The Northern Edge of Science - seminar

Wednesday, May 10
9:30 am to 2:30 pm
Open to registered attendees
Wood Center, UAF Campus
Erik Rosag

The purpose of this side event organized by the University of Oslo is to give some samples of current research of general nature, but with a special connection to the Arctic. These submissions are all, in different ways, narratives of the relation between science and policy.

10:00    “The Nansen Legacy”

  • The story about the new Norwegian polar research ship and polar research initiative The Nansen Legacy

  • Nils Christian Stenseth, Professor at the University of Oslo

10:45    Compensation for Non-Economic Loss

  • Tort liability may be a good disincentive for undesired activities in the Arctic or elsewhere. But is there a rational or even science-based way to handle this when losses are non-economic, such as pure environmental losses? And is there a difference between national and international law in this respect?

  • Gunther Handl, Professor at the Tulane Maritime Law Center

11:30    The Measure of Impact of Pollution in Russia

  • The Russian provisions on environmental damage are based on formulas for estimating the impact of pollution. They are likely to be applied in many instances of Arctic pollution. These formulas appear to be a direct application of natural science in law. But are they, and is this a good solution?

  • Kristoffer Svendsen, Postdoctor at the Arctic University of Norway

12.15     Lunch 

13:15    Reindeer and Caribou Herds

  • The Comparative Institutions Approach to Wildlife Economics

  • Dean Lueck, Professor at the Indiana University Bloomington

14.00    Regulating the Quest for Knowledge

  • Which are the limitations in UNCLOS and other instruments for accessing and using data, including genetic data, and what are the reasons for these limitations?

  • Erik Røsæg, Professor at the University of Oslo

14.30    End of Seminar