Environmental and Indigenous Law: 
Arctic Region Perspective

EILARP course aims to enable students to get knowledge about Environmental State Policy in the Russian North in comparison with the circumpolar region at all; protection of the indigenous peoples and their traditional knowledge keeping Environment safe.

Course name

Environmental and Indigenous Law: Arctic Region Perspective

Type of course


Level of course

Master studies

Year of study


Semester when the course is delivered

Autumn / Spring



Name of lecturer

Mr. Maxim Zadorin zadorin@hotmail.com; Mr. Ivan Saveliev ivan_saveliev@mail.ru; Ms. Irina Ershova ierchova@atnet.ru

Ms. Tatiana Sorokina

Learning outcomes

Upon successful completion of the course the students should be able to:
  • demonstrate knowledge of the main dimensions of International Env. Standards and the application of it in the Arctic Region;
  • reflect on and analyze International and Russian domestic law with respect to the Arctic area;
  • know the fundamental principles of international law and the specific international environmental law principles;
  • orientate in the primary major and additional sources of environmental law branch;
  • explain the norms of international declarations, conventions and treaties concerning environmental protection;
  • be aware of particularities of separate components of the environmental protection and the role of the Arctic indigenous peoples communities in protection of the environment;
  • formulate the significance of international organizations;
  • classify ecological human rights;
  • define the compensation for environmental harm under Rus. law.

Mode of delivery

face-to-face, distance learning

Prerequisites and co-requisites

Bachelor degree, basic knowledge in international public law

Course contents

  1. Introduction to the course EILARP
  2. Fundamental concepts of Environmental law
  3. Sustainable development and environmental justice
  4. Primary source, institutions and agencies of EL
  5. The role of indigenous communities in EL
  6. Indigenous traditional knowledge on protection of the Env.
  7. Measures of Environmental Protection: Russian and Env. Law
  8. The Concept of Biological Diversity: Rus. and International view
  9. Protection of fresh waters (Arkhangelsk Region).
  10. Protection of marine environment (Arkhangelsk Region)
  11. Ecological human rights
  12. Compensation for environmental harm in Russian law
  13. The role of international and intergovernm. bodies in the Arctic
  14. International Environmental Law in the Globalization Context
  15. Suggestions for environmental policy improvement

Recommended and required reading

1. International legal documents (conventions, bilateral agreements, UN resolutions, recommendations and etc.).

2. Russian domestic law (constitution, federal acts, regional acts, municipal acts) (language: English/Russian).

3. Legal, social and political articles of scholars (language: English/Russian).

Books and textbooks:

4. Philippe Sands. Principles of International Environmental Law. Textbook. (2nd Ed.) - University College London, October, 2003.

5. Documents in International Environmental Law. Edited by Philippe Sands, Paolo Galizzi. - University of London, Published May 2004.

6. Dejeant-Pons M & Pallemaerts M. Human Rights and the Environment. - Council of Europe Publishing, 2002.

7. Alexander Kiss, Dinah Shelton. Manual of European Environmental Law. - Cambridge University Press), 1997.

8. International Environmental Law Reports. Volume 3: Human Rights and Environment. Edited by Cairo A. R. Robb. - Published October, 2001.

9. Birnie Patricia & Boyle Alan. Basic documents on International Law and the Environment. - Clarendon University Press (Oxford University Press).

10. Koivurova Timo. Environmental Impact Assessment in the Arctic; a Study of International Legal Norms. - Ashgate Publishing, 2002.

11. International law and sustainable development (ed. Boyle A. & Freestone D.). Oxford University Press, 1999.

Total: approximately 700-1000 pages.

Planned learning activities and teaching methods

Lectures, seminars, workshops

Assessment methods and criteria

Successful fulfillment of tasks and the ability to work with the legal acts. Examination at the end of the course.

Language of instruction

English / Russian

Work placement

Ecological Expeditions, Library, Legal Documents Analysis