Studies in Polar Law describes the legal regimes applicable to the Arctic and the Antarctic. It is interdisciplinary, placing emphasis on relevant
areas of public international law and social sciences. Subject areas
include: environmental law; the law of the sea; sovereignty issues and
boundary disputes on land and sea; natural resources governance;
the rights of indigenous peoples in the North; self-government and
good governance; economic development; Arctic security and
Arctic strategies; and land and resource claims in polar regions.
The Master’s programmes at the University of Akureyri are the first of their kind in the world and provide a unique focus on Polar Law. They are designed for both law graduates (leading to the 90 ECTS LLM degree or 60 ECTS graduate diploma) and graduates from other disciplines (leading to the 120 ECTS MA degree or 60 ECTS graduate diploma).
All the Polar Law subjects are taught in English and applicants should
have good written and spoken English skills. The Polar Law programmes
are the only full-time programmes taught in English at the University
of Akureyri and accept new students every other year (in the fall of
each odd-numbered year).
The deadline for non-EU/EEA students is the 1 April and for EU/ EEA students the deadline is the 5 June.
Upon Completion of Studies
Studies in Polar Law prepare students for work in the public and
private sectors, with different levels of government, with international
organisations, the NGO sector, with indigenous peoples in the
Arctic, and with universities and research institutions. The Master’s
programmes (LLM and MA) also constitute good preparation for
doctoral studies or further research on Polar issues.
More information about the polar law programmes can be found at: