The ‘Common Arctic’ : legal analysis of Arctic & non-Arctic political discourses

Authors: Bartenstein, Kristin
Abstract: This paper takes a closer look at the references to commonality, which are a salient, albeit ambiguous feature of the current discussion on Arctic governance. It does so from a legal perspective and with the purpose to unveil a twofold divide in the discussion. Legal and political purposes intersect and they vary depending on whether they are made from an Arctic or a non-Arctic perspective. Despite similar rhetoric, intentions may differ greatly and it is not unusual that different players refer to the law in irreconcilable or controversial ways. In a first step, the variety of references to commonality is charted and the underlying rhetorical strategies are carved out. In a second step, the references’ legal accuracy and their conceptual contribution to the development of a legal framework for Arctic cooperation are analysed. This should enable a better understanding of the diverging intentions and strategies at play in the discussion and the difficulties to reach a common understanding of how to govern the Arctic region.
Document Type: Article de recherche
Issue Date: 2 October 2015
Open Access Date: 7 January 2021
Document version: VoR
Permalink: http://hdl.handle.net/20.500.11794/67619
This document was published in: Arctic Yearbook, (2015)
https://arcticyearbook.com/arctic-yearbook/2015/2015-scholarly-papers/135-the-common-arctic-legal-analysis-of-arctic-non-arctic-political-discourses
Northern Research Forum
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