Wilhelmsson, Thomas


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Personal data

  • Born: September 6, 1949


  • Doctor iuris honoris causa, University of Tartu, 2002
  • Doctor iuris honoris causa, University of Oslo, 2000
  • Doctor iuris honoris causa, University of Uppsala, 1997
  • Doctor of Legal Science (Diss. 1977), University of Helsinki, 1980
  • Licentiate of Legal Science, University of Helsinki, 1973
  • Candidate of Legal Science, University of Helsinki, 1971


  • Professor Emeritus, 2019-current
  • Principal Investigator, 2017-2018
  • Chancellor of the University of Helsinki, 2013-2017
  • Rector of the University of Helsinki, 2008-2013
  • Vice-Rector of the University of Helsinki, 1998–2008
  • Head of Department of Private Law, 1989–1998
  • Professor of civil and commercial law, University of Helsinki, 1981-2012
  • Various positions at the University of Helsinki and the Swedish School of Economics, Helsinki, 1971–1978
  • Counsellor of legislation at the Ministry of Justice, 1979–1981

Main areas of research

  • Contract Law and Tort Law (incl. Insurance Law)
  • Consumer Protection
  • Company Law (esp. Partnerships)
  • EC Law and Legal Theory

Grants and projects

  • Conducted more extensive research projects among other things on social (welfarist) contract law, products liability, consumer indebtedness, market control, unfair contract terms and EC consumer law
  • Leader of a large research project, financed by the Academy ofFinland, concerning Social contract law and European integration1991–1993 and of another project concerning Privatization, WelfareState-expectations and Private Law 1996–1998 as well as third one, Private Law in a Multilingual European Society, 2005-2007

Professional activity and membership

  • Member of the Acquis Group since 2003
  • Member of the European Commission on Contract Law (the Lando-commission) since 1995
  • Member of the Expert Committee drafting the Consumer sales directive
  • Member of a number of law drafting committees e.g. products liability, consumer sales, index clauses in contracts, cooperative firms, consumeradministration, class action etc.
  • Chairman of a Committee preparing new consumer credit legislation
  • Chairman of a Committee preparing new legislation on contracts ingeneral
  • Chairman of a Committee preparing a new legislation on partnerships
  • As counsellor of legislation at the ministry of justice responsible for drafting, i.a., sales legislation, consumer credit legislation, the legislation on interest, some amendments of company law etc.
  • Chairman and member of several international as well as national arbitration tribunals
  • Chairman of the board applying the regulation of index clauses at the Ministry of Finance 1987–1992
  • Judge at the Market Court (deciding as the first and final instance questions concerning collective consumer protection and unfair competition) 1980–1990
  • Member of the board of International Association of Consumer Law since1997
  • Member of the European Consumer Law Group 1994–current
  • Member of the International Academy of Commercial and Consumer lawsince 1994
  • Member of the Finnish society of Sciences and Letters since1989
  • Chairman of the editorial board of the Finnish journals Oikeus andJFT, member of the editorial board of Tidsskrift for Rettsvitenskap (Oslo), Journal of Consumer Policy, Consumer Law Journal, European Review of Private Law, Zeitschrift für Europäisches Privatrecht and European Review of Contract Law

Studies abroad

  • University of Bremen, Zentrum für Europäische Rechtspolitik, 3 months, 1986
  • University of Oxford, Centre for Socio-Legal Studies, 3 months, 1980
  • University of Oslo, 2 months, 1974
  • University of Gothenburg, 6 months, 1973


  • Twelve Essays on Consumer Law and Policy, Helsinki 1996 and EC Consumer Law & Geraint Howells, Ashgate, 1997
  • Social Contract Law and European Integration, Dartmouth, 1995
  • Books in English: Critical Studies in Private Law, Kluwer, 1992