received her Doctorate in Law (JSD) from Yale Law School. She is a Researcher in Information Technology Law and the Founder of the IT Law Research and Study Program at the School of Law, University of Tartu, Estonia. In 2018, she was elected to become a Member of the Estonian Young Academy of Sciences. She leads the law and economics track in the European Joint Doctorate in Law and Development (EDOLAD) and has a long experience in teaching moral and legal philosophy from Yale University.
During her studies and recent post-doctoral research at the European University Institute (Florence, Italy), Tilburg University (the Netherlands), and FGV (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil), she has focused on technology law, legal philosophy, and law & economics. In the latest papers, she discusses, under what conditions it is possible to create new markets with smart contracts; how trust plays a key role in differentiating contractual relationships; how law can be an embodiment of justice as well as a tool for achieving wellbeing at the same time; and what the fact that we live amid competing normative systems means for our obligations towards each other. Helen has also worked as a lawyer at the European Parliament and the UN Security Council, and published papers in international law.