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Polar Law studies open for application
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Written by Magdalena Tomasik   
Thursday, 14 February 2013 11:48

(Photo: University of Akureyri)(Photo: University of Akureyri)The University of Akureyri has now opened an online application form for the 2013-2014 application round in the Polar Law Program.

 

The University of Akureyri is offering the following studies in Polar Law:

 

- a 120 ECTS Master Programme leading to a M.A. degree

- a 90 ECTS Master Programme leading to a LL.M. degree

- a 60 ECTS study at the master level leading to a graduate diploma

 

All courses in Polar Law are taught in English and the online application form is to be found here.

 

Application deadlines for degree seeking students (Polar law):

 

1st of April (NON-EU/EEA RESIDENTS)

5th June (EU/EEA RESIDENTS)

 

More information can be found here. 

 

  

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Icelandic Coast Guard just on time
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Written by Magdalena Tomasik   
Wednesday, 13 February 2013 11:01

(Photo: mbl.is/Ómar Óskarsson) Icelandic Coast Guard vessel came just on time (Photo: mbl.is/Ómar Óskarsson) Icelandic Coast Guard vessel came just on time

Last night the Icelandic Coast Guard received an emergency call from the oak boat Þistilfjörður that was sailing through waters in the northern part of the country.

 

Emergency call was answered by the rescue vessel Þór that had just left the shipyard in Akureyri – northern Iceland, and was just about to conduct a patrolling mission.

 

After receiving the emergency call from the crew, the rescue vessel was quick to arrive together with the helicopter that was sent from the capital city of Iceland – Reykjavik.

 

According to the Icelandic Coast Guard the weather conditions were very difficult for ship to operate. Beside the difficult weather conditions, the pumps did not work properly what caused the sea slowly flowing into the latter.

 

Luckily, the motors did not switch off and after conducting the rescue operation, the boat could sail back to the shore with the Þór's assistance and supervision.

 

It was the first rescue operation of Þór, after the vessel arrived from Chile in late 2011.

  

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Polar Law and Major Developments
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Written by Magdalena Tomasik   
Tuesday, 12 February 2013 08:36

(Photo: UNAK) Dr. Natalia Loukacheva, the first Fridtjof Nansen Professor of Arctic Studies (Photo: UNAK) Dr. Natalia Loukacheva, the first Fridtjof Nansen Professor of Arctic StudiesToday, 12th of February the occasional Law Forum takes place at the University of Akureyri. The lecture: Polar Law and Major Developments, starts at 12.00 and will be given by Dr. Natalia Loukacheva, the first Fridtjof Nansen Professor of Arctic Studies.

 

Recent Polar law developments have been sharpened by the magnitude of the changes occurring in both Polar Regions and across the globe. ´Polar law intersects with other areas and, arguably, its development is significantly influenced by global and many geo-political trends.´ This lecture aims to look at some of those changes, trends and developments and will draw on Polar law as an evolving area of study which is in the process of gaining increased recognition and significance at the academic level and in international forum.

 

Dr. Natalia Loukacheva is the first Fridtjof Nansen Professor of Arctic Studies, University of Akureyri, (Iceland-Norway initiative). She is also a Research Associate at the Munk School of Global Affairs, University of Toronto, Adjunct Professor at Osgoode Hall Law School, LL.M. program on energy and infrastructure, York University, a Research Fellow with the Canadian Defence and Foreign Affairs Institute, a Visiting Professor of Polar Law, and Associate Scientist with Stefansson Arctic Institute. She was the first Director of the Polar Law Program and taught polar law at the University of Akureyri (2008-10). She holds a Dr. of Juridical Science (S.J.D.) from the Faculty of Law, University of Toronto (Canada) (2004) and a Dr. of Philosophy (law) from the Urals State Law Academy (Yekaterinburg, Russian Federation) (1999).

 

Dr. Loukacheva specializes in international and comparative constitutional law, with research interest in the Arctic. She is the author of The Arctic Promise: Legal and Political Autonomy of Greenland and Nunavut (University of Toronto Press, Canada: 2007), the editor of the Polar Law Textbook (Nordic Council of Ministers (NCM), TemaNord 538, Denmark: 2010, the editor of the Polar Law Textbook II, ( NCM, TemaNord, 2013), special editor of the Yearbook of Polar Law, Vol. 2, 2010 (Martinus Nijhoff Publ., and guest editor of the Arctic Review on Law and Politics, No. 2, 2012 (Gyldendal Akademisk Publ.

 

Since 2012 she also has served as an Associate editor of the Arctic Review on Law and Politics. She chairs an Int´l Thematic Network group on Legal Issues in the Arctic of the Northern Research Forum and Arctic Governance sub-group of the Arctic Law Thematic Network of the University of the Arctic.

 

She is actively involved in numerous Arctic and Polar law related activities and projects, conducts legal and multi-disciplinary research, field-work, teaching, editing, reviewing, consulting and organizing various Arctic related events, and has been speaking/presenting and advocating on Arctic and Polar law related topics since 1996. She is the author of numerous publications on legal and political issues in the Arctic, Indigenous Peoples' rights and governance in the North.

The lecture is open for the public.

 

  

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Call for senior impact assessment expert
Politics News
Monday, 11 February 2013 08:57

(Photo: GettyImages) (Photo: GettyImages)On behalf of the project's consortium of the EU Arctic Information Centre initiative, the Arctic Centre of the University of Lapland is seeking for a Senior Impact Assessment Expert in Rovaniemi, Finland to work for the Preparatory Action: "Strategic Environmental Impact Assessment of development of the Arctic" project funded by the European Commission.

The Senior Impact Assessment Expert will be responsible for the leading, implementation, coordination and quality assurance of Work Package 2: Impact Assessment Process.


1. BACKGROUND:

The Preparatory Action: "Strategic Environmental Impact Assessment of development of the Arctic" project is designed to contribute to identifying impacts of development of the Arctic in order to support decision-making processes and to enhance dialogues about Arctic.


The project aims to increase awareness about: the Arctic and its changing political, economic and environmental landscape; the impact of EU policies; and the importance of impact assessments for the use of decision- and policy-makers and the related legal processes.

The key idea of the project is to create an efficient application of science-based information and its fulfilment with views and perspectives of stakeholders both inside and outside of the Arctic.

The work is based on the wide participation of leading communication and research centres as well as the direct involvement of the EU policy- and decision-makers, regional and local stakeholders in the project processes.
 

The proposed Preparatory Action is an effort to carry out an assessment and to develop methods and tools for improved outreach, communication and impact assessments for Arctic development.


The project is carried out by the following network: Arctic Centre of the University of Lapland, Alfred Wegener Institute for Polar and Marine Research, Arctic Centre of the University of Groningen, Arctic Portal, Committee on Polar Research of the Polish Academy of Sciences, Swedish Polar Research Secretariat, Ecologic Institute, European Polar Board of the European Science Foundation, Finnish Meteorological Institute, International Polar Foundation, Pierre and Marie Curie University, Sámi Education Institute, Scott Polar Research Institute of the University of Cambridge, University of the Arctic Thematic Networks and Thule Institute of the University of Oulu, Tromsø Centre for Remote Technology of the University of Tromsø, United Nations Environment Programme/GRID-Arendal, The National Research Council (CNR), Ecorys, FRAM Centre.


The post is available in the Arctic Centre, University of Lapland that is located in Rovaniemi, Finland. Foreseen starting date is March-May 2013, and the duration 12 months. According to the official salary levels of the Finnish University system the offered salary is between 4500 – 5100 euros depending on the applicant's experience.


2. DUTIES & RESPONSIBILITIES OF THE SENIOR IMPACT ASSESSMENT EXPERT:

a) Responsibility for implementation, coordination and quality assurance of Work Package on Impact Assessment Process within given time, assigned budget and by assigned team, and therefore reaching aims of the Work Package 2:
 

 - To assess the impacts of development in the Arctic and of EU policies affecting the Arctic region on the political, economic and environmental landscape of the EU and the Arctic region, as well as to provide information on such impacts for use by decision- and policy-makers, including the role of impact assessments.


 - To successfully implement the following project's activities:

  • Carrying out and concluding impact assessment process
  • Carrying out Final Workshop in Brussels to present the results


 - To ensure timely achievement of the following project's deliverables together with responsible sub-package leaders:

  • Factsheets (Political, Economic, Environmental) (month 8)
  • Stakeholder consultation # 1 in Rovaniemi (month 9)
  • Stakeholder Recommendation Report #1 incl. matrix (month 12)
  • Stakeholder consultation # 2 in Tromsø (month 13)
  • Stakeholder Recommendation Report #2 incl. matrix (month 15)
  • EU Arctic Impact Assessment Report (EU AIAR) (month 15)
  • Impact Assessment in Policy-making Report (IAPR) (month 15)
  • Final Workshop in Brussels (month 17)
  • Final Report (month 18)
     

To strengthen information exchange between EU institutions and Arctic stakeholders, including civil society, and contribute to the assessment activities of the Arctic Council.
 

b) Responsibility to actively contribute to the Implementation Group - operational core of the project - consisting of 3 key experts: Project Leader, Senior Communication Expert, and Senior Impact Assessment Expert, supported by the Project Manager.


3. PROFILE AND QUALIFICATIONS OF THE SENIOR IMPACT ASSESSMENT EXPERT

a) Essential requirements:

1. Higher education (university degree).

A Masters or PhD degree in economy or regional planning, social and/or environmental studies or related fields is required. Nonetheless an eligible person with proven years of relevant high professional experience will be given consideration.


2. General professional experience.

Proven senior level of experience of a minimum of 5 years in the field of impact assessment, management, policy-analysis or related areas.


3. Specific professional experience.

Minimum requirement of 3 years professional experience relevant to assessment of regional, social or environmental and political development trends in the Arctic region.


4. Project management experience.

At least 3 years of experience in managing and/or implementation of the programmes/projects financed by the European Union will be considered as an asset;


5. Languages: fluent English (spoken and written).



b) Qualifications and skills required:

  • Demonstrated in-depth knowledge of impact assessment techniques and participatory methodologies in the regional, social, environmental, political and/or economic fields.
  • Strong analytical and presentational skills including preparation of reports.
  • Demonstrated ability to manage and lead stakeholder consultations related to impact assessment.
  • Organizational, communicational and managerial skills;
  • Ability to delegate work and to supervise staff will be considered as an asset;
  • Ability to cope with stress situations will be considered as an asset;
  • Ability to identify problems and risks and to propose solutions will be considered as an asset;
  • Analytical and strategic approach;
  • In‐depth knowledge of the environmental, social and economic features of the Arctic region;
     

4. APPLICATION:

Interested applicants for the above position should submit the following:


1. Curriculum Vitae in Europass format (http://europass.cedefop.europa.eu/en/documents/curriculum-vitae)

2. A cover letter in English of no more than two pages, briefly describing the suitability and experience of the candidate for the position in relation to the tasks and qualifications relevant to the post.

3. Proof of main documents on education translated into English, professional experience and language knowledge will be requested in case of interview.


5. SUBMISSION:

All the documents shall be submitted in English with reference no: Reference no: AC - 22/02/2013: Senior EIA Expert.


Applications should be sent by e-mail to: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it not later than 22.02.2013.
 

THE CLOSING DATE FOR THE APPLICATIONS is 22 February 2013.

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted for an online interview.
 

For further questions or information please contact Kamil Jagodzinski, Project Manager, Arctic Centre, University of Lapland, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or Paula Kankaanpää, Director, Arctic Centre, University of Lapland, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .


This position is co‐financed by the European Union through the Preparatory Action.

  

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New Icelandic Arctic Cooperation Network
Politics News
Friday, 08 February 2013 10:38

On the right is Össur Skarphéðinsson and beside him os Stefán B. Sigurðsson. In the back is Embla Eir, the new director of the network (Photo: Hjalti - Arctic Portal) On the right is Össur Skarphéðinsson and beside him os Stefán B. Sigurðsson. In the back is Embla Eir, the new director of the network (Photo: Hjalti - Arctic Portal)The Icelandic Arctic Cooperation Network (IACN) was formally established yesterday in Akureyri. The new network will be based in the small town in the northern part of Iceland.
 

The goal of the network is to facilitate cooperation amongst Icelandic public and private organizations, institutions, businesses and bodies involved in Arctic issues – among other things in research, education, innovation and monitoring, or other activity relevant to the Arctic region.


Foreign minister Össur Skarphéðinsson and the rector of the University of Akureyri signed the establishment document yesterday and Embla Eir Oddsdóttir has been hired as the networks director.
 

Current partners in the network are the Stefansson Arctic Institute, Arctic Portal, Pame, Rannís, Caff, the Icelandic Tourism Research Centre, the University of Akureyri, the Northern Research Forum, the University of Akureyri Research Centre and the Polar Law Institute.


Dr. Natalia Loukacheva was also introduced as the first guest professor at the University of Akureyri, in a position named after Fridtjof Nansen.

Click here to go to the website of the Arctic Cooperation Network and here for the project information.

 
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