Watch Online: Arctic Oil and Gas - Understanding Responsibility and Liability

Thursday January 14th, 2-4 pm at RU, room M209.


PhotoNASAThe Arctic is estimated to hold the world's largest remaining untapped gas reserves and some of its largest undeveloped oil reserves. Developing these resources in the harsh Arctic environment will be complex and challenging and could result in far-reaching impacts. At this seminar, three experienced scholars of international law will examine the remedies available if there is damage to the Arctic environment or the people who live in it. 

Time and place: Thursday January 14th, 2-4 pm at Reykjavik University, Room M209.

The event is organised by the School of Law, Reykjavík University and the Polar Law Programme, University of Akureyri, with support from the Embassy of Canada in Iceland.

The event will be streamed online here:


Welcome: Ari Kristinn Jónsson, Rector at Reykjavik University Opening remarks: Stewart Wheeler, Ambassador of Canada to Iceland

Rachael Lorna Johnstone, Professor of Law, University of Akureyri and Professor of Law, Arctic Oil and Gas Studies, University of Greenland: Hydrocarbon activities in the Arctic: Who pays if we get it wrong?

Nigel Bankes, Professor and Chair of Natural Resources Law, University of Calgary, Alberta, Canada and Adjunct Professor, Faculty of Law and KG Jebsen Centre for the Law of the Sea, University of Tromsø, Norway: Design considerations for a liability and financial assurance regime in domestic law.

Bjarni Már Magnusson, Assistant Professor, School of Law, Reykjavík University and Fulbright Arctic Initiative Scholar: How can non-Arctic states defend the common heritage of mankind in the central Arctic Ocean?

The event will be moderated by Page Wilson, Visiting Fellow, School of Law, Reykjavík University and Assistant Professor of International Relations and Law, University of Greenland.