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Tugend, Mana Elise Hera


Mana is a researcher at the Norwegian Centre for the Law of the Sea (NCLOS) focusing on the Rights of Nature.

Mana holds a LL.M. degree in Polar Law from the University of Akureyri, Iceland. She has completed the fifth Korea Arctic Academy in Busan in 2019. Prior to starting her PhD, Mana was assistant scientific secretary at the North Atlantic Marine Mammal Commission in Tromsø, and editing assistant for the forthcoming book edited by Vito De Lucia, Alex Oude Elferink and Lan Ngoc Nguyen, International Law and Marine Areas beyond National Jurisdiction.


Mana's research interests concern international environmental law, Rights of Nature, and Arctic issues.



9/2021 – Present: PhD Research Fellow, Norwegian Centre for the Law of the Sea (NCLOS), Tromsø, Norway

9/2020 – Present: Co-founder of the Arctic Youth Network Oceans Group

8/2020 – 9/2021: Research and Editing Assistant, NCLOS, Tromsø, Norway

2/2021 – 4/2021: Assistant Scientific Secretary, North Atlantic Marine Mammal Commission (NAMMCO), Tromsø, Norway

4/2020 – 1/2021: Intern, NAMMCO, Tromsø, Norway

2/2020 – 6/2020: Editing Assistant for the Routeledge Handbook of Indigenous Peoples in the Arctic


2016 – 2019: LL.M. in Polar Law, University of Akureyri, Iceland
Master’s thesis: The Rights of Indigenous Peoples and the Establishment of Marine Protected Areas in the Traditional Inuit Territory, under the supervision of Dr. Dorothée Cambou.

1 – 6/2017: West Nordic Studies Exchange Semester, Nord University, Bodø, Norway

2015 – 2016: Master 1 in European and International Law, University of Strasbourg, France

2012 – 2015: Double Bachelor in French and German Law, University of Saarbrücken, Germany, and University of Metz, France

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