Arctic Oil and Gas ConferenceThe Canadian Embassy in Iceland, University of Reykjavik, and the University of Akureyri will host the open confernce "Arctic Oil and Gas: Understanding Responsibility and Liability", which will be held at the University of Reykjavik on January 14th, 2016.

The even is open to everyone. 

Arctic Oil and Gas: Understanding Responsibility and Liability

The Arctic is estimated to hold the world’s largest remaining untapped gas reserves and some of its largest undeveloped oil reserves. Developing these resources in the harsh Arctic environment will be complex and challenging and could have far-reaching consequences. At this seminar, three experienced scholars of international law will examine the remedies available in case of damage to either the environment, the people who live there, or both.

Thursday January 14th, 2-4 pm at Reykjavik University, Room M209.

The event is organised by the School of Law, Reykjavik University and the Polar Law Programme, University of Akureyri, with support from the Embassy of Canada in Iceland.


Ari Kristinn Jónsson, Rector, Reykjavik University

Opening remarks

Stewart Wheeler, Ambassador of Canada to Iceland

Hydrocarbon activities in the Arctic: Who pays if we get it wrong?

Rachael Lorna Johnstone, Professor of Law, University of Akureyri and Professor of Law, Arctic Oil and Gas Studies, University of Greenland

Design considerations for a liability and financial assurance regime in domestic law

Nigel Bankes, Professor and Chair of Natural Resources Law, University of Calgary, Alberta, Canada and Adjunct Professor, Faculty of Law and KG Jebsen Centre for the Law of the Sea, University of Tromsø, Norway.

How can non-Arctic states defend the common heritage of mankind in the central Arctic Ocean?

Bjarni Már Magnusson, Assistant Professor, School of Law, Reykjavík University and Fulbright Arctic Initiative Scholar

The event will be moderated by Page Wilson, Visiting Fellow, School of Law, Reykjavík University and Assistant Professor of International Relations and Law, University of Greenland.

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