Arctic Ocean Governance

The Arctic is subject to rapid and substantial impacts from climate change that is facilitating expanded human use and exploitation of its resources.


Governance of such a region presents many challenges and opportunities for collaboration among the Arctic states responsible for effective stewardship of their sovereign waters, other nations with interests in expanding access to Arctic resources, and the international community more generally. The present and potential future governance of Arctic nations, international collaborations that have been established to foster coordination among these nations are discussed and analyzed during the course. Potential future frameworks for Arctic governance are also evaluated and the special role of Indigenous people is highlighted.

Participation in the Arctic Circle Conference in Reykjavík, an important international forum focused on Arctic policy and governance, is an integral element of this course and provides students with a unique and important opportunity to experience high-level discussions of many challenges faced in the region, and potential emerging solutions.  Participation in the Conference also offers students the opportunity to meet and learn more about these issues and challenges from the key leaders of Arctic nations as well as other important players in the Arctic governance and policy community at this forum 

Course details

Academic level(s)Master
CountryIceland
Language of instruction
InstitutionUniversity Centre of the Westfjords
Begin date04.10.2021
End date15.10.2021
Registration deadline30.08.2021
ECTS credits4.0
Field schoolNo
Fields of studyEnvironmental protection (broad programmes)
Teaching placeÍsafjörður
Tagsarcticresourcesgovernance
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