Legal aspects of Arctic shipping - Summary report

Date: 31/03/2014
Author: Legal and socio-economic studies in the field of the Integrated Maritime Policy for the European Union
Source: © European Union, 2010

The main purpose of this Study is to examine the international legal regime that applies to the Arctic marine area in terms of shipping and related activities. The Study:

• provides an overview of the international law of the sea, its main features and maritime zones in the context of the Arctic marine area;

• discusses the international legal regime for the regulation of marine shipping;

• analyzes the national laws and regulations of the coastal Arctic States (Canada, Greenland (Denmark), Iceland, Norway, the Russian Federation and the United States of America); and

• draws conclusions and examines options for multilateral reform and consultation.




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