Research areas

Description of research and teaching


Doctoral Dissertation:

The Concept of Horizontal Effects of Fundamental Rights in EU Law   


The research focuses on the jurisprudence of the Court of Justice of the European Union in the development of horizontal effects of fundamental rights in EU law. The research aims to clarify both the repercussions of the development on the scope of rights enjoyed by Union citizens and private parties, as well as, the significance of the process for the Union as a political and legal entity.


The research thus bears a close link to the so-called constitutionalisation process of the Union, since horizontal effects of fundamental rights clearly correlate with wider and more extensive rights accorded to Union citizens. At the same time the said process will only enhance the role of the EU courts by giving them greater power and strengthening their influence on the ordinary law, which generally has been the traditional domain of the national judicature.


Areas of research interest:

European Law, Fundamental and Human Rights Law,

Adjudication, Constitutionalism, European Institutions



Finnish, native        Swedish, second home language         English, excellent   

French, good          German, moderate                                    Russian, moderate


Teaching and Lecturing

University of Helsinki, Faculty of Law

- Lecturer in the Course 'Eurooppaoikeuden periaatteet, oikeussuojakeinot ja tulkintamallit' (21404) (In English: Principles, Remedies and Methods of Interpretation in European Law

- Lecturer in the Course: 'Oikeudellisen ajattelun perusteet - Analysointi ja argumentaatiotaidot' (200070) (In English: Fundamentals of Legal Reasoning - Analysis and Argumentation Skills)

- Teacher-Coach for the participants in the European Law Moot Court Competition (ELMC)


University of Eastern Finland, Department of Law

- Lecturer in the Course 'Eurooppaoikeuden tavoitteet, periaatteet ja tulkinta' (5311107) (In English: Goals, Principles and Interpretation in European Law)


Education Information

Further information on UH affiliationGraduate School of Law in a Changing World (OMM)

Highlighted publications

  1. The Use of the Charter of Fundamental Rights of the European Union in Court Adjudication - Stronger RIghts for the Union Citizens?

    Walkila, S. 12.2012 In : Europarättslig tidskrift.2012/15, 4, p. 616-634 19 p.

    Publication: Contribution to journalA1 Refereed journal article

  2. Ikäsyrjinnän kielto EU-oikeuden yleisenä periaatteena

    Walkila, S-H. 2010 In : Lakimies. 2010, 4

    Publication: Contribution to journalA1 Refereed journal article

  3. Euroopan unionin perusoikeuskirja EU-tuomioistuimen oikeuskäytännössä

    Walkila, S-H. 2011 In : Defensor legis : Suomen asianajajaliiton äänenkannattaja.92, 6, p. 813-820 8 p.

    Publication: Contribution to journalB1 Unrefereed journal article

  4. Case C‑392/08, Judgment of the Court 25 March 2010

    Walkila, S-H. 2010 In : European Journal of Risk Regulation. 3

    Publication: Contribution to journalB1 Unrefereed journal article

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Highlighted activities

  1. Nordic Conference on Anti-Discrimination law

    Sonya Walkila (Speaker: Presenter), 25.04.201326.05.2013

    Activity: Conferences, workshops, courses, seminarsOrganisation and participation in conferences, workshops, courses, seminars

  2. EU-prosessit liike-elämän riidoissa

    Sonya Walkila (Speaker: Presenter), 22.05.2013

    Activity: Conferences, workshops, courses, seminarsPublic Talks

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