International Arbitration as a Method of Resolution of Boundary Disputes in the Arctic

Lead Author Agnieszka, Ason
Institution Contact Institute for Energy and Regulatory Law Berlin EUREF-Campus am Gasometer Haus 13, 3. Obergeschoss Torgauer Str. 12-15 10829 Berlin
Theme Theme 2: Vulnerability of Arctic Societies
Session Name 2.5 Geopolitics and Security of the Arctic
Datetime Thu, Sep 15, 2016 01:40 PM - 01:45 PM
Presentation Type Oral
Abstract text This paper discusses a persisting, yet insufficiently analysed, problem of territorial disputes in the Arctic. Proposing a detailed case study of the conflicts over Lomonosov Ridge, it assesses ramifications of the current dispute resolution regime. Challenging the conventional view that the vast majority of territorial issues potentially affecting exploration of Arctic resources has been either resolved, or lacks practical relevance, this paper argues that the largely supressed boundary tensions between Arctic coastal states are likely to (re-)emerge once shipping, drilling and mining in high latitudes materializes on a large scale. Identifying the need to look for alternatives, it assesses the suitability of international arbitration to resolve boundary disputes, concluding that this globally thriving, albeit increasingly controversial, method of conflict settlement in many respects prevails over the current UNCLOS regime.
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