The present chapter has two main goals, to examine the legal status of Arctic cooperation and, on this basis, to elaborate a method by which intentionally produced instruments should be evaluated in international law. The first of these aims is the one of the principal focuses of the thesis set out in the introductory chapter. It is essential that it be taken up here not only to clarify the confusion regarding the legal status of the norms and instruments adopted in this cooperation but also to furnish the reader with basic information on the nature of Arctic cooperation and its international legal possibilities, which will be used in the concluding chapter of this thesis.