|The Northern Institute for Environmental and Minority Law (NIEM) is
specialised, as its name says, in environmental and minority law and has
been in existence already from the year 1985. The NIEM has a special
focus on studying the law relating to (Arctic) indigenous peoples and
environmental law as it applies in the Arctic and northern region.
The Northern Institute for Environmental and Minority Law:
- Is one of the three human rights research institutes in Finland,
and acts as an expert organisation in the Advisory Board on Human
Rights, which is an independent advisory body on human rights issues
nominated by the Finnish Government.
- Leads the Arctic Law Thematic Network of the University of the Arctic.
- Is responsible for Arctic Law and Governance specialization within the Master Programme of International and Comparative Law at the University of Lapland.
- Provides teaching within Arctic Studies Programme at the University of Lapland.
- Publishes its own publication series Juridica Lapponica.
- Is lead by research professor Timo Koivurova and has 12 researchers.
- Leads and participates in many research projects.
- Participates in and has many other projects and activities.