Miia Halme-Tuomisaari

Miia Halme-Tuomisaari

Associate Research Fellow

Areas of expertise

International Human Rights Law  /  United Nations  /  UN Treaty Bodies  /  Law  /  Anthropology

Dr Miia Halme-Tuomisaari is a Visiting Senior Fellow at the Programme for the Study of International Governance at the Graduate Institute of International and Developments Studies. She is also an adjunct professor of International law at the University of Turku.

Her areas of expertise include legal anthropology, international human rights, the history of human rights, migration and the UN treaty body system.

She co-edited ‘Revisiting the Origins of Human Rights’ (CUP 2015 with Pamela Slotte), and is the author of several articles and chapters in leading international journals including the European Journal of International Law, PoLAR: Political and Legal Anthropological Review and Migration Studies (forthcoming). She is also the co-founder and editor-in-chief of Allegralaboratory.net, a leading online publication in anthropology founded in 2013.

Dr Halme-Tuomisaari has conducted extended fieldwork at the UN Human Rights Committee, as well as archive sources on the drafting of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. In 2016 she was a visiting fellow at the University of Witwaterstrand, Johannesburg, studying the role of the UN treaty body system in South Africa.

Dr Halme-Tuomisaari holds a PhD in Social Anthropology and an LLM in Public International Law, both from the University of Helsinki. She has been awarded several fellowships for her research, including by the Academy of Finland, the Kone Foundation, and the Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology (Halle/Saale).


Coverpage of the book Palaces of Hope

Embodied Universalism at the UN Human Rights Committee: Meeting the World at the Palais Wilson

February 2017

Miia Halme-Tuomisaari

Palaces of Hope: Anthropology of the United Nations (Eds. Niezen Ron and Sapignoli, Maria), Cambridge University Press

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       Introduction: Anthropology, Human Rights, and Three (Miniature) Generations by Miia Halme-Tuomisaari and Joshua Clark 8_unitednationsflagsgeneva  Flags of member states along the walkway up to the United Nations Office in Geneva

Introduction: Anthropology, Human Rights and Three (Miniature) Generations

November 2016

Miia Halme-Tuomisaari, Josh Clark

PoLAR: Political and Legal Anthropology Review Online

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Coverpage of Issue 27 No 1 of the European Journal of International Law

Toward a Lasting Anthropology of International Law / Governance

February 2016

Miia Halme-Tuomisaari

European Journal of International Law 2016, Volume 27, No 1, 235-243

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Coverpage of the book Revisiting the Origins of Human Rights

Revisiting the Origins of Human Rights

January 2015

Miia Halme-Tuomisaari

Eds. Slotte, Pamela and Halme-Tuomisaari, Miia, Cambridge University Press

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