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Legal Resilience of Water, Food and Energy Security in Finland

Journal article
Authors Antti Belinskij
Niko Soininen
Kaisa Huhta
Published in Finnish Yearbook of Environmental Policy and Law
Volume X
Pages 275-343
ISSN 0786-6453
Publication year 2017
Published at Department of Law
Pages 275-343
Language fi
Keywords Environmental Law. Food Law. Energy Law. Security. Resilience.Theory of Regulation
Subject categories Environmental law


In this article, we analyse the extent to which the Finnish legal system supports the resilience of water, food- and energy security systems, and how the identified legal frameworks could be developed to better address the security concerns of these three sectors. Our analysis of regulatory resilience demonstrates that the Finnish security regulation functions reasonably well. First, the legal system recognises the main threats to water, food and energy security. Second, the regulatory system contains wide-ranging and integrated regulation of responses to various types of emergencies. Third, the times-scales from emergency response to long-term planning are addressed in law, although the heaviest regulatory focus is on the shorter time-span. There is an increasing number of legal instruments geared towards the long-term preparation and adaptation to security threats. Although the existing regulatory framework addresses important elements of resilience, some challenges remain.

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