Call for Submissions
The 16th Polar Law Symposium is organized around three types of sessions: lectures, seminars, and workshops. A Preliminary Draft Schedule may be seen below. Due to numerous requests, we will now accomodate submissions for short lectures of 15-20 (max.) delivery time.
Lectures are scheduled in 60-minute slots and should be 30-40 minutes in length, with the remainder of the time devoted to questions and discussion. Three keynote lectures will be presented, one at the beginning of each day. These are invited lectures delivered in plenary sessions. Other lectures will be selected from submissions and will be delivered in parallel sessions (two synchronous sessions in each case). Submissions for lectures are hereby solcited - see Instructions for Submitting.
Short Lectures are lectures with delivery times of 15-20 minutes (20 minutes maximum). The Program Committe will endeavor to accommodate these within panels that will fill time slots originally allotted to seminars. While we prefer submissions in the other three categories, this has proven difficult for a number of prospective participants, and so submissions for short lectures will now be accommodated - see Instructions for Submitting.
Seminars are scheduled in 90-minute slots and proposed, organized, and led by a Convener, who will also moderate the session. In each seminar, time is allotted for three coordinated presentations of 15-20 minutes each, with the remainder of the time (30-45 minutes) available for discussion. Seminars will be selected from submissions and will be run in parallel sessions (two synchronous sessions in each case). Submissions for seminars are hereby solicited - see Instructions for Submitting.
Workshops, an experimental feature of this Polar Law Symposium, are scheduled in 140-minute slots and proposed, organized, and led by a Convener, who will also moderate the session. The workshop sessions are intended to provide a venue for the discussion and critique of academic/scientific papers in progress. Two such papers can discussed in each workshop session. Authors must commit to making available manuscripts of their papers by 30 September 2023 for posting on this web site, and these are meant to be read in advance by those intending to participate in a given workshop. In the workshop sessions, each author will present an introduction to her/his paper of up to 20 minutes after which time will be available for approximately 50 minutes of discussion by participants who have presumably already read the paper. Workshops are meant for smaller groups of attendees than other types of sessions. The workshops will be selected from submissions and will be run in parallel sessions (four synchronous sessions in each case). Submissions for workshops are hereby solicited - see instructions for submitting.
As you will notice in the Preliminary Draft Schedule, parallel sessions have been divided into two main “lines”, distinguished by content, which we label “Life World” and “Law World”, in the hope that this will help in moderating audience sizes to fit the character of each type of session as well as room capacity. The the following lists of some possible topics is offered as indicative (not as directive or in any way limiting):
Examples of Life-World Topics:
- Protection of Species in the Polar Regions
- Aboriginal Rights in the Polar Regions
- Traditional Hunting & Fishing in the Polar Regions
- Fisheries Management in the Polar Regions
- Human Rights in the Polar Regions
- Human Development in the Polar Regions
- The Friendly Arctic & Its Preservation & Protection
- Historical & Rhetorical Conceptions of the Polar Regions
- Protection of Minorities in the Polar Regions
- Protection of Languages & Cultures in the Polar Regions
- Protection of Habitats in the Polar Regions
Examples of Law-World Topics:
- Maintenance of Open Sea Lanes in the Polar Regions
- Cooperation versus Conflict in the Polar Regions
- Issues of the Continental Shelf in the Polar Regions
- Sustainable Development in the Polar Regions
- Ownership & Exploitation of Resources in the Polar Regions
- Controlling Pollution in the Polar Regions
- The Position of Small States in the Polar Regions
- Oil & Gas in the Polar Regions - Economics & Politics
- Law of the Sea in Polar Regions
- Militarizarion & Demiliterization of the Polar Regions
- Legal Regimes in the Artic and Antarctic - Comparisons
This division into “Life World” and “Law World” is, of course, artificial and somewhat intangible, and not all topics are easily classified into either group. Acceptance of submissions will not be predicated upon their classification (or classifiability) under these headings, but submitters are asked to self-classify their submissions as best they can. The touchstone is the perceived appeal of the submission to two different, amorphous, audience groups.
All submissions are to be in English, and all should have clear relevance Polar Law, broadly understood. Those planning to submit materials for consideration should study the Preliminary Draft Schedule below and carefully read and follow the Instructions for Submitting on a linked page.
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