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Øystein Jensen

Øystein JensenPosition at FNI: Senior Research Fellow

Academic background
   PhD, Faculty of Law, University of Oslo, 2013.
   Cand. jur, University of Oslo, 2005.

Professional experience
   Associate Member of the International Law Association's International Committee on 'Baselines under the International Law of the Sea', Norwegian branch representative (2012-present).
   Guest Researcher, Faculty of Law, Department of Public and International Law, University of Oslo (February-May 2011).
   Doctoral studies, Faculty of Law, University of Oslo.
   Teaching private law, legal methodology and public international law at the University of Oslo.
   Research Assistant, The Fridtjof Nansen Institute.
   Examiner and Academic Supervisor, Faculties of Law at the Universities of Bergen, Oslo and Tromsø.

Main research interests
   International law
   Law of the sea
   International institutional law
   Legitimacy in international law
   Global administrative law
   International law and politics for the Polar regions


Vidas, Davor, Ole Kristian Fauchald, Øystein Jensen and Morten Walløe Tvedt, 'International law for the Anthropocene? Shifting perspectives in regulation of the oceans, environment and genetic resources'. Anthropocene, Vol 9, 2015, pp. 1-13.

Jensen, Øystein, 'Delelinjen i Barentshavet, Svalbard' ('The Delimitation Agrrement in the Barents Sea, Svalbard'). In Sven Holtsmark (ed), Naboer i frykt og forventning: Norge og Russland 1917-2014 ('Neighbors in Fear and Expectation: Norway and Russia 1917-2014'). Oslo, Pax forlag, 2015, pp. 565-575. In Norwegian.

Jensen, Øystein, 'Havrett - en innføring' ('Law of the Sea - An Introduction'), Dictum, Vol 1, No 1, 2015, pp. 20-21. In Norwegian.

Jensen, Øystein, 'Review of Nong Hong’s book ‘UNCLOS and Ocean Dispute Settlement: Law and Politics in the South China Sea’', Nordic Journal of International Law, Vol 83, No 4, 2014, pp. 526–530.

Jensen, Øystein, The Commission on the Limits of the Continental Shelf: Law and Legitimacy. Leiden/Boston, Brill/Nijhoff, 2014, 316 p.

Jensen, Øystein, 'The Commission on the Limits of the Continental Shelf: An administrative, Scientific, or Judicial Institution?' Ocean Development and International Law, Vol 45, No 2, 2014, pp. 171-185.

Jensen, Øystein, Noreg og havets folkerett ('Norway and the Law of the Sea'). Trondheim, Akademika, 2014, 169 p. In Norwegian.

Jensen, Øystein, The Commission on the Limits of the Continental Shelf - Law and Legitimacy. Doctoral dissertation, Faculty of Law, University of Oslo, 2013, 331 p.

Jensen, Øystein, 'Limits of the Continental Shelf in the Arctic'. European Society of International Law - Reflections, Vol 2, No 4, 2013, 4 p.

Jensen, Øystein, 'Law of the Sea: Protection and Preservation of the Marine Environment'. In Steinar Andresen, Elin Lerum Boasson and Geir Hønneland (eds), International Environmental Agreements: An Introduction. London/New York, Routledge, 2012, pp. 69-83.

Jensen, Leif Christian, Øystein Jensen and Svein Vigeland Rottem, 'Norwegian Foreign Policy in the High North: Energy, International Law and Security'. Atlantisch Perspectief, Vol 35, No 3, 2011, pp. 15-19.

Jensen, Øystein, 'The Barents Sea: Treaty between Norway and the Russian Federation concerning Maritime Delimitation and Cooperation in the Barents Sea and the Arctic Ocean'. International Journal of Marine and Coastal Law, Vol 26, No 1, 2011, pp. 151-168.

Moe, Arild and Øystein Jensen, Opening of New Arctic Shipping Routes. Standard Briefing. Brussels, Directorate-General for External Policies of the Union, European Parliament, 2010, 16p.

Jensen, Øystein, Norway's Outer Continental Shelf Limits in the Arctic. Security Brief 4-2010. Oslo, The Norwegian Atlantic Committe, 4 p.

Jensen, Øystein and Svein Vigeland Rottem, International Law and Security Policy Perspectives in Norway's Northern Sea Areas. Security Brief 3-2010. Oslo, The Norwegian Atlantic Committe, 4 p.

Jensen, Leif Christian, Øystein Jensen and Svein Vigeland Rottem, 'Sitting on Top of the World: The Arctic Seen through Norwegian Lenses'. In Viviane du Castel (ed), Le Grand Nord: Un nouvel enjeu trés courtisé. L'exemple de la mer de Barents, Norvége. Paris, L'Harmattan, 2010, pp. 19-30.

Jensen, Øystein, 'Towards Setting the Outer Limits of the Continental Shelf in the Arctic: On the Norwegian Submission and Recommendations of the Commission'. In Davor Vidas (ed), Law, Technology and Science for Oceans in Globalisation – IUU Fishing, Oil Pollution, Bioprospecting, Outer Continental Shelf. Leiden/Boston, Martinus Nijhoff Publishers, 2010, pp. 519-538.

Jensen, Øystein and Svein Vigeland Rottem. 'The Politics of Security and International Law in Norway's Arctic Waters'. Polar Record, Vol 46, 2010, pp. 75-83.

Jensen, Øystein, 'Kontinentalsokkelkrav i Polhavet: alminnelig havrett eller folkerett sui generis?' ('Continental Shelf Claims in the Arctic Ocean: International Law Sui Generis?'). Lov og Rett, Vol 48, No 7, 2009, pp. 406-424. In Norwegian.

Jensen, Øystein, 'Kontinentalsokkelens avgrensning utenfor 200 nautiske mil: Norske og russiske perspektiver i de nordlige havområder' ('Continental Shelf Delimitation Beyond 200 Nautical Miles: Norwegian and Russian Perspectives in the High North'). Internasjonal Politikk, Vol 66, No 4, 2008, pp. 563-589. In Norwegian.

Jensen, Øystein, 'Havrett – vern og bevaring av det marine miljø' ('The Law of the Sea – Protection and Preservation of the Marine Environment'). In Andresen, Steinar, Elin Lerum Boasson and Geir Hønneland (eds): Internasjonal miljøpolitikk ('International Environmental Politics'). Bergen, Fagbokforlaget, 2008, pp. 89-102. In Norwegian.

Jensen, Øystein, 'Arctic Shipping Guidelines: Towards a Legal Regime for Navigation Safety and Environmental Protection?'. Polar Record, Vol 44, No 2, 2008, pp. 107-114.

Jensen, Øystein, The IMO Guidelines for Ships Operating in Arctic Ice-Covered Waters: From Voluntary to Mandatory Tool for Navigation Safety and Environmental Protection? FNI Report 2/2007. Lysaker, FNI, 2007, 32 p.

Jensen, Øystein, Coastal State Jurisdiction and Vessel Source Pollution: The International Law of the Sea Framework for Norwegian Legislation. FNI report 3/2006. Lysaker, FNI, 2006. 47 p.

Commentary articles:

Jensen, Øystein, 'Kampen om Nordpolen' ('Continental Shelf Claims and the North Pole'), Aftenposten, 31.05.2011. In Norwegian.

Jensen, Øystein, 'Grensesprengende - og uklart' ('Pathbreaking - and Unclear'), Dagens Næringsliv, 30.04.2010. In Norwegian.

Jensen, Øystein, 'Norge er ikke blitt større' ('Norway Has Not Become Larger'), Aftenposten, 23 April 2009. In Norwegian.

Jensen, Øystein, 'Har Norge grunn til bekymring?' ('Does Norway Have Reason to Worry about EU's New Arctic Foreign Policy Strategy?'). Nordlys, 12 December 2008. In Norwegian.

Jensen, Øystein, 'Arktis og havets folkerett' ('The Arctic Ocean and the Law of the Sea'), Bergens Tidende, 9 June 2008. In Norwegian.
 Contact details
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 Related focal points of research

   Law of the Sea and marine affairs
   Arctic and Russian politics

 Important ongoing projects

Fundamental Challenges for the Law of the Sea

Designing Effective Management Systems for Aquaculture: Innovation and Sustainable Development

International Law for an Anthropocene Epoch? Shifting Perspectives in the Law of the Sea, Environmental Law and Genetic Resources Law

 Important past projects

The Commission on the Limits of the Continental Shelf

Arctic Shipping Guidelines: From Voluntary to Mandatory Tool for Environmental Protection and Navigation Safety?

 Recent relevant FNI News

The Commission on the Limits of the Continental Shelf (01.09.2014)

Øystein Jensen obtains PhD on Law of the Sea (10.06.2013)

FNI to Play Key Role in New Research Centre on Ocean Law (12.04.2013)

 Recent media coverage

'Kampen om verdenshavene' ('The fight over the World's oceans'), NRK Ekko, 14.08.2015. In Norwegian.

'Russland har tatt en bit av Smutthullet uten å si ifra til Norge' ('Russia has taken a piece of the Loophole without telling Norway'), FiskeribladetFiskaren, 12.08.2015. In Norwegian.

'Russland vil ha Nordpolen' ('Russia wants the North Pole'), NRK Dagsnytt 18, 06.08.2015. In Norwegian.

'"Arkticheskaya gonka": Chto za kadrom?' ('"The Arctic race": What's behind the scenes?'), Echo, 06.08.2015. In Russian.

'Forsker om Russlands Nordpolen-krav: – Det er ingen annektering eller invasjon' ('Researcher on Russia's claim for the North Pole: - This is no annexation, nor an invasion'), Svalbardposten, 06.08.2015. In Norwegian.

'Zayavka Rossii kholodno vstretsena sosedyami po Arktike' ('Russian application greeted cooly by Arctic neighbours'), Newsland, 05.08.2015. In Russian.

'Russland gjør krav på Nordpolen' ('Russia claims the North Pole'), NRK Her og Nå, 04.08.2015. In Norwegian.

'Russlands Nordpolen-krav er det største så langt' ('Russia's North Pole claim is the largest claim so far'), Dagbladet, 04.08.2015. In Norwegian.

'Spændt klima kan forværre russisk og dansk kamp om Nordpolen' ('Tense relations may impact negatively on Russian and Danish fight over North Pole'), Politiken, 04.08.2015. In Danish.

'- Helt udramatisk at Russland krever Nordpolen ' ('- Totally undramatic that Russia claims North Pole'), P4, 04.08.2015. In Norwegian.

'Russland gjør krav på Nordpolen' ('Russia claims the North Pole'), VG, 04.08.2015. In Norwegian.

'Russland gjentar krav på Nordpolen' ('Russia repeats claim for North Pole'), Aftenposten, 04.08.2015. In Norwegian.

'- Et pr-fremstøt' ('A PR initiative'), Dagens Næringsliv, 04.08.2015. In Norwegian.

'Sandefjord startet Antarktis-æraen' ('The Norwegian Antarctic Era Started in sandefjord'), Sandefjords Blad, 28.02.2015. In Norwegian.

'Who Owns the North Pole? Debate Heats Up as Climate Change Transforms Arctic', Bloomberg, 04.04.2014.

'Grand claims of the Arctic kind', The Arctic Journal, 05.12.2013.

'K.G. Jebsen Centre for the Law of the Sea established in Tromsø, Norway', K.G. Jebsen Foundation News Release, 19.09.2013.

'Researchers have great power in continental shelf battle', ScienceNordic, 23.08.2013.

'Forskere har mye makt i sokkelkamp' ('Researchers Have Much Power in Continental Shelf Struggle'),, 04.08.2013. In Norwegian.

- Maktkamp i Arktis kan ryste grunnen under sokkelregimet ('Arctic Power Struggle May Shake the Foundations of the Continental Shelf Regime'), University of Oslo News, 03.07.2013. In Norwegian.

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