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December 3, 12th Polar Law Symposium, Abstracts Updated

At 12th Polar Law Symposium held in Hobart, Tasmania, 1-4 December 2019, the PCRC organize four special panels: Two on Post-ArCS research agenda for Arctic legal and policy studies, and two on Antarctic Treaty System Resilience/Policy-Law-Science Nexus in Antarctica. Expanded abstracts are now available from the above mentioned links.

November 26, PCRC International Law Seminar Series

On November 26, 2019 PCRC convened the 16th PCRC international law seminar. In this seminar, Professor Brooks Kaiser, from University of Southern Denmark, and Associate Professor Chris Horbel, from University of Southern Denmark and Norwegian School of Sport Sciences, will give a presentation on "Sustainable Arctic Marine Tourism: Challenges and Opportunities". For details, please see the seminar flyer.

August 2, PCRC Working Paper No. 11 is now available

New PCRC Working Paper No.11 by Mr. Bruce Harland “Arctic Economic Council: A Resource for Business Development in the Arctic”, based on the presentation at the PCRC 4th Symposium, is now available. Please see PCRC Working Paper Series.

July 12, PCRC International Law Seminar Series

The Polar Cooperation Research Centre (PCRC) is pleased to receive as our main speaker, Professor Donald Rothwell of Australian National University, one of the leading experts in international polar law and the law of the sea, in our 15th international law seminar entitled “Dispute Settlement under the Antarctic Treaty System” to be held on 12 July 2019. For details, please see the seminar flyer.

Circumpolar News

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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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