2010 Polar Law Symposium

ABOUT THE SYMPOSIUM The third Polar Law Symposium ‘Human Rights and Good Governance’ took place in September 2010 where leading experts in the

2010 Polar Law Symposium in Akureyri

ABOUT THE SYMPOSIUM

The third Polar Law Symposium Human Rights and Good Governance’ took place in September 2010 where leading experts in the field of Polar Law and Arctic Governance met at the University of Akureyri. was hosted by the University of Akureyri. The symposium covered a wide variety of topics relating to the Arctic and Antarctic. Topics included environmental law, jurisdictional and other issues relating to territorial claims and border disputes (both land and sea), and Human Rights and the Arctic.

THE 2010 POLAR LAW SYMPOSIUM PROGRAM

OPENING SESSION

Statement by HE Ólafur Ragnar Grímsson, President of the Republic of Iceland

Stefán B. Sigurdsson, Rector of the University of Akureyri

Awarding an Honorary Doctoral Degree to Professor Nigel Bankes

HUMAN RIGHTS EDUCATION IN COUNTRIES OF THE NORTH

‘Cooperation Across Borders’

Katrín Jakobsdóttir, Minister of Education, Iceland

‘Legal Education in the North - Textbooks and Institutions’

Dr. Natalia Loukacheva, University of Akureyri, and Research Associate, Munk Centre for International Studies, University of Toronto

‘Teaching Human Rights and Democracy in Small Societies’

Ágúst Thór Árnason, University of Akureyri

OVERALL HUMAN RIGHTS PICTURE

‘The Causal Link: Environmental Damage and Its Consequences upon the Right to Health’

Bostjan Zupancic, Judge at the European Court of Human Rights

‘Human Rights during Economic Crisis’

Dr. Rachael Lorna Johnstone, Senior Lecturer, Department of Law, University of Akureyri

‘Human Dignity’

Catherine Dupré, Associate Professor at the University of Exeter

‘Human Rights as They Relate to International and Regional Security’

Professor Alyson Bailes, University of Iceland

ENVIRONMENT AND DEVELOPMENT

‘Human Rights as They Relate to Arctic Environment and Sustainable Development’

Dr. Kamrul Hossain, Northern Institute for Environmental and Minority Law, Arctic Centre, University of Lapland

‘Indigenous Peoples' Rights in an Environmental Context: Area Protection and Management’ Antje Neumann, Geopolitics in the High North, Research Division - EU External Relations, Stiftung Wissenschaft und Politik (SWP), Berlin

‘The Right to Be Part of Nature: Arctic Indigenous Peoples and the Environment’

Leena Heinämäki, Northern Institute for Environmental and Minority Law, Arctic Centre, University of Lapland

‘Indigenous Peoples in Nordic Development Cooperation. How can the Arctic shape Policies for the South?’

Adam Stepien, Northern Institute for Environmental and Minority Law, Arctic Centre, University of Lapland

GOOD GOVERNANCE AND SELF-GOVERNANCE

‘Successes, Challenges, Innovation - The Road to the Creation of an Autonomous Public Government in Nunavik’

Jean-Francois Arteau, Legal Counsel and Executive Assistant to Pita Aatami, President of Makivik, and Donat Savoie, Senior Advisor, Inuit, Arctic, Circumpolar Affairs

‘The [Good] Governance of Northern Lands – Developing Good Practices’

Tanja Joona, Northern Institute for Environmental and Minority Law, Arctic Centre, University of Lapland

‘Indigenous Peoples in the International Governance Architecture of the Arctic’

Professor Timo Koivurova, Northern Institute for Environmental and Minority Law, Arctic Centre, University of Lapland

LAND AND RESOURCES RIGHTS

‘The Right to Property and Indigenous People’

Professor Nigel Bankes, Law Faculty, University of Calgary

‘Land and Resources Rights in Practice’

Professor Malgosia Fitzmaurice, Department of Law, Queen Mary, University of London

‘Land and Resources Rights (with focus on the Finnmark Land Act in relation to international law)’

Øyvind Ravna, Associate Professor, Faculty of Law, University of Tromsö, and Editor-in-Chief of the Arctic Review on Law and Politics

HUMAN RIGHTS AND THE ANTARCTIC

‘Common Heritage of Mankind and the Rights of Future Generations’

Professor Kees Bastmeijer, University of Tilburg

‘Lessons from the Antarctic for Governance in the North’

Sebastien Duyck, NIEM researcher, Northern Institute for Environmental and Minority Law, Arctic Centre, University of Lapland

INTERNATIONAL ORGANIZATIONS

‘The Polar Organizations’

Jónas Allansson, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Iceland

‘Existing International Standards’

Lee Swepston, formerly with the International Labour Office, Geneva

‘Case Law of the UN Human Rights Committee’

Jakob Th. Möller, formerly with the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Geneva

CLOSING DISCUSSION: HOW TO ENHANCE COMPLIANCE

‘Consistency in Performance’

Law Professor Gudmundur Alfredsson, Universities of Akureyri and Strasbourg

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