Ombudsman Petri Jääskeläinen
The new Parliamentary Ombudsman is Dr. Petri Jääskeläinen. His term began on 1.1.2010 and will end on 31.12.2013.
Ombudsman Jääskeläinen attends to cases dealing with the highest State organs, those of particular importance. He also attends to cases dealing with courts of law, prisons, health care, guardianship and language legislation.
Petri Jääskeläinen acted as Deputy-Ombudsman until 31.12.2009. He assumed these duties on 1.4.2002. His second term began on 1.4.2006.
Jääskeläinen came to the office of the Ombudsman from the Office of the Prosecutor General, where he worked as a state prosecutor and as head of the Development Unit. Before that he had been a researcher at the University of Helsinki and at the Office of the Chancellor of Justice as referendary.
Ombudsman Jääskeläinen has been Secretary to the Committee on the Prosecution Service and a member of the Executive Committee of the Finnish Lawyers' Association.
His doctoral thesis examines the prosecutor as judge. He has also written presentations and articles on criminal and procedural law.