Commercial and Trade Law Research Group

Research group

Research project: FORK- Fraud-Free Food and Regulatory Know-How, funded by the Academy of Finland and UEF 2019-2023

How can consumers be sure that they eat what they think they eat? The FORK project responds to the trends of power consumerism, personalized nutrition services and digitalization of food commerce by developing better regulation for a modified food chain.

International partner: Fighting Food Frauds regarding Foods with Intentionally Added Pharmaceutical Products, funded by the Chinese State Administration for Market Regulation, 2019-2022. The FFF-project aims to identify patterns of food fraud and seek solutions by examining experiences of other jurisdictions. Economically motivated food adulteration adding pharmaceuticals in foods as Chinese traditional medicine is a growing issue in food manufacturing largely contributing to food safety problems in China.

Book project: K Lindroos, L Montagnani and K Klafkowska Wasniowska: Freedom and Responsibility of Online Platforms, Edward Elgar Publishing, 2019-2021.European values include upholding free movement in the single market, while ensuring responsibility and accountability in the digital single market. All regulators face the same dilemma: how to strike a balance between these values structuring the role of platforms in preserving fundamental values.

Book project: K Lindroos, L Tammenlehto: Moderni immateriaalioikeus ja alustatalouden innovaatiot, Talentum Publishing 2019-2020.

The research group focuses on emerging markets and the evolving regulatory framework for commerce. We concentrate on the role of law and trade in shaping the global economy, which directly impacts national and regional economies. Our research targets regulation that may enable growth and remove barriers to trade and commercial development. Global transactions impact the regulator’s ability to control actors and digital content as well as reducing risks and preventing harm to consumers. Hybrid governance models and institutions are necessary to govern international distribution chains to detect fraudulent activity and promote innovative entrepreneurship.
Technological development surpasses regulation that is mainly geared towards real world commerce. Digitalization does not replace, but transforms international chains of commerce and creates opportunities for new business innovations. Trade in physical goods remains relevant, yet increasingly trade revolves around digital content and the service economy. Our research focuses on grey areas or gaps in commercial regulation. Thematically we focus on the areas of intellectual property rights, food and company law.
Our focus on IPRs relates to policing criminal activity and utilizing protection schemes to further entrepreneurship, especially protecting innovative SMEs in global markets and developing countries. We see potential in food innovation to enhance food security and sustainable business models in food development. Imminent threats to growth are food safety risks, lacking control points in commerce, and food fraud. Radical shifts in markets and tradeable commodities affect corporate decision-making, responsibilities and liability.
The research group offers education in private law at UEF Law School. We offer courses on site and online on e.g. commercial law, law and internet, food and IPRs, international trade and development and comparative law. Our course ‘Law and the Internet’ is also offered to the students from other European universities through the Young Universities for the Future of Europe (YUFE) alliance. The intensive course on Food Law & Policy is offered as part of UEF Summer School. Our research group co-organizes the International Conference on Innovation and Communications Law (CICL) annually.

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