The Arctic Council Beetween National and International Governance

In Svein Vigeland Rottem and Ida Folkestad Soltvedt (eds), Arctic Governance: Law and Politics. Volume 1. London, I.B. Tauris, 2017, pp. 181-205.

The Arctic Council is a useful and pertinent venue for the creation of Arctic policy, in close cooperation with the observers and permanent participants, but perhaps of equal importance, as a producer of knowledge and part of a wider patchwork of international bodies in the Arctic. The work done under the leadership of the Council helps set the Arctic agenda. In this chapter I ask what role the Council has beetween national and international governance. Furthermore, how much influence agreements negotiated under the auspices of the Arctic Council exert on the everyday activity in the Arctic is discussed.