Prof Timo Koivurova

Research Professor and Director of the Arctic Centre, University of Lapland

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Prof Timo Koivurova is Research Professor and Director of the Arctic Centre at the University of Lapland. He has worked as the Director of the Northern Institute of Environmental and Minority Law at the Arctic Centre since 2004.

Recently, Koivurova served as Chair of the Lapland Arctic Council Host Committee, Advisor to the Finnish Chairmanship of the Arctic Council and Chair of the Social, Economic and Cultural Expert Group within the Sustainable Development Working Group (SDWG) of the Arctic Council. He is also a Docent of International Law at the Faculty of Law, Economics and Business Administration at the University of Eastern Finland and at the Faculty of Law at the University of Turku. 

Koivurova has specialised in various aspects of international law applicable in the Arctic and Antarctic region. His research work addresses the interplay between different levels of environmental law, legal status of indigenous peoples, law of the sea in the Arctic waters, integrated maritime policy in the EU, the role of law in mitigating/adapting to climate change, the function and role of the Arctic Council in view of its future challenges and the possibilities for an Arctic treaty. 

Koivurova is the chair of the University of the Arctic’s Arctic Law Thematic Network, a board member in the Arctic Research Consortium of the United States (ARCUS) and a member of the Advisory Board at Polar Research and Policy Initiative.