Reforming the Arctic Council Against Increasingly Climate Change Challenges in the North

22 Mich St. Int'l L. Rev. 195-240 (2013)

47 Pages Posted: 2 Jan 2014

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Waliul Hasanat

University of Lapland - Arctic Centre - Northern Institute for Environmental and Minority Law

Date Written: January 2, 2014

Abstract

The Arctic states established the Arctic Council aiming to promote environmental protection and sustainable development in the Arctic. However, climate change occurring in the region seriously affects both of these objectives. The Council has incorporated the climate change issue within its main agenda and produces substantial climate change science, and supplies valuable information to the policy-makers and general public in the region. However, the Council does not seem entirely successful in addressing climate change challenges in the region. As a soft-law body, the Council cannot create legally binding obligations under international law could be seen as a disadvantage with respect to its ability on one hand. While soft law character helps the Council in avoiding strict formalities articulated in international law, also allows the participation of non-state actors at policy-making level in resolving regional problems along with states, on the other hand. This paper suggests a few recommendations for the Arctic Council so that it may function better in the field of climate change.

Keywords: The Arctic Council, Climate Change, Sustainable Development in the North

Suggested Citation

Hasanat, Waliul, Reforming the Arctic Council Against Increasingly Climate Change Challenges in the North (January 2, 2014). 22 Mich St. Int'l L. Rev. 195-240 (2013). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2373864

Waliul Hasanat (Contact Author)

University of Lapland - Arctic Centre - Northern Institute for Environmental and Minority Law ( email )

PO Box - 122
Pohjoisranta 4
Rovaniemi, Lapland 96101
Finland

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