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.



The Energy Policies of Selected Arctic States

This chapter reviews the energy policies of various Arctic States (Canada, Sweden, Norway, Finland, Iceland and Denmark (Greenland)) reflecting on the truism that in a carbon-based economy, energy policy is inevitably a climate change policy (and vice versa). It focuses on the relationship between energy and climate policies rather than other components of energy policy (briefly identified below) because climate change mitigation goals are the principal international obligations which constrain the development of an energy policy.


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