Former Arctic Studies Chairs
The first Canada Visiting Fulbright Chair with an Arctic focus was Sari Graben 2012-13. This chair was sponsored by the Office of Global Affairs, Social Sciences Division, College of Arts and Sciences, the Graduate Fund for Excellence and Innovation, and the Henry M. Jackson School of International Studies.
Sari Graben, LL.B. LL.M. Ph.D., served as the Canada Visiting Fulbright Chair in 2012-13. Graben’s primary research interests are in the field of administrative law, contract law, and comparative law with a special focus on issues raised by environmental contracting, privatization, and collaborative governance in the Arctic. Drawing on theories of interpretation and legal transplantation as well as regulatory governance, her work analyzes the institutions supportive of law and development and the role of expertise in disputation within international environmental regimes and domestic law.
In Spring Quarter 2013 Graben taught a graduate seminar co-listed with Program on the Environment, JSIS 482 / 582 Canada Special Topics & ENVIR 495 Advanced Topics in Environmental Studies: Business in the Arctic – Working with Law and Policy in Resource Development. Providing an overview of the most recent legal and political developments in the Arctic, this course emphasized challenges posed by environmental and global changes and developments in various areas of Arctic governance and was organized around particular resource development activities. This allowed students to be exposed to the complex issues facing the Arctic from both an international and domestic perspective and to address legal/policy frameworks for dealing with them.
Graben’s course is part of the developing Arctic initiative headed up by the Canadian Studies Center.