Stefan Kirchner

Associate professor

Field of science

Other skills

The focus of my work is on safety / security related issues, in particular in the context of the law of the sea and human rights. Prior to becoming a lawyer I worked as an Emergency Medical Technician and as a factory worker in a company producing electronics parts and later as a freelance journalist from 1997 to 2006. 2006 - 2007 I was legal trainee (Rechtsreferendar) in the Law of the Sea Division of the Legal Department of Germany's Federal Foreign Office in Berlin, 2007 - 2008 I worked as legal trainee and later as research lawyer in the Frankfurt office of the US law firm Latham & Watkins. From 2008 until 2012 I worked in legal practice, mainly handling cases at the European Court of Human Rights, followed by work as legal agent for Germany's Federal Maritime and Hydrographic Agency in Hamburg 2012 - 2013. In 2013 I joined the University of Lapland, first as Associate Professor for Fundamental and Human Rights in the Faculty of Law. Since 2016 I am working at the Arctic Centre. In addition to my work in Rovaniemi have taught courses on human rights and international law the universities in Giessen (Adjunct Lecturer, 2006), Göttingen (Lecturer, 2008-2012), Kaunas (Lecturer, Expert Lecturer, Assistant Professor, Associate Professor, since 2009), Kyiv (Visiting Lecturer, 2012) and Torino (Visiting Professor, 2016). 

Linguistic skills

English (fluent), Dutch (advanced), Spanish (advanced), Portuguese (intermediate), Swedish (beginner), Finnish (beginner) 

Teaching interests

International Human Rights Law, European Human Rights Law, Law of the Sea, Human Rights in the Maritime Sector, Indigenous Rights (former Associate Professor for Fundamental and Human Rights, with Special Focus on Indigenous Rights, Assistant Professor for International Law, Associate Professor for Law of the Sea, Adjunct Lecturer for Litigation in International Law)

Research interests

Arctic Law, Law of the Sea, Human Rights, Safety, Marine Environmental Law, Environmental Human Rights

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