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Seminar lecture:

Dr. Elena Cirkovic

Associate Professor, National Research University, Higher School of Economics (HSE), St. Petersburg

Space, Ice and the Final Frontiers of International Law: Extreme conditions of climate change

Wednesday, March13, 2019 between 14:15-15:45

Room 1013, Terrace building, University of Haifa*

Lecture is available on YouTube 

This presentation argues for an interdisciplinary principle to encompass the process through which the law would recognize and include the agency of the non-human. A recasting of the legal discipline would address its ontological leaks. A novel methodology would have to leave a free parameter or some disjunction for future contingencies and uncertainties on Earth. It argues that cases such as the climate change in the Arctic, and specifically the blowout craters formed by hydrate-controlled methane (CH4) expulsion from the seafloor require a new understanding of law, which must seriously consider the non-human agency. The release of CH4 into Arctic waters and the atmosphere, which was heretofore trapped under the now receding ice sheets, threatens to accelerate the pace of climate change. The retreating ice also allows for state and private commercial interests in the Arctic seas beyond national jurisdiction, which can further impact global warming. This is the Arctic paradox of independent reactions of the Earth System due to global warming, and the human interest in commercialization.

At the time of the talk Dr. Cirkovic was appointed as a Visiting Researcher at the University of Helsinki Faculty of Law, and faculty at National Research University, Higher School of Economics (HSE) in St. Petersburg. Her research focused on climate change in the Arctic, commercialization of areas beyond national jurisdiction, and outer space law.

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* The Center is located at ground level of the Terrace building (Hamadrega). See map
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