The theme for this symposium is open. It covers a wide variety of topics relating to the Arctic and the Antarctic. These include:
Human rights issues, such as autonomy and self-government vs. self-determination, the rights of indigenous peoples to land and natural resources and cultural rights and cultural heritage, indigenous traditional knowledge.
Local and national governance issues.
Environmental law, climate change, security and environment implications of climate change, protected areas and species.
Regulatory, governance and management agreements and arrangements for marine environments, marine mammals, fisheries conservation and other biological/mineral/oil resources.
Law of the sea, the retreating sea ice, continental shelf claims.
Territorial claims and border disputes on both land and at sea.
Peace and security, dispute settlement.
Jurisdictional and other issues re the exploration, exploitation and shipping of oil, gas and minerals, bioprospecting.
Trade law, potential shipping lines through the north-west and north-east passages, maritime law and transportation law.