2015 Polar Law Symposium


2015 Symposium Fairbanks and Anchorage, Alaska




FINAL PROGRAM as of September 23, 2015

Plenary Sessions feature Alaskan experts - Breakout Sessions feature international and U.S. guests

13.25 General CLE Credits approved in Alaska and Washington


Wednesday, September 23 – University of Alaska Fairbanks IARC (no. 1 on UAF Campus map)

5:00 pm - 7:00 pm Opening Reception, International Arctic Research Center, University of Alaska Fairbanks

Welcome from Dr. Larry Hinzman, UAF Interim Vice Chancellor for Research, Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering, permafrost hydrologist, Director of the UAF International Arctic Research Center from 2007 to 2015, and a national and global leader in research collaboration in the Arctic.


Thursday, September 24 – University of Alaska Fairbanks, Wood Center (no. 32 on UAF Campus map)

5.00 General CLE Credits approved in Alaska and Washington

Th. 8:30 am Registration and Coffee, Wood Center

Th. 9:00 am Conference Overview

Address from Dr. Mike Sfraga, UAF Vice Chancellor for University and Student Advancement and Professor of Arctic Policy, geographer and a leader in UArctic Arctic Policy programs and in the US Fulbright Arctic Initiative, Fairbanks, Alaska

The Why of Arctic Law and Science - Betsy Baker, Vermont Law School / University of Washington School of Law (Anchorage), Mara Kimmel, Alaska Pacific University, Anchorage

Th. 9:30-11:30 Plenary Panel: Science and Law in Polar Regions

· Dr. Hajo Eicken, UAF, sea ice geophysicist and IARC Interim Director

· Dr. Olivia Lee, UAF and PI, North Slope Science Initiative Scenarios for North Slope Development and Science Needs

· Karin Barentsen, Kaisa Consulting, formerly with Statoil-Alaska as Regulatory Compliance Manager

· Becca Robbins Gisclair, JD, Ocean Conservancy Arctic Policy Manager, formerly with the Alaska Marine Conservation Council


Th. 12:00 – 1:30 Lunch and Keynote Address

Dr. Brendan Kelly, Executive Director of SEARCH (Study of Arctic Environmental Change) and former Assistant Director for Polar Science, White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, will introduce

KEYNOTE: Dr. Bill Streever, BP Exploration-Alaska

"Where Biology, Physics, Industry, Law and Iñupiat Culture Meet: Alaskan Examples from the U.S. Marine Mammal Protection Act." Dr. Streever, a biologist, is BP Exploration-Alaska's Senior Environmental Studies Adviser and award-winning author of COLD: Adventures in the World's Frozen Places.

Th. 1:45 -2:30 Poster Session

Posters and Discussion: Shipping, Natural Resources

· Opening Remarks, Troy Bouffard, University of Alaska Fairbanks, School of Management, Homeland Security and Emergency Management Program

· Judy Miller, AK Response LLC; UAA DHS-Center of Excellence for Arctic Maritime Security, Anchorage, Alaska, The Necessity of a commercial Oil Spill Removal Organization in the Aleutians

· Aileen Nimick, Graduate Student, Alaska Pacific University, Anchorage, Alaska Interpretation of Essential Fish Habitat Regulations in the United States

Posters only:

· Cdr. Johnny Groneng Aase, Institute of Marine and Antarctic Studies, University of Tasmania, Hobart, Australia / Norwegian Cyber Defence Academy, Lillehammer, Norway - Monitoring Maritime Traffic in the Polar Regions by Satellite-based Automatic Identification Systems

· Antje Neumann, Ph.D. Candidate, Department of European and International Public Law, Tilburg University, Netherlands Moving Wilderness Back to the Stage: The Evolution of Wilderness Protection Within the Antarctic Treaty System (in absentia)


Th. 3:00-5:00 Breakout sessions (Three parallel sessions)

The Interplay of Law and Science in Polar Regions – Main Ballroom

· Yuanyuan Ren, Graduate Student, University of Wisconsin Law School, Madison, Wisconsin Toward an Arctic Order of Human Dignity: A Dual Agenda for Scientists and International Lawyers

· Akiho Shibata, Professor of International Law, Graduate School of International Studies, Kobe, Japan with Maiko Raita, Ki-ichi Kageyama, and Narimitsu Kato,An Agreement on Enhancing International Scientific Cooperation in the Arctic: Only for A8 countries and their scientists?

· Natalia Loukacheva, Professor, University of Northern British Columbia, Prince George, BC, Canada At the Intersection of Social Sciences: Understanding Arctic Sustainability through Legal Lenses

International Frameworks for Polar Law - Breakout Room 1

· Julia Jabour, Senior Lecturer in Law and Policy, Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies University of Tasmania, AustraliaDue Diligence: Flag State Responsibilities in Southern Ocean Protest Campaigns

· Simon Marsden, Professor, Flinders Law School, Adelaide, AustraliaFrom the High North to the Roof of the World - Arctic Precedents for Third Pole Governance

· Scott Joblin, Graduate Student, Australian National University, Canberra, Antarctic Environmental Protection and the Legal Status of Hydrocarbons in the Southern Ocean Area

Marine Management in the Arctic - Breakout Room 2

· Aline St-Laurent-Guerin, MA Candidate, Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies, University of Tasmania, AustraliaInstitutional Fragmentation in the Arctic: the Promise of Ecosystem-based Management for the Marine Environment

· Julie Lurman Joly, Professor, UAF, Fairbanks, AlaskaOpportunities For Increased Alaska Native Authority Over Marine Mammals

· Kathryn Mengerink, Environmental Law Institute, Washington, D.C.Advancing Arctic Co-Management Systems: Design and Implementation of Marine Mammal Co-Management in Alaska

Thursday Evening Dinner and Tour, Trail Breaker Kennel, Fairbanks - advance registration required (Evening Flights to Anchorage option: See Travel Information for more details)


Friday, September 25 – ANCHORAGE – University of Alaska Anchorage, UAA/APU Consortium Library (no. 22 on UAA Campus map)

3.75 General CLE Credits approved in Alaska and Washington

Fri. between 7:00 and 9:00 a.m. Morning flights to Anchorage

Fri. 11:00 am Arrival and registration for Anchorage-only participants

Fri. 11:30 am

Welcome from Dr. Douglas Causey, Professor and Senior Advisor to the Chancellor on Arctic Policy, University of Alaska - Anchorage

Keynote by Lisa Parker, Apache Corporation and Regent, University of Alaska System

Tribute to Walter Parker, presented by Professor Harry Bader, UAF


Fri. 12:15-1:45 Plenary Luncheon Panel – Indigenous Governance, Food Security and Rights in America’s Arctic

· Chair, Professor Bob Anderson, University of Washington School of Law, Seattle

· Sky Starkey, Landye Bennett Blumstein LLP, Anchorage

· Heather Kendall-Miller, Native American Rights Fund, Anchorage

· Raychelle Aluaq Daniel, Pew Charitable Trusts, Anchorage and Seattle


Fri. 2:00-4:00 Breakout Sessions (Two parallel sessions)

Risk and Security in the Arctic: Local and National Perspectives (Room 307)

· Harry Bader, Assoc. Prof., UAF, Polar & Environmental Security Studies; with Troy Bouffard, Instructor and Cam Carlson, Program Director, both of UAF’s Emergency Management & Homeland Security Program, School of ManagementThree Arctics - Shared Responsibility and Many Challenges

· Matti Niemivuo, Prof. Emeritus, former Dean, University of Lapland Law School, Finland Legal Regulation and the Nordic Welfare State

· Robin Bronen, UAF, Alaska Institute for Justice, Fairbanks, Alaska The Human Rights of Climate-Induced Community Relocation

· Rachael Lorna Johnstone, University of Akureyri, IcelandThe Arctic’s “Nearest Neighbor:” The United Kingdom’s Arctic Agenda


Legislating Status: Protections or Pitfalls? (Room 302A)

· Øyvind Ravna, Professor, Faculty of Law, UiT The Arctic University of Norway, Tromsø, Norway The ILO 169 and the Securing Sámi Rights to Lands, Nature-Based Livelihood and Natural Resources. The Norwegian Experience.

· Ulrike Barten, Postdoctoral Researcher; Bent Ole Gram Mortensen, Professor, Department of Law, University of Southern Denmark, Odense, Denmark Indigenous or? The Status of Inuit in Greenland

· Magdalena Lickova, Postdoctoral Researcher, University of LuxembourgThe Complexity of the Regulatory Structures Developed by the European Union in Respect of the Arctic Region

Fri. 5:30 - 7:00 p.m. Evening Reception at the Alaska Humanities Forum

With remarks by Alaska Senator Lesil McGuire, Co-Chair of the Alaska Arctic Policy Commission


Saturday, September 26 - University of Alaska Anchorage Consortium Library (no. 22 on UAA Campus map)

4.50 General CLE Credits approved in Alaska and Washington

Sat. 10:00 Arrival and Coffee – Library 307

Sat. 10:15 - 11:30 Plenary Panel-The Arctic as an Emerging Law Practice – Library 307

Click HERE to download the audio recording of the Plenary Panel.

· Bob Anderson, Professor, University of Washington School of Law, Seattle

· Tina Grovier, Stoel Rives LLP, Anchorage

· Phil Blumstein, Landye Bennett Blumstein, Anchorage

· Matt Ganley, Bering Straits Native Corporation, Anchorage/Nome

Sat. 11:45 – 12:45 Lunch with Keynote Speaker Hon. Mead Treadwell (Library 307).

Click HERE to download the audio recording of the Keynote Address.

Dr. Michael Castellini, Associate Dean for the UAF Graduate School and former Dean of the UAF School of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences will introduce

The Honorable Mead Treadwell, PT Capital Breaking the Logjam on US Accession to the Law of the Sea Convention

Currently with PT Capital, the Former Lt. Governor of Alaska and Chair of the US Arctic Research Commission discusses legislative options in the US Senate regarding the Law of the Sea Convention.


Sat. 12:45-1:30 Poster Session - See above (Thursday) for topics and authors



Sat. 1:45-3:00 Breakout sessions (Two Parallel Sessions)

Environmental and Energy Justice/Local and National Challenges to Applying Resource Norms (Library 307)

· Alexios Antypas, Associate Professor, Central European University, Budapest, Hungary Environmental Justice Network in Central Europe and its Potential Application in the Arctic

· Hari Osofsky, Professor, University of Minnesota Law School, Minneapolis, Minnesota Possibilities for Addressing Arctic Energy Poverty Through Renewable Energy

· Kristoffer Svendsen, Researcher, K.G. Jebsen Centre for the Law of the Sea, UiT, The Arctic University of Norway, Tromsø, NorwayThe impact of Choice-of-Law Rules in Cross-Border Pollution Damage Caused by Petroleum Spills from Offshore Rigs and Installations. The Case of the Barents Sea

· Soili Nysten-Haarala, Faculty of Law, University of Lapland, Finland; Professor, Luleå University of Technology, Luleå, SwedenGlobal Standards – Local Contracting (Supply Chain control in the Barents region)


Integrating Multiple Perspectives into Resource Governance (Library 302A)

· Christine Hess, General Counsel and Acting Co-Science Director, Northwest Arctic Bureau, Kotzebue, Alaska; Mara Kimmel, Walter J. Hickel Professor of Strategic Development and Entrepreneurship, Alaska Pacific University, Anchorage, AlaskaUtilizing Local Governance Structures to Integrate Western Science and Traditional Knowledge and Support Inuit Subsistence in the Northwest Arctic Borough

· Barrett Ristroph, Ph.D. Candidate, University of Hawaii at Manoa, Honolulu, Hawaii Strategies for Strengthening Alaska Native Village Roles in Natural Resource Management

· Kees Bastmeijer, Professor of Nature Conservation & Water Law, Tilburg Law School, Tilburg, Netherlands Recent Developments in Land Use Rights in Greenland


Sat. 3:30 - 4:30 p.m. Closing Session – Library 307

Conclusions and Tribute

· Betsy Baker, Professor, Vermont Law School & University of Washington School of Law

· Rachael Lorna Johnstone, Professor, University of Akureyri, Iceland, Host of the Ninth Polar Law Symposium 2016

o Tribute to Professor Kárí á Rogvi, University of the Faroe Islands

· Mara Kimmel, Professor, Alaska Pacific University

· Timo Koivurova, Professor, ULapland Faculty of Law, Rovaniemi, Finland, Founding member of the Polar Law Symposium series


Closing Remarks Mayor Ethan Berkowitz, Municipality of Anchorage