The ICE LAW Project

logo copyThe Project on Indeterminate and Changing Environments: Law, the Anthropocene, and the World (the ICE LAW Project) was first conceived in December 2012, during a meeting at the University of Lapland with Timo Koivurova. Since then, the project has expanded considerably. Its initial mission was to investigate how the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea might be modified to take into account the fact that significant portions of the ocean are frozen for much (or all) of the year. It subsequently to grew to investigate the potential for a legal framework that acknowledges the complex geophysical environment in the world’s frozen regions and explore the impact that an ice-sensitive legal system would have on topics ranging from the everyday activities of Arctic residents to the territorial foundations of the modern state. My own contribution to the project build upon some of my other work connecting Arctic materialities with polar politics (see, in particular, Contesting the Arctic (2015) as well as my ongoing project on sea ice mapping.

The ICE LAW Project is convened by IBRU: the Centre for Borders Research at Durham University, with sponsorship from the UArctic Thematic Network on Arctic Law and funding from a Leverhulme Trust International Network Grant. Funding runs through July 2019.

For more on the ICE LAW Project, see its website: A comprehensive history of the project, through 2017, can be found in Current Developments in Arctic Law, 2018 (The link opens a PDF of the entire issue – see the ICE LAW article at page 110).

For information on the final conference of the ICE LAW Project (25-27 April 2019), see the Call for Papers.


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