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The Åland Islands Peace Institute

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Nyhetsbrev / Newsletter 5/2018
Tuesday, 11 December 2018


  • New issue of the Journal of Autonomy and Security Studies
  • Lunch seminar 11.12.2018: Who will save the Baltic Sea? The role of law in environmental governance. Professor Henrik Ringbom.
  • Report describes the first 20 years of the work of the Contact Group between the Foreign Ministry and Åland.
  • Seminar and report about trust on the Åland Islands.
  • And more


  • Nytt nummer av e-tidskriften JASS
  • Lunchseminarium 11.12.2018: Vem ska rädda Östersjön? Om juridikens roll i miljöstyrningen. Professor Henrik Ringbom.
  • Rapport om kontaktgruppen mellan UM och Åland 20 år.
  • Seminarium och rapport om tillit på Åland.
  • m.m.
New intern: Marielle Fellman
Monday, 10 December 2018

MarielleMarielle Fellman will be an intern at the institute from November 2018. She has a one year master degree in Human Geography from Örebro University. During the internship Marielle will focus mainly on information and organisation of seminars.

Lunch seminar 11.12.2018: Who will save the Baltic Sea?
Tuesday, 04 December 2018

Lunchseminarium 11.12.2018 Ringbom

Lunch seminar 11.12.2018: Who will save the Baltic Sea? The role of law in environmental governance.

Tuesday, 11.12.2018 at 11.30-12.30 in hotel Arkipelag's restaurant.
Professor Henrik Ringbom is a specialist in maritime law and the law of the sea. At this seminar he presents research recently conducted within the framework of the BALEX network, in particular regarding multi-level governance and environmental regulation.
The Baltic Sea is affected by up to six different levels of legislation at the same time, thus probably the world's most regulated and managed sea area. What happens when so many different levels of legislation regulate the same thing? What happens when there are no rules? And what kind of legislation works?

The seminar is held in Swedish. Lunch can be bought in the restaurant and taken to the seminar held in the southern part of the restaurant. The seminar will start at 11.30 and will last an hour.

Seminar on new study on trust in the Åland society
Tuesday, 13 November 2018

Tillit på Åland

On 12 November, Åland Statistic arranged a seminar launching the first ever Åland trust study, a survey to which the Åland Islands Peace Institute has contributed. Researcher Sanna Roos (ÅSUB) and Research Coordinator Petra Granholm (Åland Islands Peace Institute) presented the results of the trust study. Other speakers were Maria Bäck, PhD and researcher at Samforsk, Åbo Academi university, Lars Trägårdh, Professor of History and Civil Society Studies, and Laura Hartman, Associate Professor in Economics and Chairperson of the Swedish Trust Delegation. Moderator was the director of Ålnd Statistics, Katarina Fellman.

Summary and photos from the Symposium ‘Collective Security, a Rules-Based International Order and the Åland Islands’
Wednesday, 10 October 2018

Around 50 people attended the Symposium ‘Collective Security, a Rules-Based International Order and the Åland Islands’  held in Mariehamn on 4 and 5 October.

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Here you can listen to an interview 'Svalbard's unknown cousin between Norway and the north pole' (in Swedish) with ÅIPI's Director Sia Spiliopoulou Åkermark and Geir Ulfstein, Professor in public law at the University of Oslo.

Click 'Read More' to see a photo slideshow and a brief summary written by Hasan Akintug, the current research intern at ÅIPI.

ÅIPI Director on the Nobel Peaze Prize 2018
Friday, 05 October 2018

Sia talarThe Norwegian Nobel Committee has decided that the Nobel Peace Prize for 2018 is to be awarded to Denis Mukwege and Nadia Murad "for their efforts to end the use of sexual violence as a weapon of war and armed conflict". Denis Mukwege is a physician devoted to helping the victims of sexual violence in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Nadia Murad, a member of the Yazidi minority in northern Iraq, is one of an estimated 3,000 Yazidi girls and women who have been victims of rape and other abuses by the IS army. She managed to flee and has since spoken openly about what she had suffered.

Comment from the Director of ÅIPI, Associate Professor Sia Spiliopoulou Åkermark:

"This award is a manifestation concerning crimes against human rights and humanitarian law, as well as regarding sexual violence as a weapon in armed conflict. It also highlights that minorities are often particularly vulnerable in conflict situations."

Symposium: Collective Security, a Rules-Based International Order and the Åland Islands
Thursday, 04 October 2018

Symposium 2018

The symposium ‘Collective Security, a Rules-Based International Order and the Åland Islands’ will be held in Mariehamn on 4 and 5 October. Discussions will concern collective security and a contractual world order in relation to Åland's demilitarisation and neutralisation. The symposium is based on research results from a three-year research project on demilitarisation and neutralisation, (2015-2017). The results of the project have been collected in the book ‘Demilitarisation and International Law in Context: The Åland Islands’. The symposium will be held in English for invited researchers and practitioners. After the symposium, a summary of selected highlights and reflections will be presented in Swedish for everyone interested. This will be at a seminar open to the public on 5 October from 13:30 to 15:00 at Alandica's Auditorium.

The speakers at the symposium will be:
Matti Anttonen, Permanent Secretary at the Finnish Ministry for Foreign Affairs
Professor Emeritus Lauri Hannikainen, University of Helsinki
Professor Geir Ulfstein, University of Oslo
Professor Timo Koivurova, Director of the Arctic Centre
Associate Professor Sia Spiliopoulou Åkermark, Director of the Åland Islands Peace Institute
Professor Tuomas Forsberg, Director of the Helsinki Collegium for Advanced Studies
Doctor Pirjo Kleemola-Juntunen, Lapland University, Rovaniemi
Doctor Saila Heinikoski, University of Turku
Doctor Gunilla Herolf, Chair of the Research Board of the Åland Islands Peace Institute
Professor Kjell-Åke Nordquist, University College Stockholm

Nyhetsbrev / Newsletter 4/2018
Wednesday, 03 October 2018

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  • Symposium: ‘Collective Security, a Rules-Based International Order and the Åland Islands’
  • Op-ed advocates long-term focus on research on Åland
  • E-course on territorial autonomy starting
  • New staff and interns
  • Besök från Tjeckien, Slovakien och Indien
  • Med mera


  • Seminarium om demilitarisering, tillit, Åland och Svalbard
  • Långsiktig satsning på forskning förespråkas i debattartikel
  • E-kurs om territoriellt självstyre startar i oktober
  • Nytt forskningsprogram
  • Ny medarbetare och nya praktikanter
  • Visits frpm Czech republic, Slovakia and India
  • And more
New intern – Lauren Stevens
Wednesday, 03 October 2018

Lauren StevensLauren Stevens will be a communications intern at the Åland Islands Peace Institute from the end of September to the end of November 2018. She is originally from Britain, and currently studies the Master’s programme in Peace, Mediation and Conflict Research at the University of Tampere. For her Master’s thesis, she is researching the impact of Britain leaving the EU (Brexit) on the peace process in Northern Ireland. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in International Development Studies and Spanish language from the University of Chester in Britain. The third year of her Bachelor’s degree (2013-14) consisted of a Year Abroad Placement through the Erasmus Programme, a European Union (EU) student exchange programme. During this time, she lived in Melilla, a Spanish autonomous city located on the north coast of the African continent that shares a border with Morocco. There, she worked for the British Council as an English Language Assistant in a secondary school. She speaks English at a native level and has prior studies in Spanish and Finnish at intermediate levels. She is participating in a beginners’ Swedish course at evening classes alongside her internship at the institute.

Mirjam Lukola is substituting as organisational secretary
Wednesday, 03 October 2018

Mirjam LukolaMirjam Lukola is substituting as organisational secretary from August 2018 to August 2019, while Justina Donielaite is on leave. Mirjam acts as the secretary of the board and is responsible for internal planning and monitoring of ÅIPI’s operations, as well as the coordination of project applications and accounts. Mirjam studied natural sciences at Åbo Akademi in Turku and organisational development at Umeå University in Sweden. She speaks Swedish, Finnish, and English.