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Dorothee Cambou

Assistant Professor in Sustainability Science

  • PL 4 (Yliopistonkatu 3)




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Description of research and teaching

Dr Dorothee Cambou research focus lies in international law and human rights.  Her expertise is in the field of indigenous peoples' rights, land and resource governance, self-determinaton issues, environmental jutsice, business and human rights as well as Arctic studies. She holds a PhD of laws from the Vrije Universiteit Brussel where she defended a thesis on the legal significance of the right of indigenous peoples to self-determination and its implications for the Sámi people. She is the co-editor of Society, Environment and Human Security in the Arctic Barents Region published by Routledge in 2018, the special editor of the Yearbook of Polar Law, vol. 10 published by Brill-Nijhoff and the co-editor of Routledge Handbook of Indigenous Peoples in the Arctic. At the moment, she also leads 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. She is the current chair of the Nordic Network for Sámi and Indigenous Peoples Law (NORSIL) and a steering member of the Thematic Network on Arctic Sustainable Resources and Social Responsibility. She is also expert member of a research project on the Status of human rights performance of Finnish companies (SIHTI project) commissioned by the Finnish Prime Ministry' s Office. In addtion to her research, she also teaches international law and the rights of indigenous peoples at the University of Helsinki and other lectures connected to international law, land and resources governance.



Education/Academic qualification

Law, Post-Doctoral Researcher, Arctic Centre, Rovaniemi

1 Nov 201631 Dec 2017

Award Date: 1 Nov 2016

Law, PhD, Vrije Universiteit Brussel

Award Date: 12 Oct 2016

External positions

Co-chair of the the Nordic Research Network for Sámi and Indigenous Peoples’ Law

Jan 2019 → …

Member of the Steering Committee for UArctic Thematic Network on Arctic Sustainable Resources and Social Responsibility

Sep 2018 → …

Affiliated researcher, Vrije Universiteit Brussel

Fields of Science

  • 513 Law
  • International Law
  • Human Rights
  • Indigenous Peoples
  • Business and Human Rights
  • Decolonisation
  • Arctic Studies
  • Land and Resources Governance
  • Self-determination

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Publications and projects within past five years.
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