Head of International Law and Comparative Legal Studies Department Ivan Saveliev and researcher with the Arctic Centre for Strategic Research Sergey Zviagin have joined the expedition “Around Svalbard - 2016. Artistic Exploration of the Arctic”, an event lasting from July 14 to August 26.
The expedition is a project run by Norway in cooperation with NArFU, Svalbard being the Norwegian name of Spitsbergen. The expedition team will explore the social, economic, cultural, historical and legal sides of life on this archipelago.
At the press briefing, Director of the Arctic Centre for Strategic Research Konstantin Zaikov and Head of International Law and Comparative Legal Studies Department Ivan Saveliev informed that the expedition team will start from Bodø (Norway) on a specially equipped boat bound for Tromsø, from where they will start a walking tour of the archipelago. The crew and NArFU representatives will number some 10 people.
We see this expedition as a very important event, as Spitsbergen is in many respects what Russia had lost as a part of its cultural heritage. Even though it lost it only in the 20th century, the archipelago is still home to a big legacy left by the Pomor communities – the northerners who were heroically exploring the Arctic throughout the 14th to 16th centuries, said Konstantin Zaikov.
Sergey Zviagin, who is also a marine painter, will explore the sides of the Arctic that demand philosophical though and will come up with a series of sketches, while Ivan Saveliev will engage in the historical and legal research on the archipelago.
We will be looking into the legal regulations concerning Inderlee, the Norwegian counterpart of the Northern Sea Route, and how these are applied on the archipelago, so that we have a clearer picture of how we can copy its experience. And we will also focus on how Norway exercises its environmental law, because the Norwegian and the Russian zones of the Arctic share a very similar natural setting. We plan to interview local residents and explore the legal norms being implemented on the archipelago, said Ivan Saveliev.