Panel II: The International Legal Regime in the Arctic

Friday, April 8, 2022
Time: 10:50 am – 12:20 pm EST

Panel Description:

The panel’s overall theme is the legal challenges in the Arctic in a time of accelerating change. Discussion will touch on the creation of the Arctic Fisheries Agreement, with its involvement of indigenous peoples and non-Arctic States, the latest 2021 flurry of continental shelf filings, and the implication of the changing security environment.

Moderator: Dr. John Burgess

John A. Burgess, professor of practice for the LL.M. program, teaches courses on the law of the sea, and cross-border mergers and acquisitions.

Prior to his retirement in 2013, Burgess practiced law at the global law firm of Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr for 37 years, and during that time, chaired the firm’s corporate and international practice groups, and served on its management committee. He has represented for profit, NGO, and university clients in a range of transactions throughout Western Europe, Asia, and the Middle East. He was regularly listed in Best Lawyers in America and Massachusetts “Super Lawyers” in areas of international trade, finance, mergers and acquisitions, and securities law.


Dr. Yoshifumi Tanaka

Dr. Yoshifumi Tanaka is Professor of International Law with a specific focus on the law of the sea, at the Faculty of Law, University of Copenhagen, Denmark. He holds a DES and a PhD from the Graduate Institute of International Studies, Geneva and a LLM from Hitotsubashi University, Tokyo. He has authored five books including, Predictability and Flexibility in the Law of Maritime Delimitation (Hart Publishing 2006; 2nd edn 2019), A Dual Approach to Ocean Governance: The Cases of Zonal and Integrated Management in International Law of the Sea (Ashgate 2008), The International Law of the Sea (1st edition, Cambridge University Press 2012; 3rd edn 2019; 4th edn forthcoming), The Peaceful Settlement of International Disputes (Cambridge University Press 2018), and The South China Sea Arbitration: Toward an International Legal Order in the Oceans (Hart Publishing, 2019). He has published widely in the fields of the law of the sea, international environmental law and peaceful settlement of international disputes.

Dr. Suzanne Lalonde

Suzanne Lalonde is a professor of Public International Law and the Law of the Sea at the Law Faculty of the Université de Montréal. She holds a Ph.D. in Public International Law from the University of Cambridge obtained under the supervision of James Crawford. Her research and publications focus on core international legal principles, in particular those pertaining to sovereignty and the determination of boundaries on land and at sea, with an emphasis on the Arctic. She was a member of the ILA Committee that reported on “Baselines Under the Law of the Sea” (2018) and co-editor of Ocean Development and International Law from 2017 to 2019. In 2018, she participated in the RCN’s Canadian Leaders at Sea program. She is a member of the Canadian Arctic Security Working Group chaired by Joint Task Force North; the Transatlantic Maritime Emissions Research Network; the multidisciplinary Canadian Arctic Shipping and Transportation Research Network and the North American Arctic Defence and Security Network.

Dr. Charles Norchi

Charles H. Norchiis the Benjamin Thompson Professor of Law and Director of the Center for Oceans and Coastal Law in the University of Maine School of Law where he teaches public international law, the law of the sea, international human rights and Arctic law. Dr. Norchi worked as a journalist in Afghanistan, served as Fulbright Arctic Scholar in Iceland, Human Rights Fellow at Harvard Law School and Myres S. McDougal and Ford Foundation Fellow at Yale Law School. He is contributing editor to Global Geneva and The Journal of the North Atlantic & Arctic, co-President of the Arctic Futures Institute, co-Chair of the Institute for Law and Development Policy, a Fellow of the World Academy of Arts and Sciences and a Fellow of the Explorers Club. Professor Norchi holds academic degrees from Harvard University, Case Western Reserve University School of Law and Yale Law School.

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