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Antarctic Security in the Twenty-First Century: Legal and Policy Perspectives

Edited by: Alan D. Hemmings, Donald R. Rothwell, Karen N. Scott

ISBN13: 9780415741446
Published: November 2013
Publisher: Routledge
Country of Publication: UK
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The Antarctic Treaty (1959) was adopted for the purpose of bringing peace and stability to the region and to facilitate cooperation in scientific research conducted on and around the continent.

One of the prime motivators in the conclusion of the Antarctic Treaty was security, as considerable tension existed over Antarctica with the overlapping claims of Argentina, Chile and the United Kingdom on the Antarctic Peninsula. More generally, the two Cold War protagonists – the (then) USSR and US – had a significant presence on the continent and had reserved their rights to make a territorial claim to the continent.

Therefore the Antarctic Treaty, founded on the principles of peaceful purposes, de-militarisation, non-nuclearalisation and the promotion of scientific research, created a new security construct for Antarctica.

It is now been over fifty years since the Antarctic Treaty’s entry into force, nevertheless, security continues to both drive and shape the legal and policy regime which applies to Antarctica. This book explores a wide range of Antarctic and Southern Ocean issues through the lens of security.

The contributions to this volume engage with a security discourse which has expanded beyond the traditional military domain to include notions of economic security, environmental security, food security, bio-security, heath security and human security. The chapters consider topics such as the implications for Antarctica and the Southern Ocean of the growing strategic competition between the rising powers of Asia, the possible effects of climate change on the authority, legitimacy and effectiveness of the Antarctic Treaty System, and the shift from 'strategic' security to 'human' security and its potential consequences for the Antarctic treaty regime.

This book will provide a contemporary and innovative approach to Antarctic issues which will be of interest to scholars of international law, international relations, security studies, political scientists, geographers as well as policy makers, lawyers and government officials interested in the region.

Public International Law
Preface, Alan D. Hemmings, Donald R. Rothwell, Karen N. Scott
1. Antarctica and International Security Discourse, Donald R. Rothwell, Hitoshi Nasu
2. Challenges to the Antarctic Treaty: Looking Back to See Ahead, Christopher C. Joyner
3. Global Principles, Universal Values and the ATS: Regime Integrity as Antarctic Security, Duncan French
4. Beyond Claims: Towards a non-Territorial Antarctic Security Prism, Alan D. Hemmings
5. Antarctic Security? Anglo-Argentine Relations, the Antarctic Treaty and Non-securitization, Klaus Dodds
6. Outer Continental Shelf Claims: A Nuanced Approach to Regime Stability and Resource Security within the Antarctic Treaty System, Mel Weber
7. Antarctica and Human Security, Caroline E. Foster
8. Strategic Competition and Emerging Security Risks -- Implications for Antarctica and the Southern Ocean, Sam Bateman
9. Law Enforcement in Antarctica, Donald R. Rothwell
10. Environmental Security in the Southern Ocean: An Ongoing Agenda?, Marcus Haward
11. Climate Change and its Security Implications for Antarctica, Sanjay Chaturvedi
12. Maritime Security in the Southern Ocean: Safety of Shipping, Julia Jabour
13. The security challenge posed by scientific whaling in the southern ocean and its opponents, Joanna Mossop
14. Marine Scientific Research in the Southern Ocean: Balancing rights and Obligations in a Security-related Context, Karen N. Scott
15. Conclusion, Alan D. Hemmings, Donald R. Rothwell, Karen N. Scott