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Experts to explore Arctic Sovereignty at Southwestern Symposium August 19, 2008
Experts to explore Arctic Sovereignty at Southwestern Symposium

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 the United States, 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. For Canada, climate change and runaway oil prices have vaulted Arctic sovereignty to the top of Ottawa's economic, defense, and diplomatic concerns. On Friday, October 3, the Southwestern Journal of International Law will present "Arctic Sovereignty: Cold Facts, Hot Issues," a day-long symposium at Southwestern focused on important legal issues related to Arctic sovereignty.

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 Journal and distributed widely. "Southwestern is in a unique position to draw on its long-standing ties with Canada and host a symposium that will bring together leading Canadian and American legal scholars to discuss one of the most controversial and important topics currently impacting U.S.-Canadian relations," said Professor Austen Parrish, who is also Vice Dean for Academic Affairs at Southwestern.

Experts, officials and prominent legal scholars from law schools throughout the United States and Canada will speak during three different panels. They 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.

Scheduled speakers include: Suzanne Lalonde, Professeure agrégée, Faculté de droit. Université de Montréal; Larry A. Mayer, Professor and Director, Center for Coastal and Ocean, Mapping, University of New Hampshire; Ted L. McDorman, Professor of Law, University of Victoria Faculty of Law; John Norton Moore, Walter L. Brown Professor of Law, University of Virginia Law School; J. Ashley Roach, Captain, JAGC, U.S. Navy (retired), Office of the Legal Adviser, U.S. Department of State; Günther Handl, Eberhard Deutsch Professor of Public International Law, Tulane Law School; Noah D. Hall, Assistant Professor, Wayne State University Law School; Wil C.G. Burns, Senior Fellow, Santa Clara Law School; Rebecca M. Bratspies, Associate Professor, CUNY School of Law; Rosemary Cooper, Political Coordinator, Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami; Sarah Krakoff, Associate Professor, Colorado Law School; Sophie Thériault, Professeure adjointe, Faculté de droit. Université de Ottawa; and Southwestern faculty including Dean Bryant Garth, Professor Robert Lutz, Professor Angela Riley, and Vice Dean Parrish.

The symposium will take place from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the historic Bullocks Wilshire Building on Southwestern's campus in Los Angeles. The cost, including lunch, is $75 for non-Southwestern Alumni seeking 4.5 hours of CLE credit; $50 for Southwestern Alumni seeking 4.5 hours of CLE credit; and $40 for those not seeking CLE credit. Program and registration information is available online. For a map and directions, click here. Parking is available on campus for $6.