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AsiArctic website
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FNI Climate Policy Perspectives
RUSSCASP website
Farmers' Rights Project website

FNI is an independent foundation engaged in research on international environmental, energy and resource management politics.

Fridtjof Nansen InstituteWithin this framework the institute's research is mainly grouped around seven focal points:
   Global environmental governance and law
   Climate change
   Law of the Sea and marine affairs
   Biodiversity and genetic resources
   Arctic and Russian politics
   European energy and environment
   Chinese energy and environment

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FNI publications

Latest books

Øystein Jensen: The Commission on the Limits of the Continental Shelf: Law and Legitimacy Øystein Jensen
The Commission on the Limits of the Continental Shelf: Law and Legitimacy
Leiden/Boston, Brill/Nijhoff, 2014, 316 p.
Geir Hønneland: Arctic Politics, the Law of the Sea and Russian Identity Geir Hønneland
Arctic Politics, the Law of the Sea and Russian Identity
Basingstoke, Palgrave Macmillan, 2014, 132 p.
Øystein Jensen: Noreg og havets folkerett Øystein Jensen
Noreg og havets folkerett ('Norway and the Law of the Sea')
Trondheim, Akademika, 2014, 169 p. In Norwegian.

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 Latest other research publications

Gulbrandsen, Lars H. and Anne Raaum Christensen. 'EU Legislation to Reduce Carbon Emissions from Cars: Intergovernmental or Supranational Policy-Making?' Review of Policy Research, Vol 31, No 6, 2014, pp. 503-528

Breit, Eric, Lars Rowe and Pål Wilter Skedsmo, Evaluering av støtteordningen BarentsKult ('Evaluation of the Funding Mechanism BarentsKult'). FNI Report 11/2014. Lysaker, FNI, 2014, 41 p. In Norwegian.

Gulbrandsen, Lars H. and Geir Hønneland, 'Fisheries Certification in Russia: The Emergence of Non-State Authority in a Postcommunist Economy'. Ocean Development & International Law, Vol 45, No 4, 2014, pp. 341-359.

Østerud, Øyvind and Geir Hønneland, 'Geopolitics and International Governance in the Arctic'. Arctic Review on Law and Politics, Vol 5, No 2, 2014, pp. 156-176.

Winge, Tone, 'Seed Legislation in Europe and Crop Genetic Diversity'. Sustainable Agriculture Reviews, Vol 15, 2015, pp. 1-64.

Skjærseth, Jon Birger, 'Linking EU Climate and Energy Policies: Policy-making, Implementation and Reform'. International Environmental Agreements: Politics, Law and Economics, published online 02.10.2014, 17 p. DOI: 10.1007/s10784-014-9262-5

Hager, Caroline Persson, Skiftende bris? En casestudie av de største endringene i norsk vindkraftpolitikk i perioden 1990 til 2012 ('Shifting Winds? A Case Study of the Major Changes in Norwegian Wind Power Policy from 1990 to 2012'). FNI Report 6/2014. Lysaker, FNI, 2014, 65 p.

Wegge, Njord, 'The Emerging Politics of the Arctic Ocean: Future Management of the Living Marine Resources'. Marine Policy, Vol 51, 2015, pp. 331-338.

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 Latest commentary articles

Gulbrandsen, Lars. H., 'Book Review: Rethinking Private Authority: Agents and Entrepreneurs in Global Environmental Governance, by Jessica F. Green', Global Environmental Politics, Vol 14, No 4, 2014.

Skjærseth, Jon Birger, 'Polsk bremsekloss' ('Polish Curb to EU Climate Policies'), Energi og Klima, 10.10.2014. In Norwegian.

Moe, Arild, 'Russian Oil: Challenges and Possibilities', Oxford Energy Forum, August 2014.

Skjærseth, Jon Birger, 'Polen bremser' ('Poland Curbs EU Climate Ambitions), Dagens Næringsliv, 23.06.2014. In Norwegian.

Wegge, Njord, 'Polarnasjonen Norge' ('The Polar Nation Norway'), Nord24, 19.06.2014. In Norwegian.

Hønneland, Geir, 'Ukraina og Barentshavet' ('Ukraine and the Barents Sea'), Fiskeribladet Fiskaren, 23.05.2014. In Norwegian.

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 Upcoming events

Open Stakeholder Seminar – K.G. Jebsen Centre for the Law of the Sea (JCLOS)
FNI, 12.11.2014

Polhøgdaseminar om verneområder
FNI, 28.11.2014

 Latest FNI News 

BarentsKultThe BarentsKult Funding Mechanism: A Success
 (30.10.2014) The BarentsKult funding mechanism has helped enhance the professional standards of art companies, theatres and festivals in Northern Norway. It has also contributed to the creation of innovative art projects and cross-border networks between Norwegian and Russian artists.  More >

Øystein Jensen: The Commission on the Limits of the Continental Shelf: Law and LegitimacyThe Commission on the Limits of the Continental Shelf
 (01.09.2014) As the world’s coastal states go about dividing up the ocean floor, the work of the Commission on the Limits of the Continental Shelf plays an increasingly important role. The Commission's work is analyzed in a new book by Øystein Jensen.  More >

Fridtjof Nansen InstituteFNI Norway's #1 Institute in Scientific Publishing
 (11.08.2014) In a report released by the Research Council of Norway (RCN) this summer, FNI comes out on top amongst Norwegian research institutes with regard to scientific publication activity.  More >

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 FNI in the media

'Verdens største gasselskap snuser på norsk sokkel' ('World's Largest Gas Company Interested in the Norwegian Continental Shelf'),, 30.10.2014. In Norwegian.

'EU 2030 - hva ble de egentlig enig om?' ('EU 2030 - What Did They Really Agree on?'), Energi og Klima, 29.10.2014. In Norwegian.

'EU bruker mer fourensende kull' ('The EU Uses More Polluting Coal'), Aftenposten, 24.10.2014. In Norwegian.

'Russian billionaire gains offshore foothold',, 23.10.2014.

'Russer inntar norsk sokkel' ('Russian Gains Foothold on the Norwegian Continental Shelf'), Dagsavisen, 23.10.2014. In Norwegian.

'Oljen ganger norske utslipp med 10' ('Oil Increases Norwegian Emissions 10-Fold'), Vårt Land, 22.10.2014. In Norwegian.

'Vellykket EU-seminar: Viktig å ha en stemme, tross manglende stemmerett' ('Successful EU Seminar: Important to Have a Voice, Even Without a Vote'), Bellona News, 14.10.2014. In Norwegian.

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