From 19 to 21 June 2014 the group initiating the Ice Law Project held a workshop in Durham on ‘International Law, State Sovereignty, and the Ice-Land-Water interface’. The interdisciplinary group worked productively to innovatively frame a research programme encompassing their overlapping interests.
The collection of anthropologists, legal scholars, geographers, and political theorists met to consider options that address the concerns and practices of peoples and institutions that encounter the specificities of polar landscapes and seascapes. The intent of the meeting was to gather insights for the launch of the Ice Law Project, and to explore how the norms of state sovereignty and international law might be modified to account for the specificity of ice.
The workshop was funded with support from Durham University’s Research Office, Durham University’s Faculty of Health and Social Sciences, and Durham’s participation in the UArctic network, led by the Durham University International Office. It was held under the sponsorship of IBRU (Durham’s Centre for Borders Research), Durham University’s Climate Impacts Research Centre and the University of the Arctic’s Thematic Network on Arctic Law.
See the Programme.
Read the Participant Biographies.
Read the Preliminary Papers (password protected).