Arctic High Seas - Building Common Interests in the Arctic Ocean

Organized by Arctic Options 16. August 2016

Sunday, October 9, 16:30-18:30

Location: Kaldalón, Harpa First Level

The session aims to facilitate international, interdisciplinary and inclusive dialogue to build common interests in the Arctic high seas with regard to fishing, shipping, scientific research and area protection in context of the law of the sea.

The discussion points include:

  • Water Column Beyond National Jurisdictions
  • Research in the Central Arctic Ocean
  • Potential Fisheries in the Central Arctic Ocean
  • Potential Transpolar Trade Route
  • Potential Area Protection in the Central Arctic Ocean


  • Kristina M. Gjerde, J.D., Senior High Seas Advisor, International Union for Conservation for Nature, United States
  • Christine Provost, Senior Scientist, Laboratoire d'Océanographie et du Climat, Université Pierre et Marie Curie, France
  • Joji Morishita, Professor, Department of Marine Policy and Culture; Head, Japanese delegation to A5+5 Meeting on High Seas Fisheries in the Central Arctic Ocean, Tokyo University of Marine Science and Technology, Japan
  • Alexander N. Vylegzhanin, Director, International Law Programme, MGIMO University, Russian Federation
  • Eero Hokkanen, Communications Manager, Arctia Ltd., Finland


  • Paul Arthur Berkman,  Professor Practice in Science Diplomacy, Tufts University, United States; Director, Arctic Futures Initiative, International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis
  • Oran R. Young, Professor Emeritus, University of California Santa Barbara, United States