"The Yearbook of Polar Law," based at the Faculty of Social
Sciences and Law at the University of Akureyri in Iceland, covers a
wide variety of topics relating to the Arctic and the Antarctic.
These include: - human rights issues, such as autonomy and
self-government vs. self-determination, the rights of indigenous
peoples to land and natural resources and cultural rights and
cultural heritage, indigenous traditional knowledge, - local and
national governance issues, - environmental law, climate change,
security and environment implications of climate change, protected
areas and species, - regulatory, governance and management
agreements and arrangements for marine environments, marine
mammals, fisheries conservation and other biological/mineral/oil
resources, - law of the sea, the retreating sea ice, continental
shelf claims, - territorial claims and border disputes on both land
and at sea, - peace and security, dispute settlement, -
jurisdictional and other issues re the exploration, exploitation
and shipping of oil, gas and minerals, bio prospecting, - trade
law, potential shipping lines through the northwest and northeast
passages, maritime law and transportation law, and - the roles and
actual involvement of international organizations in the Polar
regions, such as the Arctic Council, the Antarctic Treaty System,
the European Union, the International Whaling Commission, the
Nordic Council, the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, and the
United Nations, as well as NGOs. As in the previous volume, much of
the material in this volume is based on the presentations made at
the Akureyri Symposia on Polar Law; the Second Symposium was held
in September 2009. Yet, there are also new elements in this
Yearbook. The Yearbook now carries relevant book reviews, and a new
section will attempt to keep up with recent developments rapidly
unfolding in the Polar Regions.
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