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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.

June 11, PCRC International Law Seminar Series

On June 11, 2019 PCRC will convene the 14th PCRC international law seminar. In this seminar, Dr. Christoph Humrich, Visiting Associate Professor, GSICS, Kobe University, and Assistant Professor for International Relations and Security Studies, and Associated Researcher at the Arctic Centre of the University of Groningen, will give a presentation on "The politics of marine protected areas in the Arctic: What drives (or: drove not) the process?". For this presentation, Dr. Leilei Zou, Professor of Shanghai Ocean University, JSPS Postdoctoral Fellow and Dr. Osamu Inagaki, PRCR Researcher, will serve as a commentator. For details, please see the seminar flyer.

May 23, PCRC International Law Seminar Series

On May 23, 2019 PCRC will convene the 13th PCRC international law seminar. In this seminar, Dr. Barry Zellen, from Center for Arctic Study and Policy, U.S. Coast Guard Academy and research fellow at University of Connecticut, will give a presentation on "Cold War in the Warming Arctic? The Return of Westphalian State Competition to the High North, and the Consequences for 'Arctic Exceptionalism'". For details, please see the seminar flyer.

April 30, Call for Presentations for PCRC-ArCS Special Session at 12th Polar Law Symposium

At the 12th Polar Law Symposium in Hobart, Tasmania (1-4 December 2019), PCRC will establish a special session comprising of two panels: “International law for the Arctic: The future agenda for post-ArCS legal and policy research 2020-25” and “The resilience of the Antarctic Treaty System to the current and future challenges”. The travel funding will be available for successful presenters. For details, see the symposium website.

April 17, Emerging Legal Orders in the Arctic: The Role of Non-Arctic Actors, edited by Director Prof.Shibata was published

A new book under the ArCS, Emerging Legal Orders in the Arctic: The Role of Non-Arctic Actors, edited by Professor Shibata, Director of the Polar Cooperation Research Centre (PCRC), Kobe University with young PCRC young foreign fellows, has been published from Routledge as the first volume the Routledge Research in Polar Law series.

Circumpolar News

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June 15-20, 2019 International Conference on Arctic Social Sciences (ICASS) X

ICASS X will take place in Arkhangelsk, Russia on June 15-20, 2020.

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."

May 22-30, 2019 Arctic Science Summit Week (ASSW)

The Arctic Science Summit Week 2019 will take place from 22 to 30 May, 2019.

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