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The Erik Castrén Institute of International Law and Human Rights
Faculty of Law
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Tel: +358 (0)29 4123140



Michael Rießler



I hold an MA degree in Scandinavian Studies from Humboldt University Berlin, a PhD in General Linguistics from the University of Leipzig and am an Adjunct Professor for Finno-Ugrian languages at the University of Helsinki. My main areas of expertise are fieldwork-based documentation and description of endangered Uralic languages and linguistic typology. In addition, I have carried out research on the sociology of endangered languages and on minority language policy with a focus on the Barents Sea area.

Since 2011 I have been working as an external consultant for the “Glocal Governance” project and am currently employed as a researcher at The Erik Castrén Institute of International Law and Human Rights (ECI). I am also affiliated with the University of Freiburg, where I have established a research group with several documentation projects on Saamic languages and Komi, and I am the co-applicant for a large-scale interdisciplinary research project at the University of Hamburg aiming at the systematic linguistic documentation of several Uralic and other languages of Siberia.

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The Freiburg Research Group in Saami Studies (
INEL – Documentation of Indigenous Languages of Northern Eurasia (
Google Scholar profile (
Academia profile for Michael Rießler (