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The Antarctic Treaty System in 2021: important anniversaries but challenges for consensus decision-making


Arpi, B and McGee, J and Jackson, A and Press, AJ and Stephens, T and Goldsworthy, L and Haward, M, The Antarctic Treaty System in 2021: important anniversaries but challenges for consensus decision-making, Polar Perspectives, 9, (March) pp. 1-8. (2022) [Professional, Non Refereed Article]

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2021 marked several major Antarctic anniversaries: the Antarctic Treaty System celebrated the 60th anniversary of the entry into force of the 1959 Antarctic Treaty, the 30th anniversary of the adoption of the 1991 Madrid Protocol, and the 40th meeting of the Commission for the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources. However, 2021 saw challenges related to the COVID-19 pandemic and growing internal tensions among ATS members. The actions of some participants were considered inconsistent with the spirit and practice of consensus—a fundamental tenet of the Antarctic Treaty. In Polar Perspectives No. 9, a team of Australian scholars assesses current aspects of the way the ATS is operating and the extent to which it is successfully managing both enduring and emerging geopolitical tensions.

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Item Type:Professional, Non Refereed Article
Keywords:Antarctic geopolitics, Antarctic Treaty system, consensus
Research Division:Law and Legal Studies
Research Group:International and comparative law
Research Field:Public international law
Objective Division:Law, Politics and Community Services
Objective Group:International relations
Objective Field:International organisations
UTAS Author:Arpi, B (Mr Bruno Arpi)
UTAS Author:McGee, J (Associate Professor Jeffrey McGee)
UTAS Author:Jackson, A (Dr Andrew Jackson)
UTAS Author:Press, AJ (Dr Tony Press)
UTAS Author:Goldsworthy, L (Ms Lynda Goldsworthy)
UTAS Author:Haward, M (Professor Marcus Haward)
ID Code:149105
Year Published:2022
Funding Support:Australian Research Council (DP190101214)
Deposited By:Oceans and Cryosphere
Deposited On:2022-03-09
Last Modified:2022-03-09
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