ArCS II International Law Research Program

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Designing Resilient International Legal Regimes for a Sustainable Arctic and the Contribution of Japan: This research aims to create a blueprint for resilient international regimes to support the sustainability of the transforming Arctic region, based on evidence-based research on international law and policy related to the Arctic. Maintaining and strengthening the rule of law in the Arctic region is a pillar of Japan’s Arctic policy.
We have established some study groups under this project during 2020-21.

Policy-Law-Science Nexus in Polar Regions (2020-21) (members only )

Indigenous Peoples in the Arctic (2020-21) (members only )

The Future of Arctic Ocean Governance (2020-21) (members only )

PCRC Research Support Service (members only )

The Resilience of the Antarctic Treaty System under the Anthropocene (2021-2026)

This research project aims to analyze the resilience of Antarctic Treaty System utilizing “Social Natural Sciences” methodology (Polar Journal 6-2 (2016)), encouraging an interface between the knowledge and forecasts from the state-of-the-art natural science disciplines and social sciences, in this case, legal studies on the Antarctic. A legal research, particularly an Antarctic legal research, under the Anthropocene requires to broaden its purview beyond its normal considerations of space and time, by taking into consideration the current scientific knowledge regarding the Antarctic and the Earth and their future forecasts spanning over 100 years. Only by doing so, the legal research on the Antarctic Treaty System can provide policy choices that would maintain and even strengthen the System’s resilience to the future challenges posed by Anthropocene. These practical policy recommendations will be proposed at the Antarctic Treaty Consultative Meeting planned to be hosted by Japan in 2026.

Grant-in-Aid for Challenging Research (Pioneering) (July 2021- March 2026)

Mitsubishi Foundation Antarctic Treaty System Studies (2020-23)

The Future of the Antarctica: A Comprehensive Research in Preparation for 2025 ATCM in Japan: This is an interdisciplinary and inclusive dialogue-oriented research on legal, policy, scientific and logistical challenges the Antarctic Treaty System will face in the near future, to prepare for the agenda items of the Antarctic Treaty Consultative Meeting (ATCM) expected to be hosted by Japan in 2025.
We have established some study groups under this funding.

ATS Resilience Book Project (2018-21) (members only )

Emerging Legal, Policy and Scientific Issues in the Antarctic (2020-21) (members only )

SCAR SCHASS PoLSciNex Action Group (2019-21)

Mitsui Environment Fund Arctic International Legal Research Forum (2020-2022)

The objective of this forum is to study how to achieve sustainable use of Arctic resources (e.g. oil & gas development, fisheries in the CAO and the Arctic Ocean as a sea route) from an international legal perspective with particular attention to indigenous peoples and environmental protection. This forum attempts to discuss not only with researchers but also with private companies who are involved in developing resources in the Arctic.

Research Forum (members only )