MSU International Law Review Symposium on the Arctic

Our own Victoria Sweet — the 2013-14 ILPC Fellow — has organized an amazing legal symposium — “Battle for the North: Is All Quiet on the Arctic Front?” She put together an amazing line-up of international scholars — and the leader of the US Coast Guard will unveil a new strategic approach to the Arctic at the conference.Polar Bear

Here is the symposium website. And here is the description:

This symposium will highlight the current concerns and questions surrounding the Arctic. The event will raise awareness of and encourage discussion about various topics such as: international security concerns; indigenous people in the Arctic region; environmental law; regulation, governance and management of Arctic lands and resources; exploration, exploitation, and transportation of oil, gas, and minerals; and the law of the sea.

Papers will be published in the Michigan State International Law Review.


Thursday, February 21, 2013
5:00 p.m. Check In: Kellogg Hotel & Conference Center, Big Ten C
5:30 p.m. Reception
6:00 p.m. Dinner
7:00 p.m. Opening Remarks
Victoria Sweet, Executive Editor, Michigan State International Law Review

Bruce W. Bean, Professor and Michigan State International Law Review Faculty Advisor, Michigan State University College of Law, International Law Review Faculty Advisor

7:15 p.m. Keynote
Lawson Brigham, “The New Maritime Arctic: Global Connections and Complex Challenges”
7:45 p.m. The Impacts of Climate Change
Moderator: Jennifer Carter-Johnson, Assistant Professor, Michigan State University College of Law
Sumudu Atapattu, “Climate Change, Indigenous Peoples and the Arctic: The Changing Horizon of International Law”
Avi Brisman, “Climate Change and the Future of the Arctic: Cultural and Environmental Considerations”
8:30 p.m. Closing Remarks
Friday, February 22, 2013
8:00 a.m. Breakfast and Registration: MSU College of Law Castle Boardroom
8:45 a.m. Opening Remarks
Dean Joan W. Howarth, Dean, Michigan State University College of Law
9:00 a.m. Keynote
Rear Admiral Frederick J. Kenney Jr., “The U.S. Coast Guard and the Challenge of the Arctic”
9:35 a.m. Arctic Governance
Moderator: Michael Lawrence, Associate Dean, Michigan State University College of Law
Waliul Hasanat, “Reforming the Arctic Council against Increasing Climate Change Challenges in the North”
Tanja Joona, “ILO Convention 69 and the Governance of Indigenous Nordic Lands”
Tony Penikett & Adam Goldenberg, “Devolution & Democracy – Equal Citizenship in Canada’s North”
Danielle Sibener Pensley, “Subsistence as Resistance: Implications of Environmental Ethics for Property Law”
10:45 a.m. Coffee Break
11:05 a.m. Shipping & The Law of the Sea
Moderator: Beverly Moran, Visiting Professor, Michigan State University College of Law, (visiting from Vanderbilt University College of Law)
Erik Franckx, “The Northern Sea Route Shipping Season 2012: A First Assessment”
Donald R. Rothwell, “International Law and Arctic Shipping”
Ingvild Jakobsen, “The Adequacy of the Law of the Sea and International Environmental Law to the Arctic Ocean”
12:05 a.m. Lunch
12:40 p.m. Keynote
Timo Koivurova, “Final Battle over the ‘Final’ Hydrocarbon Province – the Arctic”
1:15 p.m Indigenous Peoples’ Resources and Lands
Moderator: Wenona Singel, Associate Professor, Michigan State University College of Law
Dorothee Cambou, “Control over Resources: A Prerequisite for the Realization of the Arctic Indigenous Right to Self-Determination”
Tim Heleniak, “The Migration of Arctic Populations”
Susann Funderud Skogvang, “Legal Questions Regarding Mineral Exploration and Exploitation in Indigenous Areas: Examples from Sami Areas in Norway”
Rutherford Hubbard, “Risk, Rights and Responsibility: Navigating Corporate Responsibility and Indigenous Rights in Greenlandic Extractive Industry Development”
2:25 p.m. Coffee Break
2:45 p.m. Natural Resources
Moderator: Noga Morag-Levine, Professor, Michigan State University College of Law
Andrew van Wagner, “A Heating Competition for Unclaimed Resources”
Vladimir Gladyshev, “Delimitation Issues: Cutting up the Arctic Pie”
Nikolas Sellheim, “The Neglected Tradition? – The Crafting of the EU Seal Products Ban and Commercial Sealing”
Betsy Baker, “Governance of the Marine Arctic for Resource Development”
3:55 p.m. Coffee Break
4:15 p.m. Arctic Security
Moderator: John Reifenberg, Professor, Michigan State University College of Law
Adele Buckley, “Arctic Nuclear-Weapon-Free Treaty Ratification by Non-Nuclear Weapons States Models Cooperation and Presses Nuclear Weapon States to New Strategy”
Natalia Loukacheva, “Polar Law, Arctic Security and Geo-Political Trends”
Zhixiong Huang, “Governance of the Arctic: The Role of China”
5:15 p.m. Closing Remarks

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