Arctic Research Programme

Singapore was accepted as one of six new Observers on the Arctic Council in 2013. To assist the Singapore government in its participation on the Arctic Council, the Centre for International Law (CIL) has undertaken the development of the Arctic Research Programme to build expertise and knowledge of Arctic issues.

With the support of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Singapore (MFA) and the Singapore Maritime Institute (SMI), Captain J. Ashley Roach agreed to serve as a CIL Visiting Senior Research Fellow to develop the Programme by delivering a series of presentations and seminars, compiling a Bibliography of Arctic Documents, and producing a Guide to Arctic Issues for Arctic Observers during the course of three visits to Singapore in 2014.

During his first visit, Captain Roach focused on the topic of Arctic governance. During his second visit, he addressed Arctic maritime boundary issues and maritime claims. During his final visit, he examined the work of the International Maritime Organization (IMO) in the Arctic.

The Bibliography has been prepared by Captain Roach as an integral part of CIL’s Arctic Research Programme for those who wish to understand the evolving issues of international law in the Arctic. It includes resources on international and national documents with publicly accessible web links, academic articles and additional reading materials from external web sites, including IMO documents on the Arctic.

CIL will expand and update the Bibliography and provide access to other relevant materials as the Programme develops.