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ASPB1103 Arctic Politics and Law, 5 op 
Koodi ASPB1103  Voimassaolo 01.01.1950 -
Nimi Arctic Politics and Law  Lyhenne Arctic Politics 
Laajuus5 op  Vanhenemisaika  
TyyppiPerusopinnot Oppiaine0959 Monialainen, kansainvälinen 
LajiOpintojakso  Tuntimäärä  
Opinto-oikeus   ArvosteluHyväksytty, hylätty, arvosanat 1-5 
Suositeltu suoritusaika 
Vastuuyksikkö Yhteiskuntatieteiden tiedekunta 


After completion of the course the student is able to discuss, analyse, put into global and regional context, and formulate own opinions on

- key phenomena  of Arctic (geo)politics and international relations, including national strategies and -policies of the Arctic states, and an overview of major agendas and policies of non-Arctic states

- the existing norms of international environmental law and law of the sea applicable to the Arctic and challenges connected with their application

- the most important rights pertaining to indigenous peoples and the role of those groups in the Arctic governance

- multiple layers of Arctic governance and politics, from community/local to international


The content of the course will comprise of various topical issues within the Arctic political and legal affairs: Arctic geopolitics and international affairs, maritime affairs, environmental law in the Arctic, indigenous governance in the region. Also geopolitical changes, various aspects of multilateral, international cooperation in the circumpolar North, particularly in the post-Cold War period, environmental law and indigenous law will be analyzed, including:

1) The process of environmental protection and cooperation in the entire North.

2) The international environmental treaties applicable in the Arctic region.

3) The role of non-governmental actors and indigenous peoples including indigenous rights as part of human rights framework and the position of indigenous peoples as international actors.

4) Regionalism and regionalization.

5) The changing nature and stage, and different features of northern security.

6) Region building by states as major actors.

7) The development and activities of the Arctic Council and some other major northern forums, institutions and organizations.

8) The maritime affairs and the law of the sea in the changing Arctic.

Edeltävät opinnot 

No previous studies required.

Toteutus ja työmuodot 

Lectures 24 h, Role play 3 h, independent work (100h)

Vaadittavat suoritukset 

Active participation in the lectures.

Presentation during the course or a short essay.

Reading requested course material.

Role play.

Lisätietoja kirjallisuudesta ja muusta materiaalista 

Background material for lectures:

Heininen, Lassi (2010), “Circumpolar International Relations and Cooperation”. In: Globalization and the Circumpolar North. Eds. by Lassi Heininen and Chris Southcott. University of Alaska Press, Fairbanks. p. 265-304.

Timo Koivurova (2010), Environmental Impact Assessment in the Arctic, Lap Lambert Academic Publishing 2010. Particularly chapters II and III.

Timo Koivurova & Leena Heinämäki (2006), The participation of indigenous peoples in international norm-making in the Arctic. Polar Record 42(221):101-109.

VanderZwaag, David L. (2010) “Law of the Sea and Governance of Shipping in the Arctic and Antarctic” in Polar Law Textbook. Nordic Council of Ministers. Available online: http://www.norden.org/en/publications/publikationer/2010-538.


Grades 1-5/fail


Recommended to: 2 nd and 3 rd year students


Professor Lassi Heininen, PhD, Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Lapland
Senior Research Scientist Kamrul Hossain, PhD, Arctic Centre (NIEM) and
Researcher Adam Stepien, PhD student, Arctic Centre (NIEM)
Principal tutor: Researcher Adam Stepien, PhD student, Arctic Centre (NIEM)





Obligatory for ASP students, facultative for other students (according to available places).


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ilmoittautumisaika ei ole alkanut Arctic Governance  Luentokurssi  Kamrul Hossain,
Pirjo Kleemola-Juntunen 
30.09.20ke 09.00-12.00
01.10.20to 09.00-12.00
02.10.20pe 09.00-12.00
05.10.20ma 09.00-12.00
07.10.20ke 09.00-12.00
08.10.20to 09.00-12.00
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19.10.20ma 09.00-12.00
20.10.20ti 09.00-12.00

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