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Arctic Cooperation: Drifting Apart or Working Together?

12 October 2018

Time: 11:00am - 6:30pm

The Centre for European and International Legal Affairs (CEILA) is hosting a workshop on the Arctic Cooperation. The workshop is organised by Professor Malgosia Fitzmaurice (Queen Mary University of London), and Professor Timo Koivurova and Dr Leena Heinämäki (Arctic Centre, University of Lapland, University of Arctic Thematic Network on Arctic Law).


1.00-1.15 pm Introduction to the Workshop

Timo Koivurova - Director and a Research Professor of the Arctic Centre, University of Lapland, Roveniemi, Finland

Panel 1: The General Arctic Cooperation

1.15-2.45 pm

Moderator: Professor Timo Koivurova

  • Law of the sea: Dr Richard Caddell Lecturer in Law at Cardiff University and a Senior Research Associate and Nippon Foundation Senior Research Fellow at the Netherlands Institute for the Law of the Sea, Utrecht University
  • Protection of Biodiversity: Dr Rebecca Bates (Queen Mary University of London)
  • Fisheries: (Ms Mercedes Rosello, House of Oceans (an independent consultant) London).

2.45.-3.00pm Coffee break

Panel 2: The Arctic Council


Moderator: Professor Stefania Negri (University of Salerno)

  • Arctic Council chairmanship – the example of Finland: Professor Timo Koivurova
  • Arctic Council – making a contribution to SDG’s: Dwayne Menendez (Founder and Director of Polar Research and Policy Initiative)
  • Arctic Council – where it is headed? Professor Panis Merkouris (University of Groningen (the Netherlands)).

Panel 3: Arctic Indigenous Peoples and the Environment: towards active stewardship and agency?


Moderator: Professor Alexandra Xanthaki (University of Brunel London)

  • Agency and the environment - Sami negotiations within the framework of nature conservation management: Dr Carina Green (Uppsala University)
  • Free, Prior and Informed Consent and application of ICCPR art. 27 in internal Sámi cases – based on HRC case law and the latest Norwegian Supreme Court judgements in Norway: Professor Oyvind Ravna (University of Tromso)
  • The concept of universal vulnerability and indigenous peoples rights in the Arctic: Ms Angeliki Papantoniou (Queen Mary University of London)
  • The role of Arctic indigenous peoples in two international environmental regimes: climate change and biodiversity conservation: Dr Leena Heinämäki (Northern Institute for Environmental and Minority Law, Arctic Centre, University of Lapland).


For directions to the venue, please refer to the map.

How to book

The attendance is free but the number of places is limited. Please register your attendance with our Events Officer, Jessica McFarlane:


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