The Yearbook of Polar Law Volume 8, 2016
Editors-in-Chief: Professor Gudmundur Alfredsson (University of Akureyri, Iceland and China University of Political Science and Law), Professor Timo Koivurova, (Northern Institute for Environmental and Minority Law, Arctic Centre, University of Lapland, Finland). Special Editors: Professor Betsy Baker (Vermont Law School and University of Alaska Fairbanks affiliate, USA), Dr. Mara Kimmel, Ph.D. (Senior Fellow, Institute of the North, Anchorage, Alaska, USA)
The Yearbook of Polar Law is based at the Faculty of Social Sciences and Law at the University of Akureyri in Iceland and the Arctic Centre of the University of Lapland, 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.
Many of the papers in this volume are based on presentations at the eighth Polar Law Symposium held in the U.S. state of Alaska from September 23-26, 2015.