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Legal perspectives on Green and Just Transitions

Thursday, January 12, 2023 17:00

The Institut français de Finlande is participating in the 2023 Edition of the Night of Science on 12th January and is gathering 7 experts on Green and Just transition who will discuss these issues and share their perspectives with the audience.

Malminkatu 16 00100 Helsinki

Numerous countries are in the process of implementing strategies and policies aiming at mitigating climate change and its effects on society. This transition to a more sustainable future, also called the green transition, has implications for their economy and how they interact with and govern natural resources and biodiversity.

A just transition is intended to ensure that the necessary changes brought by this green transition are made in a way that is as fair and inclusive as possible to everyone concerned, creating decent work opportunities and leaving no person or region behind.

But what are the challenges met in implementing these transitions? What does it mean in legal terms?  Is it really possible to implement a green transition in a just way? Is it perceived everywhere in the world or by everyone in the same way?

During this event, several law experts on Green and Just transition will discuss these issues and share their perspectives with the audience.

The event will be held at Eurooppasali, Malminkatu 16, 00100 Helsinki

Participation to the event is free. Registration is advised



  • Senni RAUNIO, Specialist, Member Relations and Project Development, Climate Leadership Coalition. Senni is an economist with a lot of experience from NGOs. She looks at the world through critical lenses and from multiple perspectives and wants to enable sustainable economic growth and find systemic ways to secure investments to the green transition.


  • Dorothee CAMBOU, Assistant Professor of Sustainability Science, Faculty of law, University of Helsinki. Her research focus lies in international law and human rights. Her expertise is in the field of indigenous peoples’ rights, land and resource governance, environmental and social justice as well as Arctic studies.
  • Francesco VENUTI, Doctoral researcher, University of Eastern Finland Law School – Center for Climate change, Energy, and Environmental law, CCEEL. Francesco’s PhD project focuses on the legal feasibility of implementing urban nature-based solutions across European cities. The main research areas addressed by his project are transitions towards urban sustainability and improvement of climate change adaptation.
  • Vilja JOHANSSON, Doctoral researcher, University of Eastern Finland Law School – CCEEL. Vilja’s research focuses on legal methods for enhancing the justness of climate policy, with a focus on the concept of a just transition.
  • Anita KITTERY, Doctoral researcher, University of Eastern Finland Law School – CCEEL. Anita’s research focuses on legal and regulatory frameworks regulating environmental pollution, resulting from pharmaceutical products. She applies a life cycle approach, from production of these, consumption, to their end-of-life, i.e proper/improper disposal.
  • Raihanatul JANNAT, Doctoral researcher, University of Eastern Finland Law School – CCEEL. Raihanatul’s research explores the role of transnational environmental law in climate resilient development of women, with a focus on gender-responsive climate adaptation and socio-economic resilience of women.
  • Sebastien NOEL, Doctoral researcher, University of Eastern Finland Law School – CCEEL. Sebastien’s current research concerns how the European Union’s energy policy affect the World Trade Organization rules, using the case study of hydrogen contextualized in the renewable energy directive.


17h – Opening, welcoming words –

17h03 –17h10 – Introduction on Green and Just Transitions
What is it? What do we transition from and where do we aim at?

17h10- 17h40 – What are Green and Just Transitions in a legal perspective?

Each researcher exposes very shortly what is Green and Just Transition from his/her perspective and field of expertise.

17h40- 18h10 – Discussion

18h10-18h20 – Q & A with the audience

18h20-18h30- Wrap up and conclusion remarks

18h30 – Closing of the event