University of Eastern Finland

The University of Eastern Finland (UEF) Law School is the leading Finnish academic institution in the area of climate change, energy, natural resources and environmental law. Environmental research is among the key areas of expertise of the UEF, and ‘Aerosols, Climate Change and Human Health’ is one of the university’s top-level international research areas. UEF hosts the Centre for Climate, Energy and Environmental Law (CCEEL), which has emerged as an international hub for high-quality research in climate change, energy, and international environmental law. The Centre brings together 7 professors, 4 adjunct professors, 5 senior researchers, 2 postdoctoral researchers, and over 20 PhD students; the largest research group in the field in the Nordic countries. UEF also provides the widest selection of courses on climate change law in Finland. It hosts a multidisciplinary Master’s Degree Programme on Environmental Policy and Law, offering advanced training in policy, law and impact assessment for climate change and sustainable management of natural resources. It will launch a new Nordic Master’s Programme in Environmental Law (along with Uppsala University and the Arctic University of Norway). Moreover, together with UN Environment, UEF has organised annual courses on international environmental lawmaking and diplomacy since 2004 (including on climate change in 2010 and 2015).

Harro van Asselt

Harro van Asselt, PhD (Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam), is Professor of Climate Law and Policy at the UEF Law School. He has over 15 years of research experience, and is an expert on international and European climate change law and governance. Before joining UEF, Harro worked at the Stockholm Environment Institute, the Environmental Change Institute of the University of Oxford, and the Institute for Environmental Studies at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam. He is the author of The Fragmentation of Global Climate Governance (Edward Elgar, 2014), co-editor of Governing Climate Change and The Politics of Fossil Fuel Subsidies and Their Reform (both Cambridge University Press, 2018), and he has more than 80 publications in peer-reviewed academic journals and books. He is Editor of the Review of European, Comparative and International Environmental Law (RECIEL) and Associate Editor of the Carbon & Climate Law Review (CCLR). At UEF, Harro co-directs the Master’s Degree Programme on Environmental Policy and Law. More.

Kati Kulovesi

Kati Kulovesi, PhD (London School of Economics and Political Science), is Professor of International Law at the UEF Law School and Co-Director of the Centre for Climate, Energy and Environmental Law (CCEEL). Kati’s research interests include international and EU climate change law, trade-environment linkages and the impact of globalisation on (environmental) law (legitimacy, democratic deficit, fragmentation, global (environmental) law etc.) She is also interested in multidisciplinary cooperation and is a member of Finland’s statutory Climate Change Panel. Kati’s current focus at CCEEL is on research, most importantly, the ClimaSlow research project (2017-2021), funded by the European Research Council. More.

Seita Romppanen

Seita Romppanen, PhD (University of Eastern Finland), is a senior lecturer in international environmental law at the UEF Law School. Her research has focused on EU biofuels governance, land use, land-use change and forestry (LULUCF), the bioeconomy, Arctic environmental governance and air pollution. Through her legal research on LULUCF in its multi-level regime context, Seita participates in the SOMPA project, which launched in January 2018. She also conducts research for the WHITE project focusing on the EU’s Arctic climate governance and short-lived climate pollutants. Her teaching responsibilities at the UEF Law School and other universities cover a range of themes under EU and international environmental law. She also manages the UEF-UN Environment course on Multilateral Environmental Agreements and is one of the editors of the International Environmental Law-making and Diplomacy Review. More.