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Munk Centre for International Studies

University of Toronto

1 Devonshire Place

Toronto, Ontario, Canada M5S3K7

Tel: 416-946-0326 (work) 

Fax: 416-946-8915

E_mail: n.loukacheva@utoronto.ca

Brief bibliography

Natalia Loukacheva is a scholar of comparative constitutional and international law with research interests in the circumpolar region, covering eight Arctic States (Canada, Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway, the Russian Federation, Sweden and the United States). She was educated at the Urals State Law Academy, Yekaterinburg, Russia (Diploma with Honours in Jurisprudence, 1991-1996; Ph.D. law at the Department of International and Comparative Constitutional Law, 1999) and at the Faculty of Law, University of Toronto, Canada (S.J.D. – Doctor of Juridical Science degree, 2004). 

Loukacheva taught at the Urals States Law Academy (1996-1999) and was a visiting lecturer at the University of Lapland, Rovaniemi, Finland (2003). She has several awards, for example: for contribution to juridical science - Ph.D. thesis - (The RF Foundation of Law Reforms, Moscow, 1996), academic excellence (University of Toronto, 2001) and was a SSHRC doctoral fellow (2002-2003). She has been a research fellow on international projects, such as: The Capability of International Governance Systems in the Arctic to Contribute to the Mitigation of Climate Change and Adjust to its Consequences Policy, The Northern Institute of Environmental and Minority Law. Rovaniemi, Finland (2006-2008), topic: Climate change policy in the Arctic: the cases of Greenland, Nunavut and the Inuit Circumpolar Council; Indigenous Peoples as International Actors: Political Agency, State Sovereignty and Self-determination, Arctic Centre, University of Lapland, Rovaniemi, Finland (2005-2007), topic:  Indigenous Internationalism in the Arctic in Search of a Legal Justification; Post-doctoral research fellow at SSHRC, MCRI on “Globalization and Autonomy,” Centre for International Studies, Munk Centre for International Studies, University of Toronto, Toronto, Canada (2004-2006).

Loukacheva is the author of the book “The Arctic Promise: Legal and Political Autonomy of Greenland and Nunavut,” University of Toronto Press, 2007. She has several publications on the issues of governance in the North, legal challenges in the Arctic, and the right to autonomy in international law and comparative constitutional jurisprudence. Her multidisciplinary work is focused on the legal scope of autonomy and various legal issues in the Arctic.


“Institutions of Arctic Ordering: The cases of Greenland and Nunavut.” In Institutions, Governance and Global Ordering, eds. Louis W. Pauly and William D. Coleman (University of British Columbia Press, 2006) forthcoming. Read research summary at: www.globalautonomy.ca look at academic volumes

“On autonomy and law.” Working paper for the MCRP on ‘Globalization and Autonomy,’

ed. William D. Coleman (Institute on Globalization and the Human Condition, McMaster University, Canada, June 2005) 31 pages. www.globalautonomy.ca look at research articles

“The participation of autonomous entities in international activity (using the example of Northern European countries).” Russian Juridical Journal, (Ministry of Justice of the RF and the Urals State Law Academy) 3 (1998): 87-92 (in Russian).

“The legal status of Åland Islands.” Russian Juridical Journal 1 (1997):148-154 (in Russian).


 The Arctic Promise: Legal and Political Autonomy of Greenland and Nunavut,

University of Toronto Press, May 2007.

Grant from the Canadian Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences, Aid to Scholarly Publications Program, Funds provided by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC).

Book Chapters

“Canada’s Constitutional ethnography: The Multi-Level Governance of Nunavut.” In New Actors in Northern Federations: Cities, Mergers, and Aboriginal Governance in Russia and Canada, ed. Peter H. Solomon, Jr. (Centre for European, Russian &Eurasian Studies, University of Toronto, 2006): 136-147.

“Nunavut in the Canadian Federation: The Challenges of Public Government with an Indigenous Face.” In Recrafting Federalism in Russia and Canada: Power, Budgets, and Indigenous Governance, ed. Peter H. Solomon, Jr. (Centre for European, Russian & Eurasian Studies, University of Toronto, 2005):112-124.

“Comparative Arctic Governance: Jurisdiction of Greenland and Nunavut Re-examined.” In Arctic Governance, eds. Timo Koivurova, Tanja Joona and Reija Shnoro, Juridica Lapponica 29 (2004):114-138.

Other publications:

“Legal Challenges in the Arctic.”  Position paper to be published in Proceedings of the 4th Northern Research Forum Open Meeting: The Borderless North, (Oulu -Tornio/ Finland, Haparanda-Luleå/ Sweden), October 5-8, 2006. See: www.nrf.is draft position papers

“Security Challenges and Legal Capacity of Greenland and Nunavut Jurisdictions.” In Proceedings of the 3rd Northern Research Forum Open Meeting: the Resilient North-Human Responses to Global Change, Yellowknife, NWT, Canada, September 15-18, 2004 (2006: 1-7) available at www.nrf.is

Report on “Economies of the North.” In Proceedings of the 3rdNRF Open Meeting (2006:1-2) at www.nrf.is

“Ex-territorial Autonomy: The Experience of Northern Europe. Significance for Russia.” Theses of reports of the Annual Scientific Conference (Ural Law Institute of the Ministry of Internal affairs of the RF, 1998: 263-268 (in Russian).

“Legal Aspects of the Concept of Autonomy.” In Proceedings of the Conference on Problems of the Modern Juridical Science, 1998:88-93 (in Russian).

“Governance Institutions of the Autonomous Entities of Denmark.” In Proceedings of the Conference on Contemporary Problems of Legal Science (Ural Law Institute, 1997):31-35 (in Russian).

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