SPEAKER BIOGRAPHIES

 

Navy Cdr. Johnny Groneng Aase is a Master student at the Institute of Marine and Antarctic Studies, University of Tasmania, Hobart, Australia, and a fellow affiliated with the Norwegian Defence Cyber Academy, Lillehammer, Norway. Johnny uses data from the Norwegian AISSat satellites to study shipping and maritime activities in remote waters. Johnny has a Masters Degree in aerospace engineering from the University of Oslo, and worked at the University of Calgary, Canada in 2004-2009 developing prototype particle detectors for the European Space Agency's Swarm satellites and Japanese and US scientific rockets. He is  first author most recently (with Julia Jabour) of the article “Can monitoring maritime activities in the European High Arctic by satellite-based Automatic Identification System enhance polar search and rescue?” Polar Journal 2015, DOI: 10.1080/2154896X.2015.1068534

Bob Anderson is a Professor of Law and Director of the Native American Law Center at the University of Washington. He also has a long-term appointment as the Oneida Indian Nation Visiting Professor of Law at Harvard Law School. He is a co-author and member of the Board of Editors of Cohen's Handbook of Federal Indian Law (2005) and is co-author of Anderson, Berger, Frickey and Krakoff, American Indian Law: Cases and Commentary (Thomson/West 2008). He teaches and writes in the areas of Indian Law, Public Land Law and Water Law.Students have selected Professor Anderson as a Professor of the Year three times at the UW. In 2008, he was co-lead of the Obama Transition team for the Department of the Interior. He spent twelve years as a Staff Attorney for the Boulderbased Native American Rights Fund where he litigated major cases involving Native American sovereignty and natural resources. From 1995-2001, he served in the Clinton Administration under Interior Secretary Bruce Babbitt, providing legal and policy advice on a wide variety of Indian law and natural resource issues. He is an enrolled member of the Minnesota Chippewa Tribe (Bois Forte Band).

Harry Bader is the Director and Associate Research Professor of Polar & Environmental Security Studies in the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research at the University of Alaska Fairbanks.  He holds a J.D. from Harvard University Law School and is completing a doctorate in Arctic disturbance ecology from the Yale University School of Forestry.

Betsy Baker is based in Anchorage, where she works on international and comparative law issues as they relate to the Arctic. A professor at Vermont Law School, she also works with University of Washington School of Law initiatives in Alaska. Her recent work includes reports for the Alaska Arctic Policy Commission 2014, the Inuit Circumpolar Council, the Arctic Council PAME Working Group and the U.S. delegation to the Arctic Council Task Force on Arctic Marine Cooperation. She sailed with two Arctic Ocean bathymetric mapping cruises on USCGC Healy, served as Visiting Scholar, Extended Continental Shelf Task Force, Office of Ocean and Polar Affairs, U.S. Department of State (2013), and is a member of the U.S. National Academy of Sciences Polar Research Board (2014-17).  A former clerk for Judge John T. Noonan, Jr. of the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, Baker holds a J.D. from Michigan, and an LL.M. and Dr. iur. from Christian-Albrechts-Universität, Kiel, Germany, where she was an Alexander von Humboldt Chancellor’s Scholar.

Kees Bastmeijer is Professor of Nature Conservation and Water Law at Tilburg University (The Netherlands) and has been appointed as Visiting Professor at the School of Business, Economics and Law at the University of Gothenburg, Sweden (2016-19). His research focuses on the role of international, European, and domestic law in protecting nature. He has a special interest in nature conservation in the Polar Regions, relationships between law and philosophical human-nature attitudes, property rights and nature, and the role of law in protecting wilderness.

Karin Berentsen is Founder and director of Kaisa Consulting AS and recipient of an Innovation Norway start-up grant (“Etablerstipend”) www.kaisaconsulting.no. Former on-site Alaska Regulatory Compliance Manager for Statoil where she was exposed to significant public interest and questions regarding the similarities and differences associated with the U.S. and Norwegian regulatory requirements in connection with offshore drilling in the Chukchi Sea, Alaska. Academic degrees: Master degree in Physics from University of Oslo and studies in Belgium. Specialization and background: Project Risk management, regulatory compliance and stakeholder dialogue. “Tri-sector” fluency creates value for government, civil society and business. Unique business understanding (30+ years) from the O&G Industry within technical, operational (offshore) and international business development.  Her Arctic regulatory project is a comparative study of Arctic regulatory framework and practices, with input from the Arctic Economic Council, the University of the Arctic; the Universities of Nordland, Lapland and Tromsø, Ramboll Group, Tromsø.

Phil Blumstein is a partner in the Anchorage law firm of Landye Bennett Blumstein LLP.  Phil works primarily with municipalities, Alaska Native corporations, private corporations, and businesses on corporate affairs, real estate transactions, Alaska Native law issues, and mergers and acquisitions. He serves as general counsel to numerous private and public entities in the state of Alaska and represents clients in multimillion-dollar commercial and real estate transactions. In addition, Phil handles litigation related to municipal law, government contracts, environmental law, and antitrust matters. He received is B.A. from the State University of New York at Binghamton and his J.D. from Boston University.

Robin Bronen lives in Alaska, works as a human rights attorney and has been researching the climate-induced relocation of Alaska Native communities since 2007. She received her PhD in December 2012 from the Resilience and Adaptation Program at the University of Alaska Fairbanks and received her Juris Doctorate from the University of California at Davis. She is a senior research scientist at the University of Alaska Fairbanks Institute of Arctic Biology. She also works as the executive director of the Alaska Institute for Justice, a non-profit agency that is the only immigration legal service provider in Alaska, houses a Language Interpreter Center, training bilingual Alaskans to be professional interpreters, and also is a research and policy institute focused on climate justice issues. The Alaska Bar Association awarded her the 2007 Robert Hickerson Public Service award and the 2012 International Human Rights award. The Federal Bureau of Investigation awarded the Alaska Institute for Justice the 2012 FBI Director’s Community Service award and the International Soroptomost’s awarded her the 2012 Advancing the Rights of Women award. She is working as an expert on climate-induced planned relocations with the UN High Commission for Refugees and is a member of the advisory group for the Nansen Initiative, a state-led, bottom-up consultative process intended to build consensus on the development of a protection agenda addressing the needs of people displaced in the context of natural hazards, including the effects of climate change. Her research has been featured in the Guardian, CNN, Climate Wire and Nature magazine. She has written numerous articles published by Brookings Institution, the Guardian, New York University Law Review and the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, among others. She has been an expert witness for Congressional hearings focused on the community relocations and regularly presents her research at conferences focused on climate change adaptation, disaster relief reduction and climate change and population displacement.

Troy Bouffard is currently non-tenure faculty at the University of Alaska Fairbanks in the School of Management for the Homeland Security and Emergency Management Program. He retired from the US Army in April 2010 after 22 years of service and several combat tours. After retirement, Troy was a legislative aide in the 27th Alaska Legislature. Upon returning to school, he obtained a BA in Political Science as the top male graduate and is currently finishing his Masters in Arctic Policy. He is currently part of a team that provides Arctic 101 instruction to both the US Northern Command and the Alaskan Command. His thesis work involves research concerning offshore Arctic oil-spill prevention policy with a focus in the Barents between Russia and Norway.

Cameron “Cam” Carlson serves as both the Director of the Center for the Study of Security, Hazards Response and Preparedness (C-SSHRP) as well as the Homeland Security and Emergency Management (HSEM) undergraduate program at UAF. Cam retired as a Lieutenant Colonel in the US Army in 2006 after 24 years on active duty where he deployed extensively to the Middle East, Africa, Europe Haiti and the Central Asian states supporting humanitarian assistance, non-combatant evacuation, peacekeeping as well as operations supporting the Global War on Terrorism (GWOT). Since retirement from the US Army, Cam has served as the Site Lead from the C4ISR training contract at Fort Wainwright, Alaska, established the Emergency Management office for the University of Alaska System and worked as the Project/Deputy Project Manager for the High Threat Protection Task Order in Baghdad, Iraq. As the Director of the HSEM program for the past four years at UAF, Cam has focused on redefining HSEM education within the School of Management and in developing collaborative working relationships with other programs on campus to better meet the needs of the student population,. Synergistic activities include: Project lead/PI for the Arctic Domain Security Orientation (ADSO) project for USNORTHCOM and JTF Alaska, Project Lead/PI for the City of Fairbanks and North Pole EOP development project as well as Project Lead/PI for the Alaska State Continuity of Operations Planning and Technical Assistance Initiative. Cam additionally lectures external to the program and was recognized by the Alaska National Guard for support to the Emergency Management and Policy Subject Matter Expert Exchange with Mongolia.  Cam is committed to the C-SSHRPs goal of becoming a nationally recognized Center of Excellence in providing Research, Education and Outreach supporting first responders, operational leaders and managers as well as policy makers who are looked to in providing oversight to local communities, the State of Alaska and the nation.

Phillip John Aarnaquq Charette directs the Department of Alaska Native Studies & Rural Development at the University of Alaska Fairbanks. Phillip is a graduate of the UAF Alaska Native Studies Program B.A. 90 and has an Education degree, B.Ed 90 from UAF.  He holds a Masters Ed. 94 from Harvard University in Administration, Planning, and Social Policy (APSP). Phillip has been involved with education at many levels for over 30 years, serving in many capacities working closely with rural communities, Alaska Natives, and Native American students and families. He joined DANSRD as director in 2014, bringing with him a passion for Alaska Native culture, rural development and the arts.

Raychelle Aluaq Daniel grew up in Tuntutuliak, Alaska where the Kuskokwim River meets the Bering Sea in a Yup’ik community dependent upon a subsistence way of life where fish and marine mammals were prominent.  She obtained a bachelor’s of science degree at the University of Alaska in Juneau and a master’s degree in science at the University of British Columbia Fisheries Centre.  Her professional experience has focused on marine mammal ecology, ecological monitoring, and conservation science.  She is currently with the Pew Charitable Trusts U.S. Arctic Program working to ensure both science and traditional knowledge inform decision-making in Arctic waters. 

Hajo Eicken is Professor of Geophysics at the UAF. His research interests include field studies of the growth and properties of sea ice. He is particularly interested in determining how small-scale ice properties relate to large-scale sea-ice processes and the climate system. Through work conducted in coastal Alaska over the past decade, he has been working towards establishment of an integrated sea-ice observatory that provides an interface between geophysical and local knowledge of ice conditions and coastal hazards. Currently he is heading an effort at the University of Alaska to enhance use of scientific data by a range of different stakeholders at the local and international level, building on work conducted during the International Polar Year. In that capacity, and as Chair of the Science Steering Committee of a large US Interagency Program (Study of Environmental Arctic Change, SEARCH), he works towards the establishment of an observing network to help understand and respond to Arctic environmental and socio-economic change. Since March 2015 he has been serving as the interim Director of the International Arctic Research Center at UAF.

Matt Ganley has worked for Bering Straits Native Corporation (BSNC) and the Bering Straits Foundation since 1993. He began as a staff anthropologist, became the land manager and then vice president of land and resources. He is now vice president of media and external affairs, working on regional issues related to land management, resource development, cultural preservation and external affairs effecting western Alaska.  After completing his master’s degree, Ganley lived in the village of Kiana from 1985 to 1991. He then went to work for Ahtna, Inc., heading their cemetery and historic site program. Upon returning to the Bering Straits region in 1993, Ganley initiated the cemetery and historic site program for BSNC and began the repatriation process under the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act.

Becca Robbins Gisclair is an attorney who has worked on fisheries policy, environmental issues and international human rights for over 12 years. Becca currently works as Arctic Policy Manager for the Ocean Conservancy. Becca previously worked as Fisheries Director and Sr. Counsel for the Alaska Marine Conservation Council (AMCC), Sr. Policy Advisor for the Yukon River Drainage Fisheries Association and was “Of Counsel” with the Indian law firm Hobbs, Straus, Dean and Walker. Becca also served on the North Pacific Fishery Management Council’s Advisory Panel for six years, including two years as Chair. Becca holds a B.A.  from Stanford University and a J.D. from the University of California, Hastings College of the Law.

Tina Grovier is a partner in the law firm of Stoel Rives LLP and the founding co-chair of of the Arctic Law Section of the Alaska Bar Association.  She provides clients with natural resources law advice in the areas of oil, gas and mining, including the unique issues presented by the Arctic. In its 2015 annual survey of America's best attorneys for business, Chambers and Partners reported that sources say Tina is a "very good practitioner who knows this area very well." She assists clients in negotiating mineral leases, easements and surface use agreements and in acquiring various permits and government approvals, including the Alaska Department of Natural Resources and the Alaska Oil & Gas Conservation Commission. Tina also represents pipeline carriers and public utilities before the Regulatory Commission of Alaska and state courts, providing assistance with certificate acquisitions and transfers, as well as tariff, revenue requirement, rate design and deregulatory issues. In addition, Tina has broad appellate, litigation, arbitration and commercial transaction experience. Tina serves as the managing partner of Stoel Rives' Anchorage office.

Christine Hess is General Counsel and Director of Government Affairs for the Northwest Arctic Borough, a regional government seated above the Arctic Circle in Kotzebue, Alaska. From January 2013 until March 2014 Christine served as the Borough’s Acting Science Co-Director and was instrumental in establishing the Borough Science Program. Christine first moved to Alaska to clerk for the Alaska Supreme Court.  From 2000 to 2013, Christine served as Chief of Staff and Senior Counsel to an Alaskan state legislator representing Alaska’s 40th District, which includes much of the Alaskan Arctic. In both positions, Christine has worked extensively on Arctic science, governance and policy issues.  Christine has also worked for Alaska’s North Slope Borough in Barrow, Alaska, as Deputy Director of Administration and Finance and as a Borough attorney.  Christine has practiced law in the areas of real estate, contracts, education, municipal and state governance, and elder and poverty law.  Christine was one of the principal drafters of the Findings and Recommendations of the Alaska Northern Waters Task Force.  She served as a member of the National Petroleum Council’s subcommittee on the Arctic Human Environment, which contributed to the publication Arctic Potential: Realizing the Promise of the U.S. Arctic Oil and Gas Resources.  In August 2015 Christine attended the Forum on Oil and Gas Regulation And Long-Term Management in the Arctic in Reykjavik, Iceland, at the invitation of the U.S. State Department, presenting on Sustainable Social Impact Mitigation and Management in the Northwest Arctic Borough. Christine received her Juris Doctorate from Seattle University with honors and her Bachelor of Science from Portland State University.

Dr. Julia Jabour is a member of the Ocean & Antarctic Governance Research Program at the Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies, University of Tasmania, Hobart, Australia. She has been researching, writing and lecturing on polar governance for 20 years. She has visited Antarctica six times, and been an advisor to the Australian Government at Antarctic Treaty Consultative Meetings on a number of occasions and has just finished teaching in Iceland.

Scott Joblin is a PhD Candidate at the Australian National University (ANU) College of Law.  His PhD research looks at Antarctic environmental protection with a focus on the interaction of the Antarctic Treaty System and the 1982 Law of the Sea Convention.  In addition to his candidature, Scott holds Master of Diplomacy and Master of Strategic Affairs degrees from the ANU, and a BA(Hons) in International Relations from Victoria University Wellington.

Heather Kendall-Miller is Denaina Athabaskan and is a tribal member of the Curyung of Dillingham, Alaska.  She received her Bachelors degree from the University of Alaska-Fairbanks in 1988 and her J.D. from Harvard Law School in 1991.  After clerking with Chief Justice Rabinowitz of the Alaska Supreme Court, Heather received a two-year Skadden Fellowship to work for Alaska Legal Services and the Native American Rights Fund in the area of Alaska Native Rights.  Heather became staff attorney with the Native American Rights Fund in 1993 and practices exclusively in the area of tribal rights and subsistence.  Her litigation experience is broad having argued before the United States Supreme Court and before the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals en banc.

Rachael Lorna Johnstone is Professor of Law at the University of Akureyri. A dual British and Icelandic citizen, she has studied at Glasgow, Brussels, Toronto, and Akureyri. In 2015, she published Offshore Oil and Gas Development in the Arctic under International Law: Risk and Responsibility (Brill) and has also written about Scotland's relations with the Arctic for the Arctic Yearbook.

Ki-ichi Kageyama is a first year Master's course student at Kobe University, Graduate School of International Cooperation Studies (GSICS) in Kobe, Japan, under the supervision of Akiho Shibata, professor of international law and the director of the newly established Polar Cooperation Research Centre at GSICS.

Narimitsu Kato is a first year Master's course student at Kobe University, Graduate School of International Cooperation Studies (GSICS) in Kobe, Japan, under the supervision of Akiho Shibata, professor of international law and the director of the newly established Polar Cooperation Research Centre at GSICS.

Dr. Brendan Kelly is Executive Director of the Study of Environmental Arctic Change (SEARCH). Dr. Kelly's career in Arctic research and policy includes serving on the faculty and administration of the University of Alaska, as a research scientist with NOAA's National Marine Mammal Laboratory, Deputy Director of Arctic Sciences at the National Science Foundation, Chief Scientist of the Monterey Bay Aquarium, and Assistant Director for Polar Science in the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy. Currently, he serves on the National Academy of Sciences' Polar Research Board and as a Senior Fellow at the Center for the Blue Economy, Middlebury Institute of International Studies.  Kelly earned his PhD from Purdue University, a Master of Science degree from the University of Alaska Fairbanks, and a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of California, all in biology. 

Mara Kimmel is the Walter J. Hickel Professor of Strategic Development and Entrepreneurship at Alaska Pacific University.  She is a Senior Fellow at the Institute of the North, and a PhD candidate at Central European University studying the intersection of land rights, governance and wellbeing in Alaskan communities.  Mara has a long career in Alaskan public policy focused on issues of rights and justice, including being on faculty at the department of Political Science at the University of Alaska Anchorage. Mara has practiced law in Alaska since 1996, and co-founded the Alaska Institute for Justice - Alaska’s only non-profit agency providing low cost immigration legal services, language access services and research and policy analysis on issues impacting human rights in Alaska. Prior to becoming a lawyer, Mara worked with Alaska Native tribes on environmental governance issues. Mara is the recipient of the Alaska Bar Association’s Distinguished Service Award, and currently serves on the Supreme Court’s Access to Civil Justice Committee.  In addition to her PhD candidacy, Mara has a J.D. from the University of Minnesota, a Master's Degree for the University of Alaska Fairbanks (Natural Resources Management), and a bachelor’s degree from the University of California (Political Science).

Magdalena Ličková is a postdoctoral researcher at the Law Faculty of the University of Luxembourg. In 2013, she completed her PhD at the Université Paris I Panthéon Sorbonne. This thesis examines the interplay between the EU and the individual EU Member States’ external relations, from both the international-law and the European-law perspective. Previously, Magdalena was référendaire (legal clerk) at the Court of Justice of the European Union in Luxembourg. She also gained experience as an associate in the Prague/Paris offices of an international law firm and, prior to that, as stagiaire in the External Relations Team of the Legal Service of the European Commission in Bruseels. Magdalena holds law degrees from the University of West Bohemia (Czech Republic), the Université des Sciences Sociales de Toulouse (France), the Université Paris I Panthéon Sorbonne, and Harvard Law School. 

Dr. Olivia Lee is a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Alaska-Fairbanks Geophysical Institute and Principal Investigator, North Slope Science Initiative Scenarios Planning Project.  A former Knauss Sea Grant Fellow at the National Science Foundation, Integrated Programs Section, Division of Ocean Sciences, Lee received her PhD in Wildlife and Fisheries Sciences from Texas A&M University.

Dr. Natalia Loukacheva is Canada Research Chair in ‘Aboriginal Governance and Law’ and Associate Professor of Political Science at the University of Northern British Columbia. Prior to joining the Faculty she was a Research Associate at the Munk School of Global Affairs, University of Toronto (2004-2013); the first visiting Fridtjof Nansen Professor of Arctic Studies inIceland (Norway-Iceland initiative of the Ministries of Foreign Affairs, 2013). She is also an Adjunct Professor at Osgoode Hall Law School LL.M. program on energy and infrastructure, York University (Toronto), a Research Fellow with the Canadian Defence and Foreign Affairs Institute (Ottawa), and an Associate Scientist with the Stefansson Arctic Institute. She was the founding Director of the Graduate Polar Law Program and taught Polar law at the University of Akureyri, Iceland (2008-2010). She holds a Doctor of Juridical Science (S.J.D.) from the Faculty of Law, University of Toronto (Toronto, Canada), a Doctor of Philosophy (law) from the Urals State Law Academy (Yekaterinburg, Russian Federation), and degree in Jurisprudence LL.B./LL.M. Cum Laude (with distinction) from the Urals State Law Academy.

Raita Maiko is a first year Master's course student at Kobe University, Graduate School of International Cooperation Studies (GSICS) in Kobe, Japan, under the supervision of Akiho Shibata, professor of international law and the director of the newly established Polar Cooperation Research Centre at GSICS.

Lesil McGuire is a member of the Alaska Senate, where she represents District L of Southwest Anchorage. Senator McGuire served as co-Chair of the Alaska Arctic Policy Commission, which published its Final Report in 2014. She graduated from Willamette University with B.A. in Speech Communication and Political Science, then worked in Washington D.C. for two years as a legislative and press aide for United States Senator Ted Stevens. She obtained her Juris Doctorate from Willamette University College of Law while clerking in the United States Attorney’s Office in Oregon, then returned to Alaska and worked for the firm of Birch, Horton, Bittner & Cherot. Senator McGuire began her work in the Alaska State Legislature as the counsel for the House Judiciary Committee and was later elected twice to the Alaska Senate.  Senator McGuire has served as a volunteer in many community programs, including the American Diabetes Association, the Bush Elementary School Mentor Program, Habitat for Humanity, the Salem Women’s Crisis Center, Court Appointed Special Advocates for Children, Commonwealth North, Covenant House, the Alaska Republican Women’s Club, the Young Republicans, and is a Board Member of the Alaska Traumatic Brain Injury Awareness Board.

Judith Miller, AK Response Company, LLC Managing Member.  As Principal Environmental Scientist, Ms. Miller prepares oil spill response contingency plans, develops spill exercises for clients, and maintains successful working relationships with industry and regulatory representatives.  Ms. Miller has twenty years’ experience in environmental regulatory compliance and project management with an emphasis on oil spill prevention, contingency planning, training, drilling and response. She has worked in a variety of capacities in the oil industry, primarily in Alaska, including coordinator, operations manager, technical writer, guest lecturer, and as a consultant. Her field experience includes working for Alyeska Pipeline Service Co/SERVS, and on the Exxon Valdez oil spill response in Alaska, the New Carissa oil spill response and wreck removal in Oregon, and the Kulluk grounding.   In coordination with Gallagher Marine Systems (GMS) she has developed and delivered Qualified Individual (QI) training for many foreign tanker owners at the Massachusetts Maritime Academy, as well as for many domestic clients. Ms. Miller served as GMS’s Alaska-based QI for many years. She taught QI and associated spill response related topics at the Prince William Sound Community College in Valdez and for Alyeska Pipeline Service Company.   AK Response Company is currently working for USCG nontank vessel Alternative Compliance for Great Circle Route transits through Alaska’s Aleutian Islands.

Antje Neumann is a Doctoral student in the Department of European and International Public Law University of Tilburg, The Netherlands. She holds a first degree in German law, from the Humboldt University of Berlin, Germany, where she specialized in national, European and international environmental law. From 2000 until 2006, she worked as a legal adviser at the German Federal Environmental Agency, where she was engaged in international environmental protection and in the protection of Antarctica. She subsequently received an LL.M. in Polar Law at the University of Akureyri, Iceland before pursuing her doctoral studies.

Matthew N. Newman is a staff attorney in the Anchorage office of the Native American Rights Fund. Matt grew up in Fairbanks, Alaska. He graduated cum laude from the University of Alaska Fairbanks with a B.A. in Political Science.  He received his J.D. from the University of Montana School of Law in 2012. During law school, Matt was an officer in UM’s NALSA branch and the Managing Editor for the Public Land and Resources Law Review.  At graduation, he received the Eddie McClure Service Award from Indian Law Section of the Montana State Bar for his work as a student attorney for the Indian Law Clinic.  During law school, Matt clerked for the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Helena, Montana, where he worked on Major Crimes Act prosecutions pending before Montana federal District Courts and the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.  After graduation, he served as a law clerk for Superior Court Judge Carl J.D. Bauman in Kenai, Alaska.At NARF, Matt works in the areas of the Indian Child Welfare Act, tribal court jurisdiction, voting rights, as well as tribal natural resources and subsistence. He is admitted to practice law in Montana and Alaska, as well as the federal District of Alaska, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, and the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals.

Aileen Nimick is a Graduate student in Environmental Science at Alaska Pacific University, where she is a member of Dr. Bradley Harris's Fisheries, Aquatic Science and Technology (FAST) Laboratory.
 

Soili Nystén-Haarala works as Professor of Commercial Law, especially Russian Commercial Law in the Faculty of Law of the University of Lapland since 2013 and as part time Professor of Legal Science at Luleå University of Technology in Sweden since 2011. Earlier she worked as Professor of Civil Law at the University of Eastern Finland (2004-2012).  She has also worked as a visiting fellow in the Forestry Project at IIASA (International Institute of Applied Systems Analysis) in Laxenburg, Austria and as a visiting professor at Umeå University, Sweden. She graduated in both business economics and in law. The LL.D. degree she gained from the Faculty of Law of the University of Lapland with the dissertation: “The Long-term Contract. Contract Law and Contracting” in 1998. Her interest in legal studies has always been interdisciplinary, combining law, economics and social sciences. Since 2003 Ms. Nystén-Haarala has led several international and multi-disciplinary research projects funded by the Academy of Finland, the Finnish Funding Agency for Technology and Innovation (Tekes) and the Finnish Cultural Foundation. Her main field of interest is contracts in business practice, contracting on intellectual property rights and governance of megaprojects. In natural resource governance she has done research in the Arctic focusing on forests, oil and gas industry as well as mining. She has numerous publications (about 90) on Russian law and transition, natural resource governance as well as on contracting and proactive law.

Hari Osofsky is a Professor of Law, Faculty Director of the Energy Transition Lab, and Director of the Joint Degree Program in Law, Science, and Technology at the University of Minnesota Law School.  She also is on the faculty of the Conservation Biology Graduate Program; an adjunct professor in the Department of Geography, Environment and Society; and a Fellow with the Institute on the Environment. She received a B.A. and a J.D. from Yale University, and a Ph.D. in the Geography from the University of Oregon.  Osofsky’s scholarship and public policy work focus on energy transition and climate change. Her over fifty publications have received peer awards from both legal scholars and geographers, and she has assisted numerous government agencies and non-profit organizations on energy law issues. Her professional leadership roles have included serving as President of the Association for Law, Property, and Society; chair of the American Association of Law School’s Section on Property; and a member of the American Society of International Law’s Executive Council; International Law Association’s Committee on the Legal Principles of Climate Change; International Bar Association’s Model Statute on Climate Change Remedies Working Group; and Board of Governors of the Society of American Law Teachers. 

Lisa Parker is a lifelong Alaskan with a rich background in resource development and public involvement in Alaska, winning her first election at the age of 19 to the Anchorage Charter Commission; she also was elected to and served on the Soldotna City Council.  Her involvement in resource development includes working for Cominco Alaska during the planning, development and initial operations of the Red Dog Mine in Northwest Alaska. Regent Parker served as Planning Director for the Kenai Peninsula Borough, Community-Government Relations Manager for Agrium Kenai Nitrogen Operations and helped create Alaska’s first non-persistent oil spill cooperative, Alaska Chadux Corporation.  She joined Apache Corporation in 2010.  She was appointed to the University of Alaska Board of Regents in 2015 by Governor Bill Walker. Regent Parker has a bachelor of science from The American University, Washington D.C., Cum Laude and is a Harry S. Truman Scholar with a Certificate in Corporate Community Outreach from Boston College.  She is involved in many different organizations including the Board of Directors for the Resource Development Council, Alaska State Chamber, Kenai Peninsula Food Bank and American Heart Association Go Red for Women. She is married to Steve Horn; their son and daughter-in-law live in Louisville, Kentucky. She is also an outdoor enthusiast who likes to snowshoe, run, hike, fish and play golf.

Øyvind Ravna is professor at the Faculty of law, University of Tromsø – The Arctic University of Norway, and adjunct professor at the Faculty of Law, University of Lapland, Finland. He holds a master in Property and Land Law from the Norwegian University of Life Sciences (1987), and doctoral degree in law (dr. juris, equiv. to PhD) from University of Tromsø (2008), based on a thesis on legal clarification and consolidation of Sámi reindeer husbandry rights. The field of research of professor Ravna is indigenous people’s law, especially land and natural resource rights, including the impact of the 2005 Finnmark Land Act, property law, human rights and civil procedural law. His publications includes the monograph Rettsutgreiing og bruksordning i reindriftsområder [Legal clarification and land consolidation in reindeer husbandry] (2008) and the anthology Finnmarksloven – og retten til jorden i Finnmark [The Finnmark Act – and the rights to the land of Finnmark] (2013): http://www.gyldendal.no/Faglitteratur/Jus/Juridiske-fag/Finnmarksloven-og-retten-til-jorden-i-Finnmark. For full publication list, see: http://site.uit.no/ravna/ artikler-i-fulltekst/. For publications in English, see:   

Yuanyuan Ren is an LL.M./S.J.D candidate at the University of Wisconsin Law School, the United States. I received my PhD in international law from Fudan University Law School (2012) and LL.M. from the University of Wisconsin Law School (2014). I was a Fox International Fellow at Yale University from 2010 to 2011 and served as an assistant professor at the Polar Strategic Studies Division of Polar Research Institute of China from 2012 to 2013. My research interests are in the areas of polar law, WTO law, and international dispute resolution.

Aline St-Laurent-Guérin  holds a Bachelor of Laws from the Université de Montréal and a Master of Applied Science from the University of Tasmania, Australia. A Member of the Quebec Bar Association since 2013, she specialises in international law and has a particular interest in environmental affairs.

Akiho Shibata is professor of international law at Kobe University, Graduate School of International Cooperation Studies (GSICS) in Kobe, Japan, and the director of the newly established Polar Cooperation Research Centre at GSICS. Professor Shibata has written extensively in the area of Antarctic Treaty System and is leading the Arctic legal and policy studies at Kobe as a part of the Japanese government funded Arctic Challenges for Sustainability (ArCS) project. His most recent work includes: "Japan and 100 Years of Antarctic Legal Order: Any Lessons for the Arctic?," Yearbook of Polar Law, Vol.7 (2015, forthcoming).

John M. Sky Starkey is an enrolled member of the Cheyenne River Lakota tribe.  He has been representing Alaska tribal organizations in Alaska since 1986.  His first job after graduating from the University of Oregon Law School was with Alaska Legal Services Corporation in Bethel, Alaska. In Bethel, Sky was introduced to the Alaska tribal way of life on the tundra, rivers and lakes of the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta, and the importance of self-determination, hunting and fishing rights and healthy resources for the continuation of that way of life. Consequently, he has focused his legal practice on tribal rights and especially hunting and fishing rights. A particularly important part of his practice is working to establish a meaningful role for Alaska Natives and their tribal organizations in the management of their hunting, fishing and gathering rights and resources, an especially challenging goal given the structure of the laws and management regimes in Alaska. Sky has litigated several cases in Alaska’s Supreme Court, Federal District Court and the Ninth Circuit. He practices before the various federal and state fish and wildlife management agencies in Alaska including the Alaska Board Game, the Alaska Board of Fisheries, the Federal Subsistence Board and the North Pacific Fisheries Management Council.

Bill Streever started his working life as a commercial oilfield diver in the Gulf of Mexico and the South China Sea.   Later, with a fellowship from the National Science Foundation, he earned a Ph.D. from the University of Florida's Environmental Engineering Sciences department.  He has worked as an academic and a government scientist, but for the past fifteen years he has led BP Alaska’s ecological research program.   His volunteer services have included editing Wetlands Ecology and Management, participation on the Ramsar Convention’s Science and Technical Review Panel, advising the federal government on plans to restore coastal Louisiana, and chairing the science panel for the North Slope Science Initiative.  He has authored or coauthored over 100 technical publications on a range of topics, including plant competition, the evolution of cave organisms, environmental economics, responses of whales to underwater sounds, and tundra restoration.  His national best-seller Cold (Little, Brown, 2009)  was critically acclaimed as a new contribution to the literature of the north, and his more recent book Heat (Little, Brown 2013)  was honored by a 2014 Silver Nautilus award.  His new book, about wind, will be published in 2016.  With his wife, he splits his time between Alaska and the cruising sailboat Rocinante, currently based in Guatemala.

Kristoffer Svendsen is a researcher at the K. G. Jebsen Centre for the Law of the Sea, Faculty of Law, UiT – Arctic University of Norway. Kristoffer received his Ph.D. in law from the same institution. He holds a LL.B. and a LL.M. from Bond University, as well as a two-year LL.M. in Russian oil and gas law from MGIMO-University. He previously worked for a Russian investment bank in Moscow and a NGO in Brussels. Kristoffer also maintains an Of Counsel position at a Moscow law firm. He is admitted in New South Wales, and in New York.

Mead Treadwell is President of Pt Capital in Anchorage. Prior to joining Pt Capital Mead served as Alaska’s lieutenant governor and was a candidate for U.S. Senate. Mead is recognized as one of the world’s Arctic policy experts. He was appointed to the U.S. Arctic Research Commission by President George W. Bush, and designated as chair under President’s Bush and Obama. Mead served in the cabinet of Alaska Governor Wally Hickel and led Alaska’s efforts to build circumpolar cooperation through the eight nation Arctic Environmental Protection Strategy. Mead has been actively involved in numerous Arctic policy focused organizations, including: Institute of the North, the Aspen Institute, the Hoover Institution at Stanford University, the Arctic Circle, and the World Economic Forum’s Global Action Council on the Arctic. As an entrepreneur and investor, Mead has served in numerous Board and executive leadership roles in Alaska resource development, telecommunications, and information technology companies that created innovative programs like “Street view” ® for Google. Pt Capital connects regional stakeholders and global investors to build partnerships for responsibly developing the Arctic, which it views as the most dynamic emerging economy of the 21st century.

Mead is a graduate of Yale University and the Harvard Business School.