Yulia Yamineva

Dr Yulia Yamineva is senior researcher and docent in climate law and policy (Adjunct Professor) at the Law School, University of Eastern Finland.

Dr Yamineva has an interdisciplinary academic background in law and international relations combined with several years of UN climate policy experience. Her work on international climate law, law on air pollution and science-policy interface has been published in leading environmental law and interdisciplinary journals. Dr Yamineva has done work both on global/international perspectives and in regional/national settings, specifically on the Arctic, Russia, China, Central Asia, Indonesia, and others.

Currently, Dr Yamineva works on regulation of short-lived climate pollutants (mainly black carbon and methane). This work is done in the context of the European Research Council’s project “ClimaSlow: Slowing Down Climate Change: Combining Climate Law and Climate Science to Identify the Best Options to Reduce Emissions of Short-Lived Climate Pollutants in Developing Countries (China, India, Chile and Mexico)”. The interdisciplinary project which is led by Prof Kulovesi and involves close cooperation with climate modellers runs until 2021.

Other streams of current research include: climate/sustainable finance and investment, and climate adaptation.

Dr Yamineva is a research fellow of the Earth Systems Governance research network and a member of the review panel on environmental pollution for the Swedish Research Council Formas (2019). She is also a member of the task force on implementation for the UNFCCC Technology Executive Committee (2019 -).

Dr Yamineva holds Ph.D. in International Studies from the University of Cambridge. Following her doctoral research, she worked in the intergovernmental negotiations for the UN Climate Change Convention Secretariat (climate finance) and the International Institute for Sustainable Development Reporting Services. Dr Yamineva regularly consults for UN agencies mainly in the field of capacity building for climate change negotiations, and formulating and implementing national climate policies.

Dr Yamineva welcomes enquiries from prospective PhD students in the field of international environmental law and governance, especially on climate change, air pollution, and sustainable finance.

Current PhD students: Raihanatul Jannat, thesis “Role of transnational climate law in enhancing socio-economic resilience through gender-based adaptation: case studies from Bangladesh and the Finnish Arctic”



Law and governance of climate change

  1. Yamineva, Yulia. Current developments in international climate law. In Yearbook for International Environmental Law, 2020.
  2. Kopra Sanna, Liisa Kauppila, Timo Koivurova, Adam Stepien, and Yulia Yamineva. China, climate change and the Arctic environment. In Koivurova, T & S. Kopra (eds.), Chinese policy and presence in the Arctic. Leiden: Brill, 2020.
  3. Yamineva, Yulia. Opportunities for Climate Litigation in Russia: the Impossibility of the Possible. In Mbengue, Makane Moïse, and Francesco Sindico, eds. Comparative Climate Change Litigation: Beyond the Usual Suspects. Springer, 2020.
  4. Yamineva, Yulia, and Kati Kulovesi. Keeping the Arctic White: The Legal and Governance Landscape for Reducing Short-lived Climate Pollutants in the Arctic Region. In Transnational Environmental Law, 7 (2), 2018.
  5. Kulovesi, Kati, Seita Romppanen and Yulia Yamineva, eds. Special Issue on Renewable-Energy Law, In Climate Law 6 (3-4), 2016.
  6. Kuokkanen, Tuomas, and Yulia Yamineva. Regulating Geoengineering in International Environmental Law. In Carbon and Climate Law Review, 3/2013, pp.161-167. Reprinted in Verschuuren, Jonathan, ed. Environmental Law and Climate Change. Volume II. Edward Elgar Publishing, 2015.


Law and governance of air pollution

  1. Contributing author to the chapter on Governance, UN Environment – Climate and Clean Air Coalition report “Air Pollution in the Asia-Pacific: Science-based Solutions”, 2019.
  2. Yamineva, Yulia, and Seita Romppanen. Is Law Failing to Address Air Pollution? Reflections on International and EU Developments. In Review of European Community and International Environmental Law (RECIEL), 26 (3), 2017 (open access).
  3. Romppanen, Seita, and Yulia Yamineva, eds. Special Issue on International and EU Law on Air Pollution. RECIEL, 26 (3), 2017.


Law and governance of climate / sustainable finance and investment

  1. Yamineva, Yulia. Legal foundations of climate finance. In Benoit Mayer and Alexander Zahar (eds.). Debating Climate Law, Cambridge University Press, forthcoming in 2020.
  2. Yamineva, Yulia. Adaptation Fund: direct access as an innovative mechanism for norm diffusion in developing countries. In Sustainability, special issue on climate finance forthcoming in 2020.
  3. Yamineva, Yulia. Climate Finance in the Paris Outcome: Why Do Today What You Can Put Off Till Tomorrow? RECIEL, Special Issue on the Paris Agreement, July 2016.


Science – policy interface

  1. Yamineva, Yulia. Lessons from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change on Inclusiveness across Geographies and Stakeholders. In Environmental Science and Policy, 77 (November 2017), Special Issue on Global Environmental Assessments, pp. 244-251.
  2. Kowarsch, Martin, Jason Jabbour, Christian Flachsland, Marcel T.J. Kok, Sir Robert Watson, Peter M. Haas, Jan C. Minx, Joseph Alcamo, Jennifer Garard, Pauline Riou, László Pintér, Cameron Langford, Yulia Yamineva, Christoph von Stechow, Jessica O’Reilly, Ottmar Edenhofer. A Road Map for Global Environmental Assessments. In Nature Climate Change, 7(6), 2017.
  3. Kohler, Pia, Alexandra Conliffe, Maria Gutierrez, Stefan Jungcurt, and Yulia Yamineva. Informing Policy: the Role of Science and Knowledge in Global Environmental Agreements. In Chasek, Pamela S., and Lynn M. Wagner, eds. The Roads from Rio: Lessons Learned from Twenty Years of Multilateral Environmental Negotiations. New York: RFF Press, Taylor and Francis, 2012.