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Sia Spiliopoulou Åkermark

Sia Spiliopoulou Åkermark, Jur. dr., Associate Professor (docent) in international law, Director (currently on research leave) at The Åland Islands Peace Institute.

Sia’s work focuses on diversity, autonomy, demilitarization, the use of force and international law and its institutions. She defended her doctoral thesis at the Faculty of Law, Uppsala University where she worked for nearly 15 years. In 2002-2004 she was awarded a Segerstedt fellowship which allowed her to spend considerable time at the Swedish Collegium on the Advanced Study on Social Sciences (SCAS, Uppsala) and the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences (CASBS, California, USA). She has also been teaching, lecturing and doing research at various institutions in Finland, France and the UK, including as acting Armfelt professor of international and public law at Åbo Akademi University.

Spiliopoulou Åkermark has been an expert member of the Advisory Committee on the Framework Convention on National Minorities of the Council of Europe (2002-2006 and 2010-2014; she served for two years as the Committee’s President) when she worked extensively with minority issues in Central and Eastern Europe and in the Balkans as well as with questions of diversity in educational systems. Since 2007 she heads the Åland Islands Peace Institute in Mariehamn, Finland. Currently, she is on research leave heading a research project (team of five researchers) entitled “Demilitarisation in an increasingly militarized world: International perspectives in a multilevel framework” (2015-2017).

Selected publications: Justifications of Minority Protection in International Law, (doctoral thesis), Iustus Publishers & Kluwer International, Uppsala & Dordrecht, 1997. Among her more recent major publications are the edited volumes International Obligations and National Debates: Minorities around the Baltic Sea (2006), a special issue of the IJMGR on Rethinking Territorial Arrangements in Conflict Resolution (2013) and Towards Openly Multilingual Policies and Practices - Assessing Minority Language Maintenance Across Europe (co-authored with J. Laakso, A. Sarhimaa and R. Toivanen, 2016). Several articles in a wide range of legal and interdisciplinary journals and edited works.

During her time at the School of Global Studies, Sia will give two lectures for students within the Erasmus Mundus Human Rights Policy and Practice master’s programme focusing on the right to education, and on the nexus between identity and security. She will also work on two manuscripts, about the concept of ‘independence of international human rights monitoring organs’ and the international legal instruments used for managing regional diversity at the turn of the previous century.

The visit is funded by Erasmus Mundus Human Rights Policy and Practice Visiting Scholar Initiative.

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