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Polar Law and Resources

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Current Polar law developments indicate that both the Arctic and the Antarctica will continue to be the focus of growing scientific, international, political, media and public discourse for the foreseeable future. The regulation of resources and associated issues form one of the key areas of Polar law and will thus continue to constitute the crux of legal, geopolitical, socio-economic, and environmental developments. An overview of Polar law questions and topical developments was provided in the pioneering 2010 Polar Law Textbook and in the 2013 Polar Law Textbook II both of which covered a number of topics relevant to the Polar resources debate. Building on this work, this new volume focuses on topical issues of law and resource development in the Polar Regions and covers topics of current and emergent resource-related issues mainly from a legal and political perspective.

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International Law and Whaling in the Arctic

Whaling in the Arctic has been a difficult and contested issue for many years. There are 17 different whale species including dolphins and porpoises in the Arctic (e.g., narwhal and beluga live there all year round). In the past, overexploitation by the whaling industry led to a serious decline in many of the world’s whale populations. Through conservation however many species are now in the process of recovery (e.g., minke whales). Improved whaling management began in the mid–1970s leading to the development of today’s highly precautionary scientific “management procedure” approaches developed by the International Whaling Commission’s (IWC’s) Scientific Committee for commercial and Aboriginal subsistence whaling http://iwc.int/status

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