Topical issues related to Arctic Law include

  • Outer continental shelf law in the Arctic Ocean
  • Legal questions related to the opening Arctic seas
  • Rights of Arctic indigenous peoples
  • Biodiversity law
  • Oil and gas related regulations
  • Arctic Governance
  • Philosophy of law in the Arctic

The Thematic Network is led by a steering committee:

Overall Goal

  • Building a network of Arctic legal experts.
  • Research cooperation amongst the members of the thematic network.
  • Cooperation with other thematic network in order to undertake multi-disciplinary research projects.
  • Organizing seminars and conferences in order to disseminate Arctic legal questions to the wider audiences.
  • Contribution in the development of legal education focusing on Arctic issues.
  • Taking part in the preparation of joint funding applications along with other members and member institutions of the Thematic Network.

Main Activities

  • Organizing seminars and conferences and in order to disseminate Arctic legal knowledge.
  • Development of legal education programmes.
  • Facilitating the preparation of joint funding applications.

Current and Planned Activities

Past Activities

  • Ice Law Project workshop: The workshop explored the ways in which laws and regulations currently guide human behavior in icy environments. The workshop was held April 2017.
  • Ninth International Congress on Arctic Social Sciences (ICASS IX): Within the framework of the Ice Law project, an academic panel session was organized at the ICASS IX conference in June 2017, Umeå, Sweden. All the sub-groups were represented at the session and the project's core group also met to discuss the aspects of implementation of the project along with its future outcomes. The meeting was attended by the lead of the Thematic Network on Arctic Law, Prof. Koivurova. 
  • Protecting the Sacred: This conference brings together scientists, sacred natural sites custodians, Indigenous Peoples’ Organizations, policy makers, conservation and civil society leaders, to evaluate options for international and national law, policy and practice in order to better recognize, safeguard, conserve and manage Sacred Natural Sites (SNS) of Indigenous Peoples in Northern and Arctic regions.