Contested Sovereignty, International Courts and Transnational Constitutionalism

Two-day symposium on Svalbard discussing sovereignty and international courts with an emphasis on the Svalbard treaty and international law of the sea.

Monday September 6

9.00 – 11.30 Session 1: The maritime areas around Svalbard in comparative perspective

Tore Henriksen, UiT The Arctic University of Norway, Moderator

Robin Churchill, University of Dundee [By Zoom]: “The application of the Svalbard Treaty offshore: A new approach to resolving the issue“

Irene Dahl, UiT The Arctic University of Norway: Norwegian regulation and judgments on snow crab

Erik J. Molenaar, Utrecht University: “Recent Developments on Arctic Cod”

Øystein R. Stikbakke, Lawyer Wikborg Rein [By Zoom]: Are Articles 2 and 3 of the Svalbard Treaty applicable to the FPZ and continental shelf? An analysis in light of Article 311 of UNCLOS and the South China Sea Arbitration


Geir Ulfstein, University of Oslo

11.30 Session ends in time for some participants to join

12.00 – 12.45  Public event (in Norwegian): discussion of the book

Svalbardtraktaten 100 år - et jubileumsskrift ('The Svalbard Treaty 100 Year') (external link),

With editor Irene Dahl at ‘Kulturhuset’

12.00 Lunch

13.30 - 16.30 Session 2: International Courts

Morten Ruud, PluriCourts, Moderator

Pierre Bodeau-Livinec, Université Paris Nanterre: “The application of the Articles of State Responsibility by international courts and tribunals - 20 years after their adoption.”

Helene Ruiz Fabri, Max Planck Institute Luxembourg [By Zoom]: “Procedure and legitimacy of international courts and tribunals”

Helen Keller, University of Zürich [By Zoom, any time after 14.30]: “Climate Change at the ECtHR: Overcoming Procedural Hurdles in Transboundary Environmental Cases”

Andre Nollkaemper, University of Amsterdam: "The role of international courts in relation to climate change: complementarities and tensions between primary, secondary and tertiary rules of international law"


Yuval Shany, Hebrew University: [By Zoom] 

Andreas Zimmermann, University of Potsdam

17.30 Reception hosted by the Governor of Svalbard, Lars Fause

19.00 Dinner at Gruvelageret

Tuesday September 7

9.00-11.30 Session 3: Transnational Constitutionalism

Lessons learned, contributions

Andreas Follesdal, PluriCourts, Moderator

Jan Klabbers, University of Helsinki: [By Zoom] "Constitutionalism as Theory"

Anne Peters, Max Planck Institute Heidelberg: [By Zoom] "International organisations as agents of constitutionalisation: From neoliberalism to post-colonialism"

Astrid Kjeldgaard-Pedersen, University of Copenhagen: “Shooting Sparrows with Cannons?: Global Constitutionalism and the International Legal Personality of the Individual”

Jeff Dunoff, Temple University, submits written draft: “Following Geir – Looking Up and Looking Ahead.”


Dan Bodansky, Arizona State University [By Zoom] 

11.30– 12.00 Concluding remarks

Geir Ulfstein

Astrid Kjeldgaard-Pedersen: Publication opportunities

12.00 – 12.30 Lunch


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