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Professor of Law, University of Tromsø

Øyvind's research interests are indigenous people’s law, human rights law, property law, land consolidation and legal history. He completed his doctoral degree (Doctor of Law/ Dr. juris) at the Law Faculty, University of Tromsø (now UiT The Arctic University of Norway) in 2008.

He has been a visiting scholar (studies of land reform and Russian land legislation) and guest Lecturer at Faculty of Law, State Pomor University, Arkhangelsk, Russia (1995) and visiting scholar at University of Montana, Native American Studies Department, USA (2011–2012). Øyvind holds an adjuct professorship at The University of Lapland, Rovaniemi, Finland. Currently he is a visiting scholar at University of Wyoming, American Indian Studies, USA

He is Editor-in-chief, Arctic Review on Law, and Politics and he has been deputy member, board of Center for Sámi studies and Head of the Research Group on Sámi Law at UiT/The Arctic University of Norway.

Øyvinds full text academic articles in English can be read at His last monograph is Finnmarksloven og retten til jorden i Finnmark. He is also a documentary author publishing books on indigenous peoples, culture and societies, especially from the Russian and Scandinavian North, see


  • 2012–present
    Proffessor of Law, University of Tromsø / The Arctic University of Norway
  • 2008–2012
    Associate professor, University of Tromsø
  • 2004–2008
    Research fellow, University of Tromsø
  • 1990–2004
    Land consolidation judge, Finnmark Land con. court


  • 2016
    Utmarksdomstolen for Finnmarks saklige kompetanse , Lov og rett (Norway)
  • 2016
    Utmarksdomstolen for Finnmark – og dens utfordringer , Kritisk juss (Norway)
  • 2016
    ILO 169 and Securing of Sámi Rights to Lands, Nature-based Livelihood, and Natural Resources. , Chapter in book/ Brills
  • 2016
    Rettslige disposisjoner som grunnlag for bortfall av rettigheter, Tidsskrift for eiendomsrett (Norway)
  • 2015
    Rettskartleggingen i Finnmark og reglene om alders tids bruk, Tidsskrift for rettsvitenskap (Norway)
  • 2014
    The Fulfilment of Norway’s International Legal Obligations to the Sámi – Assessed by the Protection of Rights to Lands, Waters and Natural Resources, International Journal on Minority and Group Rights
  • 2014
    Gjennom Sibir med Nansen, Orkana
  • 2013
    The legal Protection of the Rights and Culture of Indigenous Sámi People in Norway , Journal of Siberian Federal University. Humanities & Social Sciences
  • 2013
    «The First Investigation Report of the Norwegian Finnmark Commission» , International Journal on Minority and Group Rights
  • 2013
    Finnmarksloven - og retten til jorden i Finnmark, Gyldendal Academic
  • 2012
    Legal Protection of Coastal Sámi Culture and Livelihood in Norway , Yearbook of Polar Law
  • 2012
    The protection of Sámi People’s language, culture and way of life in Norwegian Constitution and other legislation, Cahiers d’Anthropologie du droit, 2011-2012 : Le statut des peuples autochtones : A la croisée des savoirs.
  • 2011
    The Finnmark Act 2005 Clarification Process and Trial ‘Within a Reasonable Time', Nordic Journal of Human Rights
  • 2008
    Rettsutgreiing og bruksordning i reindriftsområder, Gyldendal Academic

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