Climate Change and The Arctic: Profound Disruption, Uncertain Impact

Friday, April 23rd, 2021
8:45 AM - 4:45 PM

Add to Calendar: Add to Calendar: 2021-04-23 08:45:00 2021-04-23 16:45:00 Climate Change and The Arctic: Profound Disruption, Uncertain Impact Event Description The Arctic feels the impact of climate change more intensely than the rest of the globe. Regardless of national and international efforts to mitigate the emissions that drive climate change, much of the ongoing change in the Arctic is already established and will continue to accelerate. These changes will dramatically affect not only the Arctic’s environment, but also its security, defense, and ability to be exploited for its resources and used for transportation. This year's annual conference will delve into these emerging issues in the Arctic from the perspective of trans-border impact, initiatives and need for cooperation. Our expert panelists and distinguished lecturers will cover issues ranging from the concrete change taking place, to emerging national security issues, to economic growth and regulation, to the impact on and role of indigenous peoples. Our guests and presenters from government, academia, and industry will review these topics from their national and sector viewpoints and engage the audience in much-needed dialogue on the issues. Agenda 8:45 a.m. Welcome and Introduction  Dean Erika Chamberlain, President, Canada-United States Law Institute, Dean of Law, University of Western Ontario Faculty of Law  Dean Michael P. Scharf, President, Canada-United States Law Institute, Dean, Case Western Reserve University School of Law  9 a.m. Climate Change’s Profound Disruption of the Arctic  Moderator: Dr. Christopher Sands, Ph.D., Director, Canada Institute, Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, and Senior Research Professor at Johns Hopkins University, Paul H. Nitze School for Advanced International Studies (SAIS)  Prof. Ralph P. Harvey, Ph.D., Case Western Reserve Univ. College and Arts and Sciences, Dept. of Earth, Environmental, and Planetary Sciences, Polar Environmental Systems   Prof. Hajo Eicken, Ph.D., Director of the International Arctic Research Center and Professor of Geophysics and at the University of Alaska Fairbanks   Prof. Marcel Babin, Ph.D., Université Laval, Québec, Canada Excellence Research Chair in Remote Sensing of Canada's New Arctic Frontier   Rosemary McCarney, Massey College Senior Fellow in Foreign and Defense Policy, Pearson Sabia Visiting Professor in International Relations, Trinity College, University of Toronto, Former Ambassador and Permanent Representative to the United Nations and the Conference on Disarmament   10:25 a.m. The Arctic as Emerging Geopolitical Flashpoint  Moderator: Peter MacKay PC QC, Partner, Baker & McKenzie LLP, former Canadian Attorney General and Minister of Justice, Minister of National Defence, and Minister of Parliament  Prof. Michael Byers, Professor of Political Science, the University of British Columbia, expert on Arctic Sovereignty and Canadian Foreign and Defence Policy   Herman Pirchner, President, American Foreign Policy Council, Expert in Russian Geopolitical Strategy in the Arctic   Rear Admiral Martin La Cour-Andersen, Defense Attaché to the United States and Canada, Embassy of Denmark, Danish Department of Defense  11:50 a.m. Canadian Distinguished Lecture  Introduction: The Honourable James Peterson, Counsel, Fasken LLP, former Canadian Minister of International Trade, Member of Canadian Parliament  Canadian Lecturer: TBA  12:35 p.m.  Presentation of the Henry T. King Award and Sidney J. Picker Awards  Henry T. King Award Presentation – presented by The Honourable James Peterson, Counsel, Fasken LLP, former Canadian Minister of International Trade, Member of Canadian Parliament  Professor Sidney J. Picker Award Presentation – presented by Stephen J. Petras, Jr., U.S. Director, Canada-United States Law Institute, Director, Frederick K. Cox International Law Center, Chair, Council of the Great Lakes Region  1:05 p.m. United States Distinguished Lecture    Introduction: The Honorable James Blanchard, Partner, DLA Piper LLP, former Governor of Michigan, United States Ambassador to Canada, United States Representative  United States Lecturer: TBD   1:50 p.m. Tensions and Opportunity in Arctic Development and Stewardship  Moderator: Prof. Jonathan Adler, Johan Verheij Memorial Professor of Law, and Director, Coleman P. Burke Center for Environmental Law at CWRU School of Law  Prof. Charles F. Doran, Andrew W. Mellon Professor of International Relations, Expert in International Conflict Resolution and North American Governance  Hugh S. Short, Chairman & CEO, PT Capital, former Chairman of the Alaska Industrial Development Authority, former Mayor of Bethel, Alaska   Martha Hall Findlay, Chief Sustainability Officer, Suncor Energy Inc., member of the Canadian Minister of International Trade’s Trade Expert Advisory Council, former Member of Canadian Parliament  3:15 p.m. What Climate Change Means for Arctic Indigenous Peoples  Moderator: Wayne D. Garnons-Williams, Chair, International Intertribal Trade and Investment Organization, and Director, Council of the Great Lakes Region  Professor Robert Huebert, Ph.D., Associate Professor, University of Calgary Department of Political Science, former member of the Canadian Polar Commission and expert on the Canadian Arctic   Kitty Gordon, Assistant to the Public Health Director of the Nunavik Regional Board of Health and Social Services  Panelist TBD  4:30 p.m. Closing Remarks  Prof. Chios Carmody, Canadian National Director, Canada-United States Law Institute, Associate Professor, University of Western Ontario Faculty of Law    virtual only School of Law School of Law America/New_York public

Canada-United States Law Institute 45th Annual Conference

Co-Sponsored by the Coleman P. Burke Center for Environmental Law

This program is eligible for up to 5.5 substantive CPD hours in Ontario at no cost.

$50 CLE fee 

$0 general registration (no CLE)

5.5 hours hours of CLE credit, pending approval

Event Description

The Arctic feels the impact of climate change more intensely than the rest of the globe. Regardless of national and international efforts to mitigate the emissions that drive climate change, much of the ongoing change in the Arctic is already established and will continue to accelerate. These changes will dramatically affect not only the Arctic’s environment, but also its security, defense, and ability to be exploited for its resources and used for transportation. This year's annual conference will delve into these emerging issues in the Arctic from the perspective of trans-border impact, initiatives and need for cooperation. Our expert panelists and distinguished lecturers will cover issues ranging from the concrete change taking place, to emerging national security issues, to economic growth and regulation, to the impact on and role of indigenous peoples. Our guests and presenters from government, academia, and industry will review these topics from their national and sector viewpoints and engage the audience in much-needed dialogue on the issues.

Agenda

8:45 a.m.

Welcome and Introduction 

Dean Erika Chamberlain, President, Canada-United States Law Institute, Dean of Law, University of Western Ontario Faculty of Law 

Dean Michael P. Scharf, President, Canada-United States Law Institute, Dean, Case Western Reserve University School of Law 

9 a.m.

Climate Change’s Profound Disruption of the Arctic 

Moderator: Dr. Christopher Sands, Ph.D., Director, Canada Institute, Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, and Senior Research Professor at Johns Hopkins University, Paul H. Nitze School for Advanced International Studies (SAIS) 

  • Prof. Ralph P. Harvey, Ph.D., Case Western Reserve Univ. College and Arts and Sciences, Dept. of Earth, Environmental, and Planetary Sciences, Polar Environmental Systems  

  • Prof. Hajo Eicken, Ph.D., Director of the International Arctic Research Center and Professor of Geophysics and at the University of Alaska Fairbanks  

  • Prof. Marcel Babin, Ph.D., Université Laval, Québec, Canada Excellence Research Chair in Remote Sensing of Canada's New Arctic Frontier  

  • Rosemary McCarney, Massey College Senior Fellow in Foreign and Defense Policy, Pearson Sabia Visiting Professor in International Relations, Trinity College, University of Toronto, Former Ambassador and Permanent Representative to the United Nations and the Conference on Disarmament  

10:25 a.m.

The Arctic as Emerging Geopolitical Flashpoint 

Moderator: Peter MacKay PC QC, Partner, Baker & McKenzie LLP, former Canadian Attorney General and Minister of Justice, Minister of National Defence, and Minister of Parliament 

  • Prof. Michael Byers, Professor of Political Science, the University of British Columbia, expert on Arctic Sovereignty and Canadian Foreign and Defence Policy  

  • Herman Pirchner, President, American Foreign Policy Council, Expert in Russian Geopolitical Strategy in the Arctic  

  • Rear Admiral Martin La Cour-Andersen, Defense Attaché to the United States and Canada, Embassy of Denmark, Danish Department of Defense 

11:50 a.m.

Canadian Distinguished Lecture 

Introduction: The Honourable James Peterson, Counsel, Fasken LLP, former Canadian Minister of International Trade, Member of Canadian Parliament 

  • Canadian Lecturer: TBA 

12:35 p.m. 

Presentation of the Henry T. King Award and Sidney J. Picker Awards 

  • Henry T. King Award Presentation – presented by The Honourable James Peterson, Counsel, Fasken LLP, former Canadian Minister of International Trade, Member of Canadian Parliament 

  • Professor Sidney J. Picker Award Presentation – presented by Stephen J. Petras, Jr., U.S. Director, Canada-United States Law Institute, Director, Frederick K. Cox International Law Center, Chair, Council of the Great Lakes Region 

1:05 p.m.

United States Distinguished Lecture   

Introduction: The Honorable James Blanchard, Partner, DLA Piper LLP, former Governor of Michigan, United States Ambassador to Canada, United States Representative 

  • United States Lecturer: TBD  

1:50 p.m.

Tensions and Opportunity in Arctic Development and Stewardship 

Moderator: Prof. Jonathan Adler, Johan Verheij Memorial Professor of Law, and Director, Coleman P. Burke Center for Environmental Law at CWRU School of Law 

  • Prof. Charles F. Doran, Andrew W. Mellon Professor of International Relations, Expert in International Conflict Resolution and North American Governance 

  • Hugh S. Short, Chairman & CEO, PT Capital, former Chairman of the Alaska Industrial Development Authority, former Mayor of Bethel, Alaska  

  • Martha Hall Findlay, Chief Sustainability Officer, Suncor Energy Inc., member of the Canadian Minister of International Trade’s Trade Expert Advisory Council, former Member of Canadian Parliament 

3:15 p.m.

What Climate Change Means for Arctic Indigenous Peoples 

Moderator: Wayne D. Garnons-Williams, Chair, International Intertribal Trade and Investment Organization, and Director, Council of the Great Lakes Region 

  • Professor Robert Huebert, Ph.D., Associate Professor, University of Calgary Department of Political Science, former member of the Canadian Polar Commission and expert on the Canadian Arctic  

  • Kitty Gordon, Assistant to the Public Health Director of the Nunavik Regional Board of Health and Social Services 

  • Panelist TBD 

4:30 p.m.

Closing Remarks 

Prof. Chios Carmody, Canadian National Director, Canada-United States Law Institute, Associate Professor, University of Western Ontario Faculty of Law 

 

Event Location

virtual only

photo of melting arctic ice

Sponsored by the Canada-United States Law Institute at Case Western Reserve University School of Law and The University of Western Ontario Faculty of Law