North to the Future: Opportunities and Change in Alaska's Emerging Frontiers
by Melissa Green |
"North to the Future: Opportunities and Change in Alaska's Emerging Frontiers" addressed the rapidly evolving changes in Alaska and the Arctic, and the challenges presented to Alaska's leaders and institutions in addressing the legal issues associated with economic development, climate change, and social and cultural impacts.
The symposium, sponsored by the Alaska Law Review, the Arctic Law Section of the Alaska Bar Association, and the UAA Justice Center, was held Oct. 16, 2014, at the UAA/APU Consortium Library on the University of Alaska Anchorage (UAA) campus. Ryan Fortson, J.D., Ph.D., Legal Studies faculty in the UAA Justice Center, was the faculty advisor for this event. The Alaska Bar Association approved this symposium for 4.5 hours of general CLE credit.
- Alaska Law Review 31(2), December 2014 — the symposium edition features transcripts of the two keynote addresses presented at the symposium, three articles — each presented and discussed at the symposium — and two student Notes. The Alaska Law Review is published by Duke University School of Law for the Alaska Bar Association.
- Symposium Agenda and Speaker Biographies. The symposium agenda and summary can also be found on the Alaska Law Review website.
Former UAA Chancellor and chair of the U.S. Arctic Research Commission
Dr. William Iggiagruk Hensley
Visiting distinguished professor, UAA College of Business and Public Policy
- Betsy Baker, University of Washington School of Law
- Mara Kimmel, UAA Institute of Social and Economic Research
- Mike Levine, Oceana
- E. Barrett Ristroph, The Wilderness Society
- Hari M. Osofsky, University of Minnesota Law School
- Barry Zellen, Visiting Fellow, Institute of the North
Videos & Course Materials
Alaska Law Review articles and symposium materials are linked beneath each video. The complete series of videos are also available as a playlist at the UAA Justice Center YouTube channel. Videos in the series were produced by UAA Academic Innovations and eLearning.
- Symposium introduction and keynote address by Fran Ulmer: Alaska and the Arctic (63
Following the symposium welcome by Prof. Thomas Metzloff, Duke University School of Law, the morning keynote speaker was introduced by Dr. André B. Rosay, Director of the Justice Center at University of Alaska Anchorage.
The morning keynote address was delivered by Fran Ulmer, Chair of the U.S. Arctic Research Commission. In her adress, Ms. Ulmer provides an overview of such issues as climate change in the Arctic, impact on Arctic indigenous people, location and ownership of natural resources, oil-spill-in-ice research, Arctic shipping routes, cooperation among the eight Arctic states and Arctic indigenous communities, and U.S. Arctic policy.
- "Keynote Address: Alaska and the Arctic" by Fran Ulmer. Alaska Law Review 31(2): 161–167 (Dec 2014).
- Panel 1: Alaska Native Participation in the Territorial Governance of the North (84
- Dr. Ryan Fortson, UAA Justice Center
- Mara Kimmel, Visiting Scholar, Institute of Social and Economic Research, UAA
- Elizaveta Barrett Ristroph, Arctic Program Representative, The Wilderness Society
- Joe Evans, City Attorney, Kotzebue
- Dan Cheyette, Attorney, Bristol Bay Native Corporation
- "Fate Control and Human Rights: The Policies and Practices of Local Governance in America's Arctic" by Mara Kimmel. Alaska Law Review 31(2): 179–210 (Dec 2014).
- "Traditional Cultural Districts: An Opportunity for Alaska Tribes to Protect Subsistence Rights and Traditional Lands" by Elizaveta Barrett Ristroph. Alaska Law Review 31(2): 211–229 (Dec 2014).
- Lunchtime Keynote Address by Willie Hensley: Alaska’s Native History (50 mins)
Ryan Fortson of the UAA Justice Center introduced the lunchtime keynote speaker, Dr. William Iggiagruk Hensley, Visiting Distinguished Professor, UAA College of Business and Public Policy.
In his keynote address, Dr. Hensley outlines the impact of Western colonization on Alaska’s indigenous people, including the enormous loss of life due to epidemics of diseases brought by Westerners, the trauma to families, the loss of land and culture, and the continuing struggle for recognition of Alaska Native rights. He stresses the importance of understanding the history of Alaska’s indigenous people in the context of the Arctic and cautions against losing sight of this history when focusing on issues such as Arctic law of the sea, national boundaries, and shipping routes.
- "Keynote Address: Alaska's Native History" by William L. Iggiagruk Hensley. Alaska Law Review 31(2): 169–177 (Dec 2014).
- Panel 2: Alaska’s Role in the Development of the Arctic North (65 mins)
- Prof. Thomas Metzloff, Duke University School of Law
- Betsy Baker, Visiting Professor & Counsel to the Dean – Alaska Programs, University of Washington School of Law
- Barry Scott Zellen, Author, Arctic Geopolitics Specialist
- Bruce Anders, Attorney, CIRI – Cook Inlet Region, Inc.
- Mike LeVine, Pacific Senior Counsel, Oceana
- "Planning Ahead: Can Alaska Drive Integrated Arctic Management, Curtail Federal Overreach and Safeguard the Country’s Longest Coastline?" (Powerpoint) by Betsy Baker
- "From Co-Management to Collaborative Sovereignty: The Inuit, the State and the Fate of the Arctic" (draft paper) by Barry Scott Zellen
- Panel 3: Regulatory Oversight of Alaska’s Arctic Shores (84 mins)
- Prof. Kristin Knudsen, UAA Justice Center
- Mike LeVine, Pacific Senior Counsel, Oceana
- Hari Osofsky, Professor of Law, University of Minnesota Law School
- Matt Findley, Attorney, Ashburn & Mason
- Judge Sen Tan (Ret.), Alaska Superior Court
- "What About BOEM? The Need to Reform the Regulations Governing Offshore Oil and Gas Planning and Leasing" by Michael LeVine, Andrew Hartsig, and Maggie Clements. Alaska Law Review 31(2): 231–262 (Dec 2014).
- "Creating the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management: The Need to Reform the Regulations Governing Offshore Oil and Gas Planning and Leasing" (Powerpoint) by Michael LeVine, Andrew Hartsig, and Maggie Clements
- "Multilevel Fragmentation in Arctic Offshore Drilling Regulation: An Assessment of Governance Challenges and Proposed Solutions" (Powerpoint) by Hari M. Osofsky