The article explores the possibility to integrate human rights impact assessment in the licensing processes of development projects within the Sápmi region.
The article “Resource Development and Sámi Rights in the Sápmi Region: Integrating Human Rights Impact Assessment in Licensing Processes” by Kamrul Hossain and Anna Petrétei was published in the Nordic Journal of International Law.
The paper examines the international standards for conducting human rights impact assessments, and whether these would bring benefit to license granting processes in the Sápmi region. Authors suggest that the integration of such assessments in response to resource developments in the Sápmi region would on one hand bring a stronger normative value to impact assessment processes, eventually offering a greater legal protection for Sámi. On the other hand, the implementation of human rights impact assessments would also offer strengthened trust between communities and the companies, in resource extractions.