A Sámi Community Wins Case against the Swedish State in the Supreme Court

  • Øyvind Ravna UiT The Arctic University of Norway

Abstract

On 23 January 2020, the Supreme Court of Sweden delivered an historic verdict in favour of the Girjas sameby in a lawsuit against the Swedish State over a long-standing dispute over the right to administer hunting and fishing rights in the Girjas land management area. Rooted in Sámi customary law, ILO Convention 169 and the UN Declaration of Indigenous Peoples, the verdict is a milestone in the development of Sámi law in Sweden. It may also have an impact on the other Nordic countries, in particular Norway.

Author Biography

Øyvind Ravna, UiT The Arctic University of Norway

Professor Dr. Juris, Faculty of Law, and Founding Editor of Arctic Review on Law and Politics

Published
2020-02-13
How to Cite
Ravna, Øyvind. (2020). A Sámi Community Wins Case against the Swedish State in the Supreme Court. Arctic Review, 11, 19-21. https://doi.org/10.23865/arctic.v11.2173
Section
Debates on Arctic Law and Politics
Keywords
Sámi land rights, ILO 169, UNDRIP, Sámi People, hunting and fishing rights