Lars Erik Taxell

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Lars Erik Taxell (6 April 1913 – 7 October 2013), was a Finnish legal scholar and politician.[1] He was the leader of the Swedish People's Party of Finland in 1956-1966. He was also the Rector of the Åbo Akademi University in Turku, Finland, in the 1950s and its chancellor in the 1980s.[1]

Taxell was born in Vaasa, in the Grand Duchy of Finland in 1913.[2] He studied law at the University of Helsinki. He earned a PhD in law in 1946, which dealt with the fundamental question of the relationship between democracy and the rule of law. In 1948-1976, he was a professor of private law with jurisprudence at the Åbo Academy. His extensive scientific production were mainly corporate law and contract law, later also issues related to law and democracy. As the first person from Finland, Taxell was awarded the Nordic Lawyer Prize in 1984.[3] He served as Chancellor of Åbo Akademy University in 1981-1984, the early years when the private Åbo Akademy became a state university. In 1975 Taxell became a honorary doctor at the Faculty of law at Stockholm University.[4]

In 1956 Taxell succeeded Ernst von Born as the leader of the Swedish People's Party, the Swedish-speaking minority and mainly liberal party in Finland; a position he held until 1966 when he was succeeded by Jan-Magnus Jansson.[5] He had a central role in the agreement whereby the Finnish government in 1981 took over the financial responsibility for the private university Åbo Akademi, while the Åbo Akademi Foundation maintained its independent status.[1] Taxell died in 2013 at the age of 100, in Åbo, Finland.[1]


  1. ^ a b c d "Lars Erik Taxell har avlidit". Nyheter och fakta (in Finnish). Åbo Akademi University. October 2013. Retrieved 2013-10-17. 
  2. ^ Lars Erik Taxell är död, Hufvudstadsbladet, October 7, 2013.
  3. ^ Lars Erik Taxell är död, YLE, October 7, 2013.
  4. ^ Lars Erik Taxell Archived 2014-10-09 at the Wayback Machine., Upplagsverket Finland.
  5. ^ Svenska Folkpartiet Archived 2015-06-10 at the Wayback Machine., Uppslagsverket Finland.
Party political offices
Preceded by
Ernst von Born
Chairman of the Swedish People's Party
Succeeded by
Jan-Magnus Jansson