Partner Markku Fredman, Doctor of Laws

Main fields of practice:

  • Criminal law (including extradition, European Arrest Warrant EAW and other international matters)
  • Family law, inheritance law (including child abduction cases, but not child custody and visiting rights)
  • Claims for damages, tort law
  • Litigation
  • Human rights law
  • Naturalization (but not immigration and asylum)
  • Administrative law

Mobile: +358 400 464 094
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I received my Master of Laws degree from the University of Helsinki in 1985, and performed court training in the Iitti circuit. I worked as Associate Counsel in the law office of Heikki Salo from 1987 to 1990, after which I became a Partner at Fredman and Månsson. I have been a member of the Finnish Bar Association since 1989. I am a Doctor of Laws from University of Turku (2018).

I have pled human rights cases. The European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg has issued a judgement in 19 of these cases. I have also represented three clients in two cases in the Court of Justice of the European Union in Luxembourg. In Finland 41 of my cases have been accepted to the yearbook of the Supreme Court as well as 18 of my cases are included in the yearbook of the Supreme Administrative Court.

I have assisted ten persons who have been at risk of extradition from Finland. In nine cases we have succedeed in preventing the extradition.

During years 2005-2011 I was a board member of the Finnish Bar Association and Chairman of the Bar's specialists' groups on Criminal Procedure Law and Human Rights Law. From now on I am the chairman of the Bar Association's nomination committee. I was a member of the Government appointed National Discrimination Tribunal during years 2004-2014 and was a member of the Government appointed Commission to inquire into the development trends of the court system in Finland. I maintain the Bar Association’s legal news service at

Member of The European Criminal Bar Associaton and a member of the Legal Experts Advisory Panel.

Member of the Advisory Board of the Law Faculty, University of Helsinki


  • The Role of the Defence Lawyer

    Markku Fredman's doctoral thesis "The Role of the Defence Lawyer, The defense lawyer´s role from the 1980s to the present". 573 pages
    Alma Talent 2018

    The thesis analyzes the change in the role and tasks of the defense lawyer in Finnish criminal procedure. The thesis addresses the tasks of the defense lawyer from the point of view of both legal practice l and procedural law.

  • Rikosasianajajan käsikirja

    Markku Fredman is the author of "The Criminal lawyer's handbook". 945 pages. Talentum 2013


  • Esitutkinta ja pakkokeinot

    Markku Fredman is co-author of commentary "Pre-trial investigation and coersive measures". 5th edition, 1310 pages. Talentum 2014



Law Firm Fredman & Månsson

Attorneys Markku Fredman and Ulf Månsson are the Partners at Fredman & Månsson.

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Hämeentie 68 A, 2nd floor, 00550 Helsinki, Finland
Fredman +358 400 464094
Månsson +358 400 605202
+358 9 278 7211

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