Legal issues

The Review Conference for the UN Fish Stocks Agreement was held at the UN in New York on May 24-28. The meeting was a continuation of the conference from 2006, and the main objective was to evaluate the implementation of the Agreement and to look for possible ways to strengthen the implementation and have more States become parties to the Agreement. Read more

The States Parties to the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court (ICC) are gathering in Kampala, Uganda, to take stock of the progress of the Court. “This is a milestone in the history of international criminal law,” commented Foreign Minister Jonas Gahr Støre. Read more


Norway established diplomatic relations with the Pacific island-state Tuvalu on Friday May 7th. The Norwegian UN Ambassador, Morten Wetland, and his Tuvaluan counterpart, Afelee Falema Pita, signed a joint communiqué at the Norwegian UN delegation in New York. Read more

Today agreement has been reached between the Norwegian and the Russian negotiating delegations on the bilateral maritime delimitation in the Barents Sea and the Arctic Ocean, said Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg. Read more

Bouvet Island in the South Atlantic Ocean. 
Photo: Norwegian Polar Institute/Norwegian Petroleum Directorate.

Norway held a presentation for The Commission on the Limits of the Continental Shelf (CLCS) on Friday 9 April about its documentation of the extended continental shelf off Bouvet Island in the South Atlantic Ocean. The associated documentation was submitted to the Commission last May. Read more