Niko Soininen

Niko Soininen, LL.D is a senior lecturer of environmental law and jurisprudence at the University of Eastern Finland School of Law. He has a keen interest in environmental law, administrative law and jurisprudence. He is a co-editor of a book entitled ‘Transboundary Marine Spatial Planning and International Law’ (Earthscan/Routledge) and author of several articles and book chapters on marine environmental law. He is one of the leading water and marine environmental law experts in Finland. Outside of academia Soininen has worked as an adviser for HELCOM and the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry and the Ministry of the Environment in Finland.

Curriculum Vitae


A Peer-reviewed scientific articles

Soininen, Niko (2016) ‘The structure, form and language of international environmental norms – from absolute to relative normativity’ in Douglas Fisher (ed.) Research Handbook on Fundamental Concepts of Environmental Law (Edward Elgar Publishing) 248–275.

Wright, Glen – O’Hagan, Anne Marie – de Groot, Jiska – Leroy, Yannick – Soininen, Niko – Salcido, Rachael – Castelos, Montserrat Abad – Jude, Simon – Rochette, Julien – Kerr, Sandy (2016) ‘Establishing a Legal Research Agenda for Ocean Energy’ Marine Policy Vol. 63 126–134.

Soininen, Niko (2015) ‘Linkage and Concurrence of Environmental Permits’ Finnish Environmental Law Review Vol. 4 10–28 (in Finnish).

Soininen, Niko – Vuorio, Ville (2015) ‘Procedural Obligation to Evaluate Harmful Effects to Rana arvalis in Environmental Peat Licensing’ Finnish Environmental Law Review Vol. 4 29–53 (in Finnish).

Soininen, Niko (2014) ‘Formulating the Systemic Aim of Finnish Water Law’ Finnish Yearbook of Environmental Policy and -Law Vol. VII 125–187 (in Finnish).

Soininen, Niko (2014) ‘Weighing of Interests in the Finnish Water Law – From Financial Evaluation to the Normative Weight of Interests’ in Michael Kidd – Lorretta Feris – Tumai Murombo – Alejandro Iza: Water and the Law. Towards Sustainability (Edward Elgar Publishing) 227–244.

Soininen, Niko (2013) ‘Planning the Marine Area Spatially – A Reconciliation of Competing Interests?’ International Environmental Law-making and Diplomacy Review 2012 (University of Eastern Finland – UNEP Course Series 12, University of Eastern Finland 2013) 85–118.

Soininen, Niko (2013) ‘Easy Cases and Objective Interpretation’ in Jaakko Husa – Mark van Hoecke (eds.): Objectivity in Law and Legal Reasoning (Hart Publishing) 131–150.

B Scientific books (monographs)

Soininen, Niko (2016) Transparencies in Legality: A Legal Analysis of the Reason-Giving Requirement in Water Management Permitting in Finland (Finnish Lawyers’ Association, A-Series N:o 330) (in Finnish).

Hassan, Daud – Kuokkanen, Tuomas – Soininen, Niko (2015) (eds.): Transboundary Marine Spatial Planning and International Law (Routledge).