This project focuses on the contemporary salience of an Antarctic engagement predicated upon pursuit of territorial sovereignty or its corollary, the pursuit of countervailing strategies by non-claimant states.

It examines the justice and moral basis for this historic legal and political framing; questions its feasibility as a realisable political project, and accordingly its utility and geopolitical costs. Its central enquiry is whether a territorial framing of Antarctic futures, even one contingently constrained by Article IV of the 1959 Antarctic Treaty, remains a sensible basis for Antarctic geopolitics in the 21st century. The project considers alternative models for continuing cooperative international engagement in Antarctica.

Alan Hemmings

Adjunct Professor
Fields of Research:
- Antarctic governance
- Antarctic environmental management
- Functioning of international ...