Jan Jakub Solski
I am interested in many aspects of international law, including the Law of the Sea. In the past years, I have devoted most of my research time to studying Arctic governance, particularly the role of Russia’s law and practice. In April 2019, I defended a Ph.D. thesis on "Russian Coastal State Jurisdiction over Commercial Vessels Navigating the Northern Sea Route", where I studied Russia’s relevant practice in global, domestic, political, historical, and legal contexts.
My postdoctoral research was funded by the RCN project "Regulating Shipping in Russian Arctic Waters: Between International Law, National Interests and Geopolitics - SIRAW." It addresses the dynamics of the interrelationship of institutions, processes, and interests to study the implication for the future architecture of the governance of Arctic shipping. The project studies the nexus among the changes in the physical environment resulting from climate change, Russia’s security concerns reinvigorated by the growing internationalization of Arctic affairs, the international political and legal processes launched to develop international rules and standards for Arctic shipping, as well as the broader geopolitical and strategic interests of states (particularly Russia and China) and commercial actors.
My current research, funded under the Fram Centre project “Sustainable Development of the Arctic Ocean (SUDARCO),” investigates the status and potential trajectories of the evolving governance regimes of the Arctic Ocean.
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I am primarily interested in Arctic governance, law of the sea, geopolitics, and Russian policy and practice.
Teaching, supervision, and censorship at Master of Laws (LL.M.) in the Law of the Sea degree program, Faculty of Law, University of Tromsø - The Arctic University of Norway.
In the past also teaching a course on the Introduction to Russian Law and Arctic legal perspectives.