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Polar Law Textbook II

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”Developments in the Arctic and Antarctica continue to be the subject of growing public interest and academic, political, scientific, and media discourse. The global magnitude of the changes that are currently taking place in the Polar Regions, also influence legal developments. Furthermore, the growing importance of both the Arctic and the Antarctica in various areas of global, regional, national and sub-national development requires further inquiry into the role of law in dealing with many of the current and emerging issues relevant to both Poles. Although law is not a panacea for all issues, it has its own role to play in dealing with many of them.”A broad overview of Polar law issues was presented in the pioneering Polar Law Textbook, N. Loukacheva ed. Copenhagen: Nordic Council of Ministers, Tema Nord 538: 2010 (www.norden.org).This textbook represents the outcome of a cooperative process between an international group of well-known experts in the area of Polar law and related studies. Polar Law Textbook II further draws upon Polar law as an evolving and developing field of studies which is gaining increasing recognition and intersects with many other areas in the social sciences and humanities. It explores a variety of legal issues in the Arctic and Antarctica (i.e., questions of human rights law, environmental law, law of the sea, continental shelf, climate change, energy law, resources, indigenous peoples’ rights, etc.,) but also covers the relevant aspects of geopolitics, security, governance, search and rescue, biodiversity, devolution, institutions (e.g., the Arctic Council) and political developments.

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Greenland and the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples

Since the early days of Home Rule (HR) in the late 1970s, Greenland has been actively involved in the promotion and protection of indigenous peoples rights, notably through the drafting and negotiation of the Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples within the UN system, starting with the independent expert Working Group on Indigenous Populations (WGIP) established under the Sub-Commission on Human Rights in 1982, through to the ad hoc open-ended working group under the Commission on Human Rights in the 1990s and to its adoption by the Human Rights Council and the General Assembly in 2007.

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