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September 8, 2017 Registration for the PCRC 3rd Symposium is Now Open

The PCRC 3rd International symposium "The Role of Non-Arctic States/Actors in the Arctic Legal Order-making" is by invitation only. If you wish to attend the symposium, please make a registration as soon as possible at the symposium website . Please note that due to the limited seating availability, we may not accommodate all the requests.

September 8, 2017 PCRC 3rd International Symposium Website

A special website for the PCRC 3rd International Symposium is now open: <http://www.cscenter.co.jp/pcrc/>

July 7, 2017  PCRC 3rd International Symposium Call for Papers

The Polar Cooperation Research Centre is proud to announce its third international symposium "The Role of Non-Arctic States/Actors in the Arctic Legal Order-making" to be held at Kobe University, Japan on December 7–9, 2017. This symposium will critically examine the positive contribution that the non-Arctic States/actors can bring to the Arctic legal order-making, as well as challenges faced by them.

Confirmed speakers (as of September 8) are:
Rasmus Gjedssø Bertelsen (UiT The Arctic University of Norway; JSPS Invited Fellow, Kobe University (October-December 2017))
Dalee Sambo Dorough (University of Alaska Anchorage, USA; UN Permanent Forum for Indigenous Issues (2011-2016))
Naomi Harada (Japan Agency for Marine-Earth Science and Technology (JAMSTEC))
Sebastian Knecht (Berlin Graduate School for Transnational Studies, Germany)
Timo Koivurova (Arctic Centre, University of Lapland, Finland)
Erik Molenaar (Netherlands Institute for the Law of the Sea, Utrecht University; K.G. Jebsen Centre for the Law of the Sea, UiT The Arctic University of Norway)
Joji Morishita (Tokyo University of Marine Science and Technology, Japan)
Koji Sekimizu (Secretary- General Emeritus, IMO; Special Advisor and Professor, Kobe University, Japan
Won-Sang Seo (Korea Polar Research Institute, Republic of Korea)
Malgorzata Smieszek (Arctic Centre, University of Lapland, Finland)
Florian Stammler (Arctic Centre, University of Lapland, Finland)
Aki Tonami (Tsukuba University, Japan)
Jian Yang (Shanghai Institutes for International Studies, People’s Republic of China)

The sessions are (for details of each session, please see here ):
Session 1: Asian States/Actors in the Arctic Legal Order-making
Session 2: Arctic Shipping Governance
Session 3: Central Arctic Ocean Fisheries
Session 4: Policy-Relevant-Science in the Context of the Arctic
Session 5: Role of Observers in the Arctic Council
Session 6: Non-Arctic Influence on Arctic Customary Laws and Institutions

The PCRC welcomes papers from those who wish to attend the symposium as a discussant. The Centre may decide to provide financial support for international travel and accommodation to a few early career researchers from those who have submitted papers. We also welcome regular participants to the symposium with expertise on the issues to be discussed . For participation/discussant request, after reading Request for Participation/Call for Papers carefully, please fill out the application form and send it to <kobe_arctic_research2[at]diamond.kobe-u.ac.jp> no later than September 18, 2017.

June 19, 2017 Leilei Zou Joined the PCRC

On June 19, 2017, Leilei Zou, associate professor of Shanghai Ocean Universiy, joined the Polar Cooperation Research Centre. She will stay at the Centre as a JSPS post-doctoral fellow (standard) until June 2019. For her profile, see Who Runs the Centre.

June 8-13, 2017 PCRC members attended ICASS IX

On June 8-13, 2017, Directer Akiho Shibata and assistant professor Osamu Inagaki attended the ICASS IX held at Umeå, Sweden. At the conferecne, Inagaki made a presentation entitled "Legitimacy of the Arctic Council as a treaty-making forum." For details, please see Related Research Activities.

May 30, 2017   PCRC’s 2017 Overview

Following Dr. Nikolas SELLHEIM, from mid June, Dr. Leilei ZOU, associate professor of Shanghai Ocean University, will join the PCRC as a JSPS post-doctoral research fellow (standard). From October, Ms. Marzia Scopelliti, Ph.D. candidate of Complutense University of Madrid, will start working for the Centre as a short-term research fellow.

In 2017, the PCRC plans to hold one international symposium entitled "The Role of Non-Arctic States/Actors in the Arctic Legal Order-making” in December. This symposium will deal with such issues as Arctic fisheries and shipping governance, role observers in the Arctic Council, the role of Asian states/actors in Arctic legal order-making and Arctic legal anthoropology etc.

Furthermore, the memebers of the PCRC will attend important international conferences on circumpolar issues including ICASS IX (Umeå, Sweden in June), HASSEG Conference (Hobart, Australia in July) and 10th Polar Law Symposium (Rovaniemi, Finland in November).

March 30, 2017 A New Publication

A new article "An Agreement on Enhancing International Arctic Scientific Cooperation: Only for the Eight Arctic States and Their Scientists?" co-authered by Director Shibata and Maiko Raita, a PhD candidate of GSICS Kobe University, has been published in Yearbook of the Polar Law Vol. 8 (2016) , pp. 129-162. Focusing on the Agreement on Enhancing International Arctic Scientific Cooperation, the third legally binding agreement negotiated under the auspices of the Arctic Council, this article examines its possible effect on the non-Arctic states and their scientists. This Article was developed based on the presentation made by Kobe Internatioanl Law Team in the Polar Law Symposium in 2015.

March 13, 2017

New PCRC working papers are now available! Please see PCRC Working Paper Series.

●Working Paper No.6 Alexander Sergunin “Russian Approaches to an Emerging Arctic Ocean Legal Order”
●Working Paper No.8: Ambassador Kazuko Shiraishi “Japan’s Arctic Policy and Its Challenges”
●Working Paper No.9: Betsy Baker “Large Marine Ecosystems and a Neighborhood Approach to Ecosystem-Based-Management in the Arctic”

March 2,  2017

On February 28, Dr. Nikolas Sellheim joined Polar Cooperation Research Centre! He will stay in Kobe as a JSPS post-doctoral fellow (short-term) until the end of February 2018. For his profile, please see Who runs the centre.


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June 8, 2018  Second Trilateral High-Level Dialogue on the Arctic

On June 8, 2016, 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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