The Arctic presents a number of possibilities and challenges beyond what we encounter further south. These possibilities and challenges call for policies of different kinds.
Copyright: Norwegian Polar Institute 2015.
Legal methods are not suitable for hammering out policies, even if these policies are sometimes expressed via legal instruments such as acts or contracts offering incentives or banning certain practices. Nevertheless, legal methods are very useful for determining the possibility of ensuring that policies are implemented, establishing the limitations of these policies, and developing new policies. Additionally, legal methods are appropriate for developing new ways of effectively implementing Arctic policies.
There is a lot of Arctic research going on at Faculty of Law at the University of Oslo. The emphasis for the next years is outlined in the document Cold Pursuit.
The Arctic research has close links to the Oslo Law of the Sea Forum (OSLOS) and is in many ways an extension of the Maritme Safety Project, both projects at the Scandinavian Institute of Maritime Law.
The focus of Arctic at the Faculty of Law is part of a similar focus at the University of Oslo, UiO Arctic.