Shaping markets and society through laws: Why do we have the rules that we have?

Track 1 - Shaping sustainable societies. Workshop from 13:00-14:30

Laws shape the world. The current state of the world and present challenges are the result of past laws. Neither sustainability issues nor any other important societal issues can really be addressed without new laws.

But laws are designed by people. When doing so, they choose the desired outcomes and assume that certain kinds of laws will have certain kinds of effects. The values behind laws can even become self-fulfilling prophecies.

In this workshop, we will try to find out what people who really shape the laws that define our market economy think about what laws should do.

Speakers in this workshop include

  • Ilkka Harju, Legislative Counsellor, Ministry of Finance
  • Salla Saastamoinen, Director for Civil and Commercial Justice, Directorate-General for Justice and Consumers European Commission
  • Tytti Yli-Viikari, Auditor General of Finland, the National Audit Office of Finland


The workshop is moderated by Petri Mäntysaari, Professor of Commercial Law at Hanken School of Economics.


About the speakers:

Legislative Counsellor Ilkka Harju from the Ministry of Finance has long experience from the making of Finnish and European financial markets law. He is a leading expert in this area. Ilkka Harju holds a law degree from the University of Helsinki.

Director Salla Saastamoinen has worked in the European Commission for more than 20 years. As Director for Civil and Commercial Justice, she is in charge of the development and consolidation of the European area of civil justice, in particular of civil procedural law, private international law, contract law and company law. Director Saastamoinen holds a licentiate degree in law from the University of Helsinki and has post-graduate studies from the Universities of Saarbrücken and Zürich.

Auditor General Tytti Yli-Viikari has long experience from the National Audit Office and the Ministry of Finance. As Auditor General, she is the face of good governance and public accountability in Finland. She holds a Master in Public Administration from the French National School of Administration ENA and M.A.s from the College of Europe and the Panthéon Sorbonne University.