Event date: 2024.03.04

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Polar Cooperation Research Centre (PCRC) at Graduate School of International Cooperation Studies will convene its 27th PCRC international law seminar entitled "Governing Glacial Geoengineering at the South Pole? The political and legal risks of ‘ice sheet conservation’ in Antarctica". The speaker is Dr. Patrick Florian Flamm, an international relations scholar from Peace Research Institute Frankfurt, Germany, and currently a Visiting Associate Professor under Kobe University Strategic International Collaboration Grant Type C project on “The Rule-based International Order after the Russian aggression of Ukraine: Multidisciplinary research”.

On current unmitigated emissions pathways, there is a growing chance of a collapsing critical glaciers of the West Antarctic ice sheet, one of the most-at-risk planetary tipping points. Such a collapse will commit the world to several meters of mean global sea level rise over only a few centuries. In this context, there is a growing academic debate about the potential of supporting glacial stability through artificial infrastructures such as underwater curtains (see recent Nature article). This so-called "ice sheet conservation" would also come with significant yet unforeseeable technical and environmental risks though.

Largely missing so far is a critical discussion of the legal and political risks of how to govern such cryosphere interventions in the context of the Antarctic Treaty System. Inviting commentators from different disciplines, one Antarctic sea-ice specialist from Hokkaido University and one international law expert from Kobe University, this seminar leads off such a critical discussion based on a multi-disciplinary collaborative research approach.

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Event Details

  • Date and Time:
    March 4 (Monday), 2024 15:00?17:00
  • Venue:
    Presentation Room, 4th floor of Kobe University's Graduate School of International Cooperation Studies (GSICS)
    2-1 Rokkodai-cho, Nada-ku, Kobe 657-8501 Japan (Rokkodai 1st Campus)
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  • Registration [Free of charge/Open to public but requires pre-registration]:
    Please register by February 29 (Thursday) 2024, 17:00 JST. via the form below.
  • Host:
    The Polar Research Cooperation Centre (PCRC),
    Graduate School of International Cooperation Studies, Kobe University
  • Co-organizer:
    Study Group on Antarctic Science and International Relations
  • Inquiries:
    Polar Research Cooperation Centre (PCRC), Kobe University
    E-mail: pcrc.symposium [at]gmail.com
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