Polar Law and Resources

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Current Polar law developments indicate that both the Arctic and the Antarctica will continue to be the focus of growing scientific, international, political, media and public discourse for the foreseeable future. The regulation of resources and associated issues form one of the key areas of Polar law and will thus continue to constitute the crux of legal, geopolitical, socio-economic, and environmental developments. An overview of Polar law questions and topical developments was provided in the pioneering 2010 Polar Law Textbook and in the 2013 Polar Law Textbook II both of which covered a number of topics relevant to the Polar resources debate. Building on this work, this new volume focuses on topical issues of law and resource development in the Polar Regions and covers topics of current and emergent resource-related issues mainly from a legal and political perspective.



International Law on Arctic Fisheries

Due to climate change in particular, the international law on Arctic fisheries is attracting ever more attention. Climate change may give rise to new fishing opportunities in the Arctic due to receding sea-ice and poleward shifts of fish stocks as well as expected species invasions (Christiansen et al. 2014; Jones and Cheung 2014). But receding sea-ice could also have negative impacts on some Arctic fish stocks, and increased fresh-water inflow and pollution – particularly from Russian rivers – as well as the possibility of oceanacidification, could act as a counterbalance to these new fishing opportunities leading potentially to an actual decrease. Notwithstanding this however, sea-ice regression in the Arctic means that the North Pacific and North Atlantic Oceans will become increasingly connected.


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