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January 7, 2022

The 14th Polar Law Symposium 2021 was successfully completed with a total of 331 registered participants.

On 21-23 November 2021, 14th Polar Law Symposium was held in hybrid format, providing the polar law community from around the world with the opportunity to make a total of 54 live oral presentations and 13 pre-recorded video/ppt presentations for online on-demand viewing. One of the highlights was Prof. Gudmundur Alfredsson’s keynote speech on “Country visits: Ainu and the Arctic” where he revealed the inside stories of UN visit to the Ainu community in 1991 (photo). Under the prolonging COVID-19 situation, researchers residing in Japan were delighted to resume "face-to-face" discussion, while participants overseas gathered online and discussed with colleagues at the venue and online.


January 7, 2022

Under the theme “The Global Antarctic”, PCRC successfully hosted the Antarctic humanities and social sciences academic conference with a total of 327 registered participants.

On 18-19 November 2021, for the first time in Asia, the biennial academic conference of the Standing Committee on Humanities and Social Sciences (SC-HASS) under SCAR was held at Kobe University in hybrid format, with a total of 84 live oral presentations and 18 pre-recorded video/ppt presentations for online on-demand viewing. One of the highlights of the conference was the Lewander Lecture by Dr. Cornelia Lüdecke, where she outlined the historic development of the SC-HASS community in parallel with the Antarctic discoveries. The opening Japan Session (photo) also attracted attention from around the world where Japanese Antarctic Research Expedition (JARE)’s contribution to the HASS studies was discussed. The video of the Japan Session is available from YouTube.


November 11, 2021

The 19th PCRC International Law Seminar (ArCSⅡ International Law Program Open Seminar)will be held online on December 7th.

PCRC will hold an open seminar by Prof. Kees Bastmeijer, an authority on international environmental law from 15:00 on December 7, 2021 (Tuesday).
Professor Keith Bastmeijer is visiting professor at the Graduate School of International Cooperation Studies, Kobe University / professor of the University of Tilburg, the Netherlands. He is a leading expert of International Environmental Law and EU law especially on the protection of natural environment and Wilderness.
Prior to the start of his research in Japan as JSPS invited researcher, he will share the thoughts on the implications for international environmental law from the culture of indigenous peoples, including the Ainu people, focusing on the "relationship between humans and nature."
Please see the attachment for details.


October 20, 2021

Former PCRC Fellow Dr. Marzia Scopelliti published a book on climate change law and indigenous peoples

Former PCRC fellow (2017-18), Dr. Marzia Scopelliti has published a book Non-Governmental Actors in International Climate Change Law: The case of Arctic Indigenous Peoples in our dear series Routledge Research in Polar Law. This book is based on her doctoral dissertation submitted to Complutense University of Madrid, Spain. Congratulations! When Marzia was here at PCRC, she was working hard on this issue, while assisting us in the operation of the Centre.


August 18, 2021

Director Shibata contributed to the 2nd edition of the newly published Oxford Handbook of International Environmental Law (August, 2021)

Director Shibata contributed Chapter 22 on “Good Faith” in this book, which is a leading reference providing comprehensive discussion of the dynamic and important fields of international law relating to the environment and ecosystem. Among the 68 chapters authored by 76 renowned experts in their fields, Director Shibata is the only Japanese among them. In his review, Philippe Sands worte: “a work of supreme importance for our times, bringing together writers and thinkers on the cutting edge, one that offers a truly global and balanced perspective on all matters ecological". For the detail.


July 26, 2021

A research project on the Antarctic Treaty System under JSPS Grant-in-Aid was adopted!

The application by Director Shibata as the Principal Investigator of a new research project under JSPS funding, “The Resilience of the Antarctic Treaty System under the Anthropocene” was adopted for five years, starting from July 2015 until March 2026, with the total funding of 25,610,000 JPY (or 197,000 Euro). This is an interdisciplinary research with Antarctic scientists from JAMSTEC and Hokkaido University Institute of Low Temperature Research.


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