Interdisciplinary research on Arctic sustainable resource development led by International Law Research Program has been published as Polar Record Special Issue

This release is an excerpt from a press release from Kobe University, “Research at KOBE” (in Japanese).

Ten papers exploring the sustainability of Arctic resource development have been published online in December 2020 as a special issue of Polar Record, a long-established and prestigious polar research journal from Cambridge University Press. This special issue is co-edited by Professor Akiho Shibata, the principal investigator of Research Program on International Law under the Arctic Challenge for Sustainability II (ArCS II, 2020-2025).

It contains research articles and commentaries by international law scholars, a political scientist, a glaciologist and an expert working for a Japanese Resource Development Corporation. This is the first time that so many interdisciplinary research papers by Japanese researchers have been published together under a unified theme in Polar Record.

This is the result of the international research collaboration and the capacity building of early-career researchers conducted under the Arctic Challenge for Sustainability (ArCS, 2015-2020) and the ArCS II projects. One of the guest co-editors is a graduate student from the United Kingdom, and other authors include Arctic international law scholars from Iceland and Canada and early-career researchers from Malaysia and Finland.

Original Publication

Journal: Polar Record, vol. 56 (Cambridge University Press, 2020)
Title: International Law for Sustainability in Arctic Resource Development
Guest Editors: Romain Chuffart (University of Durham, UK) and Akiho Shibata (Polar Cooperation Research Centre, Kobe University, Japan)