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Indigenous Rights in Scandinavia: Autonomous Sami Law

Edited by: Asst Prof Susann Funderud Skogvang, Dr Christina Allard, Sean Patrick Donlan, Julian Sidoli; del Ceno

ISBN13: 9781472425416
Published: November 2015
Publisher: Routledge
Country of Publication: UK
Format: Hardback
Price: £77.99
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This book contributes to the international debate on Indigenous Peoples Law, containing both in-depth research of Scandinavian historical and legal contexts with respect to the Sami and demonstrating current stances in Sami Law research. In addition to chapters by well-known Scandinavian experts, the collection also comments on the legal situation in Norway, Sweden and Finland in relation to other jurisdictions and indigenous peoples, in particular with experiences and developments in Canada and New Zealand.

The book displays the current research frontier among the Scandinavian countries, what the present-day issues are and how the nation states have responded so far to claims of Sami rights. The study sheds light on the contrasts between the three countries on the one hand, and between Scandinavia, Canada and New Zealand on the other, showing that although there are obvious differences, for instance related to colonisation and present legal solutions, there are also shared experiences among the indigenous peoples and the States.

Filling a gap in an under-researched area of Sami rights, this book will be a valuable resource for academics, researchers and policy-makers with an interest in Indigenous Peoples Law and comparative research.

Human Rights and Civil Liberties
Part I Introducing and Contrasting: Introduction, Christina Allard and Susann Funderud Skogvang
Themes and reflections: a perspective from Canada, Nigel Bankes
A comparative gaze with Aotearoa New Zealand, Jacinta Ruru.
Part II The Legal Situation for the Sami: Sami law in late modern legal contexts, Kjell A. Modeer
Some characteristic features of Scandinavian laws and their influence on Sami matters, Christina Allard
Reforming Swedish Sami legislation - a survey of the arguments, Bertil Bengtsson
Sami reindeer herders' herding rights in Norway from the 19th century to the present day, Kirsti Strom Bull
The Swedish state's legacy of Sami rights codified in 1886, Johan Stromgren
Sami hunting and fishing rights in Swedish law, Eivind Torp
Local community right to fish - a Sami perspective, Susann Funderud Skogvang
The legal organization of Sami reindeer herding and the role of the siida, Kristina Labba
The definition of a Sami person in Finland and its application, Tanja Joona
To what extent can indigenous territories be expropriated?, Mattias Ahren
The rapidly evolving international status of indigenous peoples: the example of the Sami people in Finland, Leena Heinamaki.
Part III Sami Law as a Knowledge Field: Sami legal scholarship - the making of a knowledge field, Eva-Maria Svensson. Index.