Peer-reviewed publications

  1. Sellheim, N. & J. Schumacher (2022). Increasing the Effectiveness of the Bonn Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species. Journal of International Wildlife Law & Policy.
  2. Sellheim, N. & S. Fink (2022). The Role and Impact of NGOs in Marine Mammal Governance. In: N. Sellheim & D. Menezes (Eds.). Non-state actors in the Arctic Region. Cham: Springer
  3. Sellheim, N. & D. Menezes. (2022). Arctic Governance, Decision-making and Non-state Actors. In: N. Sellheim & D. Menezes (Eds.). Non-state actors in the Arctic Region. Cham: Springer.
  4. Sellheim, N. (2022). Die UN Erklärung über die Rechte von Kleinbauern: Eine Übersicht. Natur & Recht 44, pp. 528–540.
  5. Sellheim, N. & J. Schumacher. (2022). Die Steigerung der Effektivität des Bonner Übereinkommens zur Erhaltung wandernder Tierarten. Natur & Recht 22, pp. 156-162.
  6. Sellheim, N. & O. Ojanperä. (2021). Indigenous youth and international conservation law: Five case studies. Review of European, Comparative & International Environmental Law.
  7. Sellheim, N. (2020). Der Austritt Japans aus der Internationalen Walfangkommission – Hintergründe und Konsequenzen. Natur & Recht 42, pp. 747–754.
  8. Sellheim, N. (2020) The CITES appendix II-Listing of mako sharks — Revisiting counter arguments. Marine Policy 115.
  9. Sellheim, N. (2020) The Evolution of Local Involvement in International Conservation Law. Yearbook of International Environmental Law 29, 77-102.
  10. Sellheim, N. (2019). The Growth of Local Recognition in Biodiversity Protection through Other Effective Area-Based Conservation Measures. A Special Emphasis on the Arctic. Revista Tribuna Internacional 8(15). doi: 10.5354/0719-482X.2019.52376
  11. Sellheim, N. (2019). ‘The rage of the northmen’: extreme metal and north-motivated violence. Polar Record 54 (5-6), 339-348.  
  12. Shibata, A., L. Zou, N. Sellheim & M. Scopelliti. (2019). An ocean in the making: non-Arctic actors and emerging Arctic legal orders. In: A. Shibata, L. Zou, N. Sellheim & M. Scopelliti (Eds.). Emerging Legal Orders in the Arctic. The Role of Non-Arctic Actors (pp. 1–8). Abingdon: Routledge.  
  13. Scopelliti, M. & N. Sellheim. (2019). Sustaining a conservationist agenda? NGO-influence on Arctic sealing, whaling and hydrocarbon regimes. In: A. Shibata, L. Zou, N. Sellheim & M. Scopelliti (Eds.). Emerging Legal Orders in the Arctic. The Role of Non-Arctic Actors (pp. 91–106). Abingdon: Routledge.  
  14. Sellheim, N., Y. Zaika & I. Kelman. (2019). A Light at the End of the Arctic Tunnel? Introducing a Triumphant Discourse on Arctic Scholarship. In: N. Sellheim, Y. Zaika & I. Kelman (Eds.). Arctic Triumph: Northern Innovation and Persistence. Berlin: Springer.
  15. Sellheim, N. (2019). The Arctic Council and the Advancement of Indigenous Rights. In: N. Sellheim, Y. Zaika & I. Kelman (Eds.). Arctic Triumph: Northern Innovation and Persistence. Berlin: Springer.
  16. Sellheim, N. (2018). Perceiving dignity, needs and rights: seal hunting communities and international human rights standards. In: L. Heininen & M. Finger (Eds.). Global Arctic Handbook (pp. 9–26). Berlin: Springer. (available here)
  17. Sellheim, N., L.Zou & O. Inagaki. (2017). Legal ‘Arctopia’? How Arctic governance expresses a better world. In: L. Heininen, H. Exner-Pirot & J. Plouffe (Eds.). Arctic Yearbook 2017 (pp. 415—427). Akureyri: Northern Research Forum. (available free of charge here)
  18. Sellheim, N. (2017). Scopes and Limits of ‘Arcticness’ – Arctic Livelihoods, Marine Mammals, and the Law. In: I. Kelman (Ed.). Arcticness: power and voice from the north (pp. 102–112) . London: UCL Press. (available free of charge here)
  19. Sellheim, N. (2016) The voice of disapproval: the expressive function and paradox of the EU seal regime. The Polar Journal, 6(2): 224–242. (available here)
  20. Sellheim, N. (2016). Black and Viking metal: how two extreme music genres depict, construct and transfigure the (sub-)Arctic. Polar Record, 52(5): 509–517. (available here)
  21. Sellheim, N. (2016). Narrating the ‘other’ – Challenging Inuit sustainability through the European discourse on the seal hunt. In: K. Hossain and A. Petrétei (Eds.). Understanding the many faces of human security: perspectives of northern indigenous peoples (pp. 56–73). Leiden: Brill. (available here)
  22. Sellheim, N. (2016). The legal question of morality: Seal hunting and the European moral standard. Social & Legal Studies, 25(2): 141–161. (available here)
  23. Sellheim, N. (2015). Seal hunting in the Arctic States. An analysis of legislative frameworks, incentives and histories. The Yearbook of Polar Law VII: 188–224. (available here)
  24. Sellheim, N. (2015). Morality, practice and economy in a commercial sealing community. Arctic Anthropology, 52(1): 71–90. (available here)
  25. Sellheim, N. (2015). A legal framework for sealing in the Arctic. In: N. Loukacheva (Ed.). Polar law and resources (pp. 109–118). Copenhagen: Nordic Council of Ministers. (available free of charge here)
  26. Sellheim, N. (2015). Early sealing regimes: The Bering Sea fur seal regime vis-à-vis Finnish-Soviet fishing and sealing agreements, Polar Record, 52(1): 109–114. (available here)
  27. Sellheim, N. (2015). ‘Direct and individual concern’ for Newfoundland’s sealing industry? When a legal concept and empirical data collide. The Yearbook of Polar Law VI (2015): 466–496. (available here)
  28. Sellheim, N. (2015). Policies and influence – Tracing and locating the EU seal products trade regulation. International Community Law Review, 17(1): 3–36. (available here)
  29. Sellheim, N. (2014). The right not to be indigenous – Seal utilization in Newfoundland. In: L. Heininen, H. Exner-Pirot and J. Plouffe (Eds.). Arctic Yearbook 2014 (pp. 546–552). Akureyri: Northern Research Forum. (available free of charge here)
  30. Sellheim, N. (2014). The goals of the EU seal products trade regulation: from effectiveness to consequence. Polar Record, 51(3): 274–289. (available here)
  31. Sellheim, N. (2013). The neglected tradition? – The genesis of the EU seal products trade ban and commercial sealing. The Yearbook of Polar Law V: 417–450. (available here)
  32. Sellheim, N. (2012). The reflection of multilateral agreements (MEAs) in the Barents environmental cooperation. Arctic Review on Law and Politics 3: 218–243. (available free of charge here)
  33. Sellheim, N. (2012). Problem-solving capabilities, goal-attainment and effectiveness of the Barents environmental cooperation. The Yearbook of Polar Law IV: 519–539. (available here)
  34. Koivurova, T., K. Kokko, S. Duyck, N. Sellheim and A. Stepien. (2012). The present and future competences of the European Union in the Arctic. Polar Record, 48(4): 361–371. (available here)
  35. Sellheim, N. (2012). The establishment of a permanent Arctic Council Secretariat: challenges and opportunities. In: T.S. Axworthy, T. Koivurova and W. Hasanat (Eds.). The Arctic Council: its place in the future of Arctic governance (pp. 60–82). Toronto: Munk-Gordon Arctic Security Program. (available free of charge here)
  36. Sellheim, N. (2010). The tradition and the state. Sámi reindeer husbandry and the forestry challenge in northern Finland. Lögfræđingur, 4(1): 75–87. (available free of charge here)


  1. Sellheim, N. & D. R. Menezes (Eds.) (2022). Non-state actors in the Arctic Region. Berlin: Springer.
  2. Sellheim, N. (2020). International Marine Mammal Law. Berlin: Springer
  3. Sellheim, N., I. Kelman & Y. Zaika (Eds.). (2019). Arctic Triumph. Northern innovation and persistence. Berlin: Springer.
  4. Shibata, A., L. Zou, N. Sellheim & M. Scopelliti (Eds.). (2019). Emerging Legal Orders in the Arctic. The Role of Non-Arctic Actors. Abingdon: Routledge.
  5. Sellheim, N. (2018). The seal hunt. Cultures, economies and legal regimes. Leiden: Brill Publishers.
  6. Sellheim, N. (2017). A pocket guide to academic publishing. Rovaniemi: University of the Arctic. URL:


  1. Sellheim, N. (2016). Legislating the blind spot. The EU seal regime and the Newfoundland seal hunt. Doctoral dissertation. Rovaniemi: Lapland University Press.
  2. Sellheim, N. (2011). The Barents environmental cooperation: a legitimacy analysis. Master’s thesis. University of Akureyri, Iceland.


  1. Sellheim, N. (2017). Quo vadis? CITES, conservation and livelihoods. Report produced for IWMC World Conservation Trust.
  2. Koivurova, T., K. Kokko, S. Duyck, N. Sellheim and A. Stepien. (2011). EU competencies affecting the Arctic. Brussels: European Parliament.
  3. Cavalieri, S., E. McGlynn, S. Stoessel, F. Stuke, M. Bruckner, C. Polzin, T. Koivurova, N. Sellheim, A. Stepien, K. Hossain, S. Duyck and A. E. Nilsson. (2010). EU Arctic footprint and policy assessment. Berlin: Ecologic Institute.

Other publications

  1. Polar Research and Policy Initiative. (2019). Interview ‘Dr Nikolas Sellheim on The Seal Hunt: Cultures, Economies and Legal Regimes.’
  2. Sellheim, N. (2018). Quotas, Cultures, and Tensions. Recent Schedule Amendments for Aboriginal Subsistence Whaling under the International Convention for the Regulation of Whaling. Current Developments in Arctic Law 6: 4–16.
  3. Sellheim, N. (2018). ‘Protecting People or Whales? – Where to at the International Whaling Commission?’. Maj and Tor Nessling Foundation Blog post.
  4. Whiffen, G (2015). ‘EU seal products ban unjust, researcher says’. Feature article. The Navigator, 19(11), November: 64–67.
  5. High North News. (2016). Interview ‘EU seal ban reveals the Union’s double standards’.
  6. Sellheim, N. (2015). The recognition of Arctic communities in the EU seal regime. 8th NRF Open Assembly Proceedings: 36–37.
  7. Besser Nord als Nie. (2013). Interview.
  8. The Fisheries Broadcast. (2013). Interview ‘The Newfoundland seal hunt through the eyes of a European student’.
  9. Sellheim, N. (2013) Living with ‘Barbarians’ – Within the commercial sealing industry. 7th NRF Open Assembly Proceedings: 1–15.

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