(Photo: UNAK) Dr. Natalia Loukacheva, the first Fridtjof Nansen Professor of Arctic StudiesToday, 12th of February the occasional Law Forum takes place at the University of Akureyri. The lecture: Polar Law and Major Developments, starts at 12.00 and will be given by Dr. Natalia Loukacheva, the first Fridtjof Nansen Professor of Arctic Studies.

Recent Polar law developments have been sharpened by the magnitude of the changes occurring in both Polar Regions and across the globe. ´Polar law intersects with other areas and, arguably, its development is significantly influenced by global and many geo-political trends.´ This lecture aims to look at some of those changes, trends and developments and will draw on Polar law as an evolving area of study which is in the process of gaining increased recognition and significance at the academic level and in international forum.

Dr. Natalia Loukacheva is the first Fridtjof Nansen Professor of Arctic Studies, University of Akureyri, (Iceland-Norway initiative). She is also a Research Associate at the Munk School of Global Affairs, University of Toronto, Adjunct Professor at Osgoode Hall Law School, LL.M. program on energy and infrastructure, York University, a Research Fellow with the Canadian Defence and Foreign Affairs Institute, a Visiting Professor of Polar Law, and Associate Scientist with Stefansson Arctic Institute. She was the first Director of the Polar Law Program and taught polar law at the University of Akureyri (2008-10). She holds a Dr. of Juridical Science (S.J.D.) from the Faculty of Law, University of Toronto (Canada) (2004) and a Dr. of Philosophy (law) from the Urals State Law Academy (Yekaterinburg, Russian Federation) (1999).

Dr. Loukacheva specializes in international and comparative constitutional law, with research interest in the Arctic. She is the author of The Arctic Promise: Legal and Political Autonomy of Greenland and Nunavut (University of Toronto Press, Canada: 2007), the editor of the Polar Law Textbook (Nordic Council of Ministers (NCM), TemaNord 538, Denmark: 2010, the editor of the Polar Law Textbook II, ( NCM, TemaNord, 2013), special editor of the Yearbook of Polar Law, Vol. 2, 2010 (Martinus Nijhoff Publ., and guest editor of the Arctic Review on Law and Politics, No. 2, 2012 (Gyldendal Akademisk Publ.

Since 2012 she also has served as an Associate editor of the Arctic Review on Law and Politics. She chairs an Int´l Thematic Network group on Legal Issues in the Arctic of the Northern Research Forum and Arctic Governance sub-group of the Arctic Law Thematic Network of the University of the Arctic.

She is actively involved in numerous Arctic and Polar law related activities and projects, conducts legal and multi-disciplinary research, field-work, teaching, editing, reviewing, consulting and organizing various Arctic related events, and has been speaking/presenting and advocating on Arctic and Polar law related topics since 1996. She is the author of numerous publications on legal and political issues in the Arctic, Indigenous Peoples' rights and governance in the North.

The lecture is open for the public.


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