Arctic symposium - foreign investment in Greenland – University of Copenhagen

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Arctic symposium - foreign investment in Greenland

These years, Greenland is experiencing major changes due to increased political independence and climate change in the Arctic. The melting of the ice is gradually leading to new opportunities within tourism, transport, agriculture as well as natural resource extraction. With new business opportunities, the need for establishing an attractive investment climate becomes vital. While Greenland currently is in a phase of transition, there seems to be ample opportunity for Greenlandic and Danish companies to engage in partnerships with foreign investors.   

This symposium addresses some of the current most central aspects relating to foreign investment in Greenland, including the needs and prospects, legal challenges in relation to investment protection, the potential for Chinese investments and the opportunities for public-private partnerships. The symposium thereby seeks to combine law, policy and business aspects.


  • Professor Chen Li, ‘The difference between Antarctic and Arctic governance’, Fudan Law School, China.
  • Dr. Aki Tonami, ‘Asian Foreign Policy in a Changing Arctic’, Associate Professor, Nordic Institute of Asian Studies, University of Copenhagen.
  • Lida Skifte Lennert, ‘Needs and prospects’, Head of Greenland Representation, Greenland Representation in Copenhagen.
  • Jingjing Su, ‘China outbound investment policies and opportunities in Greenland’, lawyer, Bech-Bruun Law Firm.
  • Assistant Professor Lone Wandahl Mouyal, ‘Protection of foreign investments in Greenland’, the Law Faculty, University of Copenhagen.
  • Niels Tanderup Kristensen ‘Foreign investments and partnerships with Danish companies’, Deputy Director, Confederation of Danish Industry.
  • Helen Kibsgaard, ‘Foreign investments and partnerships with Greenlandic companies’, lawyer, Horten Law Firm / Nuna Law Firm.
  • Andreas Brogaard Buhl, ‘The case of Grønnedal - Tourism development at the former naval station in Southern Greenland’, biologist, member of project working-group and former resident.

Monday 15 August 2016, 15:00-18:00

The Faculty of Law, 02-3-44, Studiegaarden, Studiestraede 6, 3rd floor, DK-1455 Copenhagen K

Registration: The symposium is free of charge, but due to a limited space, registration is required. Please use this registration form no later than Friday 12 August 12:00.

For questions, please contact Assistant Professor Lone Wandahl Mouyal,

Credit - especially for lawyers and trainee solicitors:

The symposium meets the requirements for compulsory supplementary training for lawyers and trainee solicitors. Course certificates can be provided if registered in advanced.