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Announcing Fall 2010 Symposium: Arctic Governance

The NYU Jour­nal of Inter­na­tion­al Law and Pol­i­tics is pleased to announce its upcom­ing sym­po­sium on the top­ic of arc­tic gov­er­nance.  The date is set for Octo­ber 22, 2010.  More infor­ma­tion can be found at the Sym­po­sium page, above.

The Arc­tic is an emerg­ing and excit­ing field of inter­na­tion­al legal schol­ar­ship, and JILP is excit­ed to par­tic­i­pate in this dis­cus­sion.  The annu­al con­fer­ence of the Cana­di­an Coun­cil on Inter­na­tion­al Law will also address this top­ic, as did a recent con­fer­ence at the Uni­ver­sité Laval.  In ear­ly 2011, Michael Byers of the Uni­ver­si­ty of British Colum­bia, Van­cou­ver will give a ses­sion on “Secu­ri­ty in the Arc­tic” at the Hague Sem­i­nar on Advanced Stud­ies in Pub­lic and Pri­vate Inter­na­tion­al Law.  Recent­ly in the legal blo­gos­phere, James Har­ri­son has explained pro­posed Cana­di­an reg­u­la­tions on pas­sage through Arc­tic waters,  and Julian Ku dis­cussed the rel­e­vance of the UNCLOS to cur­rent Arc­tic dis­putes.  Below is the offi­cial announce­ment for our sym­po­sium:

The Unit­ed States is one of eight nations with ter­ri­to­ry above the Arc­tic Cir­cle, a dis­tinc­tion that meant rel­a­tive­ly lit­tle until the last decade.  But melt­ing sea ice has thrust these pre­vi­ous­ly unnav­i­ga­ble and com­mer­cial­ly inac­ces­si­ble waters into a series of legal, polit­i­cal, and envi­ron­men­tal dis­putes, which are expect­ed to inten­si­fy in the years ahead.  On Octo­ber 22nd, NYU’s Jour­nal of Inter­na­tion­al Law and Pol­i­tics and Envi­ron­men­tal Law Jour­nal will host “On Thin Ice: Inter­na­tion­al Law and Envi­ron­men­tal Pro­tec­tion in a Melt­ing Arc­tic.”  This mul­ti-dis­ci­pli­nary con­fer­ence will include lead­ing sci­en­tists, legal schol­ars, and prac­ti­tion­ers in order to explore the cur­rent and pro­ject­ed impacts on the nat­ur­al envi­ron­ment, legal frame­work, and com­mer­cial inter­ests, as well as how to ensure sus­tain­able devel­op­ment.  The Jour­nal of Inter­na­tion­al Law and Pol­i­tics and the Envi­ron­men­tal Law Jour­nal will pub­lish papers result­ing from the con­fer­ence.

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