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Governance in the Polar Regions: The Role of Law in Protecting Social and Environmental Values


The aim of this seminar is to explore questions relating to the role of law in protecting environmental and social values in the Polar Regions.

During the last two decades, attention on the Polar Regions - the Arctic and Antarctic - has rapidly increased among states, businesses, environmental NGOs and other stakeholders. In the Arctic, tourism, mining and other activities have increased substantially while in the Antarctic, this is particularly true for tourism. Developments in relation to the Arctic Council and the Antarctic Treaty System make clear that an increasing number of states want to be involved in activities in the Polar Regions or strengthen their current involvement. The Polar Regions have clearly become internationally strategic important parts of our globe.
These developments create new strategic and economic opportunities. However, they may also have negative impacts on ecological and social values. While developments in the Arctic are often presented as 'sustainable developments', the question arises as to what does sustainable development mean in an Arctic setting. What are the main values and interests to be taken into account and what role do existing legal frameworks play in striking 'the right balance'? At the other end of the earth, increasing activities give rise to the question as to how successful the Antarctic Treaty System is, and can be, in protecting Antarctica as a natural reserve, devoted to peace and science.
The aim of this seminar is to explore these and other questions relating to the role of law in protecting environmental and social values in the Polar Regions. Without striving for comprehensiveness, a number of important themes have been selected, including: issues relating to marine governance and the sustainability of marine living and non-living resources; indigenous views on sustainable development; the challenges of environmentally responsible and sustainable tourism and scientific research; and Sweden's interests in the Polar Regions. It is hoped that the seminar may stimulate awareness of and collaborations on these and other pressing issues of interest to both Sweden and the international community relating to the Polar Regions.

Registration: by email to Henrik Jansson at henrik.jansson@law.gu.se no later than 23 Oct.

Datum: 2017-10-26

Tid: 09:30 - 16:30

Kategorier: Ekonomi/juridik

Arrangör: Juridiska institutionen

Plats: Handelshögskolan, Vasagatan 1

Ytterligare information:
Seminar Polar Regions 26 Oct 2017.pdf

Kontaktperson: Henrik Jansson

Sidansvarig: Malin Karlsson|Sidan uppdaterades: 2015-11-16

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