11/11/2015 03:41 EST | Updated 11/11/2016 05:12 EST

Hans Island Condos? Novel Solution Proposed To Canada-Denmark Dispute Over Arctic Island

Arctic experts from Canada and Denmark are proposing a novel solution to who controls an ice-bound speck of an island midway between the two countries.

They say turn Hans Island into a condominium.

University of British Columbia international law professor Michael Byers and a Danish colleague will make the proposal Thursday at a conference in Denmark.

Byers says the two countries could simply share control over the island, located between Ellesmere Island and Greenland.

They could hand off day-to-day management to Inuit groups on either side, or turn the whole thing into a park.

He says other countries such a France and Spain have so-called condominium arrangements.