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.
While some of the articles are submitted directly to the Yearbook, others are based on presentations made at the Sixth Symposium on Polar Law that was held in Akureyri, Iceland, in October 2013.
Statement by the President of Iceland,
Ólafur Ragnar Grímsson; Remarks to the Sixth Symposium on Polar Law - University of Akureyri, 11 October 2013. New Developments: The Arctic Council Secretariat,
Magnús Jóhannesson, Director, Arctic Council Secretariat; Editorial Note,
Gudmundur Alfredsson, Timo Koivurova and Hjalti Ómar Ágústsson; Articles Invoking Responsibility For Environmental Injury In The Arctic Ocean,
Rachael L. Johnstone; Exploiting Hydropower In Greenland: Climate, Security Of Supply, Environmental Risks And Energy-Intensive Industries,
Bent Ole G. Mortensen; Balancing De Jure And De Facto Arctic Environmental Law Applied To The Oil And Gas Industry: Linking Indigenous Rights, Social Impact Assessment, And Business, In Greenland,
Sandra Cassotta and Mauro Mazza; The interplay of Russian law, indigenous people and the oil and gas industry – a need for non-governmental regulation?
Minna Pappila; The Inughuit of Northwest Greenland: An Unacknowledged Indigenous People,
Terto Ngiviu Rising Waters, Rising Threats: The Human Trafficking of Indigenous Women in the Circumpolar Region of the United States and Canada, Victoria Sweet ; The Protection of the Culturally and Spiritually Important Landscapes of Arctic Indigenous Peoples under the Convention on Biological Diversity and First Experiences from the Application of the Akwé:Kon Guidelines in Finland, Leena Heinämäki, Thora Martina Herrmann and Antje Neumann; The World Heritage Convention in the Arctic and Indigenous People: Time to Reform? Simon Marsden; Ethnocultural Diversity and Human Rights: Legal Categories, Claims, and the Hybridity of Group Protection, Gaetano Pentassuglia; Sovereigns, not Stakeholders: An Alaskan Study in Fate Control, Mara Kimmel; Developments in the Arctic Council, Natalia Loukacheva; The Role of the Arctic Council from an International Law Perspective: Past, Present and Future, Yoshinobu Takei; Observer States’ Commitments to the Arctic Council: the Arctic Policy Documents of the United Kingdom and Germany as Case Study, Małgorzata Śmieszek and Paula Kankaanpää; What is “Arctic governance”? A critical assessment of the diverse meanings of ‘Arctic governance’, Cécile Pelaudeix; The EU, the Arctic, and Arctic Indigenous Peoples, Federica Scarpa; ‘Direct and individual concern’ for Newfoundland’s sealing industry? – When a legal concept and empirical data collide, Nikolas Sellheim; Regulating the Whale Wars: Freedom of Protest, Navigational Safety and the Law of the Sea in the Polar Regions, Richard J. Caddell; China’s Role in the Changing Governance of Arctic Shipping, Nengye Liu; Antarctica – A Wilderness Continent for Science: The ‘Public’s Dream’ as a Mission Impossible? Kees Bastmeijer and Tina Tin; The Small Nations Of The Wider Arctic Space: Security Challenges, Policy Options, Alyson Bailes; Book Reviews Book Review: Human Dependence on Nature. How to help solve the environmental crisis, Haydn Washington (with a foreword by Professor Paul R. Ehrlich). London and New York: Routledge, 2013, 162 p., softcover, ISBN: 978-0-415-63258-4, by Gerald Zojer. Book Review: Economics, Sustainability and Democracy: Economics in the Era of Climate Change. Christopher Nobbs. London: Routledge. 2013, 273 pp. ISBN 978-0-415-52440-7, by Hanna Lempinen. Book Review: Introduction to International Environmental Law, Timo Koivurova. London: Routledge, 2014. 234pp. ISBN: 978-0-415-81574-1, by Indi Hodgson-Johnston. Book Review: Circumpolar Health Atlas, T. Kue Young, Rajiv Rawat, Winfried Dallmann, Susan Chatwood, and Peter Bjerregaard (eds.). Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2012, pp.190 ISBN 978-1-4426-4456-4. Hardbound. Cdn$ 75.00, Shahnaj Begum.