Kristin Bartenstein

Membership:  2014

Member Bio

Kristin Bartenstein is a professor of international law specializing in international environmental law and law of the sea. She studied German, French and international law at Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität and Université de Paris II (Panthéon-Assas), before obtaining her LL.D. from Université Laval (Quebec, Canada), where she completed a dissertation on unilateral environmental measures under the law of the WTO. After she was appointed as a professor at Université Laval in 2007, the focus of her research shifted to the question of environmental interstate equity in multilateral environmental agreements, in particular with respect to climate change. Over the years she has also developed an interest in the intersection between the law of the sea and international environmental law. In this capacity, she is involved in an international project to prepare an article-by-article commentary of the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea. In recent years, she has done extensive research on the environmental protection of the Arctic Ocean. At the Rachel Carson Center, she will be exploring new interpretations of the existing legal framework and new avenues for the development of existing institutions with a view to furthering the cooperative protection of the Arctic.


  • «Protection de l’Arctique maritime: la coopération régionale revisitée à travers les régimes antarctique et baltique» (“The Protection of the Maritime Arctic: Regional Cooperation Revisisted Through the Antarctic and Baltic Regimes”), Annuaire du droit de la mer 17 (2012): 217–257.
  • "Navigating the Arctic: The Canadian NORDREG, the International Polar Code and Regional Cooperation," German Yearbook of International Law 54 (2011): 77–124.
  • "The 'Arctic Exception' in the Law of the Sea Convention: A Contribution to Safer Navigation in the Northwest Passage?" Ocean Development and International Law 42 (2011): 22–52.
  • «L’opérationnalisation du principe des responsabilités communes mais différenciées repensée – plaidoyer pour une démarche ancrée dans l’équité» (“Rethinking the Operationalization of the Principle of Common but Differentiated Responsibilities – A Plea for an Approach Grounded in Equity”), Cahiers de droit 55 (forthcoming, 2014).
  • “The 'Arctic Region Council' Revisited – Inspiring Future Development of the Arctic Council.” In The Arctic Ocean: Essays in Honour of Donat Pharand, edited by S. Lalonde and T. L. McDorman. Brill Academic Publishers, Leiden (forthcoming)
  • "Zwischenstaatliche Umweltgerechtigkeit im internationalen Umweltrecht" ("Environmental Interstate Equity in International Environmental Law"). In Internationales Umweltrecht (International Environmental Law), edited by A. Proelß. Berlin: de Gruyter (forthcoming).
  • Publications