We are committed to solving societal problems related to natural resources through means of legal research. We firmly believe that multidisciplinary research approaches are needed while tackling with complex environmental challenges such as climate change and biodiversity loss. Our research interests covers issues like the role of law in adaptive governance, sustainable use of natural resources and circular economy.
November / Marraskuu
Perjantaina 22.11.2019 klo 13 - 16. Tarvitaanko kaivosveroa Suomeen? Keskustelutilaisuus, vapaa pääsy. Paikka: Tiedekulma, Think Lounge –tila, Yliopistonkatu 4, Helsinki. Lisätietoja: https://www.ulapland.fi/FI/Kotisivut/Luonnonvararyhma/Kaivosvero-keskustelutilaisuus
December / Joulukuu
Monday 9th December 2019, 10:00 - 16:30. Seminar: Law for the Circular Economy. Venue: University of Lapland (Yliopistonkatu 8, FIN-96101 ROVANIEMI, FINLAND), Lecture room 2. More information, see: https://www.ulapland.fi/EN/Events/Seminar-Law-for-the-Circular-Economy
Past Events / Menneet tapahtumat
Maaliskuun 12.-14. päivät 2019. Lapin yliopiston oikeustieteiden tiedekunnan tutkimusseminaari. Ks. lisää täältä.
Enhancing Adaptive Capacity for Sustainable Blue Growth (BlueAdapt). Funded by the Strategic Council of the Academy of Finland
BlueAdapt. Sopeutuvan hallinnan kautta sinistä kasvua Suomelle. Ks. lisää hankkeesta täältä.
Governing adaptive change towards sustainable economy in the Arctic (GovAda), funded by the Academy of Finland, https://www.ulapland.fi/InEnglish/Units/Faculty-of-Law/Research/Research-Projects/GovAda
GovAda. Adaptiivinen muutoksen hallinta kohti kestävää taloutta Arktisella alueella. Ks. lisää hankkeesta täältä.
Oil Production Networks in the Russian Arctic (OPRA) Academy of Finland, ARKTIKO programme 1.1.2015-31.12.2018
The project focuses on the global production networks (GPNs) that shape the interaction among indigenous peoples, oil companies, and other actors in the Russian Arctic. In the absence of effective national regulation, global governance networks can assist in protecting the rights of local inhabitants and developing democratic decision-making in natural resources management. The project investigates the potentially transformative character of GPNs and demonstrates their impact on local communities and indigenous people. The aim of the project is to determine how these networks could be constructed to ensure the coexistence of profitable industries and sustainable indigenous communities. The right of indigenous peoples to social, cultural and economic sustainability is the starting point of the research, as we examine how actors with different interests interact within the network.
Fulbright Arctic Initiative Programme II Cohort 2018-2019
Research Professor, LLD, Research group leader
Jukka Similä has been Research Professor in Natural Resources Law at the University of Lapland since November 2013. His research focused on environmental law generally and particularly biodiversity and natural resources law. From the standpoint of regulatory theory, he has explored diverse legal problems, such as defining criteria for the evaluation of environmental regulation; the ecological effectiveness of regulation, regulatory innovations; how regulation affects the technological development; what explains compliance with regulation; what empirical evidence tells about the functioning of the system of appeals; and how to develop law for ecosystem services. His research has covered many natural resource issues widely, including nature conservation law, forestry, minerals and water. His main ongoing project relates to adaptive water governance. Enhancing Adaptive Capacity for Sustainable Blue Growth (BlueAdapt) project is funded by the Strategic Research Council of Finnish Academy (https://blueadapt.fi/)
Katso lisää LaCRIS
Dean, Professor, LLD
Soili Nystén-Haarala works as Professor of Commercial Law, especially Russian Law since 2013. Since 2017 she works as the Dean of the Law Faculty. Since 2003 Ms. Nystén-Haarala has led several international and multi-disciplinary research projects funded by the Academy of Finland, the Finnish Funding Agency for Technology and Innovation (Tekes) and Finnish Cultural Foundation. Her field of interest covers international business law, proactive contracting and legal design, Russian law and governance of natural resources. She is a Fulbright Scholar (Fulbright Arctic Initiative, 2nd cohort, 2018-2019; https://www.cies.org/fulbright-arctic-initiative/2018-2019-scholars). Since the FAI program Soili has done research on sustainable economies in the Arctic, focusing on risks. She has numerous publications (about 100) on Russian law, natural resource governance as well as on contract law and proactive law.
Katso lisää LaCRIS
Lotta Viikari serves as Professor of Public International Law at the University of Lapland. She also works as Director of the Institute of Air and Space Law. Lotta Viikari has published especially in the areas of space law, international environmental law, and law of the sea. Most of her research projects have related to international environmental law in one way or another. Recently, she has been examining especially natural resource management of the global commons, including deep-sea mining and celestial body resource activities. Her current fields of interest in the environmental sector also include legal implications of climate change, e.g., climate refugees and the status of low-lying island states. A completely different but equally interesting theme for research is legitimacy of whaling.
Senior Lecturer, LLD
Dr. Ilari Hovila is senior lecturer of environmental law and vice-dean for education. He has specialised in land use and planning law and general doctrines of environmental law. He has recently studied e.g. legal instruments for planning large-scale environmental project, municipal land use autonomy and land use of responsible tourism. Other main field of his research is legal status of everyman´s right and use of common land. Methodologically his approach is doctrinal legal analysis, regulatory theory and comparative analysis.
Post Doc, LLD
PhD student, LLM
Alina Lehtonen is especially interested in environmental protection legislation and waste regulation combined to resource efficiency and circular economy. Alina has done research as well in the fields of industrial waste streams and bioeconomy. Maj and Tor Nessling Foudation has funded her research.
Veera Salokannel research focus on ecological compensation in its’ various forms. Ecological compensation means that lost nature values are substituted for other nature values. The need of ecological compensation directly relates to the internationally and nationally alarming notice of biodiversity loss. Indirectly ecological compensation relates to climate change in the form of humans and natures adaption to upcoming changes. Legally ecological compensation is considered as a tool to instrumentalize nature protection more widely to the use of natural resources. Maj and Tor Nessling Foundation has supported her research project "Rules for ecological compensation. How the idea of ecological compensation can be build in the existing natural resources and nature protection legislation."
Matti Kattainen is a researcher in the Natural Resources Group. Kattainen's PhD dissertation is related to the protection and sustainable use of biodiversity in land use planning and he has done previous research eg. ecological compensation at the Finnish Environment Institute.