Kamrul Hossain is a Research Professor and the Director of the Northern Institute for Environmental and Minority Law (NIEM) at the Arctic Centre and an Adjunct Professor of Public International Law at the University of Lapland. He is also the leader of the University of Arctic's Thematic Network on Arctic Law. By training, he has specialized in public international law. His research focus currently lies broadly in international environmental law and human rights law, particularly concerning the indigenous peoples' rights that apply to the Arctic. Over his academic career, Prof. Hossain has extensively published in almost all areas of Arctic governance, including climate change, environmental protection, biodiversity, geopolitics, the law of the sea, maritime safety and security, human rights and human security, etc., highlighting, legal, institutional and policy perspectives.
He has been the Principal Investigator (PI) of several international and national research grants funded by the agencies, such as the Academy of Finland, the NordForsk, the Nordic Council of Ministers, and the Finnish National Agency for Education, etc.
Prof. Hossain has held several visiting positions in renowned foreign universities, such as the Law School of Harbin Institute of Technology in China as a visiting professor; the University of Technology, Sydney as a senior visiting fellow; and as a visiting scholar to several other institutions, including University of Toronto, Canada; Hokkaido University and Muroran Institute of Technology, Japan; the Scott Polar Research Institute of the University of Cambridge, the UK. In addition, he serves as the editor-in-chief of the journal of environmental law and policy and sits on the Editorial Boards of over ten international scientific journals. Furthermore, Prof. Hossain has served as the Special Editor for several internationally renowned journals, e.g., the Yearbook of Polar Law. He teaches at the University of Lapland and also other foreign universities in Europe and Asia.
UArctic Chairs are highly qualified academics who serve as academic drivers in a broad area of relevance to the Arctic. They implement and drive collaborative actions in research and education among UArctic members and Thematic Networks and build partnerships with the broader Arctic community.