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The Blue Earth, from the Poles, through the Law


“There isn’t a night without a dawn.”

We the polar law scholars, like the rays of light, will
Rise again from the devastation caused by COVID-19,
Gathering physically or through online in Kobe, Japan, to re-think
Our Mother Earth, from the Poles, through the force of Law.

Polar Cooperation Research Centre of Kobe University
Will set the stage for
Academics, students, indigenous representatives and practitioners
From around the whole world to
Discuss the international law and policy challenges faced by both
The Arctic and the Antarctic.

Wholehearted welcome to the 14th Polar Law Symposium.

Akiho Shibata

Convenor, 14th Polar Law Symposium
Professor and Director, Kobe PCRC
30 May 2021

The 14th Polar Law Symposium 2021

November 21-23

Co-hosted by Polar Cooperation Research Centre (Kobe University, Japan),
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)

link Themes and Events

The 14th Polar Law Symposium is under a poetic theme of “The Blue Earth, from the Poles, through the Law”, with a healing conference theme song 瑠璃色の地球 or “The Blue Earth”link, its lyrics by Takashi Matsumoto living in Kobe and its song by a popular Japanese singer, Seiko Matsuda. The force of law and the resilience of polar law community despite the current difficulties are depicted by a Japanese calligraphy 極 meaning “the poles”.

The Symposium will feature two keynotes and several special panels including the following:

  • The polar governance under the Anthropocene:
    Nov. 21 (Sun) Keynote by Prof. Tim Stephens (University of Sydney), with
    Dr. Naomi Harada (JAMSTEC) as a commentator
  • The role of law for the peoples in the polar regions:
    Nov. 22 (Mon) Keynote by Prof. Gudmundur Alfredsson (University of Akureyri)
  • Challenges in ocean governance for the changing poles:
    Nov. 23 (Tue) Special Panel by Mr. Evan Bloom (Wilson Center Polar Institute) and
    Prof. Joji Morishita (Tokyo University of Marine Science & Technology)
  • Environmental protection and sustainable development in the polar regions:
    No. 23 (Tue) Special Panel by Prof. Nengye Liu (Macquarie University) and
    Prof. Hitomi Kumura (Otsuma Women’s University)

Kobe PCRC is also hosting the 2021 Biennial Conferencelink of the Standing Committee for Humanities and Social Sciences (SC-HASS) under Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research (SCAR) on 18-19 November 2021. SC-HASS is a community of researchers working on diverse aspects of the humanities and social sciences as they relate to Antarctica. SC-HASS has also decided to waive registration fees, so do please register and enjoy the Antarctic-specific presentations.

link What do you expect from a hybrid conference?

The hybrid conference will consist of several live sessions broadcast live using the dedicated Online Presentation Portal, in which presenters being both at the physical venue at Kobe University and through ZOOM online and simultaneously interacting with the audience both at the venue and via online. Those live events will be broadcast using two parallel online channels over the three days of the Symposium and will be video-recorded for later on-demand viewing and in-text commenting on the Online Presentation Portal until 8 December 2021.

There will also be several powerpoint and video presentations uploaded onto the Online Presentation Portal which are available for on-demand viewing and in-text commenting and feedbacks, starting from the conference opening on 21 November until 8 December 2021.

For those participants whose abstracts were accepted as Type A/B in-person/online live presentations, they will make their oral presentations either at the physical venue (mostly those living in Japan at the time of the Symposium) or through ZOOM online at the designated date and time as reflected in the final Symposium program. It is extremely important that the online presenters will access the specific ZOOM MTG/Webinar 15 minutes before the designated starting time of the session. The presenters accepted for Type A/B live presentations can, in addition, upload their powerpoint and/or video presentation files onto the Online Presentation Portal for on-demand viewing but only after their live presentations have been completed. See the manual for the details [not yet available as of 0903].

For those participants whose abstracts were accepted as Type C/D uploading presentations, they will upload their powerpoint presentation files in PDF and/or their MP4 videos onto the Online Presentation Portal. The uploading of the files will become possible starting from early November until 15 November. The uploaded presentation files/videos will be available for online viewing and in-text commenting and feedbacks after the opening of the Symposium on 21 November at 10:30 JST, until 8 December 2021. See the manual for the details [not yet available as of 0903].


Registration is planned to open from the end of September 2021.

With the agreement of the Advisory Committee, we have decided to waive registration fees for both in-person and online participation in the Symposium. The in-person meetings as well as online conference website can be accessed only by the pre-registered participants.

link For those intending to participate in-person at the venue, the conference venue is a large hall with capacity of 350+, in which we expect a maximum of 50 in-person participants. All preventive measures are implemented at the venue.

For those participants currently living outside of Japan, it is their voluntary choice whether to try to enter Japan and participate in the Symposium in-person at the venue or to stay home and make an online live presentation/participation using ZOOM. Please regularly check the Japanese immigration and quarantine rules regarding COVID-19: <>. Please note the organizer will not support procedurally (producing special documents for your entry, etc), logistically (finding transportation and accommodation during the quarantine period, etc), or financially (paying for testing fees and isolation-related costs, etc) for those trying to enter Japan for this conference.

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Call for Abstracts

The abstract submission portal has been closed on August 2. Thank you very much for your submissions.

Call for Abstracts (PDF) Model Abstract Format (Word) Abstract Submission Portal
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Convenor of the 14th Polar Law Symposium:
Akiho Shibata, Director, Kobe PCRC
Advisory Committee:
Gudmundur Alfredsson (University of Akureyri, Iceland)
Timo Koivurova (University of Lapland, Finland)
Julia Jabour (University of Tasmania, Australia)
Planning Committee:
Akiho Shibata, Chair (Kobe PCRC)
Hiroyuki Enomoto (National Institute of Polar Research)
Evan T. Bloom (Wilson Center Polar Institute, United States of America)
Shin Sugiyama (Institute of Low Temperature Science, Hokkaido University)
Kentaro Nishimoto (National Institute of Polar Research)
Yuko Osakada (Faculty of Law, Chukyo University)
Mami Furuhata (Kobe PCRC)
Zia Madani (Kobe PCRC from September 2021)
Osamu Inagaki (Kobe PCRC)
Gustavo Ramirez Buchheister (University of Magallanes, Chile)
Yelena Yermakova (University of Oslo, Norway)
Romain Chuffart (Durham University, United Kingdom)
Wakako Masuda (Kobe PCRC Secretariat)

For inquiries:


Hiroshi Ueta

NIPR ARC Polar Institute
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