The 2015 Polar Law Symposium asks three overarching questions:

  1. How can lawyers and other legal scholars interact with scientists and academics from other disciplines to the benefit of the Arctic?
  2. What can lawyers and academics from all disciplines contribute to each other’s understanding of issues of common concern?
  3. Can models of cooperation among scientists, scholars, and lawyers from other geographic areas be adapted for the Arctic?

As the Preliminary Program shows, among the themes to be addressed are:

  • The relationship of science and law in polar regions
  • Marine policy and law
  • International frameworks for Polar Law
  • Risk and security issues in the Arctic
  • Indigenous peoples rights
  • Energy and environmental justice
  • Arctic resource governance

Registration information as well as travel and logistics are available on the symposium website at