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On Thin Ice: International Law and Environmental Protection in a Melting Arctic

Co-Sponsored with NYU Environmental Law Journal

Octo­ber 22, 2010

The Unit­ed States is one of eight nations with ter­ri­to­ry above the Arc­tic Cir­cle, a dis­tinc­tion that meant rel­a­tive­ly lit­tle until the last decade.  Recent­ly, 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, 2010, NYU’s Jour­nal of Inter­na­tion­al Law and Pol­i­tics and Envi­ron­men­tal Law Jour­nal host­ed “On Thin Ice: Inter­na­tion­al Law and Envi­ron­men­tal Pro­tec­tion in a Melt­ing Arc­tic.”  This mul­ti-dis­ci­pli­nary con­fer­ence includ­ed lead­ing sci­en­tists, legal schol­ars, and prac­ti­tion­ers explor­ing the cur­rent and pro­ject­ed impacts of the melt­ing arc­tic ice. The sym­po­sium con­sid­ered arc­tic warming’s impact on the nat­ur­al envi­ron­ment, legal frame­work and com­mer­cial inter­ests with a focus on sus­tain­able devel­op­ment.

The Jour­nal of Inter­na­tion­al Law and Pol­i­tics and the Envi­ron­men­tal Law Jour­nal pub­lished papers result­ing from the con­fer­ence.

Keynote Speak­er: Peter Tak­soe-Jensen, Dan­ish Ambas­sador to the Unit­ed States.

Click here for more infor­ma­tion and video of the event.

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