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 has built 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. From July 2016 through July 2019, the ICE LAW Project was supported by an International Network Grant from the from Leverhulme Trust. Although this funding has no ended and the ICE LAW Project is no longer sponsoring workshops or conferences, the research team continues to maintain communication, and resources and records associated with the Project continue to be available on its website:

For more on the Project, in addition to perusing the website, see the history published in Current Developments in Arctic Law, 2018 (the link opens a PDF of the entire issue – see the ICE LAW article at page 110), as well as the Final Report filed with the Leverhulme Trust.

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