"Polarlicht 2" (Photo: United States Air Force,  Senior Airman Joshua Strang)The Eighth Polar Law Symposium will be held in Alaska, September 23-26 2015. 

The event is co-hosted by Alaska Pacific University (APU), the University of Alaska Fairbanks, the University of Alaska Anchorage (through its Justice Center and its Institute of Social and Economic Research), the University of Washington School of Law, and Vermont Law School, in cooperation with the Arctic Law Section of the Alaska Bar Association. The symposium will be held on both campuses of the University of Alaska:

  • September 23–24 (Wed–Thu) at University of Alaska Fairbanks (UAF) Wood Center
  • September 25–26 (Fri—Sat) at University of Alaska Anchorage
  • University of Alaska (UAA)/Alaska Pacific University Consortium Library

As the Eighth Annual meeting, it  continues the tradition of this truly international Polar Law Symposium, which was first held in 2008 in Iceland and took place last year in Australia. Special thanks to our organizing committee member colleagues at The University of the Arctic, The Polar Law Institute of the University of Akureyri, Iceland, and the Northern Institute of Environmental and Minority Law (NIEM) of the Arctic Centre at U Lapland, Finland.

The 2015 Polar Law Symposium asks three overarching questions:

  • How can lawyers and other legal scholars interact with scientists and academics from other disciplines to the benefit of the Arctic?
  • What can lawyers and academics from all disciplines contribute to each others' understanding of issues of common concern?
  • Can models of cooperation among scientists, scholars, and lawyers from other geographic areas be adapted for the Arctic?

As the Preliminary Program shows, among the themes to be addressed are:

  • The relationship of science and law in polar regions
  • Marine policy and law
  • International frameworks for Polar Law
  • Risk and security issues in the Arctic
  • Indigenous peoples rights
  • Energy and environmental justice
  • Arctic resource governance


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