7 – 9 September 2008
Internationally renowned experts on international law and policy and the Polar Regions were invited to present papers on their views on the key emerging and re-emerging issues for the Polar Regions beyond the International Polar Year. The symposium addressed the following questions:
What are the main emerging and re-emerging issues in international law and policy relating to the Polar Regions that warrant international action? Are the current international legal and policy systems able to address these issues? What issues require immediate action by the international community? What issues will require action by the international community in the long term? What steps should countries take to address the issues? Which of these issues warrant further detailed research by legal scholars and other disciplines?
The solutions involve establishing a series of recommendations for action by governments for the various steps provided in a report published by the United Nations University. They were also circulated to policy focal points for Polar affaires and in the university booklet published in the Yearbook of Polar Law by Brill Publishing.
United Nations University-Institute of Advanced Studies, University of Akuyeri (Iceland)