OUR RESEARCH AREAS

  • Global environmental governance and law

    • The efficiency of UN environmental organs
    • Linkages between international environmental agreements
    • Theoretical studies: Regime theory, institutional design and effectiveness
    • International environmental law
  • Climate change

    • International climate negotiations, within and outside the UN
    • Climate policies and domestic climate politics of key actors, including the EU, China, Russia and USA
    • Climate-related energy policy
    • Climate change adaptation capacity and policies
  • Law of the Sea and marine affairs

    • Law of the Sea and maritime jurisdiction
    • Regional marine issues (incl. Arctic, Barents Sea, NE Atlantic, Antarctica and Adriatic)
    • Maritime transport and environmental protection
    • Marine pollution and ballast water issues
    • International management of fisheries and whaling
    • Illegal, unregulated and unreported (IUU) fishing
  • Biodiversity and genetic resources

    • International agreements on biodiversity: Negotiations and implementation
    • Biotechnology and biosafety
    • Interacting regimes: Access to genetic resources versus patent legislation; bioprospecting
    • Plant genetic resources for food and agriculture; farmers' rights
    • Forest politics and certification (ecolabelling)
       
  • Polar and Russian politics

    • Norwegian-Russian relations in the High North (environment, energy, fisheries, health, security and jurisdiction
    • Environmental and resource management policies of Russia and other post-Soviet states
    • Political and economical framework for Russian oil and gas industry
    • Regional politics of the Russian North
    • International cooperation in the Arctic
  • European energy and environment

    • EU climate change policy and greenhouse gas emissions trading
    • Cooperation on transboundary pollution, marine issues and biodiversity
    • European energy markets and policies
    • Energy technology policy
    • Corporate social responsibility
  • Chinese energy and environment

    • Climate policies
    • Dam building, resettlement and water management
    • Energy policies
    • Environmental bureaucracy and law
    • Arctic policies

LATEST FNI NEWS

  • Expanding aquaculture at the expense of wild salmon?

    Aimed at regulating growth in the Norwegian aquaculture industry, the Government’s new ‘traffic light’ system entered into force on 30 October. But are the standards sufficiently stringent to ensure environmentally sound salmon farming?

  • FNI contributes to breakthrough in negotiations under the Plant Treaty

    A breakthrough was achieved at the 7th Session of the Governing Body of the Plant Treaty, held between 30 October and 3 November. After 10 years of negotiations, an expert group was set up to develop options to encourage and guide the implementation of farmers’ rights related to seed and propagating material. FNI contributed substantially to the breakthrough.

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