In the latest newsletter issued by the International Law Office (ILO), Tor Pöpke, associate and member of Lindahl’s environmental law group, describes one of the most talked-about Supreme Court cases of the year and the legal consequences of its ruling.
The issue being reviewed concerned the right of a Sami village to grant access rights for hunting and fishing. In brief, the Supreme Court concluded that, in accordance with prescription from time immemorial, the Sami village has an exclusive right to grant access rights to hunting and fishing in the Sami village’s area above the cultivation limit. One consequence of the result is that the State, within the area in question, is not deemed to hold the hunting and fishing rights that otherwise normally accompany the ownership of land and water. Read more »