1st Edition

The Significance of Sámi Rights Law, Justice, and Sustainability for the Indigenous Sámi in the Nordic Countries

Edited By Dorothée Cambou, Øyvind Ravna Copyright 2024
    220 Pages 1 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    This book examines the significance of the rights of the Sámi people and analyses the issues raised by the recognition and implementation of these rights in the Nordic countries.

    Written together by Sámi and non-Sámi experts, the book adopts a human rights approach to examine the adequacy of law and policies that seek to protect the culture and livelihood of Sámi communities in their traditional lands and territories. The book discusses contemporary legal and jurisprudential developments in the field of Sámi rights. It examines the processes and challenges in the recognition and implementation of these rights, particularly in relation to the governance of their traditional land and resources.

    The book will be of particular interest to legal scholars, political scientists, experts in the field of Indigenous peoples’ rights, governmental authorities, and members of Indigenous communities.

    The Open Access version of this book, available at www.taylorfrancis.com, has been made available under a Creative Commons (CC-BY) 4.0 license.

     1 The significance of Sámi rights in the Nordic countries  –  An introduction

    Dorothée Cambou & Øvind Ravna


    2 The relevance of the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples to vibrant, viable and sustainable Sámi communities

    Mattias Åhrén


    3 The survey of property rights in Sámi areas of Norway - With focus on the survey of the Karasjok case

    Øyvind Ravna


    4 Indigenous peoples’ right to fish: Recent recognition of Sámi rights in Finland through civil disobedience and criminal trial

    Martin Scheinin


    5 The significance of the Fosen decision for protecting the cultural rights of the Sámi Indigenous people in the green transition

    Dorothée Cambou


    6 The interplay of politics and jurisprudence in the Girjas court case

    Eivind Torp


    7 The prohibition to weaken the Sámi culture in international law and Finnish environmental legislation

    Leena Heinämäki


    8 The implementation of Sámi land rights in the Swedish Forestry Act

    Malin Brännström


    9 Navigating conservation currents: conditions for Sámi agency in collaborative governance and management models

    Elsa Reimersona & Linn Flodén


    10 A human rights-based approach to Sámi statistics in Norway

    Peter Dawson


    11 Rendering the invisible visible: Sámi rights and data governance

    Tamara Krawchenko & Chris McDonald


    12 Sámi rights and sustainability in early childhood education and care: Sustainability in everyday practices in Norwegian kindergartens

    Ingvild Åmot & Monica Bjerklund


    13 Sámi rights in the sustainable transition – Concluding remarks

    Christina Allard


    Dorothée Cambou is Assistant Professor of sustainability science at the Faculty of Law and HELSUS at the University of Helsinki. Her research examines international law and human rights, including the rights of Indigenous peoples, environmental and social justice issues linked with the governance of lands in the Arctic and the Global South. She is the current chair of the Nordic Network for Sámi and Indigenous Peoples Law (NORSIL). Currently, she also leads several research initiatives, including a project concerning the responsibilities of business to respect the rights of Indigenous peoples in the green transition and a network project on ‘the implementation of the rights of the Indigenous Sámi people as a means to achieve inclusive and sustainable development in the Nordic countries’, financed by the Nordic Research Council. The present volume is an outcome of the latter project.

    Øyvind Ravna is Professor of Law (Dr. Juris eq. to PhD, 2008). He is also the head of the research group of Sámi and Indigenous law at UIT the Arctic University of Norway, Tromsø; the head of the GoSápmi research project; the editor of Arctic Review on Law and Politics; and Adjunct Professor at the Sámi University of Applied Sciences, Kautokeino, Norway. His research fields include property law, legal history, human rights and indigenous people’s law.