The seminar will also explore how institutions coping with Arctic challenges have evolved, how changes in Arctic law and governance influence Arctic residents’ life and Arctic societies as collectives, and whether these developments and Arctic governance experiences could provide lessons for other regions.

Distinguished Prof. J.B. Ruhl from Vanderbilt University Law School, will share his experience on adaptive law and governance.

Call for abstracts:
We invite abstract proposals (max. 500 word) for presentations from interested scholars from all disciplines. After the seminar, papers based on selected presentations are aimed to be published together as a special issue in high-level international journal. To have more information, please find the background paper for the seminar.

Send submissions: Raija.Kivilahti(at)

Deadline: 1st June 2016

Notifications of acceptance: 15th June 2016

Registration is open until 17th June. To register, send email to

Thanks to the support from Academy of Finland Strategic profiling funding, there are no seminar fees and the Center will pay for participant's lunch, coffee and dinner in seminar days. Participants are responsible for travel expenses and accommodation.

More information:

Jukka Similä
Research Professor in Natural Resources Law
Arctic Centre, University of Lapland
tel +358 (0)40 484 4161, jukka.simila(at)