70 years old | Professor Urpo Kangas joined the legal scholars early on: “I completely rejected the old compartment thinking”

The researcher is part of a long chain of history, says Professor Urpo Kangas.

Professor Urpo Kangas is an example of a person for whom the university has been a favorable place to work. Pioneering research in law with the main themes, teaching, interaction towards society. As a university student, he is a fairly straightforward and pragmatic man. He shares his views without hesitation.

“I settled into my research career early on and curiosity has kept me in college,” Kangas thinks. “By following the paths curled by curiosity, I have come across new relevant topics that are also constantly generated by family and inheritance law in my core field.”

In inheritances, wills, marriage and name laws, Kangas has had enough to research – and comment on.

Publicity often wakes up. He gives an example: “At one time when the Church Board asked for my opinion on an equal spouse, I stated that it was the duty of the Church to ordain all married couples. Well, of course, such a position brought public attention to itself. ”

When young The fabric wandered the intricate paths of youth, and a revolt of values ​​became practiced. The son of the Rev. Orimattila resigned from the church, which shook the little parish, but the distance to the father remained undisputed. “The eyebrows of some may have been raised by the fact that Beijing Review was also carried in the rectory’s mailbox.”

As a lawyer, Kangas began to read as a career choice calculated with a little certainty. “But the jurisprudence of the 70’s was so limited internally that that fragmentation became the object of questioning.”

The academic steps of the fabric were guided by a couple of early cases. In 1973, he was appointed Secretary General for Democratic Planning Week in Joensuu, a seminar for legal and social scientists. “In my twenties at the nip, I met a new gang of legal thinking there, Kaarlo Tuori, Antero Jyrängin and Lars D. Eriksson such sizes, ”Kangas recalls with a smile.

The deepest was the professor Aulis Aarnion effect. Also in 1973, according to Kangas, he invited him to the study circle of philosophy and theory of law, “Aulis’ circle”. Every other month, half a dozen researchers sat alternately in someone’s home, and the presentations with their critiques were demandingly rigorous and rewarding. The sessions continued into the 1980s.

Together with Aarnio, Kangas also produced solid basic works Right of succession I-II.

Researcher job pulled well, and from the beginning Kangas worked at high speed. A trace arose, and his dissertation on the legal status of the widow was enthusiastically received.

“Very soon I had adopted a problem-oriented method in my research. I try to break down each research problem from a number of necessary aspects and areas, by all conceivable means. I completely abandoned that old compartment thinking. ”

“At the same time, the historical dimensions and interdependencies of justice had begun to be rightly emphasized, and the shackles of a single legal thought had been broken. We got fresh winds of freedom, ”Kangas explains. “Conceptual analysis also became more subtle.”

On the cloth is behind decades of hard work: high stacks of research papers and articles, thinking and expertise, teaching and successful students.

“At the beginning of my studies, the work was passionate and thirsty in nature, then during my tenure, in turn, I started to share my accumulated knowledge and experience. It is a long chain of history, ”Kangas looks back.

In its most distinctive areas, the plinths of civil justice, Kangas outlines a perpetual fermentation space. “Life and society with their agreements are always changing, and therefore civil law is also characterized by a constant slight breeze.”

Urpo Kangas himself has not stopped on the side of the auditorium, but is actively continuing his research work.

Urpo Kangas

  • Born in 1951 in Sammat, lives in Helsinki.

  • Student 1971, Orimattila Co-educational School. Bachelor of Laws 1975 and Doctor 1985, University of Helsinki. Deputy Judge 1985.

  • Assistant Professor of Private Law at the University of Turku 1983–1987.

  • Assistant at the University of Helsinki 1976–1978, Assistant Professor of Civil Law 1987–1999 and especially Professor of Family and Inheritance Law 1999–2018.

  • Chairman of the Nomination Board. Since 1995.

  • Deputy Head of the Cultural Fund Support Association 1994–1997 and pj. 1997-2001

  • About 30 works, a couple hundred scientific articles. Dozens of Supreme Court case studies.

  • Positions of trust and experts.

  • Member of the Finnish Academy of Sciences since 1994.

  • Married, two daughters, one grandchild.

  • Turns 70 on Tuesday, August 31st.



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