Emerging Legal Orders in the Arctic: The Role of Non-Arctic Actors (Routledge Research in Polar Law)

October 31, 2020
Emerging Legal Orders in the Arctic: The Role of Non-Arctic Actors (Routledge Research in Polar Law)

More than ever before the changing environmental and politicallandscape in the Arctic requires stability and foreseeability basedon resilient common norms. The emerging legal orders in the Arcticcannot be legitimately created or effectively implemented unlessall relevant actors are involved. Simultaneously, it must always bebased on respect for the sovereign rights of the eight Arcticstates in the region, as well as the tradition and culturallivelihood of the local communities. It is this delicate balancebetween Arctic and non-Arctic interests that is the coreproblématique for the emerging legal orders in the Arctic. Emerging Legal Orders in the Arctic critically examinesthe role of non-Arctic actors in this advancement of the shape andscope of the Arctic legal order. Discussing the admittance andparticipation of Observer states and organisations in the ArcticCouncil, including task force meetings where new treaties arenegotiated, it details the issues and successes this can result in.Setting up the context of the current legal orders in the Arctic,the book discusses Asian, indigenous and European perspectives,amongst others. There is a strong focus on the groundbreakingfisheries agreement of November 2017 in the Central Arctic Ocean(CAO), and the impact on both Arctic and non-Arctic actors.Interests in marine living resources, scientific cooperation andthe Arctic shipping regimes and governance are also thoroughlydiscussed from multiple perspectives. The book combines the expertise of academics and practitionersin the fields of international law and Arctic governance, uniquelyfocusing on Asian actors in the Arctic legal order-making. Theresulting study is a fascinating insight into the interplay betweennon-Arctic actors and the Arctic legal order, and will beinvaluable to academics in the field of Arctic and internationallaw.