Kristine Elfrida Dalaker

Dalaker holder prøveforelesning og disputerer for ph.d.-graden i rettsvitenskap.

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Doktoranden holder prøveforelesning for ph.d.- graden i rettsvitenskap over oppgitt emne: “The Role of the United Nations in the Development of the Law of the Sea.”


Doktoranden vil offentlig forsvare for ph.d.-graden avhandlingen: “Robust Institutional Arrangements for the Conservation and Sustainable Use of Marine Biodiversity in Areas Beyond National Jurisdiction”.

Kort populærvitenskapelig sammendrag av avhandlingen:

This dissertation investigates the robust institutional arrangements that will be needed to implement the treaty that is being negotiated under the auspices of the United Nations for an international legally binding instrument under the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS) for the conservation and sustainable use of marine biological diversity of areas beyond national jurisdiction (BBNJ). If the negotiations are to conclude with a treaty that can meet its objective of ensuring the long-term conservation and sustainable use of BBNJ, the treaty must be built on an institutional foundation and architecture that is sufficiently robust to ensure its successful implementation.

This author has selected Elinor Ostrom’s theoretical framework of polycentric governance as the relevant framework to examine how to build robust institutional arrangements for the BBNJ treaty. Ostrom identified the best practices of institutional arrangements that had achieved sustainable outcomes for common-pool resources in developing her theoretical framework for polycentric governance. Ostrom presented the institutions’ best practices, or ‘design principles’, as those factors that contribute to the robustness of institutional arrangements.

Given that Ostrom’s framework is a study in robustness, it provides the means for this dissertation to answer the research question posed by this study regarding the robust institutional arrangements that will be needed for the implementation of the BBNJ treaty. Focus is given in the analysis to Ostrom's eighth design principle for nested enterprises and the requirements for adaptive governance using a law of the sea example of nested governance. The research question is answered by analyzing the three articles that comprise this article-based dissertation. The analysis renders recommendations for the building of robust institutional arrangements for the BBNJ treaty that would provide the legal authority for the implementation and operationalization of the treaty.


Professor James Harrison, Edinburgh Law School, UK, (førsteopponent)

Professor Elisa Morgera, University of Strathclyde, UK), (andreopponent)

Professor Irene Vanja Dahl, UiT Norges arktiske universitet


Disputasen blir ledet av dekan, professor Tore Henriksen, Det juridiske fakultet, UiT Norges arktiske universitet.


Dato: 6. april 2022


Prøveforelesning: kl. 10.15

Disputas: kl. 12.15

Sted: Auditorium 3, Teo H6

The defense will be streamed via this link:

Når: 06.04.22 kl 10.15–15.00
Hvor: Auditorium 3, Teo H6
Sted: Digitalt, Tromsø
Målgruppe: Ansatte, Studenter, Gjester / eksterne, Inviterte
Kontakt: Christin Skjervold
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