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

Law of the Sea and marine affairs(12.04.2013) The Kristian Gerhard Jebsen Foundation yesterday announced the award of 36 million NOK over a six-year period to establish the K. G. Jebsen Centre for Ocean Law. The Centre will be one of the largest centres of its kind internationally. It will be hosted by the University of Tromsø (UiT) with the Fridtjof Nansen Institute as national consortium partner.

The UiT/FNI partnership, with the Netherlands Institute for Law of the Sea (NILOS) also playing an important role, was deemed the strongest out of several competing bids.

FNI is looking forward to playing an active part in the development of the Centre. Research is to focus on several aspects of international law of the sea, with work organized in five packages:
  1. Fundamental challenges for the law of the sea
  2. Maritime borders and limits
  3. Shipping
  4. Marine resources
  5. Protection of the marine environment

FNI will coordinate the work package on fundamental challenges for the law of the sea, and participates in several of the others.

FNI's main contributors to the Centre's work will be Research Professor Davor Vidas, Research Fellow Øystein Jensen and Research Professor Olav Schram Stokke.

Further information:
   News release from the Kristian Gerhard Jebsen Foundation (in Norwegian).
   News release from the University of Tromsø (in Norwegian).
   Law of the Sea research at FNI (presentation brochure).
   Read more about FNI's research on Law of the Sea and marine affairs.
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