Southwestern Law School Los Angeles, CA

Law Journal Symposium - Arctic Sovereignty: Cold Facts, Hot Issues

The Southwestern Journal of International Law presents

Arctic Sovereignty: Cold Facts, Hot Issues

October 3, 2008


With the Arctic ice melting, anticipated increases in Arctic shipping, tourism and economic activity, Russia's flag-planting at the North Pole last summer, and the recent Greenland summit, there has been tremendous attention given to the "race to the Arctic." For Canada, climate change and runaway oil prices have vaulted Arctic sovereignty to the top of Ottawa's economic, defense, and diplomatic concerns. For the U.S., the legal issues related to the Arctic and the Northwest Passage have recently taken on increased importance, spurring a renewed interest in joining the U.N. Law of the Sea Convention.

Drawing on Southwestern's strong ties with Canada, this one-day symposium will bring together leading legal figures from throughout North America to analyze the critical issues raised by the Arctic sovereignty debate. Speakers will focus not only on the territorial and security claims that the debate raises, but will also explore how issues of Arctic sovereignty relate to the environment and international environmental law, as well as indigenous and human rights. The symposium is expected to be the first, comprehensive U.S. law school conference focused on Arctic sovereignty. The proceedings will be published in the Southwestern Journal of International Law and distributed widely.

View a printable brochure, with complete agenda and registration information (PDF)

Vincent F. Gallucci and Michael J. Robinson-Dorn replaced Wil C.G. Burns and Gunther Handl on Panel 2 in the final program, which can be found here (PDF)

Registration fees:

  • $75 - Non-Southwestern Alumni seeking 4.5 hours of CLE credit
  • $50 - Southwestern Alumni seeking 4.5 hours of CLE credit
  • $40 - Those not seeking CLE credit
  • Complimentary - Southwestern students, faculty and staff (RSVP required)

RSVP by September 24 to the Student Affairs Office.

This Symposium offers 4.5 hours of CLE credit. Southwestern is a State Bar of California approved MCLE provider.

For a map and directions to Southwestern, click here. Parking is available on campus for $6.

Questions? Contact the Law Journal Office or the Student Affairs Office.