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Yearbook of Polar Law

Proceedings of the Polar Law Symposiums are published in the Yearbooks of Polar Law  by Brill Publishing house

The Yearbook of Polar Law, is based at the Faculty of Social Sciences and Law at the University of Akureyri in Iceland and the Northern Institute for Environmental and Minority Law (Arctic Centre/University of Lapland) in Finland and covers  a wide variety of topics relating to the Arctic and the Antarctic. 

Editors: Gudmundur Alfredsson and Timo Koivurova


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The Polar Law TextbookThe Polar Law Textbook  focuses on the various developments in international and domestic law concerning the Polar Regions (e.g., issues of environmental law, law of the sea, resources, human rights law and Indigenous peoples' rights, etc.). By looking at linkages between different areas of law and the other social sciences, the textbook also explores the relevant aspects of the economic, social and political developments affecting both Polar areas (e.g., questions of Polar governance, economics, and the political situation in some of the Arctic areas.

The Polar Law Textbook I (2010) and The Polar Law Textbook II (2013), N. Loukacheva  editor 


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An overview of Polar law questions and topical developments was provided in the pioneering 2010 Polar Law Textbook and in the 2013 Polar Law Textbook II both of which covered a number of topics relevant to the Polar resources debate. Building on this work, Polar Law and Resources, this new volume focuses on topical issues of law and resource development in the Polar Regions, both the Arctic and the Antarctic, and covers topics of current and emergent resource-related issues mainly from a legal and political perspective. 

Polar Law and Resources (2015), N. Loukacheva  editor  


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Studies_in_polar_lawStudies in Polar Law  publishes monographs and collected works devoted to the legal regimes applicable to the Arctic and the Antarctic.  It explores the problems faced by these regions and the solutions proposed on multiple issues.

Editors-in-Chief: Gudmundur Alfredsson and Timo Koivurova 



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This comprehensive text explains the relationship between the Arctic and the wider world through the lenses of international relations, international law, and political economy. It is an essential resource for any student or scholar seeking a clear and succinct account of a region of ever-growing importance to the international community.

Authors: Mary Durfee and Rachael Lorna Johnstone


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Offshore Oil and Gas Development in the Arctic under International Law: Risk and Responsibility  explores the international legal framework for hydrocarbon development in the marine Arctic. It presents an assessment of the careful balance between States’ sovereign rights to their resources, their obligations to uphold the rights of Arctic inhabitants and their duty to prevent injury to other States.

Author: Rachael Lorna Johnstone 



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The New Arctic (2015) highlights how, and in what parts, the natural and political system is being transformed. We’re talking about a region where demography, culture, and political and economic systems are increasingly diverse, although many common interests and aspects remain; and with the new Arctic now firmly placed in a global context. Settlements range from small, predominantly indigenous communities, to large industrial cities, and all have a link to the surrounding environment, be it glaciers or vegetation or the ocean itself.

Editors: Birgitte Evengaard, Joan Nymand Larsen, and Øyvind Paasche


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The Arctic Social Indicators (2010) project responded to the AHDR, in aiming to develop a set of indicators to track changes in human development in the Arctic, for domains that reflect prominent aspects of human development in the Arctic. Initiated by the Stefansson Arctic Institute, Akureyri, Iceland, the Arctic Social Indicators project in its first phase (2006-2009) was an International Polar Year project and was endorsed by the Arctic Council.

 Editors: Joan Nymand Larsen, Peter Schweitzer, and Gail Fondahl


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Arctic Social Indicators II (ASI-II, 2014) is a follow-up activity to ASI-I (2010) and the first Arctic Human Development Report (AHDR, 2004). The core content of ASI-II is a set of five carefully selected case studies, which form the basis for drawing conclusions about the applicability of the ASI indicators and for formulating policy relevant conclusions. 

 Editors: Joan Nymand Larsen, Peter Schweitzer, and Andrey Petrov


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Arctic Human Development Report: Regional Processes and Global Linkages (2014) – the goals of this second volume of AHDR are to provide an update to the first AHDR (2004) in terms of an assessment of the state of Arctic human development; to highlight the major trends and changes unfolding related to the various issues and thematic areas of human development in the Arctic over the past decade; and, based on this assessment, to identify policy relevant conclusions and key gaps in knowledge, new and emerging Arctic success stories.

Editors: Joan Nymand Larsen and Gail Fondahl


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Cover A Thematic Guide to Documents on the Human Rights of Women

A Thematic Guide to Documents on the Human Rights of Women  is the first volume in a new series:The Raoul Wallenberg Institute Human Rights Guides. As the term `guide' implies, the series will facilitate orientation in international human rights standards by presenting the content of substantive standards in a systematic way. 

Editors: Gudmundur Alfredsson and Katarina Tomaševski 


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