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The Fundamental Principles of Polar Law

1 to 4 December 2019, Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies, Hobart, Tasmania

Join us for the 12th Polar Law Symposium

The Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies (University of Tasmania, Australia) is proud to join the Polar Law Institute (University of Akureyri, Iceland), the Northern Institute for Environmental and Minority Law – Arctic Centre (University of Lapland, Finland), the University of the Arctic and its Arctic Law Thematic Network (Finland) to host the 12th Polar Law Symposium. This will be the second time the event has been held in Tasmania, following the successful 7th Symposium held in 2014.

The 12th Polar Law Symposium will once again be held at the Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies (IMAS) campus in Hobart, the capital city of the state of Tasmania, Australia.

Academics, students and practitioners from around the world will attend and participate in this event, which will include sessions on topics:

  • Developments in polar law
  • Polar marine resources
  • Climate law
  • Native peoples and human rights
  • The Antarctic Treaty system
  • Arctic Council
  • Developments in international law
  • Asian interests in polar affairs
  • Polar economies and industry

Participants are encouraged to nominate topics for panel discussions.

60th Anniversary

On Sunday 1 December there will be a Reception to Celebrate the 60th Anniversary of the adoption of the Antarctic Treaty. The Symposium will commence on Monday 2 December.


A provisional program is now available: click here.

Presenter Guidelines

Instructions for presenters and information on The Yearbook of Polar Law Vol. 12, please click here.


Registration is now open. Please see the details below.


We have listed some of the hotels within comfortable walking distance of IMAS: accommodation suggestions. Hobart also has an active AirBnB community and a variety of hostels.

To ensure you get your preferred accommodation we recommend booking as soon as possible.


$250 Early Registration (by 1 October)

$300 Late Registration (after 1 October)

$100 Full-time Student Registration

$125 Early Day Registration

$150 Standard Day Registration

Presenters are required to register by 1 October to confirm their participation.


The Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies (IMAS) pursues multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary work to advance understanding of temperate marine, Southern Ocean, and Antarctic environments.

IMAS is a centre for both research and education. Our basic and applied research is characterised as innovative, relevant, and globally distinctive. Education at IMAS delivers world class programs, resulting in highly trained graduates who serve the needs of academic institutions, industry, government, and the community. Our natural advantages include our Southern Ocean location proximal to Antarctica and Tasmania hosting one of the world’s largest critical masses of marine and Antarctic researchers.

Venue Address:
20 Castray Esplanade, Battery Point, Tasmania, Australia



  • Reception to Celebrate the 60th Anniversary of the adoption of the Antarctic Treaty


  • Symposium Opening
  • Symposium Sessions


  • Symposium Sessions
  • Symposium Dinner


  • Symposium Sessions
  • Symposium Close


Ambassador Marie Jacobsson

Marie Jacobsson is the Principal Legal Adviser on International Law at the Swedish Ministry for Foreign Affairs. She was a Member of the United Nations International Law Commission (ILC) 2007-2016 and Special Rapporteur for the topic ‘Protection of the environment in relation to armed conflicts’. She is a Member of the Permanent Court of Arbitration, a designated arbitrator under the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea, designated arbitrator under the Protocol on Environmental Protection to the Antarctic Treaty and designated Alternate Arbitrator of the Court of Conciliation and Arbitration within the OSCE.

Ambassador Jacobsson’s work focuses on international peace and security matters. She has extensive experience of high-level multilateral and bilateral negotiations on such matters as international humanitarian law, law of the sea, polar law, international environmental law, boundary delimitation and regional security affairs.

She has a solid academic background and is Associate Professor of International Law at Lund University and holds a Doctor of Law from that University. The title of her thesis is “The Antarctic Treaty System – Erga Omnes or Inter Partes?”

Marie Jacobsson started her professional career as a desk officer responsible for the legal aspects of the polar regions and she has maintained an active interest in polar matters since then.

Steven Chown

Steven L. Chown is Professor of Biological Sciences at Monash University, Melbourne, Australia. He founded and was inaugural Director of the South African National Centre of Excellence for Invasion Biology (2004-2012) and was previously Head of the School of Biological Sciences at Monash University (2013-2017). He now co-leads the Sustainable Development Focus Area at Monash University. A central part of his research concerns the biological impacts of the major global change drivers, with a substantial focus on the Antarctic and Southern Ocean. He has published widely, including some 400 scientific papers and several scientific and popular books. For many years, he has represented the Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research (SCAR) at the Antarctic Treaty Consultative Meetings. Currently he is President of SCAR, Australian Delegate to SCAR, and Chair of the National Committee for Antarctic Research of the Australian Academy of Science. Previously he was South African Delegate to SCAR and Chair of the South African National Committee for SCAR. Steven is the inaugural recipient of the Tinker-Muse Prize for Science and Policy in Antarctica. He has also received the SCAR Medal for Excellence in Antarctic Research, the South African Antarctic Gold Medal, and the Zoological Society of Southern Africa Gold Medal.

Professor Timo Koivurova

Research professor, Director of Arctic Centre, University of Lapland, Rovaniemi, Finland.

Research professor Timo Koivurova has specialized in various aspects of international law applicable in the Arctic and Antarctic region. In 2002, Koivurova’s doctoral dissertation “Environmental impact assessment in the Arctic: a Study of International Legal Norms” was published by Ashgate. Increasingly, his research work addresses the interplay between different levels of environmental law, legal status of indigenous peoples, law of the sea in the Arctic waters, integrated maritime policy in the EU, the role of law in mitigating/adapting to climate change, the function and role of the Arctic Council in view of its future challenges and the possibilities for an Arctic treaty. He has been involved as an expert in several international processes globally and in the Arctic region and has published on the above-mentioned topics extensively.



For questions about the program, please contact the Symposium Convenor, Julia Jabour,

Registration & Accommodation

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Please contact these hotels to organise your accommodation. 

The Old Woolstore Apartment Hotel
17 minute walk to conference 

1 Macquarie St,
Hobart TAS 7000
+61 3 6235 5355

Somerset on the Pier Hobart
9 minute walk to conference venue 

1 Elizabeth St
Hobart TAS 7000
+61 3 6220 6600

Lenna Of Hobart Hotel
4 minute walk to conference venue 

20 Runnymede St,
Battery Point TAS 7004
+61 3 6232 3900

Salamanca Wharf Hotel
1 minute walk to conference venue 

17A Castray Esplanade
Battery Point TAS 7004
+61 3 6224 7007

Salamanca Terraces
3 minute walk to conference venue 

93 Salamanca Pl
Hobart TAS 7000
+61 3 6232 3900

Hotel Grand Chancellor Hobart
12 minute walk to conference venue 

1 Davey St
Hobart TAS 7000
+61 3 6235 4535


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