Invitation to Submit

The hosts of the 12th Polar Law Symposium are pleased to invite you to submit abstracts for oral presentations in Hobart on 2nd to 4th December 2019. Participants are invited to submit an abstract on one of the nominated symposium themes, or to nominate a topic of their own choice.

Abstracts should be of no more than 200 words. Please include a 100 word biography of the presenting author in your submission. Abstracts can be submitted online now via the abstract submission portal.

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Presentation Types

  • Oral Presentation
  • Panel Discussion
  • Poster


  • 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

Panel Proposals

Abstracts can be submitted for the following panels:

Free Association

A special session proposed by the Polar Law Institute will be devoted to Free Association, which is one of the acknowledged results of the exercise of the right of self-determination in a decolonization context. Several Pacific Island countries enjoy this status, and the question can be raised whether it could also be applied in the North Atlantic.

NGOs in the Polar Regions

NGO contributions to recent initiatives in polar law.

PoLSciNex (Policy, Law and Science Nexus)

PCRC-ARCS Special Session

Polar Cooperation Research Centre (PCRC), Kobe University, with the support of Japanese Arctic Challenge for Sustainability (ArCS) project, is pleased to invite abstracts and panel proposals that fit the following objectives of the PCRC-ArCS Special Session during the 12th Polar Law Symposium in Hobart.

There will be travel funding available for many, if not all, of the accepted speakers, with preference to early-career scholars. Please indicate clearly if your abstract/panel proposal is intended for PCRC-ArCS Special Session.

Even if not accepted for PCRC-ArCS Special Session, your abstract/panel proposal will still be considered for regular sessions of the Symposium.

  1. International law for the Arctic: The future agenda for post-ArCS legal and policy research 2020-2025
    > For the background, see
  2. The resilience of the Antarctic Treaty System to the current and future challenges
    > For the background, see

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