Director / Associate Professor
By training Kamrul is a researcher in the field of international law. He has been working on a diverse range of Arctic issues for almost a decade. The main focus of his research currently lies in international environmental law that applies to the Arctic as well as in human rights law, in particular, concerning the rights of the indigenous peoples, again with a focus on the Arctic. Over the years Kamrul has extensively published in all areas of Arctic governance (climate change; marine environment, maritime de-limitation and law of the sea; human activities in the Arctic such as shipping and resource extractions including mining and, onshore and offshore oil and gas developments; marine bio-diversity conservation; and human rights and human security dimensions applicable to the Arctic) highlighting legal, institutional and policy perspectives.
tel. +358 40 484 4281
Indigenous peoples’ rights, including Sámi people’s rights in Finland. International human rights and environmental law as it applies to indigenous peoples. Heinämäki has a special interest in the Arctic legal co-operation, and she acts as a vice-leader of the University of the Arctic Thematic Network on Arctic Law.
tel. +358 40 484 4280
Within the legal studies my field of specialisation is law of property, environmental law and legal history . Regionally my research interests are focused on land use rights in the Finnish and Swedish Lapland. Main research interest is aimed to local peoples various land use rights, especially in the area owned by Finnish and Swedish States.
tel. +358 40 484 4282
Stefan is specialized in human rights law and the law of the sea, with a particular interest in the Arctic and Baltic regions. He holds a degree of Dosentti for Fundamental and Human Rights from the University of Lapland, a Doctorate in Social Sciences (Law) from Vytautas Magnus University in Kaunas (Lithuania) and a Master’s Degree in International Law from the University of Giessen (Germany) and is admitted to the bar in Germany. Since 2001, he has worked in international law in academia, law firms, government institutions and NGOs, incl. as Assistant and / or Associate Professor for International Law, Law of the Sea and Human Rights. He currently co-chairs the American Society of International Law’s Law of the Sea Interest Group.
tel. +358 40 484 4001
Bamidele “Dele” Raheem
Post doctoral Researcher
Dele had his Masters and doctoral degrees from the University of Helsinki. His Masters degree was from the department of Food Chemistry & Technology while the doctoral degree in Food Sciences was from the department of Food and Environmental Sciences. He has gained extensive research and industrial experience in the last three decades. He also obtained the Post Graduate Certificate in Education from the University of Greenwich, London and a certificate on Vocational Teachers Pedagogy from Haaga-Helia University of Applied Science, Helsinki. Dele’s research interest is in food bio-processing, preservation and other crosscutting issues related to food security.
By training Dorothée Cambou is a researcher in the field of international law. The main focus of her research lies currently in human rights law in particular concerning the rights of indigenous peoples as well as local communities. She is also interested in business and human rights, the issues concerning sustainable development and the governance of the Artic region. Dorothée Cambou has published a number of publications on the rights of indigenous peoples and participated in multiples international events to present her research on the topic. She holds a doctoral degree of laws from the Vrije Universiteit Brussels where she defended a thesis on the legal significance of the right of indigenous peoples to self-determination and its implications for the Sámi people.
tel. +358 40 484 4288
Human rights issues; Minority and indigenous rights and issues, particularly Sámi Rights; Group rights and individual rights; Participatory approaches, deliberative democracy and community involvement; Environmental decision-making processes, particularly environmental mediation; Constructivism, particularly constructivist norm research
tel. +358 40 484 4159
Filips research interests are: demilitarization and neutralization of Svalbard and Åland Islands, international law, minority and indigenous rights and issues. The projects he's been involved: "Demilitarization in an increasingly militarized world. International perspectives in a multilevel regulatory framework – the case of the Åland Islands" and "Human Security as a promotional tool for a societal security in the Arctic: Addressing Multiple Vulnerability to its Population with Specific Reference to the Barents Region".
tel. +358 40 484 4294
International law in particular the law of the sea and international environmental law.
tel. +358 40 484 4409
Laura works as a researcher at the Northern Institute for Environmental and Minority Law. She is working in Leena Heinämäki’s project which is part of the Finnish government’s analysis, assessment and research activities. The project concentrates on the rights of Sámi people in Finland.
tel. +358 40 484 4277
Researcher, PhD Candidate
Anna is working as a researcher at the Northern Institute for Environmental and Minority Law (NIEM), and is a PhD student at the University of Lapland, Faculty of Law. She is carrying out research on the rights of indigenous peoples. Previously, she has studied mining legislation from the viewpoint of the Sami people (within the frameworks of the project Sustainable Mining, local communities and environmental regulation in Kolarctic area). She is currently involved in the HuSArctic project, where she examines different aspects of societal and indigenous security. She has also contributed to other research projects focusing on the relationship between extractive industrial development and the rights of indigenous peoples.
tel. +358 40 484 4427
At the Arctic Centre, Mirva is carrying out research on digitalization and cyber security in the Arctic from the human security point of view. In her doctoral dissertation, she is scrutinizing the impacts of security commercialization on Finnish national security. Prior to joining the Arctic Centre, Mirva worked in research and expert positions in the field of cyber security in both public and private sectors.
tel. +358 40 484 4037
My research deals with the legitimacy of the European Union in Arctic Governance. I take a legal-anthropological approach and focus on the EU's anti-sealing policy and it's impacts on the commercial sealers in Atlantic Canada. My fieldwork will took place amongst the sealers to identify and document said rules and unwritten laws and the changes they are undergoing. The second stage of the research dealed with the notion of animal welfare in EU policy-making and how the anti-sealing stance has found its way into EU laws. A crucial element is the understanding (or lack thereof) for Arctic living conditions, customs and rules that are of non-indigenous origin and the recognition of the impacts certain EU policies may have. This allows for a conclusion of the EU as a (il)legitimate Arctic actor based on human dimensions in the North.
The focuses of Gerald's research lay in the fields of Energy politics, environmental politics, and natural resource management; Sociology of technology studies and Political ecology and hegemony theories. Currently he is involved in the research project HuSArctic (Human Security as a promotional tool for societal security in the Arctic: addressing multiple vulnerability to its population with specific reference to the Barents region), where he is focusing on socioeconomic effects of current developments in the Arctic region.
tel. +358 40 484 4002
A law graduate from India, enrolled in the Master’s in Arctic Law and Governance program at the University of Lapland, I am a new internee at the Northern institute for environmental and minority law. A fairly new researcher in the field with a will to strengthen the enforcement of Environmental laws all around the world and specially in the north. Research aimed towards bringing more and more environmental norms under the scope of peremptory norms under international law. I am also interested in international criminal law and human rights law. My main focus in law research is bridging the gap between theory and practice in law.