About Polar Cooperation Research Centre

In July 2015 Graduate School of International Cooperation Studies (GSICS) Kobe University was designated as one of the participating institutions of the Japanese government’s Arctic Challenge for Sustainability (ArCS) Project , a 5-year (2015-20) research project. Under this project, GSICS is responsible for research on the Arctic legal and policy issues, particularly focusing on the Arctic international legal framework and institutions. Polar Cooperation Research Centre (PCRC) was established on 1 October 2015 to implement and promote this research project within GSICS. PCRC is headed by Director Akiho SHIBATA, Professor of International law at GSICS Kobe University.

Who runs the Centre?

Akiho SHIBATA 

Director of the PCRC
Professor of International Law, GSICS, Kobe University

Akiho SHIBATA

Research Interest: Public International Law; Arctic Law; Antarctic Treaty System; International Environmental Law, International Lawmaking Process. See his personal HP. He is a member of the International Arctic Science Committee’s Social and Human Working Group (IASC-SHWG) and an Executive Committee member of the Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research (SCAR) Humanities and Social Sciences Expert Group (HASSEG).
E-mail: kobe_arctic_research[at]diamond.kobe-u.ac.jp

Osamu INAGAKI

Assistant Professor of the Centre, GSICS, Kobe University

Research Interest: Public International law; Law of Treaties; Treaty Interpretation
Recent Publication:"Evolutionary Interpretation of Treaties Re-examined: The Two-Stage Reasoning ," Journal of International Cooperation Studies, Vol.22 No.2/3 (2015), pp.127-149.
E-mail: kobe_arctic_research2 [at]diamond.kobe-u.ac.jp

Rasmus Gjedssø Bertelsen

JSPS Invited Fellow (October 20 - December 18, 2017) and Visiting Professor, PCRC-GSICS, Kobe University

Affiliation: Professor at the Faculty of Social Sciences of UiT - The Arctic University of Norway.
Research Interest: Arctic International Relations; the Arctic in the international system, past, present, future; transnational knowledge relations; science diplomacy; epistemic communities.
Recent Publications:Bertelsen, Rasmus Gjedssø; Noori, Neema; Rickli, Jean-Marc. Strategies of Knowledge Transfer for Economic Diversification in the Arab States of the Gulf. Gerlach Press;Bertelsen, Rasmus Gjedssø; Li, Xing; Gregersen, Mette Højris. Chinese Arctic Science Diplomacy: An Instrument for Achieving the Chinese Dream?. Routledge 2017.
Website: https://en.uit.no/om/enhet/ansatte/person?p_document_id=393754&p_dimension_id=88153

Marzia SCOPELLITI

Research Fellow of PCRC-GSICS, Kobe University (October 16, 2017-February 15, 2018)

Affiliation: Ph.D. candidate in Law, Complutense University of Madrid
Research Interest: International Environmental Law; Arctic Governance; International Climate Change Law; International Relations.
Recent Publications:
- “Defining security in a changing Arctic: helping to prevent an Arctic security dilemma” Polar Record, 52 (6), Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2016, pp. 672—679. (with Conde Pérez, E.)
- “El Ártico, estrategias de desarrollo sostenible en un mundo global” in Sanz Larruga, F., J. (Dir.), Derecho Ambiental en Tiempos de Crisis. Comunicaciones presentadas al Congreso de la Red Ecover, Valencia: Tirant lo Blanch, 2016, pp. 117—130.
E-mail: marziasc[at]ucm.es

Nikolas P. SELLHEIM

JSPS Postdoctoral Fellow (Short-Term) and PCRC Senior Research Fellow (February 28, 2017- February 27, 2018)

Research Interest: Arctic law and governance; maritime societies; marine mammal hunting; legal anthropology. Nikolas is the co-Editor-in-Chief of Polar Record , the journal of the Scott Polar Research Institute, University of Cambridge, UK.
Recent Publications:
- Scopes and Limits of ‘Arcticness’ – Arctic Livelihoods, Marine Mammals, and the Law. (forthcoming). In: Kelman, Ilan (ed.). Arcticness and change: Power and voice from the north. London: UCL Press.
- The Voice of Disapproval: The Expressive Function and Paradox of the EU Seal Regime. 2016. The Polar Journal 6 (2): 224-242.
E-mail: nps31[at]cam.ac.uk

Leilei ZOU

JSPS Postdoctoral Fellow (Standard) and Invited Associate Professor, PCRC-GSICS, Kobe University (June 2017- June 2019)

Affiliation: Associate Professor of Shanghai Ocean University, Shanghai China
Research Interest: Marine living resources conservation in polar areas; oceans policies and regulations. She has got papers published in journals in control and protection of marine environment, polar fisheries management, Arctic shipping, and Chinese fisheries policies, etc
Recent Publications: -"Stirred Water Under the Ice Cap: An Analysis on A5’s Stewardship in the Central Arctic Ocean Fisheries Management" Arctic Yearbook, 2016: 453-466.
-“Comparison of Arctic Navigation Administration between Russia and Canada” in Myron H. Nordquist, John Norton Moore, and Ronan Long (Eds) Challenges of the Changing Arctic: Continental Shelf, Navigation, and Fisheries. Boston: Brill Nijhoff Publishers, 2016: 286-302.
E-mail:llzou[at]shou.edu.cn

Yohei OKADA

Associate Professor of International Law, GSICS, Kobe University

Research Interest: Public International Law; International Institutional Law; Law of International Responsibility

Makiko NISHITANI 

Associate Professor of International Relations, GSICS, Kobe University

Research Interest: Theories of International Politics; International Norm; Global Governance

Kazuyo YAMAJI 

Associate Professor, Graduate School of Maritime Sciences, Kobe University

Research Interest: Atmospheric and Environmental Science



Maria Madalena das Neves

Visiting Associate Professor, GSICS, Kobe University; PCRC Member (September 7 - November 6, 2017)

Affiliation: Associate Professor at the Faculty of Law of UiT - The Arctic University of Norway, Researcher at the K.G. Jebsen Centre for the Law of the Sea
Research Interest: Energy Law, International Law of the Sea, International Economic Law, International Environmental and Climate Change Law, European Law, EEA Law.
Recent Publications:
Maria Madalena das Neves and Nigel Bankes, "The Energy Policies of Selected Arctic States" in Natalia Loukacheva (ed.), Polar Law and Resources, Norden 2015 pp. 119 - 134.

Lindsay Arthur TAMM

Research Fellow of PCRC-GSICS, Kobe University (June 20-September 30, 2016)

Affiliation: Polar Law graduate student at the University of Akureyri, Iceland
Research Interest: Public International Law; Arctic Governance; Antarctic Treaty; Arctic Council Observer States
E-mail:ha150374[at]unak.is

Tore HENRIKSEN

Visiting Professor, GSICS, Kobe University
PCRC Member (July 1-September 16, 2016)

Affiliation: Professor, UiT, Arctic University of Norway; Leader, K.G. Jebsen Centre for the Law of the Sea
Research Interest: International law of the sea, International environmental law and international fisheries law
Recent Publications: Tore Henriksen,“Protecting Polar Environments: Coherency in Regulating Arctic Shipping.” In Rosemary Rayfuse (ed.), Research Handbook on International Marine Environmental Law (Edward Elgar Publishing, 2015), pp. 363-384; Tore Henriksen,“Conservation of marine biodiversity and the International Maritime Organization.” In Christina Voigt (ed.), Rule of Law for Nature: New Dimensions and Ideas in Environmental Law (Cambridge University Press, 2013), pp.331-346.
E-mail: tore.henriksen[at]uit.no

Alexander SERGUNIN

JSPS Invited Fellow (July 1-August 29, 2016) and Visiting Professor, PCRC-GSICS, Kobe University

Affiliation:School of International Relations, St. Petersburg State University, Russian Federation
Research Interest:Russia's Arctic strategy; Arctic in global politics
Recent Publications:Sergunin A., Konyshev V., Russia in the Arctic Hard or Soft Power? (idem-Verlag, 2016); Konyshev V., Sergunin A., "Is Russia a revisionist military power inthe Arctic?," Defense and Security Analysis, Vol.30 No.4, (2014),pp.323-335.
E-mail: sergunin60[at]mail.ru

Lotta VIIKARI

Visiting Professor (March 3-April 7, 2016), PCRC-GSICS, Kobe University

Affiliation: Professor of Public International Law, Director of the Institute of Air and Space Law, University of Lapland, Finland
Research Interest: Public International Law; Space Law; International Environmental Law; Law of the Sea; Arctic Law
E-mail: Lotta.Viikari[at]ulapland.fi

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