Deputy-Ombudsman Pasi Pölönen
Deputy-Ombudsman Pasi Pölönen, LL.D., docent.
He was elected to the post for the four-year term 1 October 2017–30 September 2021 by Parliament on 30 May 2017.
Before his appointment, Pölönen served as Principal Legal Adviser at the Office of the Parliamentary Ombudsman and as the Substitute for the Deputy-Ombudsmen from the end of 2011.
Pölönen has previously worked as a researcher, as an assistant lawyer at the Registry of the European Court of Human Rights, as a presenting official at the Office of the Chancellor of Justice and as a researcher at the University of Helsinki. In addition, he has also been a member of several working groups of the Ministry of Justice.
Between 2015 and 2016, Pölönen was an ad hoc judge serving in place of the judge elected to the European Court of Human Rights in respect of Finland.
Pölönen’s background in research is particularly in the field of procedural law and fundamental and human rights law. His doctoral dissertation, completed in 2003, deals with witness examination in the criminal process. In addition, he has published several articles, commentaries on court cases and books, either alone or with co-authors. These include Ylin laillisuusvalvonta (“The highest supervision of legality”), Pajuoja – Pölönen, 2011, Euroopan ihmisoikeussopimus (“The European Convention on Human Rights’”, Pellonpää – Gullans – Pölönen – Tapanila, 2018, 6th edition and Todistelu oikeudenkäynnissä (“Evidence in court trials”), Pölönen – Tapanila, 2015.