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Beneath the Ice: Navigating Legal Frameworks and Collaborative Solutions for Subsea Infrastructure Protection in the Arctic

Date & Time

Feb. 21, 2024
11:00am – 11:45am ET


Online Only


The Royal Norwegian Embassy and the Wilson Center co-hosted an engaging webinar to explore the crucial legal aspects of subsea infrastructure development in the Arctic. This event, which featured esteemed expert in international law and member of the UN International Law Commission Ambassador Rolf Einar Fife, offered an insightful examination of the challenges and opportunities within the dynamic subsea landscape of the Arctic. 

 As Arctic states increasingly seek to establish subsea infrastructure, the need for a robust legal framework becomes paramount. Promptly addressing legal gaps related to undersea cables and associated threats to these vital systems is imperative. This seminar shed light on the rights and obligations of states within the existing legal framework. 

Ambassador Fife shared insights on the legal intricacies of subsea infrastructure development and discussed avenues for cooperation among Arctic states and resolving contentious issues in line with the principles of international law. 



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Ambassador Rolf Einar Fife

Member, United Nations International Law Commission and Special Adviser, Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs
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Hosted By

Polar Institute

Since its inception in 2017, the Polar Institute has become a premier forum for discussion and policy analysis of Arctic and Antarctic issues, and is known in Washington, DC and elsewhere as the Arctic Public Square. The Institute holistically studies the central policy issues facing these regions—with an emphasis on Arctic governance, climate change, economic development, scientific research, security, and Indigenous communities—and communicates trusted analysis to policymakers and other stakeholders.  Read more

Wahba Institute for Strategic Competition

The Wahba Institute for Strategic Competition works to shape conversations and inspire meaningful action to strengthen technology, trade, infrastructure, and energy as part of American economic and global leadership that benefits the nation and the world.  Read more

Global Europe Program

The Global Europe Program is focused on Europe’s capabilities, and how it engages on critical global issues.  We investigate European approaches to critical global issues. We examine Europe’s relations with Russia and Eurasia, China and the Indo-Pacific, the Middle East and Africa. Our initiatives include “Ukraine in Europe” – an examination of what it will take to make Ukraine’s European future a reality.  But we also examine the role of NATO, the European Union and the OSCE, Europe’s energy security, transatlantic trade disputes, and challenges to democracy. The Global Europe Program’s staff, scholars-in-residence, and Global Fellows participate in seminars, policy study groups, and international conferences to provide analytical recommendations to policy makers and the media.  Read more

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