International Law and the Arctic

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Cambridge University Press, 2013 - Law - 314 pages
Climate change and rising oil prices have thrust the Arctic to the top of the foreign policy agenda and raised difficult issues of sovereignty, security and environmental protection. Improved access for shipping and resource development is leading to new international rules on safety, pollution prevention and emergency response. Around the Arctic, maritime boundary disputes are being negotiated and resolved, and new international institutions, such as the Arctic Council, are mediating deep-rooted tensions between Russia and NATO and between nation states and indigenous peoples. International Law and the Arctic explains these developments and reveals a strong trend towards international cooperation and law-making. It thus contradicts the widespread misconception that the Arctic is an unregulated zone of potential conflict.
 

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Contents

Territory
3
ChiPWN
10
Maritime boundaries
28
Beaufort Sea boundary
56
Extended continental shelves
92
Arctic Straits
128
Species protection
171
Indigenous peoples
216
114
268
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274
Conclusion
280
Index
297
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Security
245

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Michael Byers holds the Canada Research Chair in Global Politics and International Law at the University of British Columbia.

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