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July 24 and July 27, 2018 PCRC International Law Seminar Series

PCRC will hold two special sessions of its international law seminar series in the late July. Professor Julia Jabour from University of Tasmania will deliver a presentation entitled “What does the future hold for long-peace in Antarctica?” at the 8th seminar on July 24. A panel discussion will be conducted on “The future of the Antarctic Treaty System” at the 9th seminar on July 27. For details, please see the 8th seminar flyer and the 9th seminar flyer.

Invitation to JSPS Fellowship application at Kobe PCRC

PCRC is now offering to host JSPS fellows for the academic year 2019. Those interested to pursue Arctic and Antarctic legal studies at Kobe should express her/his interest as soon as possible. The details are indicted in this announcement .

Invitation to Doctoral Course in International Law at GSICS, Kobe University

The Graduate School of International Cooperation Studies (GSICS) of Kobe University is now recruiting the doctoral and master students who are to start off course in April or October 2019. Polar Cooperation Research Centre (PCRC) at GSICS particularly welcomes those students who would like to pursue doctoral degree (Ph.D. in Laws) specializing in the Arctic legal issues, the Antarctic Treaty System, the law of the sea, and the international environmental law. English course is offered at GSICS and thesis can be submitted in English. Students are strongly recommended to apply for Japanese Government (MEXT) Scholarship for the degree pursuit at GSICS. The scholarship application will start soon and its deadline is between late May and early June 2018. For the details of the degree course and scholarship application, please refer to Invitation to Doctoral Courses at Kobe for 2019 .

February 9, 2018 Launch of PCRC  3rd Symposium Webpage  

On February 9, 2018 PCRC 3rd symposium webpage is available to the public. Such information is accessible on the webpage as the symposium program, abstracts for all symposium sessions, and biographies of speakers and discussants. <http://www.research.kobe-u.ac.jp/gsics-pcrc/3rdsympo/20171207.html>

January 30, 2018 PCRC International Law Seminar Series

On February 13, 2018, PCRC will convene 6th international law seminar of its International Law Seminar Series. In this seminar, invited Associate Professor Zou Leilei will make a presentation "Arctic Fishery Regime-building: Review and Prospect." For details, please see the flyer for the seminar.

November 24, 2017 PCRC International Law Seminar Series

PCRC will hold a special session of its international law seminar series on December 1, 2017. In this session, Professor Rasmus Gjedssø Bertelsen will deliver a presentation entitled “Thinking and Working Across Disciplines, Sectors and Borders on Global Challenges: Experiences from the Harvard Kennedy School, United Nations University, COP15 and COP21”. This seminar is open to the public and advanced registration is not required. For details, please see the flyer for the seminar.

November 14, 2017 PCRC International Law Seminar Series

PCRC is pleased to announce the 3rd and 4th seminar of its international law seminar series. On November 21, Dr. Nikolas Sellheim will deliver a presentation "An Introduction to International Climate Change Law". On December 18, Ms. Marzia Scopelliti will give a presentation "The Participation of Non-State Actors in International Environmental Governance: Learning from Arctic IPs". For details, please see the flyer for these seminars.

October 20, 2017  Professor Rasmus Bertelsen joined PCRC

On October 20, 2017 Professor Rasmus Gjedssø Bertelsen joined PCRC. He will stay in Kobe until mid-December 2017. For his profile, please see Who Runs the Centre.

October 16, 2017  Ms. Marzia Scopelliti joined PCRC

On October 16, 2017 Ms. Marzia Scopelliti joined PCRC as research fellow. She will work for PCRC until mid-February 2018. For her profile, please see Who Runs the Centre.

October 12, 2017  PCRC International Law Seminar Series

PCRC is pleased to announce its international law seminar series to be held in October to December 2017. In the inaugural seminar on 27 October 2017, Associate Professor Maria das Neves will deliver a presentation entitled “The Legal Status of Svalbard’s Maritime Zones: Testing the Waters’ for a Future Dispute”. This seminar is open to the public and advanced registration is not required. Please also find the flyer for the seminar. The second seminar is planned on 7 November (Tue), the third on 21 November (Tue) and the Fourth on 18 December (Mon).

Circumpolar News

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March 7, 2018 Utilizing Scientific Knowledge in the Arctic: Japan’s Contribution

Proposal “Utilizing Scientific Knowledge in the Arctic: Japan’s Contribution” (only in Japanese) has been officially submitted to the State Minister for Foreign Affairs of Japan. This proposal is based on the discussion in the Advisory Board for the Promotion of Science and Technology Diplomacy. It is interesting to note the following: (1) Japan as a “neutral non-Arctic State” can provide objective scientific data for the Arctic policy and rule making; (2) Japan recognizes the Arctic research as an “international public value”; (3) Closely observing the “claims for extended continental shelves by the Arctic coastal states”, Japan should apply the state-of-the-art environmental and other technologies for sustainable mineral resources development and shipping routes in the Arctic; and (4) Japan recognizes the necessity for interdisciplinary research in the Arctic, including humanities and social sciences, taking also into account indigenous and local knowledge.

January 26, 2018 Release of  China's Arctic Policy

On January 26, 2018 China releases its Arctic Policy, which attracts the worldwide attention. China's Arctic objectives and claims are clearly articulated in its newly-released Arctic Policy. Besides the recognition of eight Arctic States' territorial sovereignty and jurisdiction and rights of Arctic indigenous peoples, China claims itself as a 'near-Arctic State' as well as an 'important  stakeholder in Arctic affairs'. Please refer to the English version of China' Arctic Policy from Chinadailyasia website here.

June 8, 2017  the Second Trilateral High-Level Dialogue on the Arctic

On June 8, 2017, the Second Trilateral High-Level Dialogue on the Arctic among Japan, the People’s Republic of China and the Republic of Korea was held in Tokyo, with participation of Ms. Kazuko Shiraishi, Ambassador in charge of Arctic Affairs, from Japan. At the meeting Joint Statement was adopted which emphasized that "it is indispensable for the international community to ensure the protection and preservation of the fragile marine environment of the Arctic Ocean, and maintain peace, stability and constructive cooperation based on a rule-based maritime order." The statement is available both in English , in Japanese .

March 29-30, 2017 the Fourth International Arctic Forum

On March 29-30, 2017 the Fourth International Arctic Forum “The Arctic – Territory of Dialogue” was held at Arkhangelsk, a northern region in Russia described as a “gateway to the Arctic”. A key theme of the forum this year is People and the Arctic, highlightening the importance of the role of human being in the Arctic sustainability. Political leaders from Russia, Finland, Iceland, Denmark, Norway, and China attended the forum, and more than 2000 people from academia, government, business and media participated in the forum panels, where combat with climate change at the Arctic and international cooperations among the Arctic stakeholders were still heated topics for discussions.

August 8, 2016

The SCAR Open Science Conference (OSC) will be held on August 22-26, 2016 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Director Shibata and research fellow Lindsay Arthur Tamm will attend the conference and make presentations.

August 8, 2016

On July 6-8, 2016, 3rd Arctic 5+5 meeting on high seas fisheries in the Central Arctic Ocean was held in Iqaluit, Canada. The chairman's statement of this meeting is now available here .

May 9, 2016

On April 19-21, 2016, the meeting on the high seas fisheries in the Central Arctic Ocean (CAO) was held in Washington D.C. with the participation of Canada, China, Denmark, the EU, Iceland, Japan, the Republic of Korea, Norway, Russia and the U.S. (5+5). In the meeting, the delegations discussed the scientific workshop to be held in Tromso in September 2016 and the possible future measures to prevent unregulated commercial fishing in the high seas of the CAO based on the updated US proposal for an international agreement. The Chairman's Statement of this meeting is now available here . The next meeting will be held on 6-8 July in Iqaluit, Canada.

May 2, 2016

Arctic cooperation among Japan, China and South Korea. On April 28, 2016, the 1st high high-level dialogue among these three states on the Arctic was held in Seoul, South Korea with the participation of Arctic Ambassodor Kazuko Shiraishi from Japan. The high level dialogue issued a joint press release in which the heads of the delegation "shared the view that ...... scientific research is among the most promising areas for their joint activities and trilateral cooperative activities in this area need to be encouraged" (para.5). Moreover, they "decided to report the discussions of this Dialogue to the Arctic Council through appropriate channels" (para.6). The 2nd high-level dialogue is to be hosted by Japan. The joint press release is now available in English and in Japanese .

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