Exploration and exploitation of natural resources in the Arctic

Led by: Professor Vibe Ulfbeck

Exploration and exploitation of natural resources form the basis for supply of central welfare services in society, notably energy. The prospect of depletion of the traditional sources of natural resources combined with new technology and global warming has moved the focus to the Arctic region. To the extent, exploitation of natural resources takes place, it is carried out by private parties, raising questions of distribution of risk and liability between public and private entities. Furthermore, such activities will lead to an increase in the maritime activities in this area which is notoriously dangerous, raising questions of safety, security and the role of the state. The purpose of this project is to focus on liability issues and related topics in this setting with a view to the special legal challenges which operations in the Arctic may give rise to.


  • Professor Vibe Ulfbeck
  • Professor Yoshifumi Tanaka
  • Professor Bent Ole Gram Mortensen (ekstern partner)
  • Associate Professor Anders Møllmann
  • Associate Professor Anita Rønne
  • Assistant professor Sylvie Cavaleri
  • Lawyer Jingjing Su (external partner, law firm Bech Bruun)

Selected publications:

  • Vibe Ulfbeck, Anders Møllmann and Bent Ole Gram Mortensen ed., "Responsibilities and Liabilities for Commercial Activity in the Arctic: The Example of Greenland", Routledge Research in International Environmental Law, 2016. The book is available at Amazon