International symposium: Emerging Arctic Legal Orders in Science, Environment and the Ocean, organized by Polar Cooperation Research Centre

  • December 18, 2015
  • Event
  • Keywords: Event, Environment


The Graduate School of International Cooperation Studies (GSICS), Kobe University, is one of the participating institutions of the Japanese government’s Arctic Challenge for Sustainability (ArCS) Project, and will be responsible for research on Arctic legal and policy issues, particularly focusing on the Arctic international legal framework and institutions. The main objective of this kick-off symposium at Kobe is to provide a broad yet insightful overview of emerging legal and policy issues in the following four areas: Arctic science, Arctic Ocean, Arctic environment, and Arctic Council (AC) as a framework institution, acknowledging the inter-linkages between and among them. We invite world’s renowned experts on Arctic legal and policy developments from Finland, Canada and Iceland to make presentations, followed by discussion with Japanese international law and international relations scholars, as well as Arctic natural scientists.

For details, see the provisional program


December 18 (Fri) -19 (Sat), 2015

Kobe University GSICS building


Because of limited space, pre-registration is required by December 7 (Mon). Send e-mail to: kobe_arctic_research2 [at]

Kobe University, GSICS, Polar Cooperation Research Center

Time Table:

December 18 (Fri)

09:00 Registration
09:30-09:45 Welcome note by the organizer
09:45-10:15 Keynote Address by Ambassador Hannu Halinen
Arctic Council as an Institutional Framework for Arctic Legal Order-making
10:30-11:00 Panel Discussion on the Arctic Council and the role of non-Arctic States
11:15-12:30 Presentation by Professor Rachael Lorna Johnstone
Environmental Governance through the Arctic Council:
The Arctic Council as Initiator of Norms of International Environmental Law
14:30-15:45 Presentation by Professor David L. VanderZwaag
Arctic Ocean Governance: Shifting Seascapes, Hazy Horizons
16:15-17:30 Presentation by Professor Akiho Shibata
The Arctic as a Distinct Legal Sphere for Promoting International Scientific Cooperation

December 19 (Sat)

09:30-11:00 Presentation by Professor Kentaro Nishimoto
Regulation of Arctic Shipping after the Polar Code

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(Graduate School of International Cooperation Studies)