The Yearbook of Polar Law Volume 7, 2015


The Yearbook of Polar Law is based at the Faculty of Social Sciences and Law at the University of Akureyri in Iceland and the Northern Institute for Environmental and Minority Law (Arctic Centre/University of Lapland) in Finland and covers a wide variety of topics relating to the Arctic and the Antarctic. These include:
- human rights issues, such as autonomy and self-government vs. self-determination, the rights of indigenous peoples to land and natural resources and cultural rights and cultural heritage, indigenous traditional knowledge,
- local, national, regional and international governance issues,
- environmental law, climate change, security and environment implications of climate change, protected areas and species,
- regulatory, governance and management agreements and arrangements for marine environments, marine mammals, fisheries conservation and other biological/mineral/oil resources,
- law of the sea, the retreating sea ice, continental shelf claims,
- territorial claims and border disputes on both land and at sea,
- peace and security, dispute settlement,
- jurisdictional and other issues re the exploration, exploitation and shipping of oil, gas and minerals, bio prospecting,
- trade law, potential shipping lines through the northwest and northeast passages, maritime law and transportation law, and
- the roles and actual involvement of international organizations in the Polar Regions, such as the Arctic Council, the Antarctic Treaty System, the European Union, the International Whaling Commission, the Nordic Council, the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, and the United Nations, as well as NGOs.

Many of the papers in this volume are based on presentations at the 7th Polar Law Symposium held in Hobart, Tasmania, Australia from 28 – 30 October 2014.

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Editorial; Memoriam: In Memory of Kári Á Rógvi; Address to Open the 7th Polar Law Symposium By the Honourable Justice Alan Blow OAM, Lieutenant Governor of Tasmania;
Japan and 100 Years of Antarctic Legal Order: Any Lessons for the Arctic? Akiho Shibata;
Responsive Antarctic Law-Making in the Asian Century Ben Saul and Tim Stephens;
China as the Guardian of the International Seabed Area in the Central Arctic Ocean Bjarni Már Magnússon;
Arctic Mining: The Case of Greenland Bent Ole Gram Mortensen;
China’s interests in the Arctic and the EU’s Arctic policy: towards a proactive EU foreign policy? Cécile Pelaudeix ;
Possible Challenges on the Path towards Iranian Active Scientific Research Presence in the Antarctic: An International Legal Approach Zia E Madani;
The Consequences of the ICJ Decision in the Whaling Case for Antarctica and the Antarctic Treaty System Michael Johnson;
Seal Hunting in the Arctic States. An Analysis of Legislative Frameworks, Incentives and Histories. Nikolas Sellheim;
The Arctic Economic Council – the Origins Natalia Loukacheva;
Internal Contradictions and External Anxieties: One ‘Coherent’ Arctic Policy for the European Union? Adam Stępień;
Human and Fundamental Rights of the Sámi Matti Niemivuo;
Energy, Environment and Indigenous Rights: Arctic Experiences Compared Mauro Mazza;
Legal Measures for Efficient Environmental Regulations of Oil and Gas Industry in Western Siberia Elena Gladun and Gennady Chebotarev ;
Climate Change, Arctic Aesthetics, and Indigenous Agency in the Age of the Anthropocene Victoria Hermann;
Can We Conclude an Arctic Treaty? – Historical Windows of Opportunity Timo Koivurova;
The IMO mandatory international code of safety for ships: charting a sustainable course for shipping in the polar regions? David Leary*;
International governance of the Antarctic – participation, transparency and legitimacy Jill Barrett;
CCAMLR Conservation Measures: How the Chairman’s Statement Works Denzil GM Miller;
Nationalism in Today’s Antarctic Alan D. Hemmings, Sanjay Chaturvedi, Elizabeth Leane, Daniela Liggett and Juan Francisco Salazar;
The Laws of Territorial Acquisition as Applied to Claims to Antarctic Territory: A Review of Legal Scholarship
Indi Hodgson-Johnston;
Conceptions and (mis)Conceptions of Science in International Treaties; the ICJ Whaling Case in Context Brendan Gogarty;
The Antarctic Treaty System: future mining faces many mathematical challenges AJ (Tony) Press;
Why has there been a ‘long peace’ in Antarctica? Julia Jabour;
A SHRED OF BIOGRAPHY OF JØRGEN JØRGENSEN Einar Már Guðmundsson; Translation by Anna Yates;
Book Reviews:
Antarctica in International Law edited by Ben Saul and Tim Stephens, 2015, Documents in International Law Series, Oxford: Hart Publishing, 932 pp, Paperback ISBN 978 1 84946 731 5, £50. Julia Jabour;
Globalization and ‘Minority’ Cultures: The Role of ‘Minor’ Cultural Groups in Shaping Our Global Future edited by Sophie Croisy, 2015, Studies in international minority and group rights, Leiden: Brill Nijhoff, 340pp, Hardback, ISBN13 9789004282070, €150. Afroja Khanam;
International Governance of the Arctic Marine Environment: With Particular Emphasis on High Seas Fisheries, Lilly Weidemann, 2014, Hamburg Studies on Maritime Affairs, Volume 27, Hamburg: Springer, 251 pp, Softcover ISBN 978-3-319-04471-2, US$129. Timo Koivurova ;
The Geopolitics of Natural Resources edited by David Lewis Feldman, 2011, Cheltenham and Massachusetts: Edward Elgar Publishing, 636 pp, illustrated, Hardcover ISBN 978 0 85793 074 3, £206.10 online. Michael J. Laiho ;
Transboundary Governance of Biodiversity edited by Louis J. Kotzé and Thilo Marauhn, 2014, Leiden: Brill Nijhoff, Hardback ISBN13 9789004273849, 373 pp, €138. Jennifer Spence .
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