Professor of commercial law
My research focuses on emerging markets and the evolving regulatory framework for commerce. I concentrate on the role of law and trade in shaping the global economy, which directly impacts national and regional economies. My 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 now trade revolves around digital content and the service economy. My research focuses on grey areas or gaps in commercial regulation. Thematically I focus on the areas of internet, IPRs and food law.
The 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 and capitalizing on the potential in food innovation to enhance food security and sustainable business models in food development.
Faculty of Social Sciences and Business Studies, Law School
Fairness and Ordre Public in Certified Global Food Chains. Weckström Lindroos, Katja / Fairness, Morality and Ordre Public in Intellectual Property. 2020. 2020
Liability and access to contact information: striking the balance when service is used to distribute copyrighted digital content. Weckström Lindroos, Katja / Online Distribution of Content in the EU. 2019. 2019
Weckström Lindroos, Katja. 2018. Food for Thought from Halabi's New International Economic Order A Blog from the Yale Journal on Regulation and the ABA Section of Administrative Law & Regulatory... 36 Tuesday, Oct. 2, 2018: -. 2018
Lindroos Katja. 2017. Internet Commerce Law. In: Dinwoodie Graeme B (ed.) Secondary Liability of Internet Service Providers. Springer publishing company. s. 185-212. 2017
Nurgaliyeva MT, Wright A, Lindroos K, Smagulov A, Iskakova Z. 2017. Analysis of the food safety legislation of the Eurasian Economic Union. European Food and Feed Law Review 12 3: 234-244. 2017
Study for the Fitness Check of EU consumer and marketing law. Civic Consulting in cooperation with KU Leuven CCM (incl. Huuhtanen, Joonas; Lindroos, Katja). 2017 2017
Weckström Katja. 2016. Krapularuoasta mehevä tavaramerkkiriita. Defensor Legis 4/2016: 651-659. 2016
Senftleben Martin, Bently Lionel, Dinwoodie Graeme, Geiger Christophe,Griffiths Jonathan, Kur Annette, Ohly Ansgar, Peukert Alexander, Ricolfi Marco, Schovsbo Jens, Weckström Katja, Zelechowski Lukasz. 2015. The Recommendation on Measures to Safeguard Freedom of Expression and Undistorted Competition: Guiding Principles for the Further Development of EU Trade Mark Law. European Intellectual Property Review (EIPR) 37 6: 337-343. 2015
Sentleben, Martin, Katja Weckström et.al.. 2014. Recommendation on Measures to Safeguard Freedom of Expression and Undistorted Competition in EU Trade Mark Law. Social Science Research Network 0 0: 1-5. 2014
Weckström Katja. 2013. Preliminary Injunctions against Internet Service Providers for Trademark and Copyright Infringement: Sylvia Kierkegaard, Law & Practice Critical Analysis and Legal Reasoning. 147-160. 2013
MDP Seminar in Commercial Law,
Courses: IP Law (in Finnish), Law & Internet, Comparative Law, Trade Development and Innovation, Advanced Trademark Law,
UEF Summer School: Food Law & Policy
Futures Research Network Academy, Board Member
IPR University Center, Board Member
China Law Center, Board Member
NIR- Nordic IP Journal, Editor Finland
Retfaerd- Nordic Journal of Law and Justice, Editorial Board Finland
Oikeustiede-Iurisprudentia, Editorial Board
Research groups and research projects
Research Lead: UEF Commercial and Trade Law Group
Principal Investigator: FORK- Fraud-Free Food and Regulatory Know-How, Suomen Akatemia 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, 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 2019-2020.