Helena Haapio

Helena is an Associate Professor of Business Law at the University of Vaasa, Finland and a Contract Innovator at Lexpert Ltd, Helsinki.

After completing legal studies at the University of Turku, Finland, and Cambridge University, England, she served for several years as in-house Legal Counsel in Europe and the United States.

A pioneer of the Proactive Law approach, she has for many years promoted the use of simplification and visualization in commercial contracting. Her multidisciplinary research focuses on ways to enhance the functionality and usability of contracts through design.

Her books include Next Generation Contracts: A Paradigm Shift (Lexpert 2013) and two titles co-authored with Prof. George Siedel, A Short Guide to Contract Risk (Gower 2013) and Proactive Law for Managers: A Hidden Source of Competitive Advantage (Gower 2011).

She also acts as arbitrator in contract disputes. For details, see here and here