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13th Polar Law Symposium will be held online in November and Kobe PCRC will host the 14th Polar Law Symposium in 2021!

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and after careful consultation with the advisory committee, Kobe PCRC will now host the 14th Polar Law Symposium in the fall of 2021. The details will be provided later. For the 13th Symposium, it will be held as a Special Online Session and the online presentation opportunities will be provided during November this year. For details including the treatment of abstracts already submitted, please see the homepage. Abstracts submission portal is closed on 5 June 2020.


June 12, Call for Research Fellowship at PCRC in 2020-21

Kobe PCRC is offering one research fellowship for a maximum of three months in the period from October 2020 to March 2021. For details, please refer to the announcement. The deadline for application is 30 July 2020. Pleases note that the accepted fellow must be based physically in Kobe, and Kobe PCRC cannot take any responsibility for possible cancellation of international travels due to immigration and other governmental policies.

April 20, PCRC Working Paper No. 12 is now available

New PCRC Working Paper No.12 by Mr. Andreas Raspotnik, Andreas Østhagen & Charles Colgan “Discussing the Blue Arctic Economy - A Case Study of Fisheries in Alaska and North Norway”, based on the presentation at the PCRC 17th International Law Seminar Series, is now available. Please see PCRC Working Paper Series.

March 20, Final seminar under ArCS project on Arctic Commons, Arctic Council and Indigenous Peoples

Report from International Seminar on Arctic Commons, Arctic Council and Indigenous Peoples
This seminar is the finale of the Arctic legal and policy studies at Polar Cooperation Research Centre (PCRC) under the first phase of ArCS project 2015-20. Utilising the international research network that PCRC has establish during the period, Arctic law and policy experts and early-career scholars from Russia, Canada, Finland, Norway, United Kingdom and Japan gathered at Kobe University, Japan, to discuss the sustainable use of the Arctic ocean and its resources, the institutional developments of the Arctic Council, and the engagement of Arctic Indigenous Peoples in such developments.

March 4, Polar Record Special Issue on International Law for Sustainability in Arctic Resource Development published

Romain Chuffart, former PCRC research fellow, and Director Shibata are the co-guest editors of the Special Issue in Polar Record, one of the most cited, peer-reviewed polar-specific academic journals published from Cambridge University Press. This Special Issue is based on the presentations at PCRC’s fourth symposium of the same title in December 2018. It includes an editorial by the co-guest editors and papers from multi-disciplines examining the legal and policy issues surrounding Arctic mineral resource development, focusing on those undergoing in Greenland and Russia.

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.

Last updated: April 24, 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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