september, 2016

01sep6:00 pm7:30 pmFeaturedFESTIVAL OF DEMOCRACY | We Need to Talk about Antarctica6:00 pm - 7:30 pm Event Organized By: Sydney Democracy Network

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For more than half a century, the fragile and frozen continent of Antarctica has been protected by ‘post-sovereign’ governing arrangements that are unusual by global standards. There are now clear signs of their breakdown. State rivalries, environmental damage and a dash for resources, including tourism revenues, are pushing the continent towards a highly uncertain future.

The public forum will tackle the pressing questions: What do scientists working in Antarctica have to teach us? Are military and commercial adventures becoming a reality and does Australia have a ‘national interest’ in the continent? What are the chances of reforming and strengthening the Antarctic Treaty System? Can citizens play a role in shaping its future?

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Anne-Marie-Brady1Anne-Marie Brady

Dr Anne-Marie Brady is Professor of Political Science at the University of Canterbury, Christchurch, New Zealand. In addition to her role at the University of Canterbury she is currently a Global Fellow at the Woodrow Wilson Centre in Washington DC and a Senior Fellow at the China Policy Institute at the University of Nottingham. In 2014 she was appointed to a two-year term on the World Economic Forum’s Global Action Council on the Arctic. A highly regarded specialist on Chinese politics as well as polar politics, she is editor-in-chief of The Polar Journal, and has published books and more than forty scholarly papers on a range of issues including China’s Arctic and Antarctic interests, China’s modernised propaganda system, New Zealand-China relations, NZ foreign policy and competing foreign policy interests in Antarctica.



Indi Hodgson-Johnston

Indi lectures in legal reasoning, torts law, Antarctic studies and law at the University of Tasmania. She’s currently also undertaking a PhD in international law at the Institute for Marine & Antarctic Studies and the Antarctic Climate & Ecosystems CRC, in the area of the laws of sovereignty, territorial acquisition, territorial disputes and boundaries. Her broader research area includes the laws of Antarctica, illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing in the Southern Ocean, regional development policies and politics in Antarctic industries, and general security factors in the South.
She has previously worked in the international maritime security sector, provide legal advice to law firms in the area of maritime security, and hold commercial maritime qualifications.


Matt King

Matt King

Matt King is Professor of Polar Geodesy and ARC Future Fellow at the University of Tasmania, Australia. He works within the Surveying and Spatial Sciences group, forming a part of UTAS researchers working on solid earth geophysics and geodesy. In particular, his work focuses on the use of geodetic tools to solve problems related to Earth geophysics, notably sea-level change, polar ice mass balance and Earth deformation. Matt’s research contributed to the first reconciled estimate of ice sheet contribution to sea-level change, which has helped to answer a question that has troubled scientists for over 50 years: what is Antarctica’s contribution to sea level?



tony-press-bw-11squareTony Press

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. Tony chaired the Antarctic Treaty’s Committee for Environmental Protection 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. He has a BSc (Hons 1) and PhD from the University of Sydney.



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