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 includes the following sub-group:

Philosophy of law in the Arctic (Sub-Group Lead: Dr. Dawid Bunikowski, University of Eastern Finland)

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

  • Pilot project for institutionalizing research-end user cooperation in societal security research (2019-2020). Visit the project webpage here.
  • Arctic Law Summer School to be held on 12-18 July, 2020 in Arkhangelsk, Russia, joint organization with Northern (Arctic) Federal University
  • Societal Security collaboration in research and education (01.08.2019 → 31.12.2020). Visit the project webpage here.
  • 10th International Congress of Arctic Social Sciences - ICASS X - 15-19 June 2020 Arkhangelsk:
    • Thematic network on Arctic Law will held a panel session on “Food security in the Circumpolar region, challenges and solutions”
    • The sub-group of the Thematic Network – the Philosophy of Law – will host a panel session titled “Man and Law in the Arctic: traditional, corporate, international and national life support regimes”
  • Joint project on curriculum development for interdisciplinary Master’s program “STEP into Russian Arctic”
  • Polar Law Symposium, https://2020polarlawsymposium.org/
  • Finnish-Japanese Arctic Studies Program, https://www.arcticcentre.org/EN/projects/finnish-japanese-arctic-studies
  • Food (in)Security in the Arctic: Contribution of Traditional and Local Food to promote Food Security with Particular Reference to the European High North, https://www.arcticcentre.org/EN/projects/foodsecurity

Past Activities