Workshop on Ice Law

Date: 8.4.2017 10:00–15:00
Venue: Thule (2. Krs, Arktinen keskus)
Address: Pohjoisranta 4

The Northern Institute for Environmental and Minority Law (NIEM) at the Arctic Centre organizes a workshop on “Ice Law” on Saturday, 8th April, 2017. The workshop is open for all interested.

There will be academic presentations on the topic by scholars from Finland and abroad. Invited guests includes: Dr. Richard Caddell, Senior Research Associate and a Nippon Foundation Senior Nereus Fellow in International Fisheries Law at Utrecht University; Prof. Michael Byers, Canada Research Chair in Global Politics and International Law at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver; and Prof. Viatcheslav Gavrilov, Professor of International Law at the Far Eastern Federal University, Russia.

The workshop is organized as part of the Ice Law Project - an interdisciplinary project hosted at the Durham University’s Centre for Borders Research, UK. The project seeks to investigate the potential for a legal framework that acknowledges the complex geophysical environment in the world’s frozen regions and explores the impact that an ice-sensitive legal system would have on topics ranging from the everyday activities of Arctic residents to the territorial foundations of the modern state.

Prof. Timo Koivurova at the Arctic Centre leads one of the work packages in cooperation with the UArctic Thematic Network on Arctic Law.

Venue: Thule Meeting Room, Arktikum (Pohjoisranta 4, Rovaniemi)
Time: 10:00 – 15:05
Date: 8 April 2017


10:00 – 10:25 Coffee
10:25 – 10:30 Opening by Timo Koivurova

Session I
Chair: Timo Koivurova
10:30 – 10.50 After The Thaw: Ice Retreat and the Emerging Regulation of Newly Exposed Marine Areas, Richard Caddell

10:50 – 11:00 Discussion

11:00 – 11.20 When the Ice Melts: Will increased shipping bring the Northern Sea Route and Northwest Passage disputes to a head, or force their resolution? Michael Byers

11.20 – 11.30 Discussion

11.30 – 11.50 The Human Dimension of the Polar Code, Stefan Kirchner

11.50 – 12.00 Discussion

12:00 – 13:30 Lunch Break

Session II
Chair: Stefan Kirchner

13:30 – 13:50 Comprehension of the LOSC Article 234 in the Changing Arctic Environmental Conditions, Viatcheslav Gavrilov

13:50 – 14:00 Discussion

14:00 – 14:20 Reflection on Ice and the law of the sea, Timo Koivurova

14:20 – 14.30 Discussion

14:30 – 14.50 Arctic Fisheries in the Context of Climate Change, Anna Stammler-Gossmann

14:50 – 15:00 Discussion

15:00 – 15:05 Closing remarks, Timo Koivurova

For more information please contact:

Kamrul Hossain
Director, Northern Institute for Environmental and Minority Law, Arctic Centre
kamrul.hossain(at), +358 (0)40 484 4281