Polar Code and the Arctic Council

Lead Author Natalia, Loukacheva
Institution Contact Canada Research Chair in Aboriginal Governance and Law, Department of Political Science, University of Northern British Columbia 3333 University Way Prince George BC, Canada V2N 4Z9
Theme Theme 2: Vulnerability of Arctic Societies
Session Name 2.1 The role of law and institutions in Arctic transformation process
Datetime Wed, Sep 14, 2016 01:00 PM - 01:15 PM
Presentation Type Oral
Abstract text To enhance Arctic marine safety the Arctic States within the framework of the Arctic Council have done substantial progress in addressing a number of issues associated with Arctic shipping. These activities materialized in cooperation of the Arctic Council with several relevant international organizations. Special focus was made on collaboration of the Arctic Council with the International Maritime Organization (IMO) in the development of the mandatory Polar Code. Now that the Polar Code is expected to enter into force in January of 2017, a question can be asked about further role of the Arctic Council (if any) in the implementation of the Polar Code, and any relevance of the work of the Council in addressing existing gaps in this document. In an attempt to show the role of law in dealing with major transformation and challenges in the Arctic and to reflect on the nexus between law and policies, my presentation shall look at the role of the Polar Code in improving the legal regime for shipping in the Arctic and the role of the Arctic Council in the implementation of the Code.
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