Issittumi uuliamik gassimillu imm.

Issittumi uuliamik gassimillu imm., uagut

Ilisimatusarfimmi issittumi uuliamik gasimillu misissuinermut immikkoortortaqarfik martsip 16-anni 2016 ammarneqarpoq. Aqutsisoralugit Professor Anne Merrild Hansen aamma Professor Rachael Lorna Johnstone. Immikkoortortaqarfik inuiaqatigiilerinermik, aningaasaqarnermik tusagassiuteqarnermillu ilisimatusarfimmut atatinneqarpoq.

Immikkoortortaqarfiup siunertaraa issittumi uuliamik gasimillu misissuinerit aningaasaqarnikkut inuiaqatigiinnullu kingunerisassat eqqumaffigalugit ingerlanneqarnissaat, tassani Kalaallit Nunaat immikkut isiginiarumallugu; tassa Kalaallit Nunaannut attuumassuteqartunik sammisamut ilisimasaleqatigiinnik pilersitsinissaq; taavalu sammisamut tunngasunik ilisimasanik attuumasutilinnillu ingerlateqqiisarnissaq sumiiffimmut, NGO-nut aalajangiisartunullu pilersaarusiornermi, toqqaaniarnermi, ilusilersuinermi projektinillu inerisaanermi iluaqusersuisussanik. Immikoortortaqarfiup misissuinermi inerniliunneqartut saqqummiuttassavaat pisarnertut ilisimatuut saqqummiuttagaat aamma nittartakkakkut ilisimatusartunermut tunngasunik paasissutissartalimmik tuluttut, qallunaatut kalaallisullu immikkoortortaqarfiup suliniutai inerniliussaallu pingaarnerit imaralugit.


Immikkoortortaqarfiup pisortaasa aningaasarsiaat aallarniutitut Aatsitassanut ikummatissanullu aqutsisoqarfimmiit ukiuni pingasuni aningaasaliineraneerput. Aningaasaliineq Ilisimatusarfimmit aqunneqarpoq. Suliffeqarfiit Kalaallit Nunaanni uuliamik gasimillu misissuinernut atuinernullu kisermaassillutik pisinnaatitsissummik peqartut Kalaallit Nunaanni uuliamik gasimillu pilersuinermut ineriartortitsinermut tapiisarnissamut pisussaatitaapput, taakkunanngalu aningaasalersuineq pivoq.

Immikkoortortaqarfiup pisortai misissuisartuilu aatsitassanut aqutsisoqarfimmut uuliaasiorfiutilinnut attuumassuteqanngivillutik sulerusupput. Aatsissanut ikummatissanullu aqutsisoqarfik uuliaasiorfiillu misissuinermi  pingaarnersiuinerit toqqaannartumik sunniuteqarfigisinnaanngilaat, misissuinernilu inernerit assigisaallu akuereqqaartariaqarnagit. Immikkoortortaqarfik suliffeqarfinnut assigiinngitsunut suliniutiminut ingerlatsinissamut ineriartortitsinissamullu saniatigut aningaasaliisinnaasunik pissarsiotarnini ingerlatiinnassavaa.

Immikkoortortaqarfiup aaqqissuussaanera

Immikkoortortaqarfiup aqutsisuisa issittumi uuliamik gasimillu misissuinermut immikkoortortaqarfiani pilersaarusiorneq ingerlatissavaat, suliniutillu ingerlatsisuuffigalugillu ataqatigiissaarisuullutik. Suliniutit nutaat pilersinniarpaat aningaasartassarsiorlugillu, immikkoortortaqarfimmullu ilaasortat peqatigalugit pilersaarusiortarniarlutik. Ilisimatusarnikkut attuumassuteqanngitsut peqataatinniarpaat, taakkualu misissuilluni suliniuteqarnermut ilanngukkusutaat paasiniarlugit. Peqataatinneqartussat makkuussapput: suliffeqarfinnit, najugaqartunit, NGO-nit allanillu politikkimik suliaqartuniit sinniisaasut. Immikkoortortaqarfinni aqutsisut aamma PhD’llit, masterinngorniat ilinniartitsiullu ilinniarfinni pioreersuni aqqutissiuunniarpaat, Ilisimatusarfiup curriculumiata ineriartornissaanut ilaartuisussat.

Immikkoortortaqarfimmut ilaasortat Ilisimatusarfimmit Kalaallit Nunatsinnilu suliffeqarfiit attaviusuneersuupput. Immikkoortortarfimmut ilaasortat PhD-nngorniartuusinnaapput misissuisussanngortitalluunniit. Taakkua immikkoortortaqarfiup aqutsisui peqatigalugit immikkoortortaqarfiup pilersaarusiorneranut, misissuinermilu pingaarnersiuinernut peqataasassapput, misissuinermi projektinut, fondinut qinnuteqarnernut, aaqqissuusseqataanernut, immikkoortortaqarfiup ataatsimeersuarnerinut suliniutinullu allanut peqataasassapput.

Misissueqataasut suliffeqarfiillu peqataasut Issittumi uuliamik gasimillu misissuisarfiup immikkoortortaqarfianut atatinneqassapput. Taamatut qanimut suleqatigiinneq aalajangerneqarpoq issittumi misissuinerit tamatumunngalu attuumassutillit ilanngussisarnerat tunngavigalugu. Taakkua immikkoortortaqarfiup suliniutaanut peqataallutillu ilanngussisassapput soorlu suleqatigiinnikkut misissuinermi projektit, projektinut qinnuteqarnerit, ataatsimeersuarnerit, isumasioqatigiinnerit imaluunniit saqqummiussassanut saqqummiusseqataanerit atuakkanillu saqqummersitsinissanut suleqataallutik. Taakku aamma PhD-nik siunnersuinernut ilaatinneqarsinnaapput atuartitsinerniluunniit ingerlatsisinnaallutik. Suliffeqarfiit peqataasut immikkoortortaqarfimmut iluaqutaasussanik suliniutinik tapiisinnaapput, misissuinermilu projektinut aningaasalisuusinnaallutik.

Issittumi uuliamik gasimillu ilisimasalinnik nunanit assigiinngitsuneersunik attaveqataasussanik immikkoortortaqarfik aallartitsissaaq ingerlatassaminik.  Tassaniissappullu ilisimatuut soqutiginnittut aningaasaqarnermik, issittumi uuliap gasillu inuiaqatigiinnullu kingunerisassaat pillugit suliaqartut. Taakkunaniissapput ilisimatuut qaffasissutsinik assigiinngitsuneersut, PhD-nit misissuisussanngortitanut misissuinerup iluani qaffasinnerpaanut, soorlu misissuinermi immikkoortortaqarfik aningaasaqarnermut, nalaagaaffiit pissusaannik ilisimatuunut aamma politologimut, antropologimut, inatsisinik ilisimatusarnermut, internationale relationermut nunalerinermullu.


An Inclusive Research Agenda

The Centre will draw together local community members, governments, oil and gas companies, NGOs, and academics to learn from one another, establish commonalities, and discuss the premises for achieving a joint vision on how to integrate local perspectives into development decisions, planning and benefit sharing. Decisions as to key research focus areas will be reached following consultation and research questions will be developed in dialogue with stakeholders to identify issues of the most pressing concern. The researchers will travel around Greenland to meet with different communities. They will hold meetings with invited stakeholders as well as open fora to ensure that all concerned persons can present their views. Symposia will be open to any interested parties; briefing notes and working papers will be published on an open access basis and key findings will be published in Greenlandic, Danish and English.

Supervision, Teaching and Curriculum Development at Ilisimatusarfik

The Research Centre will contribute to the academic development of the next generation of Greenlandic thinkers and leaders. The directors will personally supervise doctoral and masters students and will teach courses in sociology, international law and oil and gas governance. The directors will also be involved in curriculum development at Ilisimatusarfik.


The Centre will prepare, develop and deliver research projects related to Arctic oil and gas. They will organise and host symposia, open to the public, on their findings and participate in international conferences to disseminate their research and promote the centre more widely. Dissemination of research findings will be tailored to meet the different needs of different groups, with academic publications complemented with briefing notes in non-academic language in Greenlandic, Danish and English, and oral presentations to non-specialist audiences. Working papers and briefing notes will be published on an open-access basis to facilitate the widest possible access.

The Research Centre will deliver an annual report with a summary of each year’s key activities, results and accounts. In Fall 2018, a comprehensive report of the first three years of the Centre’s activities will be published and presented in Greenland and elsewhere.

Utility of Results

The Research Centre will produce practical recommendations for best practices. Local communities and NGOs, as well as other stakeholders, can use the research findings to promote and protect their core interests, for example, through effective participation in environmental and social impact assessment processes. Those with the power and responsibility to make strategic decisions regarding oil and gas activities, especially in government, are expected to apply the findings as they establish regulatory frameworks for sustainable development. Decision-makers in participating oil and gas firms are expected to use the findings to select, plan, design and deliver their projects in an environmentally, socially and economically sustainable manner. The educational and theses supervision activities of the Research Centre’s directors will help prepare the next generation of leaders in Greenland to steer economic development and governance in a sustainable and ethically responsible manner.


Health and well-being

Residents across the Baffin Bay/Davis Strait (BBDS) region have experienced common challenges in ...

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Non-living resources

Commodity prices, together with extraction prices and technology development – not climate change ...

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Summary of adaptation options for the BBDS region

The following sections summarize the main adaptation options from this report, consider and conso ...

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Improving Public Participation in Greenland Extractive Industries

This contribution is based on a seminar and workshop on public participation processes related to ...

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Arcticness insights

Climate change and globalisation are opening up the Arctic for exploitation by the world – or so ...

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Imagining the future: Local perceptions of Arctic extractive projects that didn’t happen

External imaginings of the future Arctic range from protected wilder- ness to booming oil and gas ...

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How three key factors are driving and challenging implementation of renewable energy systems in remote Arctic communities

Challenges related to access and supply of fossil fuel generated energy in Arctic communities, to ...

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Indigenous Rights in the Marine Arctic

Global energy problems will remain a challenge in the coming decades. The impact of climate chang ...

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Why cumulative impacts assessments of hydrocarbon activities in the Arctic fail to meet their purpose

The Arctic Region is characterised by vulnerable ecosystems and residing indigenous people, depen ...

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Environmental Governance through the Arctic Council: the Arctic Council as Initiator of Norms of International Environmental Law
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Benchmarking af miljøvurderingslovgivning for olieaktiviteter i Grønland - Bilagsrapport 1 - Opsamling fra Workshop 1
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Benchmarking af miljøvurderingslovgivning for olieaktiviteter i Grønland - Bilagsrapport 1 - Opsamling fra Workshop 2
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Traditional Knowledge and Industrial Development

There is currently a growing interest in industrial initiatives and development in the general Gr ...

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Offshore oil exploration and impact assessment in Greenland

According to the United States Geological Survey, the Greenland basin is estimated to contain 17 ...

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Environmental Governance through the Arctic Council: the Arctic Council as Initiator of Norms of International Environmental Law

Explores the role of the Arctic Council in developing environmental law in the Arctic Region.

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Little Italy: Seeking a Niche in International Arctic Relations

In December 2015, The Italian Ministry for Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation publishe ...

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The Principle of ‘Full Reparation’ for Environmental Damage and Very Small States

Given the magnitude of the risks associated with commercial activities in the Arctic arising as a ...

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Juuli 2018

Professor Anne Merrild besøger Nordvest Grønland i de kommende dage.

Anne fra Ilisimatusarfiks Forskningscenter for Arktisk Olie og Gas har fået mulighed for at rejse med Arktisk Kommando's skib Knud Rasmussen i Nordgrønland i de kommende 12 dage. Anne vil besøge bygder og byer i området og snakke med folk om holdninger til udvindingsindustrien og visioner for områdets udvikling i fremtiden. 

Anne vil blandt andet være i Qaanaaq fra 27. - 29. juli og i Ilulissat den 29.-30. juli.


Rachael og Anne fra Forskningscentret har tidligere besøgt Syd- og Østgrønland i 2017 og Maniitsoq i maj 2018.


Juuni 2018

I slutningen af maj rejste Anne og Rachael til Maniitsoq for at fortsætte deres feltarbejde om sociale holdninger til råstofprojekter og anden udvikling i forskellige egne af Grønland. Det var oprindeligt målet at tilbringe to dage i byen med på grund af stormvejr opholdt de sig sammenlagt seks dage i byen. De blev taget varmt imod af det venlige samfund og brugte det meste af tiden på at mødes med beboerne og lære om udviklingen i området, herunder minedrift, vandkraft, turisme og fiskeri. Maniitsoq er hjemsted for Royal Greenlands banebrydende Nutaaq® torske indhandlingssystem, og projektlederen viste Anne og Rachael omkring anlægget.

Desværre blev de forhindret i at rejse videre som planlagt til Sisimiut og Ilulissat, men har til hensigt at afholde en anden tur senere i år.

Nedenfor er nogle billeder fra Maniitsoq. En ny briefing note følger snart.

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Maaji 2018

Professorerne Anne Merrild og Rachael Johnstone besøger Maniitsoq, Sisimiut og Ilulissat i maj 2018

Rachael og Anne fra Ilisimatusarfiks Forskningscenter for Arktisk Olie og Gas rejser i denne måned til Maniitsoq, Sisimiut og Ilulissat for at diskutere holdninger til udvindingsindustrien og visioner for Grønlands fremtid. 

De vil mødes med borgere og repræsentanter for kommunen og erhvervslivet, herunder turisme, fiskeindustri og iværksætteri.

Rachael og Anne vil være i Maniitsoq fra 29. - 31. maj og i Sisimiut fra 31. maj til 2. juni og i Ilulissat fra 2. til 4. juni.

De har tidligere besøgt Syd- og Østgrønland i 2017 og vil følge op på denne tur med et besøg i Nordgrønland i august.

Hvis du gerne vil mødes med Rachael og Anne under deres besøg, bedes du kontakte dem på: Rachael: og Anne:


Decembari 2017

Nordic workshop on Artic EIAs held in Santa Claus’ hometown

On December 11-12, 2017, Rovaniemi, the official hometown of Santa Claus in Finland, set the stage for a Nordic workshop for different actors working with Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) in the Arctic. 

With lots of snow and Christmas decorations as background, about 60 participants met to discuss “Tomorrow’s Arctic EIA: Nordic possibilities and perspectives to Environmental Impact Assessments in the Arctic”. The representatives from Greenland (Kingdom of Denmark), Iceland, Norway, Sweden, Finland, Russia, USA, Portugal, and Germany shared good practices and cases from the Nordic countries. The aim of the workshop was to contribute with good practice recommendations for EIA and public participation in the Arctic, and create a network of Arctic EIA actors – whether it be authorities, project developers, consultants, indigenous and local communities, NGOs, academics and other stakeholders. During the workshop, they identified several key issues and themes to be emphasized in the recommendations, and in particular; 

  • Participatory approaches, including different formats to improve public participation
  • Meaningful engagement of indigenous peoples, from consultation to partnerships
  • Cumulative impacts, integrating assessment of multiple projects and stressors

The workshop was sponsored by the Nordic Council of Ministers, and a full report is aimed for release by the end of January. It is part of a series of regional workshops: the first one held in Utqiaġvik (Barrow), Alaska on November 27-29, 2017; and the next one planned in Yellowknife, Canada on April 24-26, 2018. Input from all regional workshops and from an online questionnaire will be synthesized into “Good Practice Recommendations for Environmental Impact Assessment and Public Participation in the Arctic (Arctic EIA)”, a project under the auspices of the Sustainable Development Working Group (SDWG) of the Arctic Council. The Arctic EIA project is led by the Ministry of the Environment of Finland, and co-led by the Greenland Institute of Natural Resources, and the Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canadaas well as the Gwich’in Council International.

Parnuna Egede is part of the Editorial Group of the Arctic EIA project as a representative of the Inuit Circumpolar Council in her capacity as a PhD Fellow from Aalborg University and the University of Greenland, as she works on the utilization of indigenous knowledge in Arctic EIAs.

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Novembari 2017

Five Proposals for Improved Practice on Public Participation related to Extractive Industries in Greenland

Anne and Rachael have just published Five Proposals for Improved Practice on Public Participation related to Extractive Industries in Greenland. Briefing Note #8 is based on a workshop held on October 18th 2017 with experts from international and Greenland-based experts on deliberative democracy and extractive industries. The briefing note is available in GreenlandicDanish and English.

Briefing notes from the Public Participation in Arctic Extractives Industry Seminar 

Briefing notes have also been published based on the presentations from the public seminar held on October 17th. These are currently available in English and will be translated to Greenland and Danish over the next couple of weeks.


Oktobari 2017

Public Participation in Arctic Extractive Industries, at Ilisimatusarfik, 17th October 2017

On Tuesday 17th October 2017, the Arctic Oil & Gas Research Centre organised a one-day intensive seminar that explored the status of public participation in extractive industry decision-making in the Arctic, and looked for ways to improve the quality of the experience and the results for all stakeholders.

Three panels of experts examined in turn: resource development in Greenland; the international law regarding participation; and participation in practice.

The seminar brought together experts from Greenland, Denmark, Iceland, Norway, Russia, Scotland, England and Brazil. 

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Arctic Circle Assembly

Equitable Arctic Development of Natural Resources, Arctic Oil and Gas Research Centre Breakout Session, Arctic Circle Assembly, 13th October 2017.

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Septembari 2017

Arctic Oil and Gas Research Centre to hold panel at Arctic Circle, Reykjavík, October 13

The Centre will be hosting a breakout session at the Arctic Circle Assembly in Harpa Conference Centre, Reykjavík on October 13th at 2100-2200. The session examines governance of oil and gas activities in the Arctic with a view to promoting equitable hydrocarbon development under the control of Arctic inhabitants and to their benefit with particular emphasis on indigenous peoples. Professor Indra Øverland, from NUPI will present the results of a recent research project comparing and ranking corporate processes to ensure indigenous rights in Arctic extractive industries. Professors Anne Merrild Hansen and Rachael Johnstone, directors of the Arctic Oil and Gas Research Centre follow with an analysis of the experiences and views of Greenlanders from South and East Greenland, examining whether there are significant differences in priorities between those who live close to mining projects and those who live hundreds of kilometres away. Eduardo Pereira, from Externado University, Colombia, completes the panel with an examination of the position of non-operators in Arctic oil and gas joint ventures, seeking to improve the balance between rights, responsibilities and benefits which will in turn improve the attractiveness of investment.  The panel is chaired by Anita Parlow, of the Wilson Centre, in Washington DC. 

Please click here for speaker biographies and paper abstracts. 

Wine and soft drinks will be served to participants. 

The full conference programme for the 5th Arctic Circle Assembly is available here.


Parnuna Egede explains Greenland‘s position on the new Minimata Convention on Mercury

Parnuna Egede, PhD fellow at Ilisimatusarfik and member of the Arctic Oil and Gas Research Centre, explained the Minimata Convention on Mercury and discusses Greenland‘s controversial decision not to become a party at this time to the High North News. The Convention came into force in August 2016.

Mercury is a long range transboundary pollutant that bioaccumluates in the Arctic. This means that its use and disposal elsewhere in the World has serious health impacts for Northern people, especially Inuit, as it becomes ever more concentrated in the food chain. Health impacts include learning difficulties and behavioural difficulties.  

The Inuit Circumpolar Council was instrumental in raising the alarm and pushing for the Minamata Convention that aims to phase out mercury mining and the use of mercury in gold-mining and manufacturing.

However, despite the impacts of mercury on Inuit, Egede believes that the Greenlandic government has decided to prioritise social issues at this time.

The full article can be read on the High North News website.


Aggusti 2017

Anne and Rachael in Nuuk and Tasiilaq, East Greenland

Anne and Rachael were in Nuuk from 14th – 19th August where they participated in the EIT Raw Materials 3rd ArcHub meeting on 16th and 17th August. Anne delivered a paper examining conflicts around uranium mining, with case studies from Narsaq and Saskatoon.  

Anne and Rachael then travelled to Tasiilaq to talk to representatives of the local community. Continuing the themes of their trip to South Greenland in May, Anne and Rachael met people working in tourism, education, waste management and healthcare sectors as well as local politicians and others to hear different perspectives on economic development and extractive industries.

A briefing note from the trip will be published soon.

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Maaji 2017

Rachael interviewed for Nuuk TV news on the rights of indigenous peoples and the UN system

Ilisamatusarfik graduate Nina-Vivi Andersen interviewed Rachael for Nuuk TV news. Nina-Vivi asked for Rachael‘s expert opinion on the communication by the former Minister of Industry, Labour, Trade, Energy and Foreign Affairs to the UN Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, the UN Special Rapportuer on the Issue of Human Rights Obligations relating to the Enjoyment of a Safe, Clean, Healthy and Sustainable Environment and the Special Rapporteur on the Implications for Human Rights of Environmentally Sound Management and Disposal of Hazardous Substances and Wastes. The communication was later withdrawn by the minister‘s successor. The communication pertains to the responsibility to clean up toxic pollution from American military sites in Northern Greenland. 

Rachael told Nuuk TV news that although when Americans were granted permission to construct and operate their bases, there was no consultation with the Greenlandic people, this was not wrongful at the time because in the 1950s and 1960s, there was no duty to consult or to obtain free, prior and informed consent from colonial or indigenous peoples. However, since the lands concerned are still contaminated, there is an ongoing wrongful act and hence a responsibility to restore the lands so that they can returned in safe, clean and usable condition to the indigenous inhabitants. 

Rachael also explained the anyone can make a communication to the Special Rapporteur and there is no requirement for the author to be personally affected or even resident in the region. The UN will keep these confidential to protect those complaining against their governments from repercussions and will contact the government concerned, without necessarily disclosing who made the allegations. However, in this case, the Minister sent the communication in the name of the government and not as a private citizen, which has created political tensions. 

The interview was broadcast on 19 May 2017 and can be viewed here


Maaji 2017

Ilisimatuut, professorit Anne Merrild Rachael Johnstonelu maajimi 2017-imi Kujataanut angalassapput

Ilisimatusarfiup Issittumi uulia gassilu pillugit ilisimatusarfianeersut Anne Rachaelilu qaammammi matumani Qaorutmukarlutillu Narsiassapput aatsitassanik piiaaneq Kalaallit Nunaatalu siunissaa pillugu takorluukkat pillugit oqallissaariartorlutik.

Illoqarfinni taakkuani innuttaasut, kommunimeersut suliffiutillillu: savaatillit, aatsitassalerisut, takornarialerisut Narsamilu Immiorfimmeersut naapissavaat.

Anne Rachaeliu Qaqortumiissapput maajip 19-ianiit 22-anut Narsamilu maajip 22-aniit 25-anut. Tamaaneereerunik Tasiilaliassapput aggustip 19-ianiit 23-anut.

Anne Rachaelilu naapillugit oqaloqatigerusukkukkit e-mailikkut saaffigisinnaavatit:


Maaji 2017 - continued

We welcome visiting researcher, Sarah Mackie

Doctoral student, Sarah Mackie, will be visiting the Arctic Oil and Gas Research Centre in the late Summer/early Fall of 2017. Sarah is a PhD candidate at Newcastle Law School in the United Kingdom. 

Sarah is writing a thesis on the subject of comparative environment law in the Arctic, considering the role of the courts in environmental protection in the Arctic regions of Europe and North America. During her visit to Greenland, Sarah will be concentrating on the environmental protection in Greenland and researching Greenlandic court cases which have considered the environment, in particluar cases relating to oil and gas permitting.  During her PhD, Sarah has held visiting researcher posts at the University of Lapland and Harvard Law School.

Sarah holds a law degree from St John’s College, Cambridge University and an LL.M in Environmental Law from Newcastle University.  Prior to beginning her PhD, Sarah worked as an extern for Trustees for Alaska, an environmental public interest law firm based in Anchorage, Alaska and was Judicial Assistant to the Lord Chief Justice of England and Wales.  Sarah is qualified as a solicitor in England and Wales and teaches Public Law and Contract Law at Newcastle Law School.

Rachael and Anne look forward to working with Sarah and sharing research on means to promote and ensure socially responsible, sustainable and equitable development in the Arctic.

Sarah is keen to meet with representatives from the Greenlandic legal community and with anyone who has experience of environmental law in the Greenlandic courts.

Sarah can be contacted by email at:


Marsi 2017

Download: "Annual Report 2016" (tuluttut).


Februaari 2017

Rachael Discusses Indigenous Rights at Tufts University

Rachael joined the Fletcher Arctic VI Conference at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University in Boston on 17th and 18th of February. She took part in a panel on Legal Implications in the Arcticalongside distinguished scholars Timo Koivurova, Suzanne Lalonde and Oran Young. Rachael‘s paper examined how the Convention on the International Trade of Endangered Species (CITES) may clash with indigenous rights to hunt the polar bear and the narwhal in the Arctic. 

Download Rachael's presentation here.


Januaari 2017

Rachael gives expert evidence to the High North Inquiry of the UK Parliament’s Scottish Affairs Committee

On 25th January 2017, Rachael gave expert evidence to the UK House of Commons Scottish Affairs Committee on 25th January 2017. The Committee is conducting an inquiry into Scotland‘s relations with the High North, examining the potential contributions Scotland can make in light of the rapid changes facing the region.

Rachael submitted written evidence in the Fall and was invited to the first oral evidence session of the inquiry where she answered questions put by Members of the House of Commons with a view to helping the Committee prioritise topics for further investigation.

A transcript of the session as well as Rachael’s written evidence to the Committee is available from the inquiry website.  Rachael is the first scholar to have written about contemporary links between Scotland and the Arctic States in an article published in the Arctic Yearbook in 2012. 


Oktobari 2016

On 7th October 2016, The Arctic Oil and Gas Research Centre held a Breakout Session at the 4th Arctic Circle Assembly to discuss the Social Impacts of Oil And Gas Activities In The Arctic – Challenges And Benefits.

Unfortunately, Anne Merrild, who had organised the session and planned to speak on Social Impact Assessment in Oil and Gas Development: Community Experiences from Greenland and Alaska, was stuck in Greenland owing to bad weather.

Rachael hosted the session, introduced the Centre, and introduced the four excellent speakers who presented as follows:

  • Anita L. Parlow, Fulbright-MFA Arctic Scholar at the University of Akureyri and National Energy Authority: Toward an Arctic Standard in the New North: Projected Considerations by Iceland and Norway in the Jan Mayen Offshore
  • Brigt Dale, Senior Researcher, Nordland Research Institute, Norway: The Post-Petroleum Perspective: Is There Security to be Found Beyond the Oil Ontology?
  • Natalya Novikova, Researcher, Institute of Ethnology and Anthropology, Russian Academy of Sciences: Anthropological expert review in Russia: Goals of researchers and expectations of indigenous peoples
  • Emma Wilson, Associate, Scott Polar Research Institute, Cambridge University: Ethics and practice: implementing international social performance standards in Arctic extractive industry contexts

Around fifty people attended the session and a lively discussion followed each paper. 

On 8th October 2016, Rachael delivered two additional papers:


Maaji 2016

Rachael presented the Arctic Oil and Gas Research Centre at the Arctic Circle Forum meeting in Nuuk on Wednesday 18th May. She used the opportunty to explain the objectives of the Centre and to encourage interested parties to come forward with comments and proposals for the research agenda.



Ilisimatusarfik issittumi uuliamik gasimillu sammisalik har fået sit eget flotte logo - designet af en dygtig grønlandsk grafiker, Ivalu Risager.

The logo is inspired by Ilisimatusarfik’s logo featuring the women‘s boats. The line below the boats in the Ilisimatusarfik logo is referenced in the logo of the Centre. The waterline from the Ilisimatusarfik logo is then taken to reflect the silhouettes of the traditional Inuit dolls and the iceberg. The dolls symbolise the contemporary view of nature derived from traditional Inuit culture and places humans in the centre.

Oil can be found under the seas and in the mountains so the reflection of the iceberg and the Inuit dolls are seen to drip, like oil.

The choice of blue colour for the iceberg indicates the Arctic focus for the research centre. 


Apriili 2016

Anne Merrild Hansen er for tiden i Fairbanks, Alaska - hvor hun i de kommende seks uger er gæsteforsker ved University of Alaska Fairbanks (UAF). Formålet med turen er at lave feltarbejde og arbejde med eksperter fra UAF for at lære om de Alaskanske erfaringer fra olie og gas aktiviteter - og om konsekvenserne for de små kystsamfund på Alaskas nordkyst, hvor olieudvinding har fundet sted siden 1976. Anne vil under opholdet besøge byerne Barrow og Deadhorse samt bygden Kaktovik.

Rejsen og opholdet er finansieret af et stipendium fra det amerikanske Fulbright Arctic Initiative, som har til formål at promovere ny forskning og vidensdeling i Arktis. Anne vil udarbejde en briefing note om resultaterne fra turen når hun returnerer til Nuuk i August.


International LLM Opportunity for Established Oil and Gas Professionals

The North Sea Energy Law Programme is an advanced programme for practitioners from both public and private sector covering all aspects of energy law, offered by the Universities of Gronigen, Oslo, Aberdeen and Copenhagen.

Drawing on the expertise of the leading academics in centres of excellence located in the region that has seen perhaps the highest degree of innovation in energy law, it offers participants both the fundamental knowledge and the conceptual tools to deal with whatever challenges this exciting area of practice raises.

This unique programme is structured to accommodate busy professionals through concentrated periods of teaching. Each of the four courses is taught in a different centre in an intensive two-week block. The language of instruction is English.

The two-year programme starts every September and will last until June two years later. For more information, see the NSELP home page


Marsi 2016

Anne and Rachael met selected stakeholders to refine the research priorities of the Arctic Oil and Gas Research Centre, identify the most important areas for research, discuss opportunities for cooperation, and plan teaching at Ilisimatusarfik. Anne and Rachael met representatives from Ilisimatusarfik, the Greenland Institute for Natural Resources, the Mineral Licence and Safety Authority, Nunaoil, and WWF.

The Arctic Oil and Gas Research Centre was formally launched at Ilisimatusarfik, Greenland on 16th March 2016. Tine Pars, Rector of Ilisimatusarfik introduced the Arctic Oil and Gas Research Centre and the two directors, Anne and Rachael. Anne explained the objectives, priorities and planned activities of the centre. The directors then each delivered a presentation in which Rachael discussed the importance of the legal framework in managing hydrocarbon activities and Anne explained the essential criteria for an effective environmental and social impact assessment process. Over fifty people attended the launch and participated in a lively discussion where they talked about their hopes and expectations for the Centre. Participants came from Ilisimatusarfik; the Greenland Institute of Natural Resources; Niuernermik Ilinniarfik (the Business College); the Ministry of Industry, Labour and Trade; the Mineral Licence and Safety Authority; the Geological Survey of Denmark and Greenland (GEUS); the Greenland Business Association; Greenland Business; S.I.K. (the Labour Association of Greeland); Nunaoil; WWF; and Transparency International Greenland.


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Anna-Sofie Hurup Skjervedals ph.d.-forsvar, 29 aggusti 2018


Feltarbejde i Nordgrønland, juuli 2018


Maniitsoq, juuni 2018


Public Participation in Arctic Extractive Industries, at Ilisimatusarfik, 17th October 2017


Arctic Circle Assembly

Equitable Arctic Development of Natural Resources, Arctic Oil and Gas Research Centre Breakout Session, Arctic Circle Assembly, 13th October 2017. 


Nuuk & Tasiilaq, East Greenland

Anne and Rachael were in Nuuk and Tasiilaq, East Greenland, August 2017.


Kalaallit Nunaata Kujataani ornigulluni suliaqarneq

For more information about the research trip to South Greenland, see the Briefing Note