Expert Hearings in the Finnish Parliament

Reports drafted by the Parliament’s committees provide the basis on which Parliament takes nearly all of its decisions. Parliament has 15 permanent special committees and the Grand Committee, which focuses mainly on EU affairs. As a rule each committee deals with matters that fall within the scope of a corresponding ministry.

The Legal Affairs Committee is in charge of international and national criminal law, matters relating to international judicial cooperation in criminal matters and all cases dealt with in the courts of law. Administration Committee’s main tasks are in the field of national and international police and other authorities' cooperation. The Constitutional Law Committee reviews on these cases the Government's bills from the perspective of fundamental rights and freedoms and human rights.

An important part of the committees' work is to invite experts in various fields. An expert is called to the committee meeting in order to present his/her opinion about the Government bill. MPs and committee secretaries may ask questions. The expert always provides a written statement added to the committee's protocols.

Based on the hearing of the experts, the committee forms its view on the issue and prepares a report or a statement as the basis for plenary session of the Parliament. Usually the committee follows the expert's opinion.

The Finnish Parliament has heard me 72 times in criminal and procedural law matters with regard to national and international criminal law, procedural law, and criminal EU affairs. I have taken part in the legislative work on majority of all issues concerning international judicial cooperation in criminal matters within the EU, Council of Europe and the United Nations in the 1990s and the 2000s.

In many cases I have already been the expert or member of a workgroup or committee at the Department of Justice of the Government. In some cases I have also been responsible for negotiations in the EU on issues concerning international criminal law and judicial cooperation in criminal matters.

The titles of the reports and statements are my own translations. The official titles are in Finnish and Swedish.

Reports of the Legal Affairs Committee

1) LaUB 24/1998 rd - RP 32/1997 rd. Government proposal to revise the legislation on traffic offenses.

2) LaUB 25/1998 rd - RP 74/1998 rd. Government proposal to revise the legislation on fines, conversion sentence and summary penal fee.

3) LaUB 5/2000 rd - RP 17/1999 rd. Government proposal for an Act amending Chapter 2, 14 a §, and Chapter 45 in Criminal Code and for certain laws related to them.

4) LaUB 6/2000 rd - RP 184/1999 rd. Government proposal to revise the legislation on violation of privacy and peace, and defamation.

5) LaUB 13/2000 rd - RP 136/2000 rd. Government proposal for an Act on the administration of enforcement of punishments and some laws relating to it.

6) LaUB 1/2001 rd - RP 27/1999 rd. Government proposal to amend the rules on criminal statute of limitations.

7) LaUB 8/2001 rd - RP 177/2000 rd. Government proposal to provisions for conditional imprisonment in the Criminal Code and to certain laws related to it.

8) LaUB 13/2001 rd - RP 213/2000 rd. Government proposal for a law amending the Criminal Code and Chapter 5 § 11 in the Coercive Measures Act.

9) LaUB 14/2001 rd - RP 80/2000 rd. Government proposal to revise the legislation on forfeiture.

10) LaUB 5/2002 rd - RP 17/2001 rd. Government proposal for revision of the Criminal Code provisions on crimes that endanger the health and safety and to certain laws relating to them.

11) LaUB 7/2002 rd - RP 203/2001 rd. Government proposal to revise the provisions on natural resource crimes.

12) LaUB 10/2002 rd - RP 77/2001 rd. Government proposal for approval of certain provisions of the European Council Convention on Corruption and the amendment of certain provisions concerning the offenses in office and offenses connected with them.

13) LaUB 14/2002 rd - RP 43/2002 rd. Government proposal for approval of the International Convention for the Suppression of Terrorist Financing and the laws concerning entry into force of provisions of the Convention relating to the area of ​​legislation and amendment of Chapter 34 of the Criminal Code.

14) LaUB 18/2002 rd - RP 53/2002 rd. Government proposal for revision of the Criminal Code provisions relating to financial crimes and certain laws related with them.

15) LaUB 24/2002 rd - RP 188/2002 rd. Government proposal for regulations on terrorism in the Criminal Code and the Coercive Measures Act.

16) LaUB 26/2002 rd - RP 183/1999 rd. Government proposal to the rules for making participation in the activities of criminal organizations to a crime.

17) LaUB 28/2002 rd - RP 44/2002 rd. Government proposal to revise the legislation on the general part of Criminal Code.

18) LaUB 31/2002 rd - RP 52/2002 rd. Government proposal for laws amending the Criminal Investigations Act and the Coercive Measures Act and certain laws related with them.

19) LaUB 4/2003 rd - RP 31/2003 rd. Government proposal for approval of the Convention on Mutual Assistance in Criminal Matters between the Member States of the European Union and the withdrawal of a reservation to the European Convention on Mutual Assistance in Criminal Matters and the laws related to them.

20) LaUB 5/2003 rd - RP 32/2003 rd. Government proposal for approval of the United Nations Convention against Transnational Organized Crime and the proposal for an Act on the Implementation of the provisions of a legislative nature of the Convention and the law to amend Chapter 17 § 1 a in the Criminal Code.

21) LaUB 7/2003 rd - RP 88/2003 rd. Government proposal for the Act on Extradition between Finland and other European Union Member States and to certain laws related to it.

22) LaUB 2/2004 rd - RP 144/2003 rd. Government proposal for a law to amend the Act on restraining orders and law repealing Chapter 21 § 17 in the Criminal Code.

23) LaUB 4/2004 rd - RP 34/2004 rd. Government proposal for an Act amending the Criminal Code and certain laws relating to it.

24) LaUB 8/2004 rd - RP 81/2004 rd. Government proposal for laws amending Chapter 17 in the Criminal Code, the Assembly Act and § 8 in the Act on Security Guards.

25) LaUB 11/2004 rd - RP 102/2004 rd. Government proposal for a law on juvenile punishment and to certain laws related to it.

26) LaUB 2/2005 rd - RP 254/2004 rd. Government proposal on ratification of the Protocol amending the European Convention for the Suppression of Terrorism and the proposal for an Act on the Implementation of the provisions of the Protocol relating to the area of ​​law.

27) LaUB 8/2005 rd - RP 261/2004 rd. Government proposal for a law to amend the Act on administration of enforcement of punishments.

28) LaUB 9/2005 rd - RP 262/2004 rd. Government proposal for legislation on imprisonment and parole.

29) LaUB 10/2005 rd - RP 263/2004 rd. Government proposal for legislation on the enforcement of imprisonment and pre-trial detention.

30) LaUB 13/2005 rd - RP 93/2005 rd. Government proposal for a law on mediation of crime.

31) LaUB 15/2005 rd - RP 169/2005 rd. Government proposal for a law amending the Penal Code and certain laws relating to it.

32) LaUB 10/2006 rd - RP 221/2005 rd. Government proposal on ratification of the Additional Protocols on human trafficking and against human smuggling of the United Nations Convention against Transnational Organized Crime and the implementation of the provisions of the Additional Protocols to the area of law, and on the laws amending Chapter 20 of the Criminal Code and §§ 7 and § 16 of the Public Order Act.

33) LaUB 10/2007 rd - RP 86/2005 rd. Government proposal on ratification of the Agreement on Extradition between the European Union and the United States of America, and the Protocol to the Agreement between Finland and the United States of America on extradition, and the Agreement on Mutual Assistance between the European Union and the United States of America, and the agreement on certain aspects regarding the Mutual Assistance in Criminal Matters between the Republic of Finland and the United States of America, and the laws on the implementation of the provisions belonging to the area of law.

Statements of the Legal Affairs Committee

34) LaUU 7/2000 rd - RP 34/1999 rd. Government proposal for a law to amend the Police Act.

35) LaUU 14/2000 rd - U 55/2000 rd. Government statement on the occasion of an initiative for a Council Directive (harmonization of economic sanctions on carriers transporting into the Member States third-country nationals).

36) LaUU 15/2000 rd - U 66/2000 rd. Government statement on the occasion of an initiative of the French Republic for a Council Framework Decision (help to unauthorized entry into the European Union).

37) LaUU 20/2001 rd - U 64/2001 rd. Government statement on the occasion of an initiative for a Council Framework Decision (combating terrorism).

38) LaUU 21/2001 rd - U 66/2001 rd. Government statement on the occasion of a proposal for a Council framework (the European Arrest Warrant).

39) LaUU 22/2001 rd - U 58/2001 rd. Government statement on the occasion of an initiative for a proposal for a Council Framework Decision (minimum regulations of illicit drug trafficking).

40) LaUU 23/2001 rd - U 69/2001 rd. Government statement on the occasion of an initiative for a proposal for a Council Decision amending Article 40.1 and 40.7 of the Schengen Convention (extension of the scope of the Convention).

41) LaUU 6/2002 rd - U 7/2002 rd. Government statement on the occasion of an initiative for a proposal for a Council Framework Decision (combating racism and xenophobia)

42) LaUU 22/2002 rd - RP 20/2002 rd. Government proposal to revise the provisions for the promotion of safety in public places.

43) LaUU 1/2004 rd - RP 92/2003 rd. Government proposal on ratification of the Convention on Mutual Assistance and Cooperation between Customs Administrations and the approving the Protocol for rectification and laws related to it.

44) LaUU 7/2004 rd - B 10/2003 rd. Parliamentary Ombudsman's report in 2002.

45) LaUU 9/2004 rd - LM 154/2003 rd. Non-government proposal for a law amending the Forest Act.

46) LaUU 13/2004 rd - RP 53/2004 rd. Government proposal for the Act on the Finnish economic zone, and certain laws relating to it.

47) LaUU 14/2004 rd - E 52/2004 rd. Government inquiry on the Commission's Green Paper on Approximation, Mutual Recognition and Enforcement of Criminal Sanctions in the European Union.

48) LaUU 5/2005 rd - RP 28/2004 rd, RP 29/2004 rd. Government proposal for laws amending the Copyright Act and Chapter 49 in the Criminal Code. Government proposal for approval of the WIPO Copyright Treaty and the WIPO Treaty on Performances and Phonograms and the laws on the implementation of the Treaty relating to the area of ​​law.

49) LaUU 9/2005 rd - U 12/2005 rd. Government statement on the occasion of a proposal for a Council Framework Decision (on combating organized crime).

50) LaUU 4/2007 rd - E 4/2007 rd. Government inquiry on the occasion of a horizontal strategy with regard to certain categories of offenses.

Reports of the Administration Committee

51) FvUB 31/1998 rd - RP 30/1998 rd. Government proposal for the Act on Publicity in Government Activities and the related acts it.

52) FvUB 17/2000 rd - RP 34/1999 rd. Government proposal for a law to amend the Police Act.

53) FvUB 27/2002 rd - RP 95/2002 rd. Government proposal for a law to amend the Customs Act.

54) FvUB 28/2002 rd - RP 20/2002 rd. Government proposal to revise the provisions for the promotion of safety in public places.

55) FvUB 10/2005 rd - RP 266/2004 rd, LM 58/2005 rd. Government proposal for a law to amend the Police Act and to certain laws related to it. Non-governmental proposal for amendment of § 2 of the Law on the Implementation of the provisions of a legislative nature of the Convention on Mutual Assistance and Cooperation between Customs Administrations.

56) FvUB 11/2005 rd - RP 187/2004 rd. Government proposal for a law amending § 4 Act on the Armed Forces assistance to the police.

57) FvUB 12/2005 rd - RP 6/2005 rd. Government proposal to revise the legislation concerning Border Guard and border zone.

Statements of the Administration Committee

58) FvUU 18/2000 rd - RP 183/1999 rd. Government proposal to the rules for making participation in the activities of criminal organizations to a crime.

59) FvUU 38/2002 rd - RP 52/2002 rd. Government proposal for laws amending the Criminal Investigations Act and the Coercive Measures Act and certain laws related with them.

60) FvUU 27/2004 rd - RP 81/2004 rd. Government proposal for laws amending Chapter 17 in the Criminal Code, the Assembly Act and § 8 in the Act on Security Guards.

61) FvUU 22/2006 rd - E 97/2005 rd. Government inquiry on the occasion of the Treaty on enhanced cross-border cooperation, particularly in combating terrorism, transnational crime and illegal migration (Prüm Treaty).

62) FvUU 24/2006 rd - RP 221/2005 rd. Government proposal on ratification of the Additional Protocols on human trafficking and against human smuggling of the United Nations Convention against Transnational Organized Crime and the implementation of the provisions of the Additional Protocols to the area of law, and on the laws amending Chapter 20 of the Criminal Code and §§ 7 and § 16 of the Public Order Act.

Statements of the Constitutional Law Committee

63) GrUU 36/1998 rd - RP 239/1997 rd. Government proposal to revise the legislation on violation of privacy and peace, and defamation.

64) GrUU 33/2000 rd - RP 80/2000 rd. Government proposal to revise the legislation on forfeiture.

65) GrUU 41/2001 rd - U 64/2001 rd. Government statement on the occasion of an initiative for a Council Framework Decision (combating terrorism).

66) GrUU 42/2001 rd - U 66/2001 rd. Government statement on the occasion of a proposal for a Council framework (the European Arrest Warrant).

67) GrUU 20/2002 rd - RP 20/2002 rd. Government proposal to revise the provisions for the promotion of safety in public places.

68) GrUU 31/2002 rd - RP 44/2002 rd. Government proposal to revise the legislation on the general part of Criminal Code.

69) GrUU 48/2002 rd - RP 188/2002 rd. Government proposal for regulations on terrorism in the Criminal Code and the Coercive Measures Act.

70) GrUU 13/2003 rd - RP 26/2003 rd. Government proposal for the revision of bankruptcy legislation.

71) GrUU 18/2003 rd - RP 88/2003 rd. Government proposal for the Act on Extradition between Finland and other European Union Member States and to certain laws related to it.

72) GrUU 26/2004 rd - RP 81/2004 rd. Government proposal for laws amending Chapter 17 in the Criminal Code, the Assembly Act and § 8 in the Act on Security Guards.