Polar Law: Managing Living Marine Resources

Organized by the University of Akureyri (UNAK) 17. October 2015

This panel examines some of the challenges facing management of living marine resources in the Arctic. It will explore the legal regulation of whaling and the contribution of NAMMCO in this respect; the EU Seal Product Ban and dispute before the WTO in light of ILO Convention 169; and innovative approaches to fisheries catch documentation in the Arctic through real-time catch documentation in which Iceland has the potential to take a pioneering role.


  • Richard Caddell, Senior Research Associate and Nippon Foundation Senior Nereus Fellow, Netherlands Institute for Law of the Sea, Utrecht University: Marine Mammal Regulation in the High North: Challenges and Opportunities for NAMMCO.
  • Nikolas Sellheim, Doctoral Candidate, University of Lapland: The EU seal regime and the WTO - The elusive claim of morality.
  • Laura Nielsen, Associate Professor of Law, University of Copenhagen: The WTO case EU - Seal Products - did everyone overlook the ILO 169 Convention?

"Transparency and dependability of information in fisheries management: room for improvement?"

  • Hjalti Ómar Ágústsson, Researcher, Polar Law Institute, University of Akureyri
  • Jóhann Ásmundsson, Polar Law Institute, University of Akureyri
  • Eva Varheim, Senior Advisor, Norwegian Directorate of Fisheries


  • Romain Chuffart, Polar Law Candidate, University of Akureyri