Indigenous Knowledge, IPRs and Human Rights seminar 5 December

2.11.2016 14:05

The Faculty of Law and the Northern Institute for Environmental and Minority Law at the Arctic Centre organize an open seminar about indigenous peoples’ knowledge, intellectual property rights and human rights. The seminar takes place on Monday 5 December at 12–16 in the Arctic Centre in the Arktikum house.

The seminar aims at delving into core issues related to the governance of indigenous peoples’ rights. A range of senior and junior researchers will present and tackle key research questions related to the intersection between indigenous peoples’ knowledge, intellectual property rights and human rights.

All students, researchers, staff, as well as interested parties are warmly welcome! Students attending the whole seminar will be able to gain 2ECTS.

To register, please send an email to

5 December 2016, 12.00-16.00
Place: Borealis meeting room, 3rd Floor, Arctic Centre, (Arktikum, Pohjoisranta 4, 96100 Rovaniemi)

12:00 – 12:15 Welcome: Professor Juha Karhu, Dean of ULap/Faculty of Law

12:15 – 13:00 Keynote speaker: Professor Matthew Rimmer, Queensland University of Technology (Brisbane, Australia).
Topic: “Indigenous knowledge, intellectual property and sustainable development”

Dr Matthew Rimmer is a Professor in Intellectual Property and Innovation Law at the Faculty of Law, at the Queensland University of Technology (QUT). He is a leader of the QUT Intellectual Property and Innovation Law research program, and a member of the QUT Digital Media Research Centre (QUT DMRC) the QUT Australian Centre for Health Law Research (QUT ACHLR), and the QUT International Law and Global Governance Research Program. Rimmer has published widely on copyright law and information technology, patent law and biotechnology, access to medicines, plain packaging of tobacco products, intellectual property and climate change, and Indigenous Intellectual Property.

13:00 – 13:15 Commentator: Rosa Maria Ballardini, University Lecturer in IP Law, ULap/Faculty of Law

13:15 – 13:35 Speaker: Piia Nuorgam, PhD student at ULap/ Faculty of Law
Topic: TBC

13:35 – 13:50
Commentator I: Dhanay Cadillo-Chandler, Post-doctoral researcher at University of Turku/ Faculty of Law
Commentator II: Heidi Härkkönen, Doctoral researcher at ULap/Faculty of Law

Coffee break

14:10 – 14:30 Speaker: Associate Professor Hossain Kamrul, Director of Northern Institute for Environmental and Minority Law, ULap/Artic Center
Topic: “Human security: Sámi as Actors in Security Frameworks”

14:30 – 14:45 Commentator: Dr. Stefan Kirshner, Senior researcher, PYVI

14:45 – 15:05 Speaker: Olga Pushina, PhD student, ULap/Artic Center
Topic: “Protection of Property rights by the European Court of Human Rights: Comparative research in Finnish and Russian Property Law”

15:05 – 15:20 Commentator: Prof. Soili Nysten-Haarala, ULap/ Faculty of Law

15:20 – 15:40 Speaker: Anna Petrétei, PhD student, ULap/Artic Center
Topic: “Integration of Human Rights Impact Assessments in the license granting process for extractive development project in the Sámi region (Sámi region)”

15:40 – 15:55 Commentator: Anette Alen, Post-doctoral researcher, ULap/Faculty of Law


More information:

Dr. Rosa Maria Ballardini
University lecturer in IP law
University of Lapland/Faculty of Law

Dr. Kamrul Hossain
Associate Professor
Northern Institute for Environmental and Minority Law / Arctic Centre
University of Lapland