An Introduction to Arctic Governance

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In 2013, Singapore was accepted as one of eight new Observers on the Arctic Council. This seminar, the first of three, is designed to provide an introduction to the various aspects of Arctic governance. After a brief introduction to the basic geography of the Arctic, the seminar will discuss the international law that governs the Arctic, including the Law of the Sea Convention and IMO treaties, as well as the applicable soft law. National laws and regulations and the Arctic Council will also be discussed.

Future seminars will address Arctic boundaries and the IMO’s work on the Arctic.


Captain J. Ashley ROACH, JAGC, U.S. Navy (retired) was attorney adviser in the Office of the Legal Adviser, U.S. Department of State, from 1988 until he retired at the end of January 2009. He was responsible for law of the sea matters. He has taught, advised and published extensively on national maritime claims and other law of the sea issues, including piracy and armed robbery at sea. He has negotiated, and participated in the negotiation of, numerous international agreements involving law of the sea issues. He received his LL.M. (highest honors in public international law and comparative law) from the George Washington University School of Law in 1971 and his J.D. from the University of Pennsylvania Law School in 1963.

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