BiographyProfessor of procedural law, University of Turku. Niemi has worked as a professor at the Universities Helsinki and Umeå and as visiting professor at Lund University, Sweden. She is Doctor Honoris Causa at Uppsala University 2010 and has been Fulbright scholar at the University of Wisconsin, Madison Law School 1997-98.
Niemi was member of the Scientific Committee of the EU Fundamental Rights Agency 2013-18 and Academy of Finnish Research Council for Culture and Society 2016-18; and the World Bank Working Group on Personal Insolvency in 2011-2012.
She has led several research projects, including ASLA: Actors, Structures and Law (2015-2019). Her book Criminal Procedure and Violence in Intimate Relationship was published in Finnish in 2004. She has analyzed the liberal undertone of the Finnish rape law in several articles. In 2013, she made with LLM Jussi Aaltonen an evaluation of the Finnish sex purchase ban for the Ministry of Justice.
Among her publications are Nousiainen et al. (eds), Responsible Selves. Women in the Nordic Legal Culture, 2001 and Svensson et al. (eds), Nordic Equality at a Crossroads. Feminist Legal Studies Coping with Difference, 2004 and Niemi, Peroni and Stoyanova, International Law and Violence against Women: Europe and the Istanbul Convention, 2020.
More about her and her work https://www.utu.fi/en/people/johanna-niemi
Areas of Research / Professional Expertise
Procedural law, Sexual crimes, gender, human rights, discourse analysis
Niemi’s research interests include criminal procedure, consumer insolvency, human rights and the construction of gender in legal discourses. She has also written on rape law and sexual harassment law but these topics have chosen her, rather than her choosing them.
Published: Sep 04, 2020 by Heinskou et al. (eds), Rape in the Nordic Countries: Continuity and Change
Authors: Helena Jokila & Johanna Niemi
Rape is defined as lack of consent or as use of force and threat. Feminist scholars have debated the strengths and weaknesses of both strategies. We argue that in any case, legislation must explain what coercion, threat and non-consent mean. Using narratives from courts, we argue that both lack of consent and use of force are insufficient legal responses to intimate partner rape and acquaintance rape among youth. Thus, rape law should encompass acts committed under coercive conditions.
By: Johanna Niemi
In this book I write together with JOSÉ MANUEL FRESNO about the work of European Union and Fundamental Rights Agency on Roma rigts and the long struggle of the Roma to gain equal rights across Europe:
Promoting equality: FRA’s work on Roma.
JOSÉ MANUEL FRESNO AND JOHANNA NIEMI
You can read my speech at the publication event of the book here;