Part I Governance
1. The Dynamics of Arctic Development Arild Moe
2. Geopolitics and International Governance in the Arctic Øyvind Østerud and Geir
3. Pros and Cons of Institutional Complexity: The Case of Arctic Governance Olav
4. The Arctic: Environmental Security or Multi-Level Governance? Olav Schram
Part II Law of the Sea
5. The Law of the Sea and the Arctic Environment Olav Schram Stokke
6. Take it to the Limit: Defining the Continental Shelf in the Arctic Øystein Jensen.
7. Towards a Legal Regime for Arctic Navigation Øystein Jensen
8. The Polar Code and the Law of the Sea Øystein Jensen
Part III The Arctic Council
9. The Arctic Council Between National and International Governance Svein
10. The Arctic Council and Biodiversity Christian Prip
11. The Arctic Council: Challenges and Recommendations Svein Vigeland Rottem
The Polar North is known to be home to large gas and oil reserves and its positionholds signifi cant trading and military advantages, yet the maritime boundaries of the region remain ill-defined. In the twenty-first century the Arctic is undergoing profound change. As the sea ice melts, a result of accelerating climate change, global governance has become vital.
In this first of three volumes, the latest research and analysis from the Fridtjof Nansen Institute, the world's leading Arctic research body, is brought together. Arctic Governance: Law and Politics investigates the legal and political order of the Polar North, focusing on governance structures and the Law of the Sea. Are the current mechanisms at work effective? Are the Arctic states' interests really clashing, or is the atmosphere of a more cooperative nature? Skilfully delineating policy in the region and analysing the consequences of treaty agreements, Arctic Governance's uncovering of a rather orderly 'Arctic race' will become an indispensable contribution to contemporary International Relations concerning the Polar North.