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Exploring Australia’s China Strategy in Antarctic Governance

Exploring Australia’s China Strategy in Antarctic Governance

AIIA Workshop: Exploring Australia’s China Strategy in Antarctic Governance

This Workshop aims to draw a roadmap for Australia’s engagement with China in Antarctic governance to fulfil its Antarctic Strategy and 20 Year Action Plan. It will bring together a number of distinguished Australian and Chinese scholars and policy makers to address future opportunities and challenges for Australia-China relations in Antarctica.

Workshop Outline

Location: Adelaide Law School, University of Adelaide, 2.00pm - 5:30pm, 7 November 2018 (Chatham House Rule Applies)

Time  Event
1.00pm - 2.00pm Lunch & Welcoming remarks, Prof Melissa de Zwart, Dean of Law, University of Adelaide
2.00pm - 2.10pm Introduction, Dr Nengye Liu
  Chair: Dr Nengye Liu
2.10pm - 2.30pm Latest Developments of China’s Antarctic Policy, Dr YANG Jian, Shanghai Institute of International Studies, China
2.30pm - 2.50pm Australian Antarctic Division’s role in delivering Australia’s Antarctic Strategy and 20 Year Action Plan, Mr Charlton Clark, Australian Antarctic Division
2.50pm - 3.10pm Latest Developments of China’s Antarctic Law, Prof Julia Guifang Xue, Shanghai Jiao Tong University, China
3.10pm - 3.40pm Group Photo & Coffee Break
  Chair: Prof Shirley Scott
3.40pm - 4.00pm Exploring Australia’s China Strategy in Antarctic Governance, Dr Nengye Liu, University of Adelaide, Australia
4.00pm - 4.20pm Bifocalism, Australia, China and the Antarctic Treaty System, Dr Jeffrey McGee and Prof Marcus Haward, University of Tasmania, Australia
4.20pm - 4.30pm Health Break
  Chair: Dr Tony Press
4.30pm - 5.30pm Roundtable: YANG Jian, Charlton Clark, Julia XUE, Nengye Liu, Jeffery McGee, and Shirley Scott

List of speakers (confirmed, in presentation order)

Dr YANG Jian, is a Senior Fellow and the Vice President of Shanghai Institute of International Studies, a leading think tank in China that is equivalent to Centre for Strategic and International Studies in the United States. His areas of specialization include: the International political economy (IPE), China’s regional strategy in Polar affairs and cyber governance. He is a member of the editorial board for the Arctic Yearbook. Dr Yang has been deeply involved into drafting China’s Arctic and Antarctic Policy.

Mr Charlton Clark, is the General Manager of the Strategies Branch at the Australian Antarctic Division. Charlton is responsible for the delivery of Australia’s Antarctic policy interests, including coordinating the whole of government implementation of Australia’s Antarctic Strategy and 20 Year Action Plan. Prior to rejoining the Australia Antarctic Division in 2016, Charlton played a lead role in the establishment of Australia’s national network of marine protected areas and the strategic assessment of Australia’s marine environment.

Prof Julia Guifang XUE, is Koguan Chair Professor of the Law of the Sea at Shanghai Jiao Tong University, where she also serves as the director of the Centre for Rule of Ocean Law Studies and the Centre for Polar and Deep Ocean Development, chief expert and executive director of Shanghai Social Science Innovation Research Base, and executive director to the Shanghai-based think-tank Research Base on National Marine Rights and Strategy. Throughout her career, she has worked extensively on law of the sea issues and China’s practice in this area. She received her PhD from the University of Wollongong in Australia. 

Dr Nengye Liu, is a Senior Lecturer at Adelaide Law School, University of Adelaide. Dr Liu has published extensively on enhancing global governance regimes for better protection of the oceans, with particular focus on law and policy of great powers (e.g., China and EU) in the Polar Regions. In 2017, he attended the 40th Antarctic Treaty Consultative Meeting in Beijing as an adviser of the Antarctic and Southern Ocean Coalition.

Prof Marcus Haward, is a Professor in Ocean and Antarctic Governance program at the Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies (IMAS), University of Tasmania. A political scientist, Haward has extensive experience in the field of Antarctic governance, including membership of Australian delegations to the Commission for the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources (CCAMLR) and the Antarctic Treaty Consultative Meeting. As a member of the Australian Antarctic Division’s CCAMLR Consultative Forum, Haward has practical experience in Australia’s Antarctic objectives.

Dr Jeffrey McGee, is a Senior Lecturer in Climate Change, Marine and Antarctic law and Associate Dean (Research), Faculty of Law, University of Tasmania. He holds a joint appointment with the Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies and Faculty of Law at the University of Tasmania. He has a strong interest and track record in interdisciplinary analysis of the normative foundations of international environmental regimes. McGee has published strongly on the UN climate change institutions and related regional institutions, including the Antarctic Treaty and CCAMLR.

Dr Tony Press is an Adjunct Professor at the Antarctic Climate and Ecosystems Cooperative Research Centre. He was its CEO from 2009 to 2014. From 1998-2008 he was the Director of the Australian Antarctic Division. Press chaired the Antarctic Treaty’s Committee for Environmental Protection (CEP) from 2002 to 2006. He was Australia’s representative to the CEP and Alternative Representative to the Antarctic Treaty Consultative Meetings from 1999 to 2008 and Australia’s Commissioner for the Convention on the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources from 1998 to 2008. Commissioned by the Australian government, he wrote the strategic directions for the Australian Antarctic program in 2014.

Prof Shirley Scott, is a Professor of International Relations and Head of the School of Humanities and Social Sciences at the University of New South Wales in Canberra. Scott has published on a range of subjects including climate change, Antarctica, international law and Australian foreign policy, and the nature of United States’ engagement with international law. Scott is a member of the Advisory Council of the Asian Society of International Law and a member of the Editorial Board of the Australian Journal of International Affairs.

Thanks to generous sponsorship of Australian Institute of International Affairs and Adelaide Law School, this event will be free of charge but seating capacity is limited. For participation, Please send your expression of interest with a short CV to the Workshop Convener: Dr Nengye Liu by 15 October.

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