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The Last, Last Frontier


Michael Burger


Columbia University - Sabin Center for Climate Change Law

June 26, 2013

Environmental Law and Contrasting Ideas of Nature: A Constructivist Appproach (Keith Hirokawa ed., Cambridge University Press) 2013
Roger Williams Univ. Legal Studies Paper No. 140

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Increased temperatures associated with global climate change are opening new Arctic territory to oil and gas exploration and clearing passage for new maritime shipping routes. These changes are provoking a diverse range of legal responses in the international arena, where nations are staking new territorial claims and seeking to revise understandings of the Law of the Sea, and in the domestic environmental and maritime laws of Arctic nations. While these events provide evidence of an international competition over natural resources, they also provide a case study in how environmental law and litigation construct and reify dominant ideas of nature. This book chapter examines the particular ways in which the storylines and tropes that constitute the "imaginary Arctic" factor into litigation surrounding Shell Oil's attempts to drill for oil and gas in the Beaufort and Chukchi seas. The Shell litigation is exemplary because it pits a number of well-established storylines against each other: the Arctic as classical frontier, the Arctic as spiritualized frontier, the Arctic as neutral space, the Arctic as homeland, and the Arctic as part of the developing world.

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Date posted: June 28, 2013 ; Last revised: October 3, 2015

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Burger, Michael, The Last, Last Frontier (June 26, 2013). Environmental Law and Contrasting Ideas of Nature: A Constructivist Appproach (Keith Hirokawa ed., Cambridge University Press) 2013; Roger Williams Univ. Legal Studies Paper No. 140. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=2285702

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Michael Burger (Contact Author)
Columbia University - Sabin Center for Climate Change Law ( email )
Jerome Greene Hall
435 West 116th Street
New York, NY 10027
United States
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