Research in Environmental Law

Environmental law is one of the core areas of the CCEEL covering various themes of traditional and modern environmental law. The research has been active in the fields of environmental protection law (particularly, environmental impact assessment), nature conservation law, forest law, zoning law and theory of argumentation in environmental law. More recently, the research focus has covered also mining law, water law and real estate law.  

In terms of methodology and orientations, the research represents legal dogmatic, legal theory, comparative and empirical research approaches.

Ongoing environmental law research at the CCEEL includes the following multidisciplinary research projects funded from by the Academy of Finland:

  • Regulatory Regime of Integrated Forest Governance – Reconsidering the Role of Hard Law (2011–2013)
  • Neighbor disputes and housing in Finland (2011–2015)
  • Water Management and Peat Production: From Relevant Facts to Effective Norms (2012–2016)
  • Impacts of Terrestrial Organic Matter Loading on Lake Food Webs and Human Health - Challenges for Environmental Regulation (2012–2016)
  • Environmental Justice and ecosystem services: Access, equity and participation in the use and management of aquatic environments in the Helsinki Region (2012–2016)
  • Legal framework to promote water security (2013-2015)

The research in environmental law has been multidisciplinary and internationally oriented and it has systematically aimed at high societal effectiveness. The research results have been mostly directly applicable in interpreting and developing environmental legislation and guidance. The group has also prepared a number of reports for the Finnish Ministry of the Environment which have supported law drafting and application of environmental legislation.

The research is closely integrated to the teaching of the Department of law which provides the widest selection of environmental law courses in Finland, covering all areas of environmental law ranging from nature conservation to zoning- and construction law.

Group Leaders: Prof. Tapio Määttä and Adjunct Prof. Ismo Pölönen with 3 senior researchers and 10 Ph.D Students (full time).