Sign Up for UW Spring Quarter Arctic Studies Courses Taught by Visiting Scholars 


Visiting scholars in Arctic Studies, Law, Indigenous Rights, and Resource Development will teach two exciting courses in spring quarter:

1) Business in the Arctic—Working with Law and Policy in Resource Development (3 credits), Thursdays, 1:30–4:20 PM

Dr. Sari Graben, UW 2012–13, Canada–US Fulbright Chair

The course will provide an overview of the most recent legal and political developments in the Arctic, this course will emphasize challenges posed by environmental and global changes and developments in various areas of Arctic governance and will be organized around particular resource development activities. This will allow students to be exposed to the complex issues facing the Arctic from both an international and domestic perspective and to address legal/policy frameworks for dealing with them. (Photo: Jen Marlow.)

2) Indigenous Land Claim Treaties in North America and the Arctic (5 credits), Fridays, 9:30–12:30 PM

Tony Penikett, JSIS 2012–13 Visiting Scholar; Senior Advisor Arctic Security Program, Munk Centre of Global Affairs and the Duncan Gordon Foundation; former premier of the Yukon

The course will address the precedents or foundations of 20th century land claims agreements in North America including the Mexican conquest, the Cherokee cases at the Marshall Court, and the 400-plus Canadian and U.S. treaties that followed. Treaty negotiations and settlements in Alaska and northern Canada will be compared to those in Greenland and Norway.

More information on the scholars:

Sari Graben, LL.B. LL.M. Ph.D., currently serves as an Arctic Policy Post-Doctoral Fellow at the Queen’s Institute for Energy and Environmental Policy, Queen’s University, Toronto. Graben’s primary research interests are in the field of administrative law, contract law, and comparative law with a special focus on issues raised by environmental contracting, privatization, and collaborative governance in the Arctic.

Tony Penikett, a Vancouver-based mediator, served in politics for 25 years including two years in Ottawa as Chief of Staff to federal New Democratic Party Leader Ed Broadbent MP; five terms in the Yukon Legislative Assembly; and two terms as Premier of Canada’s Yukon Territory (1985-92). His government negotiated final agreement for First Nation land claims in the territory and passed pioneering education, health, language legislation, as well as leading a much-admired bottom-up economic planning process.

Links to Additional Resources about the Arctic

Re-Locate Project: Three Degrees is supporting Re-Locate, a group of artists, architects, anthropologists, and others from around the world working to identify issues underlying planned and forced relocation, expose obstacles to human mobility, and instigate situational, culturally specific responses in the built environment.

Brookings Institute: The Brookings Institute recently hosted an event in Washington, D.C., “Arctic Indigenous Peoples, Displacement, & Climate Change: Tracing the Connections.” See here for audio file, presentations, and case studies presented by experts.

In the Beautiful, Threatened North:” Ian Frazier’s review of Subhankar Banerjee’s book, Arctic Voices.