International Legal Dimensions of the Northern Sea Route

  • Philipp Kastner


The Northern Sea Route (NSR) is the most important route of navigation in the Russian Arctic. While the NSR is navigable without icebreakers only for some months during Arctic summer, it is expected that due to climate change and the increasingly rapid melting of the ice in the Arctic, the NSR will become increasingly important for international shipping. Moreover, if global warming continues, the direct transpolar passage could be navigable by 2040.


Indigenous People Coastal State Internal Water International Maritime Organization Exclusive Economic Zone 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Faculty of LawUniversity of Western AustraliaCrawley, WAAustralia

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