Professor Esa Paasivirta

Professor Esa Paasivirta

  • Legal Services, European Commission

Esa Paasivirta (FI) is a member of the Legal Service of the European Commission in Brussels.

Professor Paasivirta graduated in law from the University of Turku and the University of Helsinki, Finland. He obtained his Ph.D. in international law from the University of Cambridge, United Kingdom.

Professor Paasivirta joined the European Commission in 1997. He has worked mainly in the area of external relations, including in 2004-2008 as First Counsellor and Legal Advisor in the Delegation of the European Commission to the United Nations in New York. Before joining the Commission, he worked as the Legal Advisor of the Energy Charter Secretariat (Brussels), at the Finnish Ministry for Foreign Affairs (Helsinki) and the International Trade Centre UNCTAD/WTO (Geneva). He has published in the areas of international law and EU law. He is also an adjunct professor in the Faculty of Law at the University of Helsinki.

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