Organizers plan to continue the dialogue between academia, government and civil society on the actual formation of the Arctic law as a separate group of legal norms, and the prospects for its development.

Proposed topics for discussion:

  • current challenges in the field of legal regulation in the Arctic: problems and solutions;
  • mechanisms and tools for the development of Arctic law: integration of traditions and innovations;
  • training of specialists in the field of Arctic law: the needs of governments and business;
  • improvement of legal mechanisms to protect the rights of indigenous peoples of the Arctic;
  • best practices to stimulate the inflow of population to the Arctic regions, improve the investment climate, develop production as well as small and medium-sized enterprises;
  • establishment of special requirements for extraction and transportation of natural resources, as well as environmental protection in order to preserve the unique Arctic ecosystems and human health.

Currently, Arctic development vector of the Russian state policy is one of the priorities. The government has adopted the State Programme "Socio-economic development of the Arctic zone of the Russian Federation". The urgency of ensuring the national security of the country in the Arctic region is increasing. The expansion of international cooperation in sub-Arctic regions is an objective necessity. All this testifies to the specifics of the complex legal regulation of international and national activities in the Arctic.

Solving the above mentioned problems of legal regulation at regional, national and international levels requires a specific application of general legal norms or creation of a special group of rules of conduct based on the specifics of international, environmental, constitutional, and transport law; peculiarities of implementation and protection of personal, political, socio-economic human rights; implementation and protection of the rights of indigenous peoples; support and development of knowledge in the field of international economic and political relations in the circumpolar North; the role of traditional practices and customary law of indigenous peoples in the formation of the legal framework of Arctic law (in particular, environmental law).

If you are planning to participate in the Arctic Science Summit Week 2019 and are interested in the above mentioned Arctic law issues, NarFU Higher School of Economics, Management and Law cordially invites you to the side event "Arctic Law: Current Legal Regulation, Teaching and Research". Organizers would appreciate if you contact them as soon as possible.

Contact persons:

Ms. Tatiana Sorokina

Head of the Arctic Biomonitoring Laboratory, Associate Professor of the Department of International Law and Comparative Jurisprudence at the Higher School of Economics, Management and Law, NArFU

Ms. Tatiana Khairova  

Senior expert on international cooperation, Higher School of Economics, Management and Law, NArFU

Northern (Arctic) Federal University has been a member of the University of the Arctic since 2004 and hosts the UArctic Research Office.