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Who Owns the Arctic?

Understanding Sovereignty Disputes in the NorthUnderstanding Sovereignty and International Law in the North

by Michael Byers

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publisher: Douglas & McIntyre
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A topical and informed primer for the most urgent yet least understood geopolitical issue of our time; Arctic sovereignty.

 

Who actually controls the Northwest Passage? Who owns the trillions of dollars of oil and gas beneath the Arctic Ocean? Which territorial claims will prevail those of the U.S., Russia, Canada or the Nordic nations and why? And, in an age of rapid climate change, how do we protect the fragile Arctic environment while seizing the economic opportunities presented by the rapidly melting sea ice?

 

In the highly readable book Who Owns the Arctic, Michael Byers, a leading Arctic expert and international lawyer explains the sometimes contradictory rules governing the division and protection of the Arctic and the disputes that remain unresolved. What emerges is a vision for the Arctic in which co-operation, not conflict, prevails, and where the sovereignty of individual nations is exercised for the benefit of all.

About the Author
Michael Byers holds the Canada Research Chair in Global Politics and International Law at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver. Professor Byers has led two projects for ArcticNet, a Canadian government-funded research consortium: the first on the Northwest Passage, the second on competing claims to the oil and gas reserves below the Arctic Ocean. He is a regular contributor to the Globe and Mail, Toronto Star and Ottawa Citizen and has written for the international newspapers The Guardian, Financial Times and London Review of Books. His most recent books were War Law and the glowingly reviewed Canadian bestseller, Intent for a Nation.
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Awards
  • , Donner Prize for Best Book on Canadian Public Policy
Editorial Reviews

"The media is saturated with the Arctic these days, and some of the stories are about as accurate as my childhood impressions. Michael Byers' Who Owns the Arctic? is an admirable attempt to make the debate a bit more grown-up. It is a readable overview of a century of Arctic law and politics."

— Canadian Geographic

"It's an important read for all Arctic policy-makers -- and not just those in Canada."

— Embassy Magazine

"In this comprehensive book, Byers addresses ownership of the oil and gas reserves in the Beaufort Sea, the Arctic activities of the Russians (we shouldn't feel threatened), and the not-so-burning question of who owns tiny Hans Island. As an Arctic-issues primer, this timely, cogent, focused work cannot be beat."

— Globe & Mail

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Who Owns the Arctic? Understanding Sovereignty Disputes in the North

Anticipating the radical changes being brought about in the Far North by accelerated climate change, this is a primer for Arctic issues that addresses ownership of the oil and gas reserves in the Beaufort Sea, the Arctic activities of the Russians, the ownership of Hans Island, and poses the sovereignty question: Is the Northwest Passage an international strait or is it Canadian internal waters protected by the federal government? In the light of historical findings and current international political evidence, the economic, environmental and political implications of Arctic claims are examined. The author concludes: “The strongest element in Canada’s [sovereignty] claim is the historical occupation by the Inuit, who have hunted, fished, travelled and lived on the Northwest Passage for millennia.”

Source: The Association of Book Publishers of BC. BC Books for BC Schools. 2010-2011.

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