Arctic Sustainability Law: Almost Sufficient
86 Pages Posted: 23 Jun 2022
Date Written: June 23, 2022
We review the existing regime of Arctic governance addressing environmental protection, and more generally, sustainability. We identify gaps in the regime and make recommendations for initiatives to fill those gaps. These initiatives include many being considered at the international level. Preliminarily, we describe present and predicted conditions in the region going beyond traditional environmental indicators to include understandings of sustainability and incorporating various cultures.
Our work is multidisciplinary. In addition to legal research and analysis, we incorporate environmental science and environmental policy findings from our UCI survey [n~220] on Arctic experts’ priorities on environmental governance strategies in the region, an ongoing series of international and U.S. convenings on Arctic governance, attendance at Arctic organization meetings, and site visits.
Our analysis of gaps in Arctic sustainability law requires returning to the questions of “what is the goal of sustainability?” Because the Arctic is not one Arctic state but encompasses the many interests of all the Arctic states, indigenous peoples, and non-Arctic states, our analysis is based on a policy position that Arctic law and governance and its future must accommodate to more than any individual interest group.
JEL Classification: O44,O56,Q01,Q28,Q38,Q48,Q53,Q56,Q58
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