Unauthorised Activities in the Area of the Antarctic Treaty

Mr Gustavo Ramírez Buchheister1

1University Of Magallanes, Punta Arenas, Chile, 2Philipps-Universität Marburg, Marburg, Germany

In 2014, France issued the first judicial decision condemning actions that caused environmental damage in the area of the Antarctic Treaty. Part of the Court’s argument was a transgression of the domestic law regarding the authorisation to access the area and develop activities. Is this case unique or are there others that have or should have been condemned? If indeed there are others, what do they have in common? What difficulties can be identified in order to better prevent the occurrence of unauthorised activities in the area of the Antarctic Treaty in the future? Is there something that can be done, both at the level of international and domestic law? This presentation aims at answering these questions.


Gustavo Ramírez Buchheister holds a degree in Law from Universidad de los Andes (Santiago de Chile) and has worked as a researcher and lecturer of Legal History, Constitutional Law and Public International Law at Universidad de Magallanes (Punta Arenas, Chile), where he also studied a Master of Education. He is currently writing his Master thesis and is an LL.M. student at Philipps-Universität Marburg, Germany, where he intends to begin his doctoral studies in the near future.

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