The prohibition to weaken the Sámi culture in international law and Finnish environmental legislation

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Sámi in Finland are granted a constitutional status as an Indigenous people to maintain and develop their language and culture and related linguistic and cultural self-government. The Sámi traditional way of life is threatened by many forms of competing land use, such as mining and forestry, as well as climate change. Since environmental sustainability and sustainability of the Sámi culture go hand in hand, Finnish environmental legislation, which aims at safeguarding sustainability, includes the prohibition to weaken the Sámi culture. This chapter assesses the legal norm of the prohibition to weaken the Sámi culture, including its basis in international and constitutional law. Additionally, a further aim of this chapter is to discuss current serious challenges to implement this norm in practice in Sámi Homeland in Finland.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Significance of Sámi Rights
Subtitle of host publicationLaw, Justice, And Sustainability fot the Indigenous Sámi in the Nordic Countries
EditorsDorothée Cambou, Øyvind Ravna
Place of PublicationLondon
Number of pages17
ISBN (Electronic) 978-1-003-22064-0
ISBN (Print) 978-1-032-11598-6, 978-1-032-11600-6
Publication statusPublished - 23 Nov 2023
MoEC publication typeA3 Part of a book or another research book

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Series Routledge Research in Polar Regions

Field of science

  • Law

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