Ms. Jenni Tapio currently works as a Chief Specialist with a special focus in Space Law, representing the Finnish Government at the United Nations Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space (UN COPUOS) in all its Committees, and acting as the Head of Delegation for the Legal Subcommittee. Ms. Tapio is the Finnish delegate for the European Space Agency(ESA) International Relations Committee, and alternate delegate for the Industrial Policy Committee (IPC).
Prior to joining the Ministry, she worked for 15 years in the private sector specialising in Technology, Telecommunications, Satellites and Space law, most recently as a Senior Associate at Bird & Bird Attorneys LLP, and previously as an In-house Legal Counsel for Airbus Defence and Space, and Nokia Corporation.
Ms. Tapio holds a LL.B in English and European Laws (Hons.) from the University of Essex, with a dissertation in Public International Law, a LL.M degree in International Business Law with a focus on European Union law, as well as a Master’s degree in Public International Law with a dissertation in Space Law from the University of Helsinki. She is currently a Doctoral Candidate (LL.D) in Space and Cyber Law at the University of Helsinki, and acts as the Faculty Advisor for the Manfred Lachs Space Law Moot Court Competition. She has also passed the Finnish Bar examination.
Ms. Tapio is a member of the Board of Directors of the European Centre for Space Law (ECSL). She is also the Representative of University of Helsinki as the National sub point of Contact (NPoC) for Finland of the ECSL. Ms. Tapio served as an External Legal Expert in the Working Group for the Finnish Act on Space Activities, promulgated in 2018, and as a member of the International Institute of Space Law (IISL) Working Group on Space and Cyber Law. Ms. Tapio contributes frequently in events as a speaker and author on legal issues relating to technology, cyber and space activities.
Ms. Tapio is a member of the International Institute of Space Law (IISL), European Centre for Space Law (ECSL), International Law Association (ILA), Finnish IT Law Association, as well as the Finnish Association for Industrial Property.