Polar Law Symposiums

Akureyri, photo: Hordur Finnbogason  NINTH POLAR LAW SYMPOSIUM 9th Polar Law Symposium Akureyri & Reykjavík, Iceland 5 – 9 October 2016 THE ROLE

The Polar Law Symposiums

Akureyri, photo: Hordur Finnbogason


9th Polar Law Symposium Akureyri & Reykjavík, Iceland
5 – 9 October 2016


The registration and participation fee for Akureyri sessions, 5-6 October, is 7500 ISK. To register click the link right below.


Please contact 9polarlaw@gmail.com for information regarding registration for the Arctic Circle 7-9 October 2016. A 50% discount from the standard academic fee is available for Polar Law Symposium participants.

An optional conference dinner will be held on Wednesday 5 October in RUB23, Akureyri. Payment will be taken by the restaurant directly. Cost: 7290 ISK plus drinks. When you register for the conference, please indicate if you will attend.

Sushi og sushi pizza með unagisósu og wakame salati
Sushi and sushi pizza with unagi sauce and wakame salad

Þorskur, ferskar kryddjurtir, pipar, hvítlaukur, salat, kartöflur
Cod, fresh herbs, pepper, garlic, salad

Hvítur súkkulaðimarmari, bökuð fíkja, eplasorbet
White chocolate marble, baked fig, apple sorbet

For more information, please email Rachael Lorna Johnstone: rlj@unak.is


Call for Papers

The Faculty of Law at the University of Akureyri, Iceland, cordially invites submissions of abstracts for papers to be presented at the 9 th Polar Law Symposium. The theme of the symposium is The Role of Law in Polar Governance.

The 9th Polar Law Symposium is organised by the Faculty of Law, University of Akureyri, in cooperation with the 4th Arctic Circle conference, Reykjavík. For more information, please email Rachael Lorna Johnstone: rlj@unak.is

We particularly encourage submissions on the following topics:

- International environmental law at the Poles (including questions concerning transport and
the exploitation of natural resources, wildlife management, and wilderness protection);

- The rights of indigenous peoples (including the application of ILO Convention 169 and the
UNDRIP as well as the potential for new instruments such as a Nordic Sami Convention);

- Local, devolved and indigenous governance (including self-governance and local cross-border
contacts and cooperation);

- Non-State Actors as originators of norms at the Poles (including researchers, IAATO standard
setting, corporate best practice, CSR, and insurance requirements);

- Available and new methods of dispute settlement (in general or in respect of specific existing

- Disarmament and demilitarization of the Arctic (including reductions of or restrictions on
nuclear and other weapons in the Arctic);

- The evolution of the Arctic Council and the Antarctic Treaty System (including status in
international law, functions and powers, the roles of different kinds of participants, and
lessons for other regions);

- The role of the United Nations and other international organisations and fora at the Poles
(including the potential for overlap with the work of Arctic Council and other supranational
or regional entities).

Organisational Board: Guðmundur Alfreðsson, Ágúst Þór Árnason, Rachael Lorna Johnstone, Timo Koivurova, and Jessica Shadian. 

For more information, please email Rachael Lorna Johnstone: rlj@unak.is

The first International Symposium, ‘Looking Beyond the International Polar Year: Emerging and Re-emerging Issues in International Law and Policy in the Polar Regions’ was held on 7-10 September 2008 at the University of Akureyri, Iceland. The Symposium was timed to coincide with the launch of the new postgraduate program in Polar Law offered by the University of Akureyri. The Polar Law Symposium is an annual event and the Symposiums proceedings have been published by the Brill publishing house in the Yearbooks of Polar Law.

The purpose of the Symposiums is to examine, in detail, the implications of the challenges faced by the Polar Regions for international law and policy and to make recommendations on appropriate actions by States, policy makers and other international actors to respond to these emerging and re-emerging challenges.

The Symposiums have brought together, from many countries and continents, internationally renowned experts on international law and policy and the Polar Regions, including academics, politicians, diplomats, representatives of intergovernmental organizations and processes, civil society and students.