Experts will debate future of the Arctic at symposium

January 16, 2014

Leading experts, lawmakers, scientists, and environmentalists will gather at Seattle University for an in-depth symposium Feb. 7-8 to address the critical and complicated issues facing the Arctic.

The Arctic Encounter Symposium, hosted by the School of Law, will foster focused discussions about how a rapidly changing Arctic will impact international law, domestic policy, business and commerce, the environment, and the people of the Far North. The symposium is structured to challenge the status quo dialogue and to critically address the Arctic's potential, to consider what is at stake, and to collaborate on solutions.

CLE credits are pending for Washington attorneys. The Seattle University Law Review will publish papers on topics related to the Arctic in a symposium issue.

U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski of Alaska will give the keynote address. Other distinguished speakers include: Edward Itta, presidential appointee to the U.S. Arctic Research Commission, former mayor of the North Slope Borough of Alaska, former president of the Barrow Whaling Captains Association and the Inuit Circumpolar Council; Brendan Kelly, assistant director for Polar Sciences, Office of Science & Technology Policy, Executive Office of the President, and Fran Ulmer, chair of the U.S. Arctic Research Commission and former Alaska lieutenant governor.

Find  out more about the speakers, view the complete agenda, and register.