Danish Maritime Days: Arctic Shipping and Safety – Legal Challenges and Opportunities

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GreenlandOne of the most significant global issues over the past 10 years is the vast changes in the Arctic region. The world has again turned its attention to the Arctic, this time mainly because of the climate effects in the Arctic, the economic potential of the region, and the geopolitical implications of changes in the Arctic.

The European Maritime Law Organisation, the Royal Danish Naval Academy and the Danish law firm Gorrissen Federspiel host a two-day conference to discuss the many legal and operational issues related to Arctic shipping. The conference will deal with a broad range of topics from search & rescue, environmental regulation to the drawing of new boundaries, and a number of international experts will give their views on the developments in the Arctic.

“The political, economic and social development is already underway and the future of the Arctic will be different from what we see today. The changes in the Arctic have many implications for shipping. Melting of sea ice allows for new shipping routes through the Northeast and the Northwest Passage and the Arctic waters will experience a significant increase in maritime traffic in the coming years. The Arctic coastal States are making territorial claims over the Arctic Ocean and new boundaries are likely to be created. With new opportunities, come new challenges” said Jacob Skude Rasmussen, maritime lawyer and partner in the Danish law firm Gorrissen Federspiel.

He will be the moderator of one of the seminar’s topics concerning natural resources and boundaries in the Arctic focusing on claims made by the Coastal States, international law on drawing of boundaries and the role of the United Nations.

The conference “Arctic Shipping and Safety – Legal Challenges and Opportunities” takes place at the Royal Danish Naval Academy in Copenhagen on 6th to 7th October.

Danish Maritime Days is a not-for-profit public-private partnership between Danish Maritime, the Danish Maritime Authority and the Danish Shipowners’ Association. It is supported by the AP Møller Relief Foundation, the Danish Maritime Fund, D/S Orients Fond // D/S NORDEN, the Hempel Foundation, the Lauritzen Foundation, the Ministry of Business and Growth and the Torm Foundation.

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