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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

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.

Bodansky, Daniel and Elliot Diringer, Alternative Models for the 2015 Climate Change Agreement. FNI Climate Policy Perspectives 13, October 2014.

Tvedt, Morten Walløe, 'Into ABS Implementation: Challenges and Opportunities for the Nagoya Protocol'. Biores, Vol, No 8, 2014, pp. 9-13.

Andresen, Steinar, 'The Climate Regime: A Few Achievements but Many Challenges'. Climate Law, Vol 4, Nos 1-2, 2014, pp. 21-30.

Andresen, Steinar 'The Role of Scientific Expertise in Multilateral Environmental Agreements: Influence and Effectiveness'. In M. Ambrus, K. Arts, E. Hey and H. Raulus (eds), The Role of 'Experts' in International and European Decision-Making Processes: Advisors, Decision-Makers or Irrelevant Actors?, Cambridge, Cambridge University Press, 2014, pp. 105-126.

Stokke, Olav Schram, 'Arctic Council'. In J.-F. Morin and A. Orsini (eds), Essential Concepts of Global Environmental Governance. London, Routledge, 2015, pp. 7-9.

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 Latest commentary articles

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.

Lunde, Leiv, 'Klok utenrikspolitikk' ('Norwegian Government's Decision Not to Meet the Dalai Lama is Wise Foreign Policy'), Dagens Næringsliv, 11.05.2014. In Norwegian.

Eikeland, Per Ove and Arild Moe (interview), 'I skjebnefellesskap med Russland' ('The Ukrainian Crisis and Gas: Norway Shares Fate with Russia'), Energi og Klima, 11.04.2014. In Norwegian.

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 Upcoming events

Polhøgdaseminar om verneområder
FNI, 28.11.2014

 Latest FNI News 

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

'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.

'Norge er ingen fredsnasjon' ('Norway is No Peace Nation'), NRK, 07.10.2014. In Norwegian.

'– Viktige aktører ønsker ikke sterk klimaavtale' ('- Key Actors Do Not Want a Strong Climate Agreement'),, 17.09.2014. In Norwegian.

'Suksessen verden ikke makter å gjenta' ('Ozone: The Success Story the World Doesn't Manage to Repeat'), Dagsavisen, 16.09.2014. In Norwegian.

'- Barents-samarbeidet blir viktigere', ('- Barents Cooperation Becomes More Important'), Dagens Næringsliv, 11.09.2014. In Norwegian.

'- Sanksjoner innen olje og gass gir Europa et dilemma' ('-Oil and Gas Sanctions Pose a Dilemma for Europe'), E24, 08.09.2014. In Norwegian.

'Danmark sylter verdens natur' ('Denmark Inactive in International Nature Conservation Cooperation'), Avisen Natur & Miljø, 03.09.2014. In Danish.

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Steinar Andresen, Elin Lerum Boasson and Geir Hønneland (eds): International Environmental Agreements: An Introduction
 FNI seeks Master's students
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