Grant-funded Researcher

Kaisa Näkki (attorney-at-law, trained on the bench, LL.M) is a PhD Student. She writes her multidisciplinary, empirical doctoral thesis about ”The many faces of dementias – A research of assessing the need of legal guardians”.

Näkki is researching under what circumstances a person with dementia is considered legally incapable and needs a legal guardian – especially if he or she has other cognitive or neuropsychiatric symptoms or signs than classical memory deficits. An essential research question is how the perspectives of medical professionals and legal professionals differ on this matter. The aim of the research is to improve due process of people with dementia. The second aim is to clarify good practices of doctor’s certificates from legal point of view and harmonize how documents are evaluated in District Courts.

Näkki is also a member of the network of elder law experts VAASI. Furthermore, Näkki works as an attorney-at-law in a law firm.

Contact info






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Societal Activities

Finnish Bar Association
01.03.2021 – 28.2.2023
Deputy member of the Delegation and Deputy member of the Delegation’s Procedural Committee

Finnish Bar Association’s Kymi chapter
05.02.2020 – 11.02.2021
Member of the Board

Research groups - UEF