The Polar Law Institute


The Polar Law Institute is a non-profit research and education institution based at the University of Akureyri. It was established in June 2009, following the graduation of the first polar law master students from the University of Akureyri. The Polar Law Institute has primarily focused on organizing the annual Polar Law Symposia that are held each fall as well as publications on a variety of polar law issues. The overall aims and purposes of Polar Law Institute are:

•  To raise funds for and carry out research projects in cooperation with other parties

•  Support the polar law program of the University of Akureyri

•  Provide teaching in individual courses or in cooperation with the University of Akureyri or other institutions

•  Enhance cooperation of academics, the public sector and the private sector within the field of polar law

•  Strengthen cooperation of various parties in the interest of inter-disciplinary studies

•  Organize symposiums, seminars and lectures on polar law, including the annual Polar Law Symposium

•  Publication of books and articles on polar law, including the Yearbook of Polar Law

Polar Law Studies

northern research forum olafur Ragnar grimsson arcticThe University of Akureyri offers the Polar Law programme, with studies leading to an M.A. degree, an LL.M. degree or a graduate diploma.

In the programme, emphasis is placed on areas of international and domestic law concerning the polar regions, including environmental law, climate change, biodiversity, human rights, good governance, law of the sea, the law of sustainable development, natural resources law, boundary disputes on land and sea, and the rights of indigenous peoples. All courses are thought in English.

More information is available here.

Polar Law Symposia

The Institute organizes annual Polar Law Symposia. It collects leading experts in the field of polar law. The symposia have been successfully held since the year 2008. They cover a wide range of topics, with a primary focus on law and governance.

Symposia overview can be found here.

yearbook polar law arcticPublished Material

The Polar Law Institute has two major publications, the Polar Law Textbook and the Yearbook of Polar Law.

The Polar Law textbook focuses on the various developments in international and domestic law concerning the polar regions, such as environmental law, law of the sea, natural resources law, human rights, and Indigenous peoples' rights.

The Yearbook of Polar Law is a collection of peer reviewed articles from the Polar Law Symposia.

Polar Law Textbook

Yearbook of Polar Law

More about the publications

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Name: Ágúst Þór Árnason

Job title: Manager of the Polar Law Institute and Chairman of the Faculty of Law at the University of Akureyri.

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Telephone: +354 899-3035 and +354 460-8657




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