Who "Owns" the North Pole and Who Decides? Science, Politics, and Continental Shelf "Claims"
When: Thursday, February 20 2014, 4:30pm - 5:30pm
Where: 041 Haldeman Center
Contact : Lee McDavid, 603-646-1278


Betsy Baker and Aqqaluk Lynge
Betsy Baker with Aqqaluk Lynge, Chair of the Inuit Circumpolar Council, in Kotzebue, Alaska

Betsy Baker, Vermont Law School, Associate Professor and Senior Fellow for Oceans and Energy at Institute for Energy and the Environment. She is an expert on Arctic maritime law.


Professor Baker’s immersion in Arctic law and policy flows from her work in Europe and the United States on law of the sea, international environmental law, comparative law, property law, and Canadian-U.S. cooperation. Her writing on legal aspects of continental shelf mapping landed her on the U.S. Coast Guard icebreaker Healy as a member of the science crew for two Arctic extended continental shelf mapping deployments to the Beaufort and Chukchi seas in 2008 and 2009. For 2009-2010, she was selected as a Dickey Research Fellow in the Institute of Arctic Studies at Dartmouth College.


Most recently, Professor Baker has been researching regulation of offshore oil and gas operations in the Arctic, and spending time with other stakeholder groups including Alaska Native entities, industry, and non-governmental organizations. She has also served as a Visiting Scholar with the inter-agency Extended Continental Shelf Task Force in Washington, D.C., at the U.S. State Department, Office of Ocean and Polar Affairs, Bureau of Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs.


Baker was co-lead author on the Arctic Council "Arctic Ocean Review Phase II Report," a survey of all international agreements relevant to the Arctic Ocean, which the Arctic Council ministers adopted at their May 2013 meeting in Kiruna, Sweden. The AOR is a project of the Arctic Council's working group Protection of the Arctic Marine Environment (PAME). Her co-lead on the project was Bernard Funston, chair of the Canadian Polar Commission. Her research and policy work includes commissioned papers on offshore oil and gas regulation for the Inuit Circumpolar Conference and Inuit Leaders Summit on Resource Development, and proposed Common Precepts for Marine Scientific Research Access to the Arctic Ocean, developed with colleagues at the University of Alaska-Fairbanks for a German Foreign Ministry conference on climate change and the Arctic. At the VLS Institute for Energy and the Environment, Professor Baker serves as project lead for the Resource Extraction Team, whose recent publications include White Papers comparing regulation of offshore hydrocarbon activity in Canada and the United States, and in Greenland and the Russian Federation.


Sponsored by the Institute of Arctic Studies at the Dickey Center and IGERT Dialogues in Polar Science & Society. The lecture is free and open to the public.


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