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  • November 22, 2022  

    International Symposium “The Future of Antarctic Cooperation and Global Geopolitical Challenges" with Prof. Rothwell as keynote speaker

    PCRC will hold an Antarctic Open Symposium "The Future of Antarctic Cooperation and Global Geopolitical Challenges" on December 2, as the second series of publicly open symposia on Antarctic governance and scientific cooperation. Professor Donald Rothwell of the Australian National University will be the keynote speaker, followed by Professor Joji Morishita (Tokyo University of Marine Science and Technology), Professor Timo Koivurova (University of Lapland, Finland/Kobe University) and PCRC Director Akiho Shibata. The speakers will discuss the challenges and future of the Antarctic Treaty System (ATS) in a panel discussion with Dr. Takuji Nakamura, Professor Patrizia Vigni, and Research Fellow Dr. Zia Madani. The symposium will be conducted entirely in English, and online participation is possible. Registration by 1 December from the symposium website.


  • November 4, 2022  

    Prof. Timo Koivurova talks on Arctic governance in light of Ukraine crisis on November 28th.

    PCRC will convene an open seminar by Prof. Timo Koivurova, Visiting Professor, Kobe University and Research Professor at University of Lapland, Finland on November 28th (Monday). The seminar is face-to-face, with the possibility to observe online. If you cannot come to the venue, please contact PCRC for ZOOM link.
    Prof. Timo Koivurova, an expert on Arctic international law and governance, currently visiting professor at Kobe University, will address the changing architecture of the Arctic governance in light of the Russian aggression of Ukraine, including the Arctic Council, the recent report on Finland's new role in the Arctic, and the potential consequences of Finland becoming a NATO member. Don’t miss this chance to discuss with Prof. Koivurova in person at GSICS! Please see the attached flyer for details.


  • November 1, 2022  

    Welcome, Professor Timo Koivurova to Kobe PCRC !

    Kobe University Polar Cooperation Research Centre (PCRC) is honoured and delighted to receive Prof. Timo Koivurova, the world renowned expert on Arctic law and governance from Arctic Centre, University of Lapland, Finland, as our visiting professor for 5 months, starting November 1, 2022. Timo's physical presence here will be extremely valuable not only for Kobe University but also for entire Japanese academic and policy circles interested in changing polar governance in light of the Russian aggression of Ukraine. Please follow all the events coming up with Prof. Koivurova in our PCRC website.


  • October 9, 2022

    Open Seminar with Prof. Timo Koivurova on Arctic Science Diplomacy on November 9th.

    PCRC will hold an open seminar on the Science Diplomacy in the Arctic on November 9th. In this Seminar, Prof. Timo Koivurova, University of Lapland, Finland / Invited Professor of Kobe University (November 2022 - March 2023) will give the lecture. Prof. Koivurova is a leading expert of Arctic legal issues, and he will discuss about the future of Arctic Science Diplomacy in the Arctic Council after the Russian Invasion of Ukraine. Following his lecture, Prof. Koivurova, Amb. Keizo Takewaka (Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan), and Prof. Hiroyuki Enomoto (National Institute pf Polar Research) will discuss expectations and potential contribution of Japan in Arctic Science Diplomacy, in a panel discussion, chaired by Professor Shibata, Director of the PCRC. The lecture by Prof. Koivurova and the following panel discussion will be conducted in English.
    For the detail in English, please see the website of Kobe University.


  • October 6, 2022

    Director Shibata and his delegation will have presence in the 15th Polar Law Symposium and 2022 Arctic Circle Assembly in Reykjavik, Iceland

    Director Shibata and Dr. Madani from PCRC and six Master’s students from Kobe University will make research presentations at 15th Polar Law Symposium (PLS) and 2022 Arctic Circle Assembly (ACA) in Reykjavik, Iceland, October 12 -16. Please check the draft program by clicking the images. The highlight will be ACA session organized by Director Shibata on “Japan’s contribution to the Central Arctic Ocean Agreement: Science, Indigenous knowledge, and Rule of law” on 14th. Kobe students will make their presentations at 15 PLS on 13th. They will also visit University of Akureyri and Arctic Council’s CAFF and PAME secretariats in Akureyri, Iceland, on October 9-11. You can check the students’ activities from GSICS official Instagram.


  • September 22, 2022

    Prof. Bastmeijer talks on consensus decision-making in the Antarctic Treaty System on September 28th.

    PCRC will convene an open seminar by Prof. Kees Bastmeijer, Professor of Arctic and Antarctic Studies at University of Groningen, The Netherlands on September 28th (Wednesday). The seminar is face-to-face, with the possibility to observe online. If you cannot come to the venue, please contact PCRC Assist. Professor Furuhata for ZOOM link.
    Professor Kees Bastmeijer is a JSPS invited fellow at PCRC, and he will talk on the significance and difficulties of consensus decision-making in the Antarctic Treaty System. Prof. Bastmeijer has been a member of the Dutch delegation to the Antarctic Treaty meetings, so he has an insider’s perspective on the issue. Don’t miss this chance to discuss with Prof. Bastmeijer in person at GSICS! Please see the attached flyer for details.


  • September 12, 2022

    Welcome to Professor Kees Bastmeijer as PCRC invited professor

    Professor Kees Bastmeijer, Director, Arctic Centre, University of Groningen, The Netherlands, is our JSPS invited fellow and invited professor, Polar Cooperation Research Centre (PCRC), Kobe University. PCRC is so grateful for his stay here until 30 September with a collaborative research topic on "International Decision-Making in the Antarctic Treaty System and the Role of Soft Law". Photo with Zia Madani, another JSPS postdoctoral research fellow 2021-23, at the Main Entrance of Kobe University under an early autumn (still 30℃) blue sky.


  • Last updated November 4, 2022

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