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PCRC 4th International Symposium successfully ended!

The PCRC 4th International Symposium was held at the Kobe University on 17 - 18 December 2018, and successfully ended.

The overall theme of the 4th symposium is "International Law for Sustainability in Arctic Resource Development:Integrating Economic, Social, Environmental and Scientific Dimensions".

Pre-registration is now closed. Outcome and further information will soon be announced in this website.


December 19, Polar Cooperation Research Centre (PCRC) convenes International Workshop on The Resilience of the Antarctic Treaty System to Future Challenges

The Polar Cooperation Research Centre (PCRC) will convene an international workshop to discuss the future of the Antarctic Treaty System on 19 December 2018. Please refer to the flyer for the program. No registration is required. Further information is available from here.

December 12, 4th Polar Cooperation Research Centre (PCRC) International Symposiumthe on the Arctic Economic Council (AEC) News

Our symposium gain the attention of circumpolar business stakeholders. Please visit the AEC News for further informations.

October 4, 2018 Polar Law Symposium comes to Kobe in 2020

At 11th Polar Law Symposium (PLS) being held in Tromso, Norway, PCRC Director Shibata officially announced that PCRC will be hosting 13th PLS in Fall of 2020 in Kobe, Japan. It is the first time PLS is being hosted in an Asian country. With Sakiko Hataya, Ph.D. student at Kobe, and Leilei Zou, PCRC fellow, Director Shibata visited Arctic Council Secretariat and Arctic Economic Council Secretariat in Tromso (photos).

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October 19-21, 2018 Arctic Circle Assembly was held October 19-21 in Reykjavik, Iceland.

The annual Arctic Circle Assembly is the largest international forum on the Arctic and is attended by governments, experts, scientists, businesses, NGOs, indigenous peoples and others interested in the future of the Arctic.

Japan's Foreign Minister Kono made speach at the plenary of the Assembly. The text of Minister's speech is available from here.

October 12, The Arctic Environment Ministers’ meeting (AEMM) was held in Finland.

The Arctic Environment Ministers’ meeting (AEMM) was held at Rovaniemi. The meeting has focused on the issues concerning climate change, biodiversity and pollution prevention.

October 3, 2018 Central Arctic Ocean fisheries agreement signed by 10 parties, including Japan.

Nine countries and EU signed the agreement to prevent unregulated commercial fishing on the high seas of the central Arctic Ocean. Related information is available from here: Barents Observer, U.S. State Department, and MOFA Japan.

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