Yulia Yamineva

Senior Researcher

Docent in Climate Law & Policy (Adjunct Professor)

Faculty of Social Sciences and Business Studies, Law School


Yamineva’s primary area of expertise is international climate law and governance, where she has published on the UN negotiations’ process, climate finance, and short-lived climate pollutants (black carbon, methane). She has been participating in the UN climate negotiations in various capacities for more than a decade. She has also conducted research on national and regional contexts (Russia, China, Arctic, EU, Central Asia, Indonesia). Other topics of interest include: air pollution law; law and digitalisation; and science-policy interface (IPCC studies).

Yamineva’s approach to research is interdisciplinary, drawing on the fields of international environmental law, global environmental politics and governance, and science & technology studies. She closely collaborates with climate and atmospheric scientists as part of Atmosphere and Climate Competence Center (Academy of Finland flagship).

Yamineva’s work has been published in leading academic journals including Nature Climate Change, Earth Systems Governance, Environmental Science and Policy, and Transnational Environmental Law. Yamineva has also contributed to several major UN and other policy reports, including the 2019 UNEP-CCAC report ‘Air Pollution in the Asia-Pacific: Science-based Solutions’. She is a member of IUCN World Commission on Environmental Law and Earth Systems Governance expert network.

Yamineva holds PhD in International Studies and MPhil in Environmental Policy from the University of Cambridge, and a specialist degree in Economic Law from South Urals State University. Following doctoral research, she worked in the intergovernmental negotiations for UN Climate Change Convention Secretariat and International Institute for Sustainable Development. She is from Bashkir ethnic minority indigenous to Russia.

Current PhD students:

  1. Raihanatul Jannat “Role of transnational law in enhancing socio-economic resilience of rural women through gender-based adaptation: Case studies from Bangladesh and the Finnish Arctic” (2020)
  2. Firuz Suleymanov ‘Water – conflict nexus in Azerbaijan – Armenia conflict’ (jointly with the UEF Department of Geographic and Historical Studies, 2020; Azerbaijan government scholarship)
  3. Saga Eriksson ‘EU sustainable finance legislation: Towards creation of green markets and agency?’ (2022)
  4. Moritz Petersmann ‘Fit for governing modern wicked problems? International science-policy interfaces under scrutiny’ (2022; Kone Foundation grant)
  5. Camille Bertaux ‘WHO guidelines & environmental law in a moving context – from mere reference to conclusive influence?’, Université Saint-Louis Bruxelles, Centre for Environmental Law (Member of the supervision committee with Prof Misonne and Prof Peeters; 2022)



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