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Iceland's Accession to the Antarctic Treaty


Tamm, S and Jabour, J and Johnstone, RL, Iceland's Accession to the Antarctic Treaty, Yearbook of Polar Law, 9, (1) pp. 262-281. ISSN 2211-6427 (2017) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1163/22116427_009010012


On 13th October 2015, Iceland quietly submitted its instrument of accession to the Antarctic Treaty to the US Department of State (the depositary for the Antarctic Treaty). Icelandís accession was not accompanied by any official declaration or public discussion in Iceland or elsewhere. This paper investigates some of the factors that are likely to have spurred the decision to join the Antarctic treaty system, examines current Icelandic interests in the Antarctic and proposes constructive policies to enhance Icelandic involvement in Antarctic governance and cooperation following the accession. The authors conclude that logistical operations and adventure tourism involving Icelandic companies in the Antarctic are the most likely triggers for the accession and they propose that Iceland consider ratification of the Protocol on Environmental Protection to the Antarctic Treaty (Madrid Protocol).

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Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:Iceland, accession to Antarctic Treaty, Antarctic Treaty System, environmental protection, logistics, adventure tourism, polar law
Research Division:Law and Legal Studies
Research Group:International and comparative law
Research Field:International criminal law
Objective Division:Law, Politics and Community Services
Objective Group:International relations
Objective Field:International political economy (excl. international trade)
UTAS Author:Jabour, J (Dr Julia Jabour)
ID Code:130485
Year Published:2017
Deposited By:Oceans and Cryosphere
Deposited On:2019-01-29
Last Modified:2019-03-15

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