On Thin Ice: International Law and Environmental Protection in a Melting Arctic

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Sixteenth Annual Herbert Rubin and Justice Rose Luttan Rubin International Law Symposium

On Thin Ice: International Law and Environmental Protection in a Melting Arctic
Friday, October 22, 2010

The United States is one of eight nations with territory above the Arctic Circle, a distinction that meant relatively little until the last decade. But melting sea ice has thrust these previously unnavigable and commercially inaccessible waters into a series of legal, political, and environmental disputes, which are expected to intensify in the years ahead. On October 22nd, NYU’s Journal of International Law and Politics and Environmental Law Journal will host “On Thin Ice: International Law and Environmental Protection in a Melting Arctic.” This multi-disciplinary conference included leading scientists, legal scholars, and practitioners in order to explore the current and projected impacts on the natural environment, the legal framework, the commercial interests, and how to ensure sustainable development. The Journal of International Law and Politics and the Environmental Law Journal will publish papers resulting from the conference.

This is the keynote, delivered by Peter Taksøe-Jensen, the Danish ambassador to the United States.

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