2014 Polar Law Symposium

Tuesday 28 October 2014 1700-1900 Welcome Reception & Registration at IMAS (20 Castray Esplanade, Battery Point)     Wednesday 29 October

2014 Symposium Hobart, Tasmania, Australia

Tuesday 28 October 2014
1700-1900 Welcome Reception & Registration at IMAS (20 Castray Esplanade, Battery Point)
Wednesday 29 October 2014
0830 Registration & Coffee
  Welcome and Open Symposium (Chair: Dr Julia Jabour)
  • Welcome to Country - Theresa Sainty
0925 His Excellency the Honourable Chief Justice Alan Blow OAM, Lieutenant Governor of Tasmania - Opening
Prof. Peter Rathjen, Vice Chancellor, University of Tasmania - Welcome
  Keynote Presentation (Chair: Dr Julia Jabour)
0945 - 1030
  1. Prof. Akiho Shibata - Japan and 100 years of Antarctic Legal Order: Any Lessons for the Arctic?
1030 - 1100 Morning Tea at IMAS
1100 - 1230 Session 1: Asian Interests in the Polar Regions (Chair: Dr David Leary)
  1. Mr Wei Long - China’s Polar interests
  2. Dr Cecile Pelaudeix - China’s interests in the Arctic and the EU Arctic Policy: Towards a proactive EU foreign policy?
  3. Prof. Wei Zhang - The place and role of observer states in the Arctic Council
1230 - 1400 Free Time in Salamanca
1400 - 1530 Session 2: Asian Interests in the Polar Regions (Chair: Mr Richard Rowe)
  1. Prof. Ben Saul & Assoc. Prof. Tim Stephens - Responsive Antarctic law making in the Asian century
  2. Prof. Anne-Marie Brady - China’s key strategic interests in the polar regions
  3. Dr Seyed Ziaeddin Madani - Possible challenges on the trend towards Iranian active scientific research presence in the Antarctic: An international legal approach
1530 - 1600 Afternoon Tea at IMAS
1600 - 1700 Session 3: The ICJ and the Whaling Case (Chair: Prof. Andrew Jackson)
  1. Dr Brendan Gogarty and Dr Peter Lawrence - Conceptions and (mis)conceptions of science before international tribunals: ICJ Australia/Japan whaling case in context
  2. Michael Johnson – The consequences of the ICJ decision in the Whaling Case for Antarctica and the Antarctic Treaty System
  1. Special Presentation
    10. Arngrimur Johannsson (Chairman of the Board of the Polar Law Institute) – Iceland and Tasmania
1800-1900 Government House Reception
Coaches will depart IMAS at 1745 for Government House. This is an official reception hosted by the Lieutenant Governor with invitations issued by Government House. You need to register by 10 October to receive an invitation.
Thursday 30 October 2014
0830 Registration & Coffee
0900 - 1030 Session 4: Native Peoples (Prof. Ben Richardson)
  1. Emeritus Prof Matti Niemivuo - Human and fundamental rights of the Sàmi
  2. Dr Leena Heimämäki - To what extent does international law recognize and protect indigenous eco-spiritual worldview?
  3. Dr Terry Fenge - Modern Canadian treaties for Aboriginal land titles
  4. Dr Anna Stammler-Gossmann – Arctic fisheries: Social and legal concerns of climate change
1030 - 1100 Morning Tea at IMAS
1100 - 1230 Session 5: Native Peoples (Assoc. Prof. Natalia Loukacheva)
  1. Ms Naja Carina Steenholdt - Facing Asia: Challenges of a globalized Arctic region in Greenland
  2. Dr Kamrul Hossain - Human security governance addressing Arctic’s indigenous peoples
  3. Ms Julia Loginova - Impacts of government regulations over natural resources on sustainability of livelihoods in a changing climate: a case study from Russia’s Arctic
1230 - 1400 Lunch Break at Hobart Town Hall, Sponsored by Hobart City Council (15 minute walk from IMAS)
1400 - 1530 Session 6: Arctic Council and European Union (Prof. Denzil Miller)
  1. Prof Natalia Loukacheva - Increasing business voice in the north: The Arctic Economic Council
  2. Dr Nengye Liu - The European Union’s potential contribution to enhanced governance of Arctic fisheries
  3. Mr Nikolas Sellheim - ‘Direct and individual concern’ for Newfoundland’s seal industry? – When a legal concept and empirical data collide
1530 - 1600 Afternoon Tea at IMAS
1600 - 1730 Panel: Arctic and Antarctic Futures Hypothetical 
Facilitator: Dr Tony Press
1800 Pre-Dinner Drinks @ IMAS
1900 Conference Dinner @ Blue Eye Restaurant (across the road from IMAS)
The conference dinner is an additional cost. Bookings are required by 10 October.
Friday 31 October 2014
0830 Registration & Coffee
0900 - 1030 Session 7: Antarctic Law (Sir Guy Green)
  1. Prof Stuart Kaye - North of 60º S: regulatory challenges
  2. Dr Jane Verbitsky - Antarctica, the ATS, non-compliance and the problem of ice
  3. Dr Tony Press - The Antarctic Treaty System: Future mathematical challenges
  4. The Honourable Greg Hunt MP, Federal Minister for the Environment
1030 - 1100 Morning Tea at IMAS
1100 - 1230 Session 8: Antarctic Territorial Claims (Professor Michael Stoddart)
  1. Drs Alan Hemmings, Sanjay Chaturvedi, Elizabeth Leane, Daniela Liggett and Juan Francisco Salazar - The role of nationalism in the contemporary Antarctic
  2. Mr Scott Joblin - Antarctic territoriality in the Asian Century
  3. Ms Elise Clark - The impact of the Asian occupation in Antarctica on developing Asian states
  4. Ms Indi Hodgson-Johnston - How laws of territorial acquisition since Burkina Faso/Mali (1986) can apply to territorial claims in Antarctica
1230 - 1400 Lunch Break at IMAS, sponsored by Tasmanian Polar Network
1400 - 1530 Session 9: Bipolar Conservation and Protection  (Prof. David VanderZwaag)
  1. Mrs Antje Neumann - Strengthening wilderness protection in Antarctica through lessons learnt from the Arctic: An introduction into a comparative research on regulating tourism and other non-governmental activities between both polar regions
  2. Dr David Leary - IMO Polar Code and shipping in the polar regions
  3. Professor Bent Ole Gram Mortensen - Polar Mining: Between economic development, environmental protection, uranium and the alleged Chinese interest
1530 1600 Afternoon Tea at IMAS
1600 - 1730 Session 10: Arctic Law (Dr Julia Jabour)
  1. Prof David VanderZwaag - Governance of the Arctic Ocean beyond national jurisdiction: Cooperative currents, restless sea
  2. Prof Kári á Rógvi - Proactive judiciaries on new frontiers, emerging issues and emerging jurisdictions  
  3. Prof Ágúst Þór Árnason - A Nordic Model of Autonomy and Independence
  4. Prof Timo Koivurova - The increasing relevance of treaties in the Arctic
  1. Official Close
    Official close and invitation to 8th Polar Law Symposium, Alaska, 2015 – Timo Koivurova

Session Chairs

  1. Dr David Leary (Senior Lecturer, Faculty of Law, University of Technology Sydney)
  2. Mr Richard Rowe (former Head of Australian Delegation to Antarctic Treaty Consultative Party Meetings; former Australian Ambassador to Sweden)
  3. Professor Michael Stoddart (Professor Emeritus, Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies)
  4. Associate Professor Natalia Loukacheva (Canada Research Chair, Associate Professor, University of Northern British Columbia)
  5. Professor Ben Richardson (Professor of Law, University of Tasmania)
  6. Professor Denzil Miller (Director, Antarctic Tasmania and Science Research Development)
  7. Professor David VanderZwaag (Professor of Law and Canada Research Chair in Ocean Law and Governance, Dalhousie University, Halifax)
  8. Sir Guy Green (former Governor of Tasmania; Honorary Antarctic Ambassador for Tasmania)
  9. Mr Andrew Jackson (former Policy Manager, Australian Antarctic Division)
  10. Dr Julia Jabour (Senior Lecturer, Institute of Marine and Antarctic Studies, University of Tasmania)