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13th Polar Law Symposium comes to Kobe in November 2020!

PCRC is proud to join the Polar Law Institute (University of Akureyri, Iceland), the Northern Institute for Environmental and Minority Law – Arctic Centre (University of Lapland, Finland), the University of the Arctic and its Arctic Law Thematic Network (Finland) to host the 2020 Polar Law Symposium. This will be the first time the event is being held in Asia in its 13-year history. Call for abstracts closes at the end of March.


February 26, PCRC International Law Seminar Series

On March 5, 2020 PCRC will convene the 17th PCRC international law seminar on "Arctic Commons, Arctic Council, and Indigenous Peoples". This is an extraordinary seminar on Arctic law and policy with experts and early-career scholars from Russia, Canada, Finland, Norway, United Kingdom and Japan. This seminar is the finale of the first phase of Kobe PCRC 2015-2020. The venue is located on Academia Hall for Social Sciences (Building VI), No.42 on the Campus Map. For details, please see the seminar flyer.

February 26, [Rescheduled] PCRC International Law Seminar Series

Due to the coordination with a special seminar on Arctic law and policy to be held on 5 March, Professor Sergunin's seminar on "Russia's Arctic Strategies: The Prospects for International Cooperation” has been rescheduled from 13 March to 5 March. This seminar will be convened in conjunction with the 17th PCRC international law seminar. For details, please see the seminar flyer.

January 17, Reports on the PCRC Special Panels at the PLS12

PCRC held four special panels at the 12th Polar Law Symposium in Hobart, on December 3, 2019. Reports on the panels are now available at the links below: PCRC-ArCS Special Session and Resilience of the Antarctic Treaty System to Future Challenges.

Last updated: February 26, 2020

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October 25, 2019 3rd Arctic Science Ministerial website now open

The third Arctic Science Ministerial(ASM3) will take stock of the progress made by the international community up to 2020. ASM3 will be held in Tokyo, Japan on the 21st and 22nd of November 2020 and will be co-hosted by Iceland.

September 10, 2019 Canada's New Arctic and Northern Policy Framework

The government of Canada released the new "Arctic and Northern Policy Framework" that provides overarching direction to the Government's priorities in the Arctic to 2030 and beyond. An analysis of this Canada's new Arctic Policy is available from here.

August 21, 2019 the German Government adopted the new interministerial Arctic policy guidelines

The German Government adopted new interministerial Arctic policy guidelines "German Arctic policy guidelines: Assuming responsibility, creating trust, shaping the future" in the Cabinet. Germany focuses on the six priorities in the new Arctic policy guidelines, namely climate and environmental protection, international cooperation, security policy, science and research, sustainable development and the involvement of the indigenous population in the Arctic. See further information from the Federal Foreign Office page.

June 28, New Arctic Council Chairmanship program for 2019-2021 has released

The first meeting during Iceland's Arctic Council Chairmanship has been held in Reykjavik. At the meeting, Icealand released its chairmanship program. The theme of Iceland’s Chairmanship program is “Together towards a sustainable Arctic” and it includes four priority areas: Climate and green energy solutions, the Arctic marine environment, people and communities of the Arctic, and a stronger Arctic Council. The Iceland’s Chairmanship Program for 2019-2021 can be read from here.

June 6, 2019 United States Department of Defense updates its Arctic Strategy

The updated US DoD Arctic Strategy states: "Russia and China are challenging the rules-based order in the Arctic…. China is attempting to gain a role in the Arctic in ways that may undermine international rules and norms, and there is a risk that its predatory economic behavior globally may be repeated in the Arctic. … DoD will continue to work with allies and partners to strengthen the existing, international rules-based order in the Arctic. Sustaining and strengthening the rules-based order will help to both deter strategic competitors from specific, aggressive acts and from unilaterally seeking to change norms governing access to the region."

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