The predicates of Chinese legal philosophy in the Polar Regions

Nengye Liu*, Q Xu

*Corresponding author for this work

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This chapter applies the idea of “comparative international law” to the Polar Regions by examining Chinese academics’ work over the past decade. By examining over 350 papers published by Chinese scholars, it facilitates the comparison and inclusion of a broader array of world views. After presenting a brief overview of Chinese legal philosophy towards international law, the chapter examines the evolution of Chinese research on Polar law and policy. In 2007, two crafts from Russia erected a titanium Russian flag on the floor of the Arctic Ocean, which drew the world’s attention. Moreover, some legal scholars seek to make use of international law to legitimize China’s participation in the Arctic. It sheds light on this question by providing a comprehensive review of Chinese academic publications on Polar governance, previously untouched in English language literature. It concludes with some predictions about the future of China’s role in Polar governance.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationPhilosophies of polar law
EditorsDawid Bunikowski , Alan Hemmings
Place of PublicationLondon
Number of pages25
ISBN (Electronic)9780429461149
ISBN (Print)9781138618558
Publication statusPublished - 2021
Externally publishedYes

Publication series

NameRoutledge research in polar law


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