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The Arctic: An Opportunity to Cooperate and Demonstrate Statesmanship

Jul. 11, 2012—The Article discusses in four distinct parts disputes relating to maritime boundaries in the Arctic; “gaps” in the legal regime in the Arctic; environmental and security concerns; and the administration of the Arctic. Regarding the first item, the Article maintains that the point of departure is that the United Nations Convention on the Law of...

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Arctic Warming: Environmental, Human, and Security Implications

Jul. 11, 2012—Arctic warming has myriad implications for the Arctic environment, residents, and nations.  Although definitive predictions are difficult, without question the scope and rapidity of change will test the adaptive capacities of the Arctic environment as well as its residents.  Warming is affecting marine ecosystems and marine life, terrestrial ecosystems, and the animals and people who...

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International Security and International Law in the Northwest Passage

Jul. 11, 2012—Concern over the loss of sea ice has renewed discussions over the legal status of the Arctic and subarctic transcontinental maritime route connecting the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans, referred to as the “Northwest Passage.”  Over the past thirty years, Canada has maintained that the waters of the Passage are some combination of internal waters or...

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Who Controls the Northwest Passage?

Jul. 11, 2012—From Martin Frobisher in 1576 to John Franklin in 1845, generations of European explorers searched for a navigable route through the Arctic islands to Asia.  Their greatest challenge was sea-ice, which has almost always filled the straits, even in summer.  Climate change, however, is fundamentally altering the sea-ice conditions: In September 2007, the Northwest Passage...

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Judicial and Arbitral Proceedings and the Outer Limits of the Continental Shelf

Jul. 11, 2012—This Article explores when international third-party dispute settlement forums may hear cases concerning the outer limits of a continental shelf beyond 200 nautical miles from baselines.  The 1982 Convention on the Law of the Sea articulated determinate rules for establishing those limits and created an institution—the Commission on the Limits of the Continental Shelf—to make...

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The Continental Shelf Beyond 200 Nautical Miles: The Work of the Commission on the Limits of the Continental Shelf and the Arctic

Jul. 11, 2012—As policymakers, academia, and the media have paid increased attention to the Arctic region, there is more evidence of a certain lack of knowledge concerning the applicable international law. The United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea of December 10, 1982—adopted in 1982 and in force since November 16, 1994—provides both a legal...

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The Arctic in World Environmental History

Jul. 11, 2012—This Article situates the Arctic in global environmental history across the long duration of time. For millions of years, the Arctic has been the world’s most important “barometer of global change and amplifier of global warming.”[1] For twenty thousand years, the Arctic has been the homeland of modern human settlement, and it has played a...

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Vanderbilt University Law School Professor Michael A. Newton’s 2016 VJTL Article entitled How the International Criminal Court Threatens Treaty Norms  was cited by the International Criminal Court prosecutor’s November 2017 filing seeking investigation into war crimes in Afghanistan.

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