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  • May 19, 2022

    Special Seminar by Prof. Alexander Sergunin, a Russian expert on the Arctic, was held in-person with students actively engaging

    The GSICS special seminar / The 20th PCRC International Law Seminar by Prof. Alexander Sergunin (St. Petersburg University, International Relations) attracted 30 GSICS students as well as faculty members from international law and international relations. Prof. Sergunin explained comprehensively the difficulties as well as remaining possibilities for Arctic international cooperation in light of Ukraine crisis. During the discussion, a student reminded ourselves the need of frank but academic discussion in-person with Russian scholars particularly in these difficult times. Participating students posed penetrating questions such as the changes in word-order structure and its relation to the Arctic governance, the applicability of so-called “Arctic exceptionalism” in this case, the effects on Russian-China relations, and possibility of peaceful resolution of the Ukraine dispute. Prof. Sergunin responded honestly providing further insights for understanding the situation. The opportunity to interact academically with the Russian authority on the Arctic in the midst of the Ukrainian invasion was very much appreciated by all participants.


  • April 8, 2022

    Briefing Paper Series No.7 on Arctic ocean acidification is published, co-authored by Jen Evans, 14 PLS fellow, and Director Shibata

    ArCS II International Law Research Program has published its 7th volume of Briefing Paper Series (BPS) “Ocean Acidification in the Arctic – Scientific and Governance Responses”. This is a fact sheet based on the session "Polar Governance in the Anthropocene: The case of Ocean Acidification" at the 14th Polar Law Symposium (PLS) with the presentations by Professor Tim Stephens (University of Sydney, Australia) and Dr. Naomi Harada (Japan Agency for Marine-Earth Science and Technology). The 7th volume was a product of a new initiative of engaging early-career scholars in the work of PCRC. The co-author, Jen Evans (University of Denver, USA), is a Ph.D. candidate and was selected as one of the 14 PLS fellows, funded by ArCS II. For press release and the download, access here.


  • March 23, 2022

    Director Shibata replies to Dr. Hemmings on “How can the Antarctic Treaty System respond to the Russian invasion of Ukraine” on Polar Connection

    As a reply to Dr. Alan Hemmings’ article, Director Shibata examines the legal complexities involved in possible measures by the host government of Germany, in consultation with some like-minded Parties but never by the consensus of all the Consultative Parties, in the upcoming 44th Meeting of the ATCM to prevent the Russian and Belarusian delegations from participating in the Meeting, to be held at Berlin, only 900 km from the border between Ukraine and Poland, and in light of the difficulties posed by the Ukraine delegation to effectively participate in the Meeting. Director Shibata demonstrates in his reply a tenuous legal justification for such a measure, which could amount as an infringement of participatory right of Russia under the Antarctic Treaty, to be permissible under international law; and he cautions that these exchanges of temporary suspensions of Treaty provisions may well be the beginning of a permanent dysfunction of the Antarctic Treaty System as a whole. Web-based Polar Connection has thousands of readers, and these academic exchanges will definitely have policy impacts.


  • March 21, 2022

    ArCS II International Law Research Program published Briefing Paper Series No.6,“Environmental regulation of Arctic shipping: Recent developments”, now with ISSN and doi

    ArCS II International Law Research Program has published the sixth volume of its “Briefing Paper Series (BPS)”, “Environmental regulation of Arctic shipping: Recent developments”. The purpose of the BPS is to share our results with Arctic stakeholders and the general public and contribute to open discussions on Arctic issues.
    The sixth volume of the BPS is a fact sheet describing recent discussions in international forums on environmental regulations to reduce and mitigate the impact of shipping in the Arctic region, focusing on efforts at the Arctic Council and international rule and standard making at the International Maritime Organization (IMO). For press release and the download, access this page.


  • March 1, 2022

    Invitation to graduate studies in international law at Kobe University, with Japanese government scholarship: deadline end of May

    PCRC welcomes students who would like to pursue graduate level studies (LL.M. and Ph.D. in Laws) specializing in the fields of Arctic legal issues, the Antarctic Treaty System, the law of the sea, and/or international environmental law, under the supervision of Professor Akiho Shibata, Director of the PCRC. For the enrollment in April or October 2023, it is strongly recommended to simultaneously apply for the Japanese government scholarship by the end of May this year. Please click the image for the details. Please also refer to useful information regarding GSICS, PCRC and MEXT scholarship in powerpoint presentation file(PDF).


  • February 2, 2022

    Arctic Science Diplomacy webinars co-organized with Harvard Law School, under the ArCS II project

    Under ArCS II project, Kobe PCRC in collaboration with Program on Negotiation (PON) at Harvard Law School and the United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR) will co-organize three webinars on Arctic Science Diplomacy on February 21, March 10 and 24. Inviting prominent Arctic scientists and decision-makers as plenary keynote speakers, the webinars will consider relationships and synergies between the 2017 Agreement on Enhancing International Arctic Scientific Cooperation and the Arctic Science Ministerial (ASM) process that began in 2016 with dialogues among Arctic and non-Arctic states as well as Indigenous Peoples’ Organizations. Registration by February 11 is strongly recommended. For details and registration, please access this site.


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