Pekka Hallberg, the President of the High Administrative Court of Finland

Pekka Hallberg
President, Supreme Administrative Court of Finland
1944 - Born in Joensuu, Finland
1967 - Graduates in Law, University of Helsinki
1967 - Referendary, Supreme Administrative Court, Finland
1971 - LL. Lic., University of Helsinki
1973 - Researcher, Academy of Finland
1977 - Legislative Counselor, Ministry of Justice, Finland
1978 - LL. D., University of Helsinki
1979 - Justice, Supreme Administrative Court, Finland
1990 - Professor, University of Helsinki
1993 - President, Supreme Administrative Court, Finland
1998 - Docent of Public Law, University of Joensuu
2000 - President, Association of the Councils of State and Supreme Jurisdictions of the European Union
2004 - Receives Ph.D. in Political Sciences, University of Helsinki
Pekka Hallberg has headed the Finnish Supreme Administrative Court for more then ten years, however, he took his first position there in 1967, as a Referendary. During the course of his career, Professor Hallberg also worked at the Finnish Ministry of Justice. He has written extensively on many law related issues including administrative appeals, the Local Government Act, human rights, fundamental rights, decisions of the Supreme Administrative Court and fair trials in the 20th century. Professor Hallberg is also the Chairman of several government commissions, concerning the Finnish Constitution, the Bank of Finland, competition legislation and co-operation between banks and insurance companies. He is a board member at several Finnish associations for attorneys, a member of the Finnish Academy of Science and Letters and the President of the Finnish Cultural Foundation. He is married to Taru Ali-Melkkild, who is a Counselor at the Ministry of the Environment.
The death penalty has been abolished by many countries worldwide. Ten years ago, Russia joined the Council of Europe, though one of the main membership principles – the abolition of the death penalty - still hasn't been met. Capital punishment continues to complicate Russia-Council of Europe relations, while the U.S., which has the death penalty in 38 states, has good relations with Europe. Does a double standard exist in terms of general policy? Pekka Hallberg, the President of the High Administrative Court of Finland, is on Spotlight to tell us more