The 7th Polar Law Symposium will be held on 29-31 October 2014, in Hobart, Tasmania (Australia. This will be the first time the event has been held in the Southern Hemisphere.

The symposium is hosted by the Insitute for Marine and Antarctic Studies (IMAS) of the University of Tasmania, in collaboration with The Polar Law Institute (Akureyr), the University of Akureyri (UNAK), the Northen Institute for Environmental and Minority Law (Arctic Centre, University of Lapland) and the Arctic Law Thematic Network (UArctic).

Sessions topics for the 7th Polar Law Symposium include:

  • Asian interests in polar affairs
  • Polar economies and industry
  • Polar marine resources
  • Native peoples and human rights
  • The Antarctic Treaty system
  • Legal and political issues in the polar and marine environments
  • International law

The keynote presenter is Professor Akiho Shibata, Kobe University, Japan. Professor Shibata’s principal research interests are international law-making processes, international environmental law and the Antarctic Treaty System. He served as a Legal Consultant of the Japanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs from 2001 to 2011 and participated in several environmental treaty negotiations as a member of the Japanese delegation.

The proceedings will be published as the Yearbook of Polar Law (Nijhoff)