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  • January 24, 2023

    Welcome, Ms Ana Stella Ebbersmeyer to Kobe PCRC !

    Ms Ana Stella Ebbersmeyer, PhD student at the University of Copenhagen, Denmark, will start as a visiting researcher at PCRC Kobe University on 31 January. She will conduct research the main theme of “The regulation of black carbon emissions in Arctic shipping: the role of actors “on international law and climate change. During her stay, she will present her research “The Regulation of Black Carbon Emissions in Arctic Shipping: the Role of Actors” on ISAR-7 in Tokyo and at the seminar to be organized by PCRC, Kobe University on 13 March.


  • January 13, 2023  

    Mr. Evan Bloom talks on United States Policy in the Arctic and Antarctic and the Future of International Governance in the Polar Regions on March 2nd.

    PCRC will convene an open seminar by Mr. Evan Bloom, Senior Fellow, Wilson Centre, USA and former Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary of State, on March 2nd (Thursday). This seminar will be held face-to-face at GSICS, Kobe University. Mr. Evan Bloom, as a Keynote Speaker, will discuss the recent US Arctic Strategy and the future of polar governance in light of geopolitical challenges, as well as the role of US, Japan, China and Russia. Timo Koivurova, Visiting Professor at Kobe University, will act as a discussant. Pre-registration by February 10 is requested. For the details, click the flyer.


  • January 13, 2023  

    PCRC Seminars on 2 March with Evan Bloom and 13 March at Kobe University, with Call for Abstracts
    (deadline extended:10 February)

    In conjunction with several Arctic international events being held in Tokyo (Arctic Circle Japan Forum, 4-6 March, and ISAR-7, 6-10 March), PCRC plans to convene publicly open, in-person international seminars on 2 March (Thursday) with Mr. Evan Bloom at Wilson Center, USA, as a keynote speaker, and on 13 March (Monday), both at Kobe University, Kobe, Japan. For the 13 March seminar on “Governance and Global Challenges: The Future of International Law in the Polar Regions”, PCRC is inviting polar researchers to submit abstracts by 10 February. This seminar aims to bring together established scholars and early-career researchers from the fields of international law, international relations, and security to discuss the unique current and future challenges facing both the Arctic and Antarctic regions. For the details, click the flyer.


  • 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.


  • Last updated January 24, 2023

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