Dr. Stefan Kirchner, MJI, is Associate Professor for Fundamental and Human Rights, with Special Focus on Indigenous Rights, at the Faculty of Law of the University of Lapland, Rovaniemi, Finland. He is admitted to the bar in Germany where he specializes in human rights and the law of the sea and has been Assistant Professor for the Law of the Sea at Vytautas Magnus University in Kaunas, Lithuania, and a lawyer for International Shipping Law at Germany’s Federal Maritime and Hydrographic Agency in Hamburg. Until 2015 he served as Co-Chair of the Rights of Indigenous Peoples Interest Group of the American Society of International Law (ASIL), since April 2015 he is Co-Chair of ASIL’s Law of the Sea Interest Group. Prior to becoming a lawyer he worked as an Emergency Medical Technician for the German Red Cross. He wrote his Master’s thesis on pharmaceutical law and his doctoral thesis on biolaw and human rights.