Malina Dumas

JD, Law, 2016 IPI Fellow
Malina Dumas


Malina is a law student and former international development professional with an interest in economic growth in the Arctic region. She is originally from Maine and worked at a law firm in Portland, Maine last summer that recently launched an Arctic-focused practice group. She believes the opportunity to learn Inuktitut and gain a better understanding of Inuit culture will be invaluable for shaping a career that touches on Arctic issues. Prior to attending law school, she received a Master’s degree in Eurasian, Russian, and East European Studies and was a Fulbright Scholar in the Republic of Moldova.

Malina is also a 2016-17 Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) student in Inuktitut. 

Research interests: Applications of the international law of the sea and indigenous land rights in the Arctic context; Russian and Canadian cooperation within the Arctic Council; integration of traditional knowledge into training programs for Inuit lawyers.

International Policy Research Arctic Fellow Activities

  • Tirigusuusiit, Maligait, Piquajait: Incorporating Traditional Law into Training for Inuit Lawyers in Canada,” Arctic and International Relations Series, Issue #5, forthcoming 2017.
  • “Traditional Knowledge and Inuit Law” (6:17 min.),  Arctic Indigenous Economies Video Series (November 2016).

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