Marie Karlsson Tuula, professor of Insolvency Law
Marie Karlsson Tuula was born in 1961 and grew up in Malmö. When she was twenty she moved to Stockholm to study. She was accepted to law school in 1983 and completed her Bachelor degree in 1987.
In addition to law, Marie Karlsson Tuula took a number of courses in European processes, business economics and criminology, and completed her apprenticeship at the then Mölndal District Court. She briefly practised as prosecutor and has been a co-opted member of the court of appeal for Western Sweden. She has also worked in the police service and qualified as police commissioner. Additionally, she has taught at the universities in Gothenburg, Stockholm, Örebro, Karlstad and Jönköping, as well as Luleå University of Technology. In March 2001 Marie Karlsson Tuula completed her doctoral thesis at the Department of Law at Stockholm University. In April 2004 she was appointed reader (docent) at the School of Business, Economics and Law at Gothenburg University, and during the summer of 2015 as professor at Karlstad University.
“My research field is insolvency law – legislation regulating issues that arise when someone is unable to pay their debts and is declared insolvent. I specialise in corporate restructuring and bankruptcies, and related civil and penal legislation. My thesis compared Swedish insolvency law to that of the United States. One of the aims of my research is to discuss the shape insolvency legislation may take in future. This is an important issue for businesses and entrepreneurs all over the world, but it also affects individuals, young people as well as older persons, who for some reason have become over-indebted and need to undergo debt clearance. I also acted as media expert during SAAB’s corporate reconstruction and subsequent bankruptcy. That was quite a delicate task.”
Marie Karlsson Tuula is the founder and managing editor of the journal InraTi, focusing on insolvency legislation issues. The aim of the journal is to provide a forum for questions about insolvency law.
“InraTi will be taking a broad, cross-disciplinary approach to these issues. During the spring term I have also founded an academy for insolvency law. The academy acts as platform for internal and external questions about research and education in a multidisciplinary field based on insolvency law and business economics. The academy brings together senior researchers with junior postdoctoral researchers and doctoral students. As professor I have the important tasks of trying to ensure growth in my subject and inspiring student interest in insolvency law.”
Marie Karlsson Tuula’s family includes her partner Claudio, three adult children, Dawid, Jacob and Carolina, her son Marcus (who passed away as an infant), as well as four bonus adult children. The dogs Charlie and Chicco are also part of the family. Music and poetry are her passions and as a teenager she spent a lot of her time playing the violin and singing.
“My interest in classical music and opera still provides great sensual satisfaction during my research projects.”