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    Betsy Baker is an international lawyer based in Alaska. Her work focuses on oceans law and Arctic policy and builds on over twenty years of experience as an author, consultant and professor of international and comparative environmental law.

Arctic Law and Policy

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Baker's work informs policymakers nationally and internationally on issues ranging from offshore oil and gas regulation and indigenous participation in resource decisions, to national sovereign rights in the continental shelf and international cooperation in the Arctic Ocean. Recent projects include studies or presentations for the Alaska Arctic Policy Commission; the Inuit Circumpolar Council-Alaska; Statoil/Det Norske Veritas; the PAME working group of the Arctic Council, including the 2015-2017 Task Force on Arctic Marine Cooperation; and the U.S. Department of State Office of Ocean and Polar Affairs. Baker's work has been covered by Newsweek, All Things Considered, Scientific American, Alaska Public Media, and the Wall Street Journal Europe. _________________________________________ Baker first worked in the U.S. Arctic as a member of the 2008 and 2009 bathymetric mapping cruises on USCGC Healy. She earned her BA at Northwestern University, her JD at the University of Michigan, and her masters and doctoral degrees in law at Christian Albrechts University in Kiel, Germany. See "Recent Posts" below to access Professor Baker's CV and faculty webpages at Vermont Law School and University of Washington School of Law.

Law and Science

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Baker's interest in the science-law interface grows from her position as Visiting Scholar to the U.S. Extended Continental Shelf Task Force, at the U.S. Department of State in 2013. There, she coordinated the work of oceanographers, geologists, geographers and lawyers to produce key documents in support of U.S. sovereign rights to the extended continental shelf beyond 200 nautical miles from U.S. baselines. She also works to improve scientists' access for marine research in other jurisdictions, and to strengthen mechanisms for ensuring that decision makers have access to the best science possible. _______________________________________ Baker's appointed memberships to scientific advisory boards include: The Polar Research Board of the National Academy of Sciences; The Study of Environmental Arctic Change (SEARCH) Science Steering Committee; and The Arctic Centre, U Lapland, Rovaniemi, Finland, Scientific Advisory Board.

Recent Work

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Recent PRESENTATIONS include: _________________________________________ "Large Marine Ecosystems and a Neighborhood Approach to Ecosystem-Based-Management in the Arctic," Kobe University Polar Cooperation Research Center Symposium: The Design of the Future Legal Order for the Arctic Ocean, Kobe, Japan, July 27-28, 2016 _________________________________________ Arctic air pollution: A collaborative framework for natural and social science, Arctic Science Summit Week, Panelist, Fairbanks, AK, March 14, 2016, https://assw2016.org/assw-program/14march _________________________________________ "Arctic Ocean governance and the law of northern resource development" at the Tribal Economic Development and Sovereignty Conference in Anchorage, March 3 and 4, 2016, https://www.lawseminars.com/webpdfs/16TRIBLAK.pdf _________________________________________ “U.S.-Canada Shared Interests and Opportunities in the North American Arctic,” Panelist, Department of Homeland Security Arctic Domain Awareness Center at the University of Alaska-Anchorage, co-hosted by the U.S. Coast Guard Academy Center for Arctic Study & Policy, December 15, 2015 _________________________________________ "Undue Deference? International Law and Scientific Assessments," International Colloquium on Environmental & Technology Law, Trier, Germany, September 30, 2015 _________________________________________ "Resource Exploration in the Marine Arctic: The Law of the Sea Convention Awakes," Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation Annual Meeting, Anchorage, AK, July 16, 2015 _________________________________________ "Do we need an Arctic Ocean Science Coordinating Agreement?" Alaska Marine Science Symposium, Anchorage, Alaska, January 19, 2015 _________________________________________ _________________________________________ Recent PUBLICATIONS include: _________________________________________ "Coordinated Ocean Stewardship and Management in the Arctic: Needs, Challenges and Possible Models for an Arctic Ocean Coordinating Agreement" (with Brooks Yeager), 4:1 Transnational Environmental Law (2015), 359-394 _________________________________________ "Arctic Information Platforms and International Law," in S. Lalonde and T. McDorman (eds), International Law and Politics of the Arctic Ocean, Essays in Honor of Donat Pharand, Brill 2015, 434-445 _________________________________________ "Interlinkages in International Law: The Convention on Biological Diversity as a Model for Linking Territory, Environment and Indigenous Rights in the Marine Arctic," in S. Ali/R. Pincus (eds.), Diplomacy on Ice, Yale University Press, 2015, 41-60

Not admitted to the practice of law in Alaska.