Mr. Matti Ansala, Deputy Mayor, City of Rovaniemi
Rector Mauri Ylä-Kotola, Rector of the University of Lapland
Professor Paula Kankaanpää, Director of the Arctic Centre, University of Lapland
Professor Timo Koivurova, Director of NIEM, Arctic Centre, University of Lapland
HE Anton Vasiliev, Ambassador-at-Large, Senior Arctic Official, Russian Federation
"Russia's Perspectives on Cooperation in the Arctic."
Tony Penikett, Former Premier of Yukon, Canada
"Destiny or Dream: Nunavut Devolution, sharing resources revenues, jurisdiction and political power?"
International Law (Chair: Professor Timo Koivurova)
Keynote: The Polar Regions and the Development of International Law: Contemporary reflections and Twenty-First Century challenges” Donald R. Rothwell, Australian National University.
I PANEL SESSION
Constitutional law (Chair: Prof. Gudmundur Alfredsson)
1. The positive constitutional legal responsibility of the state for the use and protection of natural resources as bases of life and activity of the indigenous minorities living in the
respective territory of Russia.
2. Uranium Mining in Nunavut – Who’s Watching the Watchdog?
3. Making of a Modern Constitution: The Danish Constitutional Heritage in the West-Nordic Countries
Agust Thor Arnason
Managing the Changing Arctic environment and its resources
(Chair: Prof. Timo Koivurova, Arctic Centre, University of Lapland)
1. How much diligence is due? The no-harm principle and offshore hydrocarbon exploitation in the High North
Rachael Lorna Johnstone
2. Impact assessments in Greenland
Bent Ole Gram Mortensen
3. Impact assessment and benefit agreements in Arctic energy development: formalisation of emerging practices
4. The Northern Sea Route: Shipping Season 2011
5. Nunavut, Greenland and the politics of resource revenues
Managing whales and seals or protecting them?
(Chair Dr. Leena Heinämäki, Arctic Centre, University of Lapland)
1. Indigenous Peoples, Whales and International Law - A Never-ending Story?
2. The Gordian Knot of Whaling: To Untangle or to Cut?
3.The impact of the EU ban on Seal products on Inuit people: an EU concern?
4.Fur and Loathing – The European Union and the commercial Seal Hunt in the Arctic
II PANEL SESSION
The European Union and the Arctic (Chair: Prof. Hans Corell)
1. Setting aside differences? The apparent conflicts which legitimise the EU’s energy and environmental strategies and their implications for the Arctic region.
2. European Union and Climate Change in the Arctic
3. Implementation of EU Immigration Policy in the Euro-Arctic
4. The Fisheries Protection Zone Around Svalbard and the European Union Members' Position
Regulating shipping in the Arctic (Chair: Prof. Erik Franckx)
1. An International Polar Code for Navigation: Consequences and Opportunities for the Arctic
2. The Polar Code: A test case for Arctic Oceans Governance
3. Optimized port state jurisdiction for the Arctic
4. Unilateral behavior in the Arctic region – the case of UNCLOS, Article 234
Enhancing the prospects for better environmental and safety management in the polar regions
(Chair: Prof. Kees Bastmeijer)
1. Environmental information – how to balance the role of different sources against each other in legal decision-making
2. Protecting Sub-Antarctica via the World Heritage Convention: Recent Development
3. Development of International Environmental Law in the Changing North
Md Waliul Hasanat
4. Knowledge-to-action question in strategic planning, case regional climate change strategy of Lapland, Finland
5. Problems of the legal bases of environmental safety of the Arctic
End of day one
Geopolitics (Chair: Professor Timo Koivurova)
Keynote: "The Sediments of Time: History and Geopolitics in the Arctic"
Charles Emmerson, Chatham House
Followed by short presentations by Timo Koivurova and Lassi Heininen of the relationship between geopolitics and international law.
III. PANEL SESSION
Climate change, security and geopolitics in the polar regions (Chair: Prof. Monica Tennberg)
1. Northern Europe and the Arctic Agenda: roles of Nordic and other Sub-regional Organization
Alyson JK Bailes and Kristmundur Þór Ólafsson
2. Arctic regionalism – vision or reality?
3. The natural prolongation concept after the judgment in the dispute concerning delimitation of the maritime boundary between Bangladesh and Myanmar.
Bjarni Már Magnússon
4. Managing fisheries in a changing climate
New approaches to Arctic governance (Chair: Dr. Tanja Joona)
1. Using Human Rights to Improve Arctic Governance
Rebecca M. Bratspies
2. Challenges to the elderly population in the Arctic: A human rights perspective
3. The Alaskan Arctic: A Case Study in the Design of Process and Law Supporting
Ecosystem-Based Multi-Use Ocean Management
IV. PANEL SESSION
Changing Economies in the North (Chair: Prof. Betsy Baker)
1. Political economy of the Barents Euro-Arctic Region: A biopolitical reading
2. The Svalbard Treaty and limits to the Norwegian jurisdiction with regard to marine affairs, with a special emphasis on the fisheries and offshore activity
3. Assessing Soviet/Russian state and business interests in the marine border negotiations with Norway
4. The welfare consequences of the regulatory framework on biofuel in the North
5. The aspect of sustainability in the ´Comprehensive Plan for Electric Energy in the Faroe Islands´ of 2011
Policy actors inside and outside of the Arctic: their perspectives to Arctic development (Chair: Prof. Malgosia Fitzmaurice)
1. Inuit and Marine Management Issues in Canada’s Eastern Arctic.
2. Iceland: a small Arctic state facing big Arctic changes
3. Oriental Dragon Winds to the Arctic, Not Just the Game of Power Struggle
4. Risk management implications of the exploration of the Arctic resources
5. Japan and the Arctic
International governance in the polar regions
(Chair Prof. Rosemary Rayfuse)
1. International organizations in the Polar regions. Norden and Europe. Nordicization versus Europeanization processes
2. The role and potential of the Arctic Council in regulating and governing marine shipping in the Arctic
3. Regulating Antarctic Tourism: A Gap Analysis
4. More holistic human rights language and rights-based approach in the Arctic governance? Possibilities, risks and divergent discourses beyond indigenous rights
APECS meeting (Association of Polar Early Carrier Scientists)
'How to communicate complex research findings to the public and policy-makers?'
Lassi Heininen and Charles Emmerson
End of day two
Indigenous Peoples (Chair: Professor Timo Koivurova)
Keynote: Ethnicity, culture and power: The process of constructing the identity of the Sámi people in a Nordic and international context. Irja Seurujärvi-Kari , University of Helsinki
V. PANEL SESSION
Indigenous governance in-between international and national law (Chair: Agust Thor Arnason)
1. Enforcing indigenous people’s rights through voluntary guidelines in the Arctic: The example of Akwé: Kon Voluntary Guidelines
2. The Role of Canadian Indigenous Leaders in Creating the Arctic Council
3. Settling Indigenous land claims: A common indigenous title?
Øyvind Ravna and Nigel Bankes
Indigenous rights and policy in the Russian North (Chair: Prof. Thora M. Herrmann)
1. The Status of Unrecognized Indigenous Communities and “Rural Old-Timers” in the Russian Arctic: Socio-Legal Analysis
2. Between transnational, national and local: Concept of Indigeneity in Russia
3. Legal aspects of industrial development on the territories of traditional land use in northeast Siberia
4. Ethnological expertise in Russia: experience, problems and prospects
5. The Protection of linguistic rights of indigenous peoples within the Russian Federation
Legal rights of the Sami and their influence on others (Chair: Dr. Natalia Loukacheva)
1. Cultural rights of the Sami
2. The Sámi reindeer herding in turmoil: the conflict between International Law and the national legislation in Finland
3. Revitalization of Ainu Culture and Protection of their Right of Culture: Learning from Nordic Saami Experience
4. Sami traditional knowledge and cultural heritage - offering rights or putting into a cage
Professor Timo Koivurova and Professor Gudmundur Alfredsson. Announcement for the Polar Law Yearbook Volume 5 and an invitation to the next Polar Law Symposium