Professor Charles Norchi recently represented the University of Maine School of Law at the annual Arctic Circle Assembly in Reykjavik, Iceland. The meeting took place from October 7 – 9, 2106.
The Arctic Circle, chaired by President Grimsson of Iceland, appraises nation-state, corporate and indigenous peoples’ stakes in the Arctic implicating shipping, foreign policy, polar law, energy, maritime security, mariner safety and technology. The keynote address at the Assembly was delivered by Ban Ki-Moon, Secretary General of the United Nations. Professor Norchi was part of the Maine Delegation attending the Assembly, which also included Arctic experts from science, education, business, law and government.
Professor Charles Norchi is the University Trustee Professor for the University of Maine System for 2016-17. At Maine Law, he directs the Center for Oceans & Coastal Law. He was a member of the host committee for the recent Arctic Council visit to Portland, Maine. In this role, Professor Norchi worked with the Maine North Atlantic Development Office to organize the Maine – Arctic Forum. The Forum featured Maine experts from the Climate Change Institute – University of Maine, Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences, as well as special guests from the Arctic Council U.S. Delegation, Arctic Economic Council, and the State of Alaska.
Professor Norchi is working with the Ocean & Coastal Law Journal on an Arctic Symposium Issue. The Issue will be published in spring 2017.