Polar Law: Global Influences On Polar Governance

Organized by the University of Akureyri 15. August 2016

Friday, October 7, 17:00-18:30

Location: Main Hall, Þjóðmenningarhúsið (National Centre for Cultural Heritage)

This session examines the interplay between global institutions and the Arctic.

It begins with an examination of the role of the United Nations and selected subsidiary bodies on Polar governance. The rights of indigenous peoples are then addressed. First is an assessment of the implementation of land rights according to ILO Convention 169 in Norwegian law. This is followed by an evaluation of the rights of Sámi children under three key international instruments.


  • Bertrand Ramcharan, former UN High Commissioner for Human Rights: UN Protection of the Polar Regions.
  • Øyvind Ravna, Professor of Law, Arctic University of Norway in Tromsø: Is Norway's arrangement with an investigating commission and a land tribunal suited to fulfill its obligations under ILO 169 to the Sámi?
  • Tanja Joona, Senior Researcher, University of Lapland: The Rights of Sámi Children in the context of Subjectivity and Identity with special reference to ILO Convention No. 169, the Draft Nordic Saami Convention and UNDRIP.


  • Guðmundur Alfreðsson, Professor, University of Akureyri; China University of Political Science and Law