Special Topics: Business in the Arctic- Working with Law and Policy in Resource Development (JSIS 482/582; ENVIR 495)

JSIS 482/582 and ENVIR 495

3 credits

Instructor(s):

Location: PAR 212

Schedule: Th 1:30-4:20

Alternative Schedule: n/a

Department: Cross-listed

Quarter: Spring

Dr. Sari Graben, UW 2012-13 Canada-US Fulbright Chair Weekly meeting, 3-hour sessions / limit 30 students. In the last several years, countries bordering the Arctic Ocean have made law and policy in the region a major priority. While there are several contributing factors to this prioritization, one of the most important ones is the opportunity for countries to develop their Arctic resources in concert with commercial partners. This opportunity has led to the proliferation of legal mechanisms that facilitate the exploration, development, and commercialization of natural resources on both land and in the seas as well as the protection of those resources as environmental goods. Providing an overview of the most recent legal and political developments in the Arctic, this course will emphasize challenges posed by environmental and global changes and developments in various areas of Arctic governance and will be organized around particular resource development activities. This will allow students to be exposed to the complex issues facing the Arctic from both an international and domestic perspective and to address legal/policy frameworks for dealing with them.