Polar Law Institute

Akureyri, photo: Hordur Finnbogason


Akureyri & Reykjavík, Iceland
5 – 10 October 2016

Now open for registration!
Registration dead-line: 30 September 2016

4th October 2016 at 20:00
You are invited to the Reception for the exhibition, Into the Arctic, at Strandgata 53, Akureyri.

Click here for the agenda 


The registration and participation fee for Akureyri sessions, 5-6 October, is 7500 ISK.

Please contact 9polarlaw@gmail.com for information regarding registration for the Arctic Circle 7-9 October 2016. A 50% discount from the standard academic fee is available for Polar Law Symposium participants.

An optional conference dinner will be held on Wednesday 5 October in RUB23, Akureyri. Payment will be taken by the restaurant directly. Cost: 7290 ISK plus drinks. When you register for the conference, please indicate if you will attend.

Sushi og sushi pizza međ unagisósu og wakame salati
Sushi and sushi pizza with unagi sauce and wakame salad

Ţorskur, ferskar kryddjurtir, pipar, hvítlaukur, salat, kartöflur
Cod, fresh herbs, pepper, garlic, salad

Hvítur súkkulađimarmari, bökuđ fíkja, eplasorbet
White chocolate marble, baked fig, apple sorbet

For further information, please email 9polarlaw@gmail.com or call Ágúst Ţór Árnason: +354 899 3035.




For more information, please email Rachael Lorna Johnstone: rlj@unak.is

The first International Symposium, ‘Looking Beyond the International Polar Year: Emerging and Re-emerging Issues in International Law and Policy in the Polar Regions’ was held on 7-10 September 2008 at the University of Akureyri, Iceland. The Symposium was timed to coincide with the launch of the new postgraduate program in Polar Law offered by the University of Akureyri. The Polar Law Symposium is an annual event and the Symposiums proceedings have been published by the Brill publishing house in the Yearbooks of Polar Law.

The purpose of the Symposiums is to examine, in detail, the implications of the challenges faced by the Polar Regions for international law and policy and to make recommendations on appropriate actions by States, policy makers and other international actors to respond to these emerging and re-emerging challenges.

The Symposiums have brought together, from many countries and continents, internationally renowned experts on international law and policy and the Polar Regions, including academics, politicians, diplomats, representatives of intergovernmental organizations and processes, civil society and students.



 Polar Law Institute  

Borgir Norđurslóđ, 600 Akureyri, Iceland

The Polar Law Institute is a non-profit research and education institution and operates within the University of Akureyri. It was established together and in cooperation with the Polar Law Programme at  the University. The aim and purpose of Polar Law Institute is:

  • Organize symposiums, seminars and lectures on Polar law, including the annual Polar Law Symposium,
  • Support the Polar Law programme of the University of Akureyri
  • Provide teaching in individual courses or in cooperation with the University of Akureyri or other institutions,
  • Publication of books and Articles on Polar Law, including the Yearbook of Polar Law.
  • Enhance cooperation of academics, the public sector and the private sector within the field of Polar Law,
  • Strengthen cooperation of various parties in the interest of inter-disciplinary studies,
  • To raise funds for and carry out research projects in cooperation with other parties,