisten ihmisoikeudet. In Ihmisoikeuksien käsikirja. Timo Koivurova and Elina Pirjatanniemi (eds.). Tietosanoma. 2014. (’The human rights of refugees and other foreigners’, chapter in a book)
  • Maahanmuuttajat sosiaalisten oikeuksien subjekteina. In Muuttuva sosiaalioikeus. Sakari Hänninen et. al. (eds.). Suomalainen lakimiesyhdistys. 2013. (’Immigrants as holders of social rights’, chapter in a book)
  • On the Lines of Demarcation and Their Significance. In Nordic Journal of Human Rights Law 2/2012. (Referee article)
  • Fragmented State Power and Forced Migration – A Study on Non-State Actors in Refugee Law. Martinus Nijhoff Publishers. 2012
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