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Polar Perspectives No. 15 | Complexity Does Not Signify Failure

Polar Perspectives No. 15 Title Page
Polar Perspectives No. 15 Title Page

The announcement on December 19, 2023, by the US Department of State of the geographic coordinates defining the outer limits of the United States’ continental shelf in areas beyond 200 nautical miles is the final piece of the Arctic continental shelves puzzle. Nevertheless, it will take some time for a complete picture to emerge.

In Polar Perspectives No. 15, Dr. Suzanne Lalonde navigates the intricacies of the Law of the Sea, discusses the complexities of the recent US ECS announcement, and provides insight into the Arctic geopolitical landscape in the wake of recent events. 

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Suzanne Lalonde

Suzanne Lalonde

Professor of Public International Law and the Law of the Sea at the Law Faculty of the Université de Montréal
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