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A Look Back at our Arctic Law Colloquium

Offshore Resources & International Governance

The JSDLP hosted a colloquium on Arctic law on January 25th, 2014 at the McGill University Faculty of Law. The purpose of the colloquium was to build a dialogue about legal issues in the Arctic between lawyers, academics, government representatives and students.

Arctic law is a topic of critical and increasing importance. As climate change leads to the melting of the ice caps, resources in the North and shipping routes have become increasingly accessible, leading to a variety of legal questions. In particular, changes in the Arctic environment give rise to interesting legal questions about (a) offshore resource development; (b) international governance.

For our readers and subscribers who missed the event and for those who have attended the event, please find below links to most of the powerpoints that were presented at the Colloquium, as well as articles written about our event. 

For a copy of the audio recordings of the January 25th event, please send us an email.

You can also check out a podcast about the event by the McGill School of the Environment here

a) Offshore Resources Panel

     Questions about offshore resources included:

  1. Who has the right to offshore resources in the Arctic?
  2. Which legal regimes do and should regulate their extraction?
  3. What challenges does offshore resource development present in the Arctic environment?
  4. How does the law address these challenges (or fail to address them)?

         Speakers:

b) International Governance Panel

      Questions about international governance included:

  1. What is the status of observer states and indigenous groups within these institutions?
  2. What role do and should these institutions play on the international stage?
  3. Possibilities for reform?
  4. Should an Arctic Treaty be created? 

         Speakers

  • Mr. Bernard Funston (Canadian Polar Commission), link to his presentation here: Bernard Funston's Presentation
  • Prof. Suzanne Lalonde (Université de Montréal)
  • M. Joël Plouffe (Observatoire de la politique et la sécurité de l'Arctique), link to his presentation here: Joël Plouffe's Presentation
  • Moderator: Prof. Richard Janda (McGill University)

Please find linked some interesting articles that were written in response to our Colloquium on Arctic Law:

                                                       

“As climate change leads to the melting of the ice caps, resources in the North and shipping routes have become accessible, leading to a variety of legal questions. ” 

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