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?


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


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

Yusuke HONDA

Assistant Professor of the PCRC, GSICS, Kobe University

Research Interest: Public International law; Law of the Sea; International Environmental Law
E-mail: kobe_arctic_research3 [at] diamond.kobe-u.ac.jp


Researcher of the PCRC, 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: osamui [at] people.kobe-u.ac.jp


Associate Professor of International Law, GSICS, Kobe University

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


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

Former members

* The affiliation and other information of the former PCRC members are those at the time of their departure, and no updating has been done.

Christoph Humrich

Visiting Associate Professor, GSICS, Kobe University; PCRC member (April 15 - July 5, 2019)

Affiliation: Assistant Professor for International Relations and Security Studies, Department of International Relations and International Organization, Faculty of Arts, University of Groningen, The Netherlands, and Associated Researcher at the Arctic Centre, University of Groningen
Research Interest: Polar and Ocean Politics, Relations and Interaction of International Law and International Politics, International Political Theory
Recent Publications: See https://www.rug.nl/staff/c.humrich/research/publications.html.

Leilei ZOU

JSPS Postdoctoral Fellow (Standard) and Invited Associate Professor, PCRC-GSICS, Kobe University (June 19, 2017- June 18, 2019)

Affiliation: 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: -Zou Leilei, Henry P. Huntington, "Implications of the Convention on the Conservation and Management of Pollock Resources in the Central Bering Sea for the Management of Fisheries in the Central Arctic Ocean", Marine Policy, 88, 2018, pp. 132-138.
--Zou Leilei, "Stirred Water Under the Ice Cap: An Analysis on A5’s Stewardship in the Central Arctic Ocean Fisheries Management" Arctic Yearbook, 2016: 453-466.


PCRC Research Fellow, Kobe University (October 26, 2018 - March 31, 2019)

Affiliation: Doctor of Laws (candidate), University of Lapland, Rovaniemi, Finland.
Research Interest: International Law; Law of the Sea; Environmental Law; Human Rights; Indigenous Rights; Polar Governance and Cooperation.
Recent Publications:
- Verena Gisela Huppert & Romain François R. Chuffart, “Collaboration Across the Arctic: A Tool of Regionalization or Simple Pragmatism?” In Heininen L., Exner-Pirot H. & Plouffe J. (eds.) Arctic Yearbook 2017, Akureyri, Northern Research Forum (2017).
E-mail: rchuffart19[at]gmail.com or rchuffar[at]ulapland.fi


Visiting Professor, GSICS, Kobe University; PCRC member (June 30 - August 3, 2018)

Affiliation:Leader, Ocean and Antarctic Governance Research Program, Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies (IMAS), University of Tasmania
Research Interest: polar governance, marine governance
Recent Publications: see <http://www.utas.edu.au/profiles/staff/imas/julia-jabour>


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

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


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 Relationship.
Recent Publications:
- Scopelliti, M. & N. Sellheim. (under review). “Sustaining a Conservationist Agenda? NGO-Influence on Arctic Sealing, Whaling and Hydrocarbon Regimes.” In Shibata, A., N. Sellheim, L. Zou & M. Scopelliti (eds.) Emerging Legal Orders in the Arctic: The Role of Non-Arctic Actors. New York, London: Routledge (forthcoming).
- Conde Pérez, E. & M. Scopelliti. (2018). “Arctic Region.” In Carty, T. (ed.) Oxford Bibliographies in International Law. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
E-mail: marziasc[at]ucm.es

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


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


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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