Political map of the Arctic & the Far North 12 July 1932 (Erik the Red's Land): In return for Denmark abandoning any claims on Svalbard (Spitsbergen Treaty), Norway had agreed to recognize Danish sovereignty over Greenland (Ihlen Declaration). However, northeast Greenland remained dominated by Norwegian whalers and trappers and in 1931 declared itself for Norway as Erik the Red's Land. The dispute was brought before the World Court (Permanent Court of International Justice) in 1933, which ruled against Norway and led it to abandon the claim.