These challenges to the law of the sea are reflected in three hypotheses that provides the basis for the research at the UiT Aurora Centre:
The legal architecture of ocean space is not suited to ensure ocean resilience and sustainability
The logic of sovereignty needs to be problematised
The governance of oceans commons needs to be reassessed
To test the hypotheses and achieve the objective, the Centre will adopt a rich and pluralistic theoretical and methodological approach. The doctrinal legal research will be supplemented by a law in context approach. Law in context, a interdisciplinary approach broadens the law from within from social, political and ecological contexts.