Alla perinteinen akateeminen kuvaus tutkijaprofiilistani. Oikeastaan tämä ei kuitenkaan täysin kata kaikkea sitä, mitä nykyään teen tai kuka itse miellän olevani. Lyhyesti määritän itseni nykyään ammattiälyköksi ja luovaksi tutkijaksi. Akateemisesti olen nykyaikaisen ihmisoikeusilmiön analysoimiseen erikoistunut oikeusantropologi. Laajemmin ymmärrettynä miellän toimikentäkseni tieteen, taiteen ja tutkimuksen rajapinnan. Tarkoitukseni on – Allegra Labin toimintaidean tavoin – löytää näille aloille uusia ilmaisumuotoja sekä uutta yhteiskunnallista vaikuttavuutta.

Lisään pian täsmällisemman kuvauksen suomeksi. Tässä englanninkielin esittely ensihätään!

Miia Halme-Tuomisaari is a legal anthropologist specialised in the analysis of the past, present – and future – of the contemporary human rights phenomenon. She is the co-editor of Revisiting the Origins of Human Rights published by Cambridge University Press in 2015, a book that takes a fresh look at the ‘textbook narrative of origins’ via which the history of human rights is customarily told. She is the author of numerous articles and review essays published at PoLAR: Political and Legal Anthropological Review, Journal of Legal Anthropology, and the European Journal of International Law, among others. Her first book, based on her PhD examining a Nordic network of human rights experts, was titled “Human Rights in Action: Learning Expert Knowledge” (Erik Castrén Institute Research Series, edited by Martti Koskenniemi, Brill, 2010).  She has done archival research on the International League for the Rights of Man in the 1940s, and is currently finalizing a project examining the full documentary cycle around the last periodic state report of Finland on the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR), a project based on ethnography at the Finnish Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the UN Human Rights Committee.

As a Visiting Senior Research Fellow of the Programme for the Study of International Governance at the Geneva Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies she is directing a project to commemorate the 50th anniversary of adoption of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR) & and the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (ICESCR) in 1966. The project includes several activities as well as the gathering oral histories documenting the drafting process of the covenants as well as the subsequent work of the committees on the online platform created specifically for the project located at This project is a collaboration between the Faculty of Law, University of Turku, the Programme for the Study of International Governance, the Graduate Institute, the Erik Castrén Institute of International Law and Human Rights, and Allegra Lab.

Miia Halme-Tuomisaari was based the Erik Castrén Institute of International Law and Human Rights from 2002 until 2012 – and is continually affiliated with the Institute – after which she was a Senior Research Fellow at the Department of Law & Anthropology at the Max Planck Institute of Social Anthropology (Halle/Saale). Since 2014 she has been a member of the research venture ‘Bodies of Evidence: Interplay of documents, narrative and biotechnologies’, which examines the current migration crises and is funded by the Kone Foundation (2014-2016). She is also a Visiting Senior Lecturer at the Faculty of Law, University of Turku. In April 2016 she will be a Visiting Senior Research Fellow at the Faculty of Law at the University of Witwaterstrand.

Miia Halme-Tuomisaari is the co-founder and co-editor-in-chief (with Julie Billaud) of, an online context launched in 2013, which has quickly grown into one of the world’s leading blogs in anthropology.

She is the mother of two children (born in 2008 and 2011).–associates/miia-halme-tuomisaari.html


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