Loukacheva, Natalia

Natalia Loukacheva
PhD, SJD Canada Research Chair in Aboriginal Governance and Law
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Dr. Loukacheva is Canada Research Chair in ‘Aboriginal Governance and Law’ and Associate Professor of Political Science at the University of Northern British Columbia. Prior to joining the Faculty she was a Research Associate at the Munk School of Global Affairs, University of Toronto (2004-2013); the first visiting Fridtjof Nansen Professor of Arctic Studies in Iceland (Norway-Iceland initiative of the Ministries of Foreign Affairs, 2013). She is also an Adjunct Professor at Osgoode Hall Law School LL.M. program on energy and infrastructure, York University (Toronto), a distinguished alumni fellow with the Canadian Global Affairs Institute (Ottawa), and an Associate Scientist with the Stefansson Arctic Institute. She was the founding Director of the Graduate Polar Law Program and taught Polar law at the University of Akureyri, Iceland (2008-2010). She holds a Doctor of Juridical Science (S.J.D.) from the Faculty of Law, University of Toronto (Toronto, Canada), a Doctor of Philosophy (law) from the Urals State Law University (Yekaterinburg, Russian Federation), and degree in Jurisprudence LL.B./LL.M. Cum Laude (with distinction) from the Urals State Law University.

Research Interests

Dr. Loukacheva specializes in international and comparative constitutional law, with a research interest in the Arctic. She is the author of The Arctic Promise: Legal and Political Autonomy of Greenland and Nunavut (University of Toronto Press, 2007); the editor and project leader of the first ever Polar Law Textbook, (the Nordic Council of Ministers (NCM), TemaNord 538:2010); of the Polar Law Textbook II, ( NCM, TemaNord 535:2013) and of the Polar Law and Resources book (NCM, TemaNord 533:2015), see: www.norden.org; all three books won the grant of the highly competitive international Arctic cooperation program of the NCM; special editor of the Yearbook of Polar Law, Vol. 2, 2010 (Martinus Nijhoff Publishers, www.brill.nl/pola) and guest editor of the Arctic Review on Law and Politics, No. 2, 2012 (Co-Action & Cappelen Dam Akademisk Publishers, Norway http://arcticreview.no/index.php/arctic/index). Since 2012 she has also served as an Associate editor for the Arctic Review on Law and Politics.

In 2014 and in 2015 she was selected as an Arctic politics and law expert and educator for the International Arctic Floating University research expedition which took place on the Northern Sea Route and in 2014 was organized under the auspices of the Arctic Council. In September 2013 she was invited as an Arctic expert-lecturer on the Action Canada expedition to the Northwest Passage aboard the Canadian icebreaker CCGS Louis S. St-Laurent. In August 2013 she participated, as an Arctic expert, in the International Nansen Expedition on the Northern Sea Route. In 2012 she participated as an observer-Arctic expert at the Canadian Armed Forces Operation Nanook in Canada’s Western Arctic.

Dr. Loukacheva chairs an International Thematic Network group on Legal Issues in the Arctic of the Northern Research Forum. From 2011-2015 she was the chair of the Arctic Governance group of the Arctic Law Thematic Network of the University of the Arctic. She is actively involved in numerous Arctic and Polar law related activities and projects, conducts legal and multi-disciplinary research, field-work, teaching, editing, reviewing, consulting and organizing various Arctic related events, and has been speaking/presenting and advocating on Arctic and Polar law related topics since 1996. She is the author of numerous publications on legal and political issues in the Arctic, Polar law, Indigenous Peoples’ rights and governance in the North.