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Author: Øyvind Ravna

1. Introduction 1.1. Problems to Be Addressed The Finnmark Commission, authorised in the 2005 Finnmark Act, 1 is established to investigate the scope and content of the rights held by Sámi and other people living in Finnmark on the basis of prescription or immemorial usage on the former

In: International Journal on Minority and Group Rights
Author: Øyvind Ravna

identification and recognition process, aimed at defining the ownership and use rights to these lands, for which the Finnmark Commission was given a mandate. The Commission thus stands as one of the most important institutions established to meet the legal commitments Norway undertook by signing ILO-169

In: International Journal on Minority and Group Rights

use shall be considered as a basis for the acquisition, the Svartskog case establishes a rule of law as to how evidence shall be evaluated, and how the attentive good faith of the legitimate use has to be assessed. 2.2.4 The Investigation of the Finnmark Commission In the consultations

In: International Journal on Minority and Group Rights

does not impair Sami culture. A second institution created by the Finnmark Act is the Finnmark Commission. The commission is tasked with pursuing a sort of ‘land claims settlement’ by surveying Finnmark’s vast commons – those lands overseen by FeFo – and assigning ownership and/or usage rights

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In: International Journal on Minority and Group Rights

does not impair Sami culture. A second institution created by the Finnmark Act is the Finnmark Commission. The commission is tasked with pursuing a sort of ‘land claims settlement’ by surveying Finnmark’s vast commons – those lands overseen by FeFo – and assigning ownership and/or usage rights

In: International Journal on Minority and Group Rights

/ International Journal on Minority and Group Rights 16 (2009) 67–156 105 In conclusion, it has to be observed that the Act does not cover fi shing rights in saltwater, mining or oil rights. Chapter 5 is of fundamental importance as it regulates the Finnmark Commission, which on the basis of current national law

In: International Journal on Minority and Group Rights