Law

The Arctic Council meets in Yellowknife, Canada in 2014. Photo by Arctic Council.

The Arctic Council meets in Yellowknife, Canada in 2014. Photo by Arctic Council.

The Law subproject (Timo Koivurova, Leader) is rooted in a study of the challenges arising from the failure of international law to recognize the distinct category of sea ice. Through an investigation of the reasons why this is so, an inquiry into how this gap in jurisprudence is being met through domestic and sub-national legislation, and speculation as to how these efforts might inform environmentally-sensitive law in other areas in the Arctic and beyond, the research carried out in this subproject will contribute to establishing a framework for legal systems that are better suited to the geophysical environment of the polar regions. In so doing, it will advance broader understanding of the limits and possibilities for adapting legal and political systems to environments that challenge accepted divisions of Earth’s surface into solid land (territory) and liquid water (non-territory).

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Laws and Regulations Currently Guiding Human Behaviour in Ice Environments (Rovaniemi, Finland, 8 April 2017)

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